Spoken Word

Gig Guide

APRIL 2018 


The Intercollective: Intercompetitive

1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th April/8.00pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
Entry Free|

The Intercollective: Intercompetitive
Intercompetitive is an open-mic competition with a twist. We will be keeping our open-mic vibe alive while giving you the chance to win some pretty amazing prizes.
In the collective spirit, The 5 Lamps Brewery have gotten on board and helped create another platform for those seeking recognition in their respective fields. Musicians have the chance to win a full day's recording in a professional studio complete with sound engineer and producer. Poets have the chance to win their poem published on 500 beer mats that will be featured for a whole month in The International Bar, Dublin.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/354801474988938


Circle Sessions

2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th April/8.00pm

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin

Entry Free

Circle Sessions is a performance collective of musicians, poets, spoken word artists and comedians who meet every Monday night. 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.


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


On the Nail

3rd April/8pm

Chez le Fab, Arthur’s Quay, Limerick

Entry Free


‘Look How Our Leaders Tremble When They See Us Together’ the opening lines of Sarah Clancy’s poem could well be the rallying cry of two of Ireland's most political poets. Their skillfully-written, provocative, topical poems have wooed audience up and down the country. Don’t miss this chance to see them perform together in Limerick.


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1756051371084290/


Bespoken Word

3rd April/7.30pm

DeBarra's, 55 Pearse St, Scartagh, Clonakilty, Cork
Entry Free

This month Bespoken Word facilitates "Footsteps to Fiction", a workshop which will focus on how to unlock the imagination and take those necessary steps to make real the unreal.The workshop is for anybody with any interest in writing fiction irrespective of experience. Places will be limited so please message or email your details if you want to take part. There will be plenty of exercises so come armed with pen and paper. The evening will run from 7.30 p.m. sharp to 9.00 p.m. After the break, at 9.15 p.m. there will be the usual Open Mic for poets, scribes, flash fiction writers, songwriters and all else.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/psoken.wrod


Quarter Life Crisis by Paul McNamara

5th April/8pm
6th April/6.30pm
7th April/9.30pm
Narrative 4, O'Connell Street, Limerick City
Entry €10


Award Winning Performance Poet Paul McNamara takes you through his own quarter life crisis with his blend of comedic performance poetry and theatre. He shares his experiences of being in your twenties in Ireland today. With original poems performed ranging in topic from celebrity crushes to real life relationships to video game obessions and more. Paul will take you through his  poetry career, recounting stories about gigs and competitions with plenty of self deprecation thrown in.


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Smock Alley Theatre: Scene and Heard Revisited with From the River of Ghosts

6th+7th April/8.00pm

6-7 Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin

Entry €10/€8

A storytelling show covering three generations of American immigrants and their lives and struggles in collaboration with The Collective. Showcasing new work by Roger Gregg, who is performing and live scoring the whole show.


Tickets are available here:




10th April/8.00pm

The Poor Relation Pub, 19 Parnell Pl, Centre, Cork

Entry Free


Modwords is an Open Mic event that encourages people from all walks of life to take to the stage and showcase their art, whatever form it takes, Old timers and new hands. Modwords is a family, a place to find your voice and make it louder, a place to meet and engage with like minded people and spark something new. They screen short films, feature music, poetry, spoken word and an abundance of other art forms. Find them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ModWordsCork


Word Up x Kulture Klub

17th April/7.00pm

The Workmans Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

Entry €10

As part of MusicTown 2018, Word Up brings you a meeting of the best Irish hip-hop and spoken word artist in collaboration with Kulture Klub. The event serves as an integration of pacesetters in Ireland's music, art, and fashion industry.

Music - Loud Motive / JyellowL / Sequence / Verified / KevíKnight / DJ Lui Rwego

Spoken Word - Felispeaks / Sasha Louise Terfous / Dagogo

Fashion - Kulture Klub exhibition and pop-up shop.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2002391793418966/


Béal - a collaboration of Poetry and Traditional Irish Music

21st April/8.00pm

27 Pearse Street, Dublin, County Dublin

Entry €12

Béal is a unique collaboration showcasing some of the country's finest poets and traditional Irish musicians honouring Ireland’s longstanding history and connection between the two artistic worlds. The cross-community collaboration sees Yeates and Smith bring together a host of Dublin’s most exciting artists in the poetry and Irish folk music fields to devise a series of unique collaborative performances exploring the common ground and shared links in their work. The intimate, unplugged performance takes place at The Ireland Institute, the Victorian house which was once a childhood home to poet, school teacher, and revolutionary Patrick Pearse.



More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/413499512424620/



Sunflower Sessions

25th April/7.30pm

The Beerhouse, 84.5 Capel St, Rotunda, Dublin
Entry Free

A monthly open mic for poetry, prose and spoken word writers and performers but open to all including those who just want to listen. Readers have a maximum of 4 minutes each and are scheduled by the MC on the night to ensure a mix of styles and readers.  Best to sign up for each night via our Facebook or Meet Up pages but you can also turn up on the night. This month Sunflower Sessions launch Flare 07, a quarterly narrowsheet featuring poets who have read at the open mic. @TheSunflowerSessions to find us or Facebook or join our community on meetup.com


DCU Bilingual Poetry - Open Mic

26th April/10.30am

Cregan Library, DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra, Dublin

Entry Free

Impromptu readings of Irish- and English language poems. All are welcome to come read a poem, or listen. Event facilitated by Scríbhneoir Cónaithe Gaeilge 2017/18, Dairena Ní Chinnéide.


More Information: http://www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/dcu-bilingual-poetry-event-with-an-open-mic


Circle Sessions: Poetry Day Ireland 2018

26th April/8.30pm

Hely's Bar, 28 Dame Street, Dublin

Entry Donation €5

‘Intimacy and Honesty' is the theme of this International Poetry Day event. Poets have been asked to present one poem of their choosing that they feel captures an intimate and honest part of themselves. Really be prepared to open yourself up! The competition will be professionally judged (by a minimum panel of 3) and a cash prize of €100 will be presented for the best performer; and a further €100 for the best work.

More Information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1994223664238453 /



26th April/9pm

Leeson Lounge, 148 Leeson Street Upper, Dublin

Entry free

Kevin Barrington presents the Spring WRIOT a night of beat, bards and briliance featuring John Cummins & Shakalak, Davina & The Messengers, Two Mad Stunts, Surprise Guests.


The Collective

27th April/8.00pm
Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin
Entry Free

The Collective in Ranelagh is on once a month we hold an evening in the Ranelagh Arts Centre, it's free in, BYOB and has hosted some of the best spoken word artists the country has to offer, as well as some very exciting up and coming music acts. Seats are limited, so if you'd like to reserve a place you can email bookings.thecollective@gmail.com or arrive early. Doors at 7.30, starts at 8pm.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/thecollectiveranelagh/


Cúirt: Spoken Word Platform

28th April/3.00pm

Róisín Dubh, 9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway

Entry €6.0

This high-energy event will showcase both poetry and short fiction. Performers will have up to three minutes to present their piece to a panel of three judges with MC Pete Mullineaux overseeing proceedings. The top three participants will go on to perform at the Cúirt Showcase at Electric Picnic in September. Guest performer Felispeaks (aka Felicia Olusanya) is a young Nigerian-Irish spoken word performance artist and writer who is fast becoming one of the most exciting and in demand poets in Ireland. Her mind is set on changing the face of the art form in Ireland. Open submissions are invited for the Spoken Word Platform and entry is open to all. Your poem or fiction piece should take up to three minutes to perform. 

Please submit via email to petemullineaux@gmail.com or by post to Spoken Word Platform, Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway by Friday 6 April. 


More Information: http://www.cuirt.ie


To book: https://tht.ie/2926/cuirt


Monday Night Cure

30th April/8.30pm

Sandinos Bar/Club, Water Street, BT48 6 Derry

Entry donation

The Monday Night Cure is a monthly celebration of words, performance and song in all styles and genres.  Each month features some of the finest in the country, as well as open mic slots for newbies to pro.

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/MondayNightCure/



Bank Holiday Poets’ Corner

2nd April/3.00pm-6.00pm

Teach an tSolas, St John’s Parish Centre, Ashe Street, Tralee, Kerry
Entry Free

Ireland's longest running Open Mic, has been running since 1992. The events are not just for poets, all forms of Creative Writing (inc. songs) welcome.


Ó Bhéal

2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th April/8.30pm

The Long Valley, Winthrop St, Cork

Entry Free

[2nd April]

Dairena Ní Chinnéide is a bilingual poet from the Dingle Peninsula. She is working on an album of poems from her most recent collection Fé Gheasa : Spelbound (Arlen House, 2016) with music by Steve Cooney and Rónán Ó Snodaigh. She was awarded the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship 2016 and is the current Irish Language Writer-in-Residence for DCU.

File sa dá theanga í Dairena Ní Chinnéide a aistríonn leaganacha dá saothar féin.

[9th April]

Brian Turner is a writer and musician living in Orlando, Florida. He curates The Kiss series at Guernica, soon to be published as an anthology by W.W. Norton & Company in 2018. He’s written a memoir My Life as a Foreign Country, two collections of poetry—Here, Bullet (Alice James Books, 2005) and Phantom Noise (Alice James Books, 2010), and co-edited The Strangest of Theatres (McSweeney’s/The Poetry Foundation, 2013).

For more visit: www.brianturner.org & www.interplanetaryacousticteam.com

[16th April]

Ó Bhéal’s 11th Anniversary event celebrates the launch of Five Words Volume XI and the winner of our 5th Five Words International Poetry competition, Jill Munro. While Jill will be unable to make the launch, her winning poem will be read on the night. Shortlisted poets will also be reading, including Margaret McCarthy, Derek Sellen, Jim Crickard and Ted O’Regan – as will contributors to our Monday night Five Word Challenges held at Ó Bhéal over the past 12 months. The anniversary open-mic is only for poems written by other poets, so bring a favourite or two!

[23rd April]

Anamaría Crowe Serrano is an Irish poet and translator of Spanish and Italian to English. As well as having been anthologised and published widely in journals in Ireland and abroad, publications include Crunch (Turas Press, 2018), KALEIDOgraph (Corrupt Press, 2017), written with Greek poet Nina Karacosta, Onwords and Upwords (Shearsman, 2016), One Columbus Leap(Corrupt Press, 2011), Femispheres (Shearsman, 2008), and Paso Doble(Empirìa, 2006), written with Italian poet Annamaria Ferramosca.

[30th April]

Ita O’Donovan was born in Cork and now lives in Clifden. She came late to poetry and entered Jane Hirshfield’s Nine Gates (Entering the Mind of Poetry)through a variety of ways. She embarked in ongoing reading of poetry criticisms and essays by Helen Vendler, Jane Hirshfield and Seamus Heaney. She took courses with the late Dorothy Molloy and attended workshops with Medbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Robyn Rowland and Pascale Petit. She reads the work of Irish, American, English, Australian and Russian poets.


More Information: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/



Saint's and Sinners - Candlelit Tales

4th April/ 8.00pm

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Rd, Ravenswell, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Entry Free

Come and enjoy the cosy surroundings of the Stags Head, where you’ll hear stories of old by candle light with musical accompaniment on guitar, bouzuki, mandolin, violin, banjo and bodhran.

Set List for Saints & Sinners:

1. Oisín in Tir Na nÓg (Part 1)

2. The Demon Cat (folktale)

3. Bridgid the Goddess

4. Bridgid the Saint

5. Taig O' Kane and The Corpse (folktale)

6. Oisín in Tír na nÓg (Part 2)


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1424896684222202/


Purely Poetry

6th April/8.30pm

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Entry £4

Purely Poetry welcome readers of all styles and experiences, from first timers to old pros. We foster an open, laid back and encouraging atmosphere for people to read their work, and to listen in comfort. Quite simply, we want your poems, and we want you to enjoy the experience of reading them to us!

To take part, just sign up at the start of the night. All names are drawn out from our Magical Hat of Randomness, and each person has seven minutes max to read, so that we can give as much time as possible to people wanting to read. Spaces are limited to 22 slots (we have to let the staff get home at some stage!) Sign-up for readers 8.10pm, Start 8.30pm. £4 entry - pay on the night or pre-book online (All proceeds go to the Crescent Arts Centre, a registered charity in the arts). This event is B.Y.O.B. (Please drink responsibly!) Please visit www.poetryni.com for more details, or email thepenpointsnorth@outlook.com for enquiries.

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1771894139542196/


Candlelit Tales: Hitchhikers Guide to Mythology

11th April/ 7.00pm

Stags Head, 1 Dame Ct, Dublin 2

Entry €10

With the spring setting in (kind of), Candlelit Tales are set to begin on an epic journey wandering throughout these lands and taking a special tour of Ireland. They will be looking at the mythic links to the Five Provinces and areas we know today, animating the stories that touched them.

But will we find the answer to life, the universe, and everything?


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/candlelittales/


13th April/ 7.30pm

Candlelit Tales: Hitchhikers Guide to Mythology

The Irish Whiskey Museum, 119 Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Entry €12/ €18 + whiskey tasting


Ever heard of the luck of the Irish? We're a nation of superstition and what better day to learn all about it than Friday 13th! Cosy up in the Victorian bar at the Irish Whiskey Museum as the talented storytellers of Candlelit Tales breathe life back into Irish mythology. Sit back and relax over a drink as they transport you to the world of Irish myth and legend… After the storytelling, join in for a whiskey tasting at the tasting bar where experts will take you through a tutored tasting of three different Irish whiskeys.


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/182023962429266/

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/candlelit-tales-hitchhikers-guide-to-mythology-at-the-irish-whiskey-museum-tickets-44402984522

16th April/ 7.00pm

Candlelit Tales: Hitchhikers Guide to Mythology

Arthur's Pub, 28 Thomas St, Ushers, Dublin

Entry €10


With the spring setting in (kind of), Candlelit Tales are set to begin on an epic journey wandering throughout these lands and taking a special tour of Ireland. They will be looking at the mythic links to the Five Provinces and areas we know today, animating the stories that touched them.

But will we find the answer to life, the universe, and everything?


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/candlelittales/


LitSoc AntiBal

23rd April/7.00pm

The Workmans Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

Entry €10/€8 (members)


UCD LitSoc are hosting their annual Anti-Ball event in the Workman’s Club with a range of talented spoken word poets, comedians and musicians. The line-up includes Dagogo Hart, Gary Doyle, and Amelia Adler, among many other enthralling established and up-and-coming artists based in Dublin. Tickets are €8 for LitSoc members and €10 for non-members, details of purchase are available on the UCD LitSoc Facebook page.


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/LitSoc/


Poetry in Motion Conference by Paul McNamara

26th April/9.30am-6.00pm
Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Entry Free

This conference is open to both artists and academics to explore what Spoken Word Poetry is and how it manifests itself in today’s world. It is an opportunity for performers and critics to come together and discuss its role in society. How does it differ from traditional poetry? What are the popular Spoken Word Poets today saying? Can the art form be used to help reconnect young people with poetry?

More Information: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/poetry-in-motion-conference-tickets-42948289490?ref=estw



Poetry Day Ireland: Fired! A Celebration of Irish Women Poets

26th April/2.00pm

Dublin Writers Museum, 18 Parnell Square North, Dublin

Entry Free (register online, finishes 9th April)

This Poetry Day Ireland, we invite you to celebrate with us the abundance of women’s poetry in the Irish tradition. Generously hosted by the Dublin Writers Museum in their historical Georgian building, our celebration will take place in the beautiful main gallery, where the bust of the formidable Katherine Tynan will keep a close eye on the proceedings as contemporary poets read from their own work, and from the work of some of the finest historically important Irish women writers.

Introduced by Lucy Collins (English Professor at UCD and author of Poetry by Women in Ireland 1870-1970: A Critical Anthology(2012), this free event will acquaint a new audience to the wealth of talented Irish writers which have been airbrushed from our literary history. And in the true tradition of the Hedge School, we hope that inspired by their words, we will all commit to discovering more about the poetry and literary lives of these extraordinary women.


To book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/poetry-day-ireland-fired-a-celebration-of-irish-women-poets-tickets-43647198947?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing


Takin’ the Mic with Sahar Ali

7th April/7.00pm

19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin

Entry Suggested Donation €5


Host this month for Takin’ the Mic is poet Sahar Ali, who will be welcoming poets, prose writers, songwriters and musicians, comedians and anyone else who wants to have a go at our monthly open mic night.

- Five mins per performer


- Slots are on a first come, first served basis

To book: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/takin-the-mic-with-sahar-ali-tickets-44253676939?aff=efbneb


Cúirt: Storytelling with Niall de Búrca  

29th April/3.00pm

Nun’s Island Theatre, 23 Nun's Island, Galway.

Entry €6.00

Raised on the west coast of Ireland now living in Dublin, Niall de Búrca is one of Ireland’s finest traditional storytellers. At home he has featured in theatre, radio and at many festivals including Féile Earraai, the CS Lewis Festival, and The National Children's Book Festival. Abroad he has performed and held workshops in countries as diverse as Poland, Argentina, Italy and The Netherlands. 

More Information:



To book: https://tht.ie/2926/cuirt


Smyth Sessions

29th April/6.30pm

Smyths Pub, Ballalease West, Donabate, Co. Dublin

Entry Free

Open Mic night on the last Sunday of the month. 6.30pm. Smyths Pub Donabate, pre-booking essential. It features musicians, spoken word and comedians, acts to be confirmed, stay tuned to their Facebook page

More Information:  www.facebook.com/thesmythssessions


For more information or if you'd like to be in next month's Gig Guide please email boundlessandbaremedia@gmail.com