Spoken Word

Gig Guide


March Events Details

Weekly Open Mics



Started by Shauna Byrne a.k.a poet Lizzy Byrne, The Intercollective is a weekly Open mic/Jamming session. It is a homely poetry and music evening in the basement of the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street in Dublin on every Sunday evening. Each event has an in-house musician to accompany artists. With a list of featured acts performing each week it is a beacon for local talent. Those who want to take part in the Open Mic sign up on the night!

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

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The Circle Sessions

The Circle Sessions is a performance collective of musicians, poets, spoken word artists and comedians who meet every Monday night in the basement of The International Bar in 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/8.30pm
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: www.obheal.ie  
Every Monday/9.30pm
Long Valley Pub, Winthrop St, Cork
Entry Free


Limerick Poets’ Society Open Mic

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/

Open Mics + Shows

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Nothing Substantial Issue 2 Launch Party

Launch of Nothing Substantial Issue 2 with sales of the magazine on the night - all proceeds go to Rape Crisis Network Ireland. Featured Speakers TBA

21st March/7.00pm
Vintage Rooms, The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €5
More information: https://nothingsubstantial.squarespace.com


Lit Up

On Thursday 21st February at 7pm a brand new monthly poetry night will launch in Belfast at The ARC (Community Arts Partnership, Cathedral Quarter). The night is called 'Lit Up,' and the format of the night is that there will be two headlining poets (one performance poet and one literary poet) and an open mic. But that is not all - there is a twist! All poets reading will be asked to share, as well as their own work, one or two of their favourite poems by other poets.  This month featured poets are Anthony Ferguson & Moyra Donaldson.

21st March/7.00pm
Arts Resource Centre, 7 Donegal Street, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast City Centre
Entry £3
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/798850067142698/

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Boy Child

Set in Lagos Nigeria, Boy Child is a spoken word play exploring the nuanced life of a modern day man coming to terms with his masculinity from childhood to adulthood, and how this journey is affected by the women in his life. Boy Child is the story of a boy trying to be a better man than his father. Written by Dagogo Hart and Felicia Olusanya. Directed by Deirdre Molloy. Music composition and sound design by Adam Byrne.

26th - 30th March/7.30pm
The New Theatre, 43 Essex street east, Dublin 2
Entry €14/€17
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/532207653956001/


The Sunflower Sessions

Monthly Open Mic The Sunflower Sessions presents a night of poetry, prose, spoken word night on the last Wednesday of each month from January to November, from 7.30pm onwards. For 2019 it has a new home in The Lord Edward Pub opposite Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin. Those who sign up have 4 minutes to perform/recite their work. Lovers of writing are welcome always! Flare is The Sunflower Sessions’  quarterly narrowsheet publication containing poems by those who have read at The Sunflower Sessions (see flare.ie for more info). Copies are available on the night for €5 but don't feel you have to buy a copy to come along, the Sunflower Sessions open mic is always free to all.

 27th March/7.30pm
The Lord Edward Pub, 23 Christchurch Place, Dublin
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheSunflowerSessions/


Candlelit Tales: The Sound of Now

There was an old order in this land, a code of honour that bound us together in respect for one another and for nature, a belief that the most beautiful sound in the world was the sound of what is happening now, at this very moment. What happened to that old way? Why did we lose it, and can we find it again? Join us this month for this exciting performance.

27th March/7.00pm
The Stags Head, 1 Dame Lane, Dublin
Entry €10
Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/candlelit-tales-the-sound-of-now-at-the-stags-head-tickets-56420142164?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0JvCbtpax3yn5SRZM-WhzZePJgeLArRXge7wZt5mL1FbhUana6OJkc9uk


Not4U Zine Launch: Being Is Believing

On March 28th the Dublin based LGBTQ Collective Not4U will be launching Being is Believing, a zine compiled in aid of Bodywhys, The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland.
The zine centres around the perspectives of young people, particularly young LGBTQ+ people and women, on themes of self-love, self-preservation and investigating what body positivity really means to each of us as individuals.
The night will feature readings by contributors, and all money raised will be donated to Bodywhys. The event will be focused on creating an environment that nurtures and embraces each individual and recognizes the struggles and the joys involved in inhabiting a body, being yourself, believing in yourself.
A ticket to the event with a zine received on the door is €6. Further donations can be made on the night. *This is a non-alcoholic event! Other refreshments will be provided*

28th March/6.30pm
Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin
Entry €6
Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/not4u-presents-being-is-believing-tickets-55776949357?fbclid=IwAR3Bdno6VioOyNLoklRkRoRtUXiYTowvdetfzzJReUumwE2kRl5ghqAmNLU



The Rabble Rouzer Festival Fundraiser

 IT'S SPRING TIME and time to hop, jump, spring to Cafe Rubis on Thursday 28th March for the 17th fundraiser for people in direct provision, which is running now for 19 years!!! ALL FUNDS TO: Cooking for Freedom AND Busy fingers diaries collectives run by people in direct provision! There will be live music, poetry, FUN & much FUNdraising MUSIC BY: Syl Burke, Laura Ryder Ampersand and Darwin's Daughter.

 28th March/7.30pm
Cafe Rubis, 9 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry by Donation
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/844001529103819/


Poetry and Pictures

Join poets Doireann Ni Ghriofa and Gerry Smyth, with artist Alice Maher as they discuss their experiences of working across their artforms – Doireann with Alice of the beautifully Salvage Press produced Nine Silences and Gerry Smyth with the late and much loved painter Sean McSweeney on The Yellow River. Chaired by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Director Curator of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.

31st March/3.00pm
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Entry €12/€15
Buy tickets: http://mountainstosea.ie/events/poetry-and-pictures?fbclid=IwAR0yGbiFKkLJR9yKGZbb5iuv91lAktJdNybhgSRURGsIFZdaAWOditekE90

April Spoken Word Gig Guide

We accept all events happening on the island of Ireland that feature and promote spoken word: poetry, comedy, theatre, hip-hop/rap, storytelling, open mics, plays, slams, competitions, festivals, fundraisers, feature events and launches.

Fill out this form before midnight 24th February to have your event included in next month’s listings: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHRxJK-71Fy4K0B0FKHUxnusJGH7hx6ByadMLi8Yk2xDQePg/viewform?usp=sf_link