Spoken Word

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August 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 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


August Open Mics + Shows

Candlelit Tales: Tales of Fionn and The Fianna

The first session will be stories of Fionn before he burned his thumb and the second will be stories of after he gained the knowledge. This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY event.
Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival in partnership with Race Around Ireland present a cultural experience of the mythical Salmon of Knowledge coinciding with the start of the Race Around Ireland Event. It is a celebration of the river Boyne in all it’s glory. The festival features drama, musical, story telling, sporting activities (for young & not so young) and novelties from Trim and the Boyne Valley region.

24th August/1.00pm
Trim Castle, Meath
Entry Free

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Dublin Story Time

Dublin Story Time is a NO RULES storytelling event run completely by the audience. Share a tale, poem or anything you want to get off your chest to a room full of strangers.
The idea of Dublin Story Time is to create a safe space to share and talk. We want you to connect with other people and relax.
There is unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits.

24th August/7.00pm
The Clockwork Door Dublin. 51 Wellington Quay. Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €8 Early bird | €10 General | €11 Door

Queer As Spoke

Belfast's spoken word open mic night, where Queer voices never compromise. 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. Anyone can get their name in the wizard's hat and will get 7(ish) minutes where everyone has to shush and listen. Since we often touch on sensitive and difficult subjects, the 343 has a green room where anyone can go to have a moment to themselves. £3 donation at the door or pay what you can!

26th August/8.00pm
The 343, 431 Newtownards Road, Belfast
Entry £3


Poetry and a Pint

Grab yourself a pint (or tipple of your choice) and settle in for an evening of original poetry in the intimate setting of Fealty’s Back Bar. Each week a renowned host poet will read from their own work before introducing an open mic session. There will be 10 open mic slots available per night given on a first come basis. 

27th August/7.30pm
Fealty’s Bar, High Street, Bangor, Co. Down
Entry £6

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.

28th August/7.30pm
The Lord Edward Pub, 23 Christchurch Place, Dublin
Entry Free


Candlelit Tales: Lughnasa 

This month,we bring you tales of the Tuatha de Dannan: once the gods of the Celtic peoples, later the faeries of folklore - and of their greatest hero, Lugh; the famous father of Cú Chulainn! The god of light, who cast a long and dark shadow

In Irish myth, we hear tales of the “Good People”. It’s very important that you call them the good people. Ever wonder why?

28th August/ 8.00pm
Whelan’s 25 Wexford St, Portobello, Dublin
Entry €15


The Collective Summer Sessions

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.

29th August/7.30pm
The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €8 (suggested donation)

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. 

29th August/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.

29th August/8.00pm
Good Thyme Cafe, Mayoralty Street, Drogheda
Entry Free


GooLally Productions: Me, Myself and Ireland

Cormac Lally and Julie Goo's take on Eire past, present and future by two of Irelands top spoken word artists. These two unique spoken word artists take a scalpel to Ireland past, present and future. Their show is one of ugly truths, beautiful poetry, hilarious laughs, touching realism and utter nonsense. The audience is invited to relax into the imaginative, critical, uplifting and slightly bonkers layers of poetry. GooLally explores themes of Conformity, Modern Irish Culture, Language, Parenthood, Partying, Religion, Revolution, Sexuality and more. This show offers an intelligent and positive insight into society today, and is told in an honest, humorous voice.

29th August/8.00pm
Maureen’s Bar, John Redmond Street, Cork
Entry €10

All-Ireland Connacht Poetry Slam Semi-Finals

Poetry Slammers of Connacht! Bring your poems to the Glasshouse on the 29th of August to see who will head to the All-Connacht Poetry Slam Finals. The top 6 competitors of the semi-finals will compete in the finals on the 13th of September to see who will be crowned All-Connacht Poetry Slam Champion! Top 3 from finals get to represent Connacht in the All-Ireland Poetry Slam later in the year. The Connacht events will be hosted by the current All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion, Beau Williams.

29th August/8.30pm
Glasshouse in Electric, Abbeygate Street Upper, Galway
Entry Free

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.


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