Spoken Word

Gig Guide


February 2019

An evening of music, poetry and laughs in aid of ICHH

Following a special evening of poetry and music last year, we're bringing you another fun, relaxed and silly evening of music, poetry and laughs in aid of Inner City Helping Homeless!
With poetry from Jess McKinney & Eva Griffin of Not4U Collective, a collective working to platform LGBTQ+ voices in poetry by hosting events and publishing zines, comedy from James Moran and music from Let's Set Sail, Housewife and Vernon Jane.
All proceeds go to Inner City Helping Homeless. See you there!

18th February/7.00pm
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €7 (Student/Unwaged) / €10
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/224543748451865/

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.

18st/25th February/8.30pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
Entry Free

More information: https://www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

ó bhéal

Ó Bhéal is a free weekly poetry event that takes place every Monday night from 9.30pm in Cork City. It is a night that has been around since 2007 and is run by Paul Casey. Each night includes a Five Words Challenge. Ó Bhéal hosts up to 50 people annually and features guest poets and performers from around Ireland and further afield. For those who want to read their own work there is an Open-Mic session at the end of the night. The full list of guests is announced on the Ó Bhéal website: www.obheal.ie

18st/25th February/9.30pm
Long Valley Pub, Winthrop St, Cork
Entry Free

The Dublin Story Slam

The Dublin Story Slam is an open mic storytelling night where ordinary people get to tell extraordinary stories about their lives inspired by a different theme each month in The Sugar Club, 8 Leeson Street Lower in Dublin. The night has developed into a unique space for Dubliners to come together and share stories. Stories make the world a smaller and less frightening place and sometimes, the bravest thing we can do is to get up in front of a roomful of strangers and share a story from our lives. They can be small tiny stories, funny ones, sad, angry and tragic ones but they can also be epic, hopeful and inspiring. At the end of the night, an overall winner is chosen by a panel of judges and that winner will continue their journey to compete at the Grand Slam Championship at the end of year. Tickets for the monthly events are €10 and can be purchased on the door and on The Dublin Story Slam website

19th February/ 7.00pm
The Sugar Club, 8 Leeson Street Lower, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2
Entry €10

GirlPlay at Scene + Heard

From the mind of award winning poet Sarah Richardson comes GirlPlay: a slam theatre piece about the complex lifelong sexual journey of women.
What is slam theatre, you ask? It’s pretty straight forward: slam poetry meets live theatre. Pretty cool huh?
She lays it all out on the table getting into nitty gritty details of sexual exploration from youthful flirting to the loss of sexual appetite and beyond. Come experience this new feminist piece from a young new playwright and poet.

Written By Sarah Richardson
Directed by Angel Hannigan
Starring Juliette Crosbie, Martha Dunlea and Sarah Richardson

19th + 20th February/9.15pm
Smock Alley Theatre, Boys' School, 6-7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
Entry €8/€10
Buy tickets: https://smockalley.ticketsolve.com/shows/873598369?_ga=2.167107581.213462330.1547730853-1027631986.1546825446&fbclid=IwAR1QH_scgFMzMHEdU31F_gJYoCuiXGP8y5s39cKh9bNfV06gSoXuzxhM4bE

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.

20th/27th February/9.30pm
Brendan O'Brien's Pub, 45 Roches Street, Limerick
Entry Free

More information: https://www.facebook.com/limerickpoetssociety/


Boundless & Bare presents the official launch of Ireland's First Spoken Word Magazine, BND.

This one-of-a-kind publication is jam-packed with reviews, articles, essays and more all on the spoken word scene in Ireland. 
Tickets for the launch include Entry + Issue 1 of BND.
Huckletree Members please contact us directly bnd@boundlessandbare.com
Magazines will be on sale for €6.

22nd February/7.00pm
Huckletree, 42 Pearse Street, The Academy, Dublin
Entry €10 (on sale online only)
Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/bnd-spoken-word-magazine-launch-tickets-56065734120?fbclid=IwAR2nmj_KYACbTnG-7e7FsAkhmGZ27BKa4T1IQh16j40RudDE3TmExM0R2Z0

Dublin Story Time

Good Vibrationz presents Dublin Story Time a unique storytelling event on the 22nd February. Dublin Story Time is a storytelling night at the bottom of the Ha'penny Bridge. Share anything to a room full of strangers and meet new people. The idea of the event is to push people out of their comfort zone and share tales and memories. Relax and unwind and hear some tales from our audience and if you want to share, stand up and tell us something! We encourage audience members to take part in this event but there is absolutely no pressure. The Top 3 storytellers chosen by our judges receive a Story Time certificate. On the night you can submit your interest to tell a story by putting your name in the hat and we encourage audience members to share tales. This event is non-alcoholic and there is unlimited free tea,coffee,popcorn and biscuits too.

22nd February/7.00pm
Clockwork Door, 51 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €7
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/319173318713762/

The Live Sessions

The Live Sessions Maynooth aim to provide a stage for new and original bands, poets, comedians and spoken word. Every month they host Band Nights, an Open Mic Night and a Jam Session, all with the aim of keeping the performance scene alive and well in Maynooth. Catch some of the amazing talent at The Duke and Coachman on the 5th and 23rd of February.

23rd February/9.30pm
The Duke and Coachman, Maynooth, Kildare
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/TheLiveSessionsMaynooth/


The Intercollective

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! The Intercollective orchestrated the Intercompetitive competition for poets and musicians in 2018 and is set to do so again in 2019. It is similar to The Intercollective with a competitive twist that aims to showcases Ireland's finest up and coming talent, creating a platform for those seeking recognition in their respective fields.

24th February/8.00pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/theintercollective/

The Sunflower Session

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

Dolcáin's Cellar Open Mic

Dolcáin's Cellar is Clondalkin's monthly Open Mic held in The Laurel's Pub on the last Thursday of the month 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.

28th February/8.00pm
Laurels Pub  Clondalkin Village, Dublin
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/315226485755551/

Rabble Rouzer 16

THE SWEET 16 FUNDRAISER THIS FEBRUARY for the not so sweet direct provision!
Massive thank-you to everyone in Cafe Rubis for bringing these fundraisers for people in direct provision back for fundraiser 16! With 6 more direct provision centres open we need to keep fundraising and supporting people in direct provision! RAFFLE, CREATIVE'S CORNER, BUSY FINGERS BIZARRE and so many ways for us to fundraise!! GUEST SPEAKERS FROM COOKING FOR FREEDOM

28th February/7.30pm
Cafe Rubis Wine Bar, 9 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
Entry by Donation
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1929224723829388/

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.

 28th February/8.00pm
Good Thyme Cafe, Mayoralty Street, Drogheda, Ireland
Entry Free
More information: https://www.facebook.com/goodthymethursdays/

March 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/1FAIpQLSdd8Uk9R07FJS5plWTqJ_xG_12NAgxKcbGBYtRwV39dErhVSQ/viewform?usp=sf_link