Spoken Word

Gig Guide




Saturday October 13th Spokes Poetry welcomes one of Ireland's top contemporary poets, the award winning, much translated and anthologised (including in the hugely popular Staying Alive trilogy) Kerry Hardie. She will be joined by the uilleann piper and composer David Power who will play some original music and traditional airs.

13th October/8.00pm
Phil Grimes Pub, 60 Johnstown, Waterford
Entry €5
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Omagh Literary Festival Poetry Slam

Poetry Slam - SAT 13th Oct - Part of The Omagh Literary Festival - 17th Annual Omagh Literary Festival at Bogans Bar Omagh. Registration at 9.30pm + £50 Prize for winner. Book your tickets at Strule Arts Centre, Omaghor pay at the door.

13th October/9.00pm
Bogans Bar, 26 Market Street, Omagh
Entry £5
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Weekly Open Mic and Jamming session Intercollective is on every Sunday in The International Bar, Dublin with an in-house musician and featured acts scheduled throughout the month. Sign up on the night!

14th/21st/28th October/8.30pm
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin
Entry Free
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The SpeakEasy Derry

Weekly Open Mic with featured artists, The SpeakEasy Derry, is on every Monday in Derry. Welcoming all verbal artists, performers, musicians too - BYOB

15th/22nd/29th October/7.00pm
Cowbog 2, Waterloo St. Derry
Entry Free
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The Circle Sessions

The Circle Sessions, performance collective of musicians, poets, spoken word artists and comedians meet every Monday night in the basement of The International Bar, 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.

15th/22nd/29th October/8.00pm
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: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/guest-poets/

15th/22nd/29th October/9.30pm
Long Valley Pub, Winthrop St, Cork
Entry Free

The Dublin Story Slam

The Dublin Storyslam on the 16th October in The Sugar Club. 'Everyone has a story and we'd love to hear yours. At Dublin's only open mic competitive storytelling night hosted by Broadcaster, Author & Comedian, Colm O'Regan, we're looking for your short true stories inspired by a different theme each month. For this month's theme, we are delighted to be part of the Dublin Podcast Festival with a special theme, FEAR.'

16th October/7.00pm
The Sugar Club, 8 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin
Entry €10 
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Limerick Poets’ Society Open Mic

Weekly Open Mic hosted by Limerick Poets' Society (formerly the White House Poets), gather every Wednesday in Brendan O'Brien's Pub. Everyone is welcome to listen, read their own poetry and enjoy a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

17th/24th/31st October/9.30pm
Brendan O'Brien's Pub, 45 Roches Street, Limerick
Entry Free
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Candlelit Tales

The Dark Deepens 

The darkness of Samhain goes deeper than ghosts, darker than trick or treat. This October, join Candlelit Tales for the stories of the growing shadow that would lead Ireland into its most terrible ancient war. Murder, betrayal, and cursed men lead us into the dark half of the year.

19th October/8.30pm
The Irish Whiskey Museum, 119 Grafton street, Dublin.
Entry Free

Shadows of the Táin

Candlelit Tales present Shadows of the Táin at Whelans support by The Tiny Quartet, a unique and exciting modern retelling of the greatest epic of Irish mythology. Set to a captivating live musical score and shadow puppetry reel.

22nd October/8.00pm
Whelan's, 25 Wexford St, Dublin
Entry €10
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Monthly Open Mic, Listeners is early this month due to the October bank holiday, usually on the last Monday of the month it takes place on the 22nd October in The Eden House. Founders/facilitators Paul Bregazzi & Daragh Bradish.

22nd October/8.00pm
The Eden House, 16 Grange Rd, Haroldsgrange, Dublin
Entry Free
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Dolcáin’s Cellar Open Mic

Dolcáin's Cellar Open-Mic night is on October 25th in Laurels Pub from 7pm. Clondalkin's new monthly open mic down in the cellar of the Laurels. Poetry, music, singing, comedy, etc all welcome! Please bring own instrument. Any questions message us the page.

25th October/7.00pm
The Laurels, Clondalkin Village, Dublin
Entry Free
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The New Romantics

25th October is Mary Shelley Tribute Night hosted by The New Romantics a Dublin poetry night reclaiming the ideals of the Romantic poets for the new age and diverse identities.

For the October installment of The New Romantics, we thought we'd pay tribute to pretty much the single most metal person to have ever walked the earth; Mary Shelley. Said to have lost her virginity on her mother's grave, Shelley wrote Frankenstein at the tender age of 18, kept her husband's calcified heart wrapped in a poem in her writing desk, and once helped two female friends escape to France disguised as a married couple (an ally to boot!). Give us your best feminist horror and kick off your Hallowe'en bank holiday weekend by joining us in celebration of the original goth gf!

25th October/8.00pm
MVP, 29 Upper Clanbrassil, Dublin
Entry Free
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Modwords at the Parlour

ModWords at the Parlour - Modwords' third Waterford Writers Weekend at The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms.
A collection of Waterford's darkest and freakiest writers, floundering their words for all those 'batty' enough to listen in a special Halloween themed evening! Costumes welcome. 
Sign up if you dare at modwords@gmail.com

26th October/9.00pm
The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms, 2 George's Street, Waterford
Entry €2 
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Booze, Blas and Banter

Modwords present their annual Booze, blas and Banter at Jordan's Bar. Tales of before and poetry of now.

27th October/9.00am (in the morning)
Jordan's Bar, 123 Parade Quay, Waterford
Entry Free

Ghosts & Legends of the Coven

Ghosts & Legends of the Coven a storytelling performance spanning childhood fears to adulthood, woven together with myths and ghostly tales to create a uniquely engaging experience.
Coven is a spine tingling show that celebrates 'witch women' often misunderstood, each gained notoriety and respect in their right.
Over 14s - Booking via 

27th + 28th October/6.00pm + 8.30pm
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, Magazine Street,Derry
Entry £10 (£8 Concession)
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Modwords Folklore

Modwords folklore presents Dont piss off the fairies #2 from 9pm The Oak Rooms @ The Munster on Saturday 27th.

27th October/9.00pm
The Munster. Bailey's New St, Waterford
Entry Free

Sean Colletti: 'Saeculum' Launch

First stop on Irish soil for Sean Colletti's UK & Ireland tour to launch 'Saeculum' was the Intercollective, weekly Open Mic and Jamming session, on Sunday. Followed by The Circle Sessions 8th October. Next stop is Modwords Cork on the 30th of October

30th October/8.00pm
The Poor Relation Pub, 19 Parnell Pl, Centre, Cork
Entry Free
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Modwords Cork Open Mic #5 on the 30th October is the Halloween edition of Modwords Cork -

We are inviting all spooks, spectres, ghouls and gowls to come and bring their little bit of hocus pocus magic to our home stage in The Poor Relation. We welcome all art forms: Music, dance, poetry, prose, film, fine art-we want it all! Some come along, have a look and perhaps confront your demons...Looking forward to seeing you there!

30th October/8.00pm
The Poor Relation, 19 Parnell Place, Cork
Entry Free
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