About Brendan Bonsack

Brendan Bonsack is a poet and songwriter from Melbourne, Australia.


His written work appears in print and online, and has been featured in Australian and European festivals, including the Melbourne Writers Festival and White Night, and the UNESCO Poems on the Walls project in Poland. He was a resident public transport poet in the 2016 Moreland City MoreArt Festival, and shortlisted for the XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival.

His poetry is included in the audio journal, Audacious II, and on film at Moving Poems.

Brendan makes regular appearances at local spoken word events and was runner up in the 2015 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. He has performed as feature poet at La Mama Poetica, The Eltham Courthouse, The Dan O'Connell Hotel, and as supporting feature for US touring poet, Madison Mae Parker.

He has produced six books of poetry, including a collaborative work with poets from coastal Australia and the USA. He was recently anthologized by Pankhearst Press in the UK, and featured in the Blank Rune Press publication, How Many, in 2016.

Brendan is co-producer and presenter on Melbourne community radio 3CR, for Spoken Word, a weekly arts program dedicated to poetry and performance.


Brendan's original songs are lyrically rich, described as a kind of dark modern folk. He has released over ten solo albums and is currently working on a debut album with his trio, Accidental Bedfellows. Brendan and the band play regularly in cafes and bars around Melbourne.

Brendan's instrumental music has appeared in short films, podcast and radio productions.


Brendan is a community photographer, focusing on local music and spoken word, and street events. His photography features in the albums, posters and websites of many home and international artists, including Jessica Williams, Kavisha Mazzella, Brittle Sun, Brent Parlane, Melbourne Spoken Word, Joel Dean, Slamalamadingdong! and Luka Lesson to name a few. Brendan's photography also features in the City of Whittlesea Cultural Collection, and Western Edge Youth Arts.