Spoken Word

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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


Chancers Wednesday | Open Mic

Is an Open Mic event Every Wednesday night  in “The International Bar” , Wicklow Street Dublin. Where Musicians , Poets , Comedians can come perform in front of an audience of like minded folk. Come on Down next Wednesday for some Quality Live Entertainment

Every Wednesday/7.00pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
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 Chicken Box Comedy Open Mic

The North West's weekly comedy club. Every Thursday. Apart from the first Thursday of the month. New comedians every week.

Every Thursday/8.30pm

Bennigans, 13 John St, Derry
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


September Open Mics + Shows

GirlPlay at Dublin Fringe Festival

We like sex. We like discovery. We are the voice in your head; the chat over pints; the eggplant emoji. It all starts in a bath, finding that little button and all of a sudden you've opened Pandora’s box. We like play. Walking in and picking out something to mix up the game. We like exploring. Trying and learning until something changes. We liked it that way. GirlPlay is an exploration of a woman’s relationship with love and sex in her early adulthood. We follow Lucy on her journey as she navigates her way through her many firsts, from her first time having sex to her first orgasm to her first pregnancy. GirlPlay lays it all out on the stage and doesn’t hold back. Told using three voices, the audience is lead through Lucy’s story through a combination of spoken word poetry and theatre.

17th - 21st September/9.00pm
21st + 22nd September/ 3.30pm
Smock Alley Boys School 7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €14 | €12 Concession

Candlelit Tales: Transformations

This month we are telling stories of creatures and beings that can transform themselves, and the fate of the Children of Lir, who are themselves transformed.
After all, September is the month of transformations. Look around you, the leaves are changing colours, the flowers have wilted, there's a change in the air. It’s the last harvest before we delve into the dark half of the year. So let’s look at the stories with the white swan wings, the shining selkie skins, and the merrows tail and fish-like fins.

18th September/7.30pm
The Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Ct, Dublin
Entry Free (€10 suggested donation)


Culture Night at the Open Door Sessions

A celebration of music, poetry, comedy and art.Guests: Faraway Martin (music) Joe Byrne (poet) Hidden Stills (music) Ross Mc Carthy (comedian)Miriam Fitzgerald Juskova (visual artist)Fidel Hogan Walsh (poet)Free admission.  The Open Door Sessions addresses a need for a regular gathering of musical and artistic talents celebrating the up-and-coming, fairly new and more established musicians and artists that surround us. 

20th September/ 8.30pm
Nixy’s the Square Bar, The Square, Bailieborough, Cavan
Entry Free

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Dublin Story Time | Culture Night

Dublin Story Time is sort of like an open mic night but without the music, share anything to a room full of strangers. Relax and unwind and hear some tales from our hosts and if you feel brave enough, stand up and tell us something! This event is non-alcoholic and we have unlimited free tea/coffee/biscuits and popcorn. The theme for this is Happiness & Laughter - tell us about a time when you were happy.

Dublin Story time lives beside the Ha'penny bridge in  @The Clockwork Door., Dublin's only time cafe.

We choose this unique venue as it's comfortable and right in the city center!

20th September/7.30pm
The Clockwork Door Dublin, 51 Wellington Quay, Dublin
Entry Free



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.

25th September/7.30pm
The Lord Edward Pub, 23 Christchurch Place, Dublin
Entry Free

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. Open to all performing artists, music, song, acting, drama, poetry, writers, spoken word and story tellers.

26th September/8.00pm
Laurels Pub  Clondalkin Village, 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.

26th September/8.00pm
Good Thyme Cafe, Mayoralty Street, Drogheda
Entry Free


The Collective Summer Sessions

The Collective is a monthly event in Ranelagh. It is simply a great excuse to bring folks together for the purpose of sharing music, stories and art. The Last of our Summer Sessions is here, and what fun we had... Even if there wasn't much summer.  Line up TBA 

26th September/7.30pm
Vintage Room, The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin
Entry Free

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The Upstairs Sessions

We hold an open platform for songwriters, singers, musicians, spoken word performers, poets, storytellers to share their pieces in a cosy, friendly setting. We hold the night on the last Friday of every month upstairs in Slattery’s Pub in Rathmines.

27th September/8.30pm
Upstairs in Slattery's Pub, Rathmines Road, Dublin
Entry Free



Is oíche filíochta dhátheangach (nó ilteangach!) í REIC. Ní gá do gach éinne Gaeilge a úsáid ach cuirfear fáilte roimh an Ghaeilge i gcónaí.

REIC is a bilingual spoken word event featuring poetry, rap, music, storytelling, and everything else you can think of! It is an open space where performances as Gaeilge are welcomed.

Cuirfidh bean an tí Ciara Ní É fáilte roimh baill den lucht féachana teacht ar ardán mar chuid den mic oscailte agus beidh fáilte roimh chách páirt a ghlacadh.

Doirse ag 7, cuirfear tús leis an imeacht ag a 8, agus is dócha go mbeidh sé thart faoina 10. Deas am cainte a thabhairt do gach duine roimh an bus abhaile!

Doors at 7, event starts at 8, all in all probably finished by 10ish and you can all have a chat before the last bus home!

27th September/ 7.30pm
Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, 6 Sráid Harcourt, Baile Átha Cliath
Entry by Donation

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.

Contact us: boundlessandbaremedia@gmail.com