Spoken Word

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Event Details

Weekly Open Mics


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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
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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
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The Summer Sessions

The Summer Sessions Takeover of the Intercollective has arrived.

Starting Sunday 9th of June and running for the duration of the summer, doors open @ 8pm, located in the basement of The International Bar on Wicklow Street. Expect Poetry, Music, Comedy and whatever else we can fit into the basement. Come along slap your name down for the open mic and perform or simply pop in and support local talent. 

Every Sunday/ 8.00pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow St, Dublin
Entry Free

July Open Mics + Shows

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The Rolling Sound Sessions

The Rolling Sound Sessions Is music and spoken word show that will showcase some of Ireland’s new and emerging musicians, spoken word artists and poets, with a few surprises in the mix.

8th July / 7.30pm
The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry Free

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Candlelit Tales: Book of Invasions

Breathing life back into old stories with a musical score. Each month we deliver Irish stories, retold to keep the old oral tradition alive and well in Ireland.Each month Candlelit Tales create a new show arranging a new set of stories revolving around a Irish mythical of folk theme. Musicians work on the score in rotation, to fine tune the moods and melody of these tales. Retelling these tales gives us great pleasure, but the point is for you to tell them too, to keep these stories alive.
10th July/ 7.30pm
Stags Head, Dame St, Dublin
Entry €10
19th July / 8.00pm
The Whiskey Museum, Dame St, Dublin
Entry €10


Boundless & Bare x Modwords

Ireland’s Newest Spoken Word Festival, Modwordsfest directed by Waterford writer and poet Anna Jordan will be the first stop for The Sunshine Tantrum Tour. Four performers will take share their spoken word to audiences in Geoff’s on July 14th. Line-up on the day will feature artists: Ciaran Callan, Niamh O’Beirne and Bibi June & Ross McFarlane.

14th July/3.00pm
Geoff’s Cafe Bar, 9 John St, Waterford
Entry Free


Boundless & Bare x Angry Mom Collective

Angry Mom Collective is a Cork-based collective that has come together in an effort to raise awareness of and put an end to gender divide in the music and art industries. The show taking place in plugd in Cork City will host a night of spoken word and comedy with artists based in Dublin and Waterford: Raven, Sasha Terfous, and Therese Cahill with a second installment of the ‘Make/Shift’ tour by Glasgow artists Bibi June and Ross McFarlane with an Open Mic Segment for anyone to sign up to!

14th July/7.00pm
plugd,1 Castle St, Centre, Cork
Entry €7.50
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Think Hip-Hop cypher meets poetry slam. Think Def Jam Poetry meets Rap battle. A new event in Dublin created by WeAreGriot in collaboration with Slight Motif and Boundless & Bare. On Sunday, July 14th in Workman’s, four rappers and five poets will compete in a classic poetry slam style competition where all slam rules apply: no music, no props, no reading, with all content being original. Featured poets are: Samuel Yakura, Lizzy Byrne, Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi, Trudie Gorman, and Brian McMahon Gallagher. Featured rappers are: ARI.NOIR, King David, Kestine, and UPPBEAT (Finn Costelloe)  

14th July/ 5.30pm
Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €5 | €8
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The Dublin Story Slam: Fight

As the sun finally puts in an overdue appearance, we're getting ready for things to heat up. This month we're also looking for stories about a time when things got hot, so hot in fact that your blood boiled, tempers flared and you unleashed your inner beast. If you've ever fought for or over something, we want to hear from you so take a read below and see does it spark anything.

16th July/ 7.00pm
The Sugar Club, 8 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin
Entry €10

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The Collective

The Collective is hosting bi-weekly events for the summer at Workmans.It is simply a great excuse to bring folks together for the purpose of sharing music, stories and art.

18th July/7.30pm
The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €8 (suggested donation)

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Contact us for a slot, or show up on the night and we will try squeeze you in. Anything goes (almost) let us know and we can get you covered. Slightly stripped back bands, all musicians and spoken word catered for. Anything else let us know and we will see if we can help.

18th July/9.30pm
The Duke and Coachman, Maynooth Kildare
Entry Free


Sunshine Tantrum Tour at Róisín Dubh

On the 19th July in the Róisín Dubh the tour ends with four artists who are making waves in the spoken word scene at present. The night will feature Tadgh Williams, Tari Takavarasha, Alana Daly Mulligan, and Sorcha Doyle with an Open Mic Segment for anyone to sign up to!

19th July/ 7.00pm
Róisín Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway
Entry €7.50
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Stanzas: 5

Stanzas is celebrating its 5th Birthday this The four founders - Jared, Caleb, Dan and Shane - will each showcase a piece of work. This will be an event of looking backwards, at where we have come from, and also looking forwards, to where we are going.
There will be music, poetry, storytelling, and a movie with a Closed Mic session where some old favourites will re-read the first poem they ever read at Stanzas down through the years, and also the Open Mic Madness, where any one can do any thing for the few minutes you own the mic.
19th July/ 7.00pm
Ormston House, 9, 10 Patrick St, Limerick
Entry Free


Daly Live @ Whelan’s

A young hip hop artist rising from Dublin City. (Aaron) DALY has a captivating stage presence with a talent for story-telling technical lyrics. Hailing from the streets of Dublin, DALY is a young up and coming rap artist with an undeniable talent for story telling and technical writing.

Cultivating and honing his craft over the past 4 years from busking in temple bar to playing every open mic he could find in Dublin!

With a nack for drawing a crowd in with brutally honest lyrics and confident delivery it’s a performance you have to experience!

20th July/8.00pm
Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Portobello, Dublin
Entry €10


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.

25th July/8.00pm
Good Thyme Cafe, Mayoralty Street, Drogheda
Entry Free

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Queer As Spoke!

Queer as Spoke is an open mic night intended as a safe space where Queers and other marginalised voices can read and perform to an audience of peers.

26th July/ 8.00pm
431-437 Newtownards Rd, Belfast
Entry £3



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. 

29th July/8.00pm
The Eden Pub, 16 Grange Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin   
Entry Free

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Dolcáin's Cellar Open Mic

Dolcáin's Cellar is Clondalkin's monthly Open Mic held in The Laurel's Pub showcasing poetry, short stories, music and comedy. Its founders are Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Eoin Ó Broin, Kasey Shelley & Shay Nolan, who set it up to show off the creative talent that the area holds. Although only set up in September 2018 it's gained a steady attendance with regulars both local and from surrounding areas. 

30th July/8.00pm
Laurels Pub  Clondalkin Village, Dublin
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.

31st July/7.30pm
The Lord Edward Pub, 23 Christchurch Place, Dublin
Entry Free

August Spoken Word Gig Guide

Submit your event details to be included in the August listings. 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.

Deadline: 29th July 2019

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