Spoken Word

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May Event 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


Bilingual Takin' the Mic at ILFD

The Irish Writers Centre’s Takin' the Mic returns to International Literature Festival Dublin for a bilingual evening of poetry and prose in English and Irish. Hosted by writer Marcus Mac Conghail, the evening will feature a guest performance from Nicole Flattery, along with our usual Open Mic slots for poets, writers, musicians and comedians. For general admission, see the International Literature Festival Dublin website. Performers Registration (4 slots available for Irish language readers and 4 slots available for English or bilingual readers.)

24th May/7.00pm
Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre, 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin
Suggested donation: €5
Register Here!


Sea Batteries: Poetry and Music

As an island race, the Irish have been dominated by the seas surrounding them, yet this fact is often overlooked. The horizon offers the islander the possibility of escape; the waves serve as a reminder of how fragile humans are next to the force of the ocean. Global warming is a major looming crisis of our time, and 'Sea Batteries' asks: what must we do to face it? This multimedia performance will feature original works by Dublin-based poet and spoken-word artist Daniel Wade, with musicians Brian O’Brien (uilleann pipes, flute), Paul Wade (keyboards) and singer-songwriter Justin McCann supporting, in the intimate confines of the Boy's School in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre as part of the 'Stories from the City'  of International Literature Festival.

25th May/8.30pm
Boys School, Smock Alley Theatre, 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin,
Entry €6
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The Show Off Sessions

A Pre-Register monthly Open Mic night featuring Musicians, Spoken Word, Comedy and Poetry  on the last Sunday of the month in Donabate.

26th May/6.30pm
Keelings Pub (Copper Pot Room), Main Street, Donabate, Co.Dublin
Entry Free


A Music and Poetry Night, In Aid of TENI

Despite major leaps forward in the realm of LGBTQ+ rights, the trans community remains the most vulnerable group in the fight for equality. To show solidarity, please join us for some poetry and music on Monday 27th May in The Workman's Club, Dublin. All proceeds will go to TENI - Transgender Equality Network Ireland. Featuring: Eva Griffin (NOT4U Poetry Collective), Fiadha McLysaght, Sadhbh Ni Bhroin, PureGrand, KORBO, Flowrs. Art by Perseus.

27th May/7.00pm
The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €10 / €7

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Motts of the City

Spoken Word | Music | Theatrics | Curiosity Shop

Slide down the haunted wormhole of Dublin lore with Spooky Beure at ILFD. Motts of the City, is A celebration of Dublin fierce and...sometimes frightening femmes of past and present! From Darkey Kelly to the Dancing Lady on O'Connell Bridge, to the market women and the ones that escaped over laundry walls we tell the stories (real and imagined ) of those with no statues to their names. But we do not want to linger in nostalgia for the past, the show also looks to the motts of modern Dublin and how they are shaping the future; often without acknowledgement or accolades - these are the migrants, the activists, the artists and the hustlers keeping this cities old heart pulsing. Raise up your fists, give praise to the Motts! This event is not a femme exclusive, or women/ women identifying exclusive event. All Welcome.

25th May/7.30pm
Tailor's Hall, 8 Back Ln, The Liberties, Dublin 8
Entry €12/€10
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Words and music

Open mic, music, poetry, prose, we encourage original pieces. Word & Music is a monthly spoken word and music open mic event held on the last Monday of every month in the Anchorage, at the Anchor Complex, Portstewart. There is an element of scouting for future bookings by the venue.

27th May/9.00pm
Anchor Bar Complex, 86-87 The Promenade, Portstewart, Northern Ireland
Entry Free



Open mic night last Monday of every month at The Eden House,

Rathfarnham. Founders/facilitators Paul Bregazzi & Daragh Bradish.  This month they have two featured writers followed by an Open Mic.

27th May/8.00pm
The Eden Pub, 16 Grange Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin   
Entry Free

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The Speakeasy Sessions are a monthly spoken word event, last Tuesdays from 7.30 @ The Tanyard in Skibbereen.  Spoken word - storytelling, poetry, performance, reading, mime. Register on the night to participate but best to let us know in advance to be sure of a slot. All welcome. Free.

28th May/7.30pm
The Tanyard, Main St, Gortnaclohy, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Entry Free


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.

29th May/7.30pm
The Lord Edward Pub, 23 Christchurch Place, Dublin
Entry Free


Good Thyme Thursdays

A free-in, monthly night of live music, poetry, storytelling at Good Thyme Cafe on Mayoralty Street, Drogheda. Good Thyme Thursdays runs on the last Thursday of the month and offers a platform for local and regional diverse artists to support in establishing themselves as well as introducing the community to performers from further afield. Events kick off at 8pm with refreshments including tea, coffee and cake served on the night by the culinary maestros of Good Thyme Cafe.

30th May/8.00pm
Good Thyme Cafe, Mayoralty Street, Drogheda, Ireland
Entry Free