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November Spoken Word Event Details

Limerick Poets’ Society

Weekly Open Mic hosted by Limerick Poets' Society every Wednesday in Brendan O'Brien's Pub. Formerly the White House Poets, they have moved venue and re-organised this year. Everyone is welcome to listen, read their own poetry and enjoy a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Every Wednesday/9.30pm

Brendan O'Brien's Pub, 45 Roches Street, Limerick
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/limerickpoetssociety/

Stephen James Smith: ‘My Ireland’ Tour

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views. Stephen has performed at high profile events & venues such as Electric Picnic, other voices, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Barbican in London, Vicar Street & the London Palladium (alongside Oscar winner Glen Hansard); The Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, Glastonbury Festival and many more.

Irish dates: 14th-18th/20th-24th November
More information: https://www.facebook.com/SJSwords/

On the Nail @ The Library

The Limerick Writers’ Centre presents On the Nail@the Library Thurs 15th Nov 2018 a new literary event at Limerick City Library with special guest readers Siobhan Campbell and Martin Malone.

15th November/6.30pm
Limerick Library, Michael Street, Limerick
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/555915728182777/

Takin' the Mic at DBF

In association with the Irish Writers Centre and hosted by Sarah Maria Griffin, Takin' the Mic returns to the Dublin Book Festival in the Smock Alley Theatre on November 16th.
A fantastic evening of poetry and prose featuring guest performances as well as the usual open mic for writers, spoken-word artists, comedians and musicians. All are welcome to perform. See www.irishwriterscentre.ie for the performers’ sign-up list.

16th November/7.00pm
Smock Alley Theatre, 6-7 Exchange Street Lower Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €3
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/891267501068052/

The Dublin Story Grand Slam [SOLD OUT]

The Dublin Storyslam is an open mic competitive storytelling night hosted monthly by comedian, author and broadcaster, Colm O’Regan.
In the past 4 years thousands of listeners have attended sold out nights in Dublin’s Sugar Club and listened to a monthly podcast to hear powerful, compelling and unforgettable stories told by ordinary Dubliners with extraordinary experiences.
Now, eight of these Story Slam winners from the last year will come together to share eight brand new stories and compete for the title of Grand Slam Champion 2018.
The theme for the evening is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It will feature remarkable personal true stories that celebrate the good, remember the bad and reflect on the uglier side of life.

18th November/6.00pm
Abbey Theatre, 26 Abbey Street Lower, Dublin
Entry €25 / Conc. €20
More information: https://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/the-dublin-story-slam/?fbclid=IwAR099QQ8s9pk-ln3Y2fNUi30PQch_Jz8k2XQ424YCUFRX6qSzsKMku2odZk

Read about The Dublin Story Slam by Jess McKinney here: https://boundlessandbare.com/blog/2018/7/17/dublin-story-slam


Weekly Open Mic and Jamming session Intercollective is on every Sunday in The International Bar, Dublin with an in-house musician and featured acts scheduled throughout the month. Sign up on the night!

Every Sunday/8.30pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/theintercollective/

The Circle Sessions

The Circle Sessions, performance collective of musicians, poets, spoken word artists and comedians meet every Monday night in the basement of The International Bar, Dublin.

Fundamentally, the show is an open mic without a mic. The emphasis is on listening and on performance of original works. Acts can be pre-booked or simply turn up on the night. We guarantee all walk-ins a 5 minute slot.

Featured acts vary week on week and there is an event page for each night on our Facebook page.

Every Monday/8.00pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

Ó Bhéal

Ó Bhéal: Cork's Weekly Poetry Event begins with a selection of poetry-films, screened between 8.30-9.30pm. The Five Words poetry challenge starts at 9.30pm. Guest poets begin around 10.00pm, for between 30-45 minutes, after which follows the usual Open-Mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats!

Full list of guests can be found on the Ó Bhéal website: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/guest-poets/

Every Monday/9.30pm
Long Valley Pub, Winthrop St, Cork
Entry Free

The SpeakEasy Derry

Weekly Open Mic with featured artists, The SpeakEasy Derry, is on every Monday in Derry. Welcoming all verbal artists, performers, musicians too - BYOB

Every Monday/7.00pm
Cowbog 2, Waterloo St. Derry
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpeakEasyDerry/

Fired! - Look Both WAys

Fired! – Look Both Ways is an event showcasing the work of four contemporary poets of contrasting styles and backgrounds.
Fired! is a group of women poets and academics seeking to rewrite the accepted narrative of women’s place in Irish poetry, and to recover lost voices from the past. Four poets; Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Sophie Meehan, Maïa Nunes and Anna Walsh will perform their own work alongside a sampling of poetry from a marginalised poet who has been influential to them. Prepare to hear some of the most exciting voices you’ve never heard!

20th November/7.00pm
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin
Entry €5
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/721584831542546/

The Good Witch Revue: Protect Your Magic

Hosted by Sarah Louise Elliot, The Good Witch Revue: Protect Your Magic is an evening of radical self love, healing and self expression. An evening of empowerment through burlesque, poetry, music and more.

Protect your magic. Protect yourselves. Protect each other.

There will be a raffle on the night will all proceeds going to BeLonG To Youth Services, a charity working with young LGBTQI+ people in Ireland. There is a donation ticket option available for anyone who cannot make the show but would like to donate to the charity.

23rd November/7.30pm
Drop Dead Twice, 18-19 Francis Street, Dublin
Entry €11.40 – €27.61
Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-good-witch-revue-protect-yo…

Modwords Cork

Modwords Cork is an open mic event that encourages people from all walks of life to take to the stage and showcase their art, whatever form it takes. Old timers and new hands. Modwords is a family, a place to find your voice and make it louder, a place to meet and engage with like minded people and spark something new. We screen short films, showcase music, poetry, spoken word and an abundance of other art forms. 
Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @modwordscork

27th November/8.00pm
The Poor Relation Pub,19 Parnell Pl, Centre, Cork
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/modwordscork/

Dolcáin's Cellar Open Mic

Dolcáin's Cellar Open-Mic, Clondalkin's new monthly open mic down in the cellar of the Laurels. Poetry, music, singing, comedy, etc all welcome!

29th November/7.30pm
The Laurel’s Pub, Clondalkin Village, Dublin
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1940604652641602/

The New Romantics

The New Romantics are back for their November show The New Romantics: Time - how it passes, history, memory, the seasons and how we measure them are all bound up in how we understand time.

Come see our featured poets bring their thoughts and sign up for the open mic are the end.

29th November/8.00pm
MVP, 29 Upper Clanbrassil, Dublin
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2457029697857269/