Spoken Word

Gig Guide

APRIL 2018 


1st May/6.30pm

At the Edge

Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan

Entry Free


A literary evening in Cavan. Four readers: Ron Carey, Amanda Bell, Stephanie Conn, Rosemary Jenkinson followed by Open Mic


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/955107684649408/


1st May/8.00pm

‘On the Nail’ Literary Gathering

Chez le Fab, Arthur’s Quay Park, Limerick

Entry Free


This month, our guests are author Elizabeth and poet Ger Reidy. Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.


More Information: http://www.limerickwriterscentre.com/event_categories/on-the-nail/


1st May/8.00pm

Bespoken Word

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

Ace storyteller Maria Gillen visits from Cork to do an interactive session at DeBarra's featuring ancient myths and today's stories of (self) resilience to celebrate the start of Clonakilty Wellness Week Followed by Q&A, stand-up interview, Open Mic.


2nd/9th/18th/21st May/

Candlelit Tales: Mighty Mythic Mammies


There’s nothing like a mammy, and there’s no mammy like an Irish mammy. Maybe that’s why there are so many great stories about them in our mythology. Women who decided to hop off to the Otherworld when they were meant to be getting married. Women who chose when they’d have children, right down to the day. Women who endured everything to raise a child they hadn’t bourne themselves, but were mothers to nonetheless. Women who held on to the possibilities of the new life they nurtured. Women who weren’t ready to take on that weight of responsibility, and made a different choice.

2nd May/8.00pm

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Rd, Ravenswell, Bray, Wicklow
Entry Free (donations)

9th May, 7.00pm
Stag's Head, Dame Lane, Dublin
Entry €10

Ticket link https://www.eventgen.ie/mighty-mythic-mammies

18th May/8.00pm
Irish Whiskey Museum, Grafton Street, Dublin
Tickets will be made available on Eventbrite

21st May/7.00pm
196 Rathmines Rd Lower, Dublin

Entry €10
Ticket link https://www.eventgen.ie/mighty-mythic-mammies---the-bowery   

3rd May/8pm

Circle Sessions: Tales Vs Tunes: Dundalk

Spirit Store, George's Quay, Marsh North, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Entry by Donation


What is Tales Vs. Tunes?


2 performers, 2 words, 2 weeks - 1 head to head battle to decided it all. Tales Vs. Tunes is a competition between musicians and spoken word artists to finally determine which is superior - Music or spoken word! In this context, spoken word covers prose, poetry and comedy. Each performer gets the same 2 words and they must create a brand new piece which use these words in some capacity. Musicians and spoken word artists are then paired off in a versus format in the live show, with the winner being decided by public vote. The only difference in format between our weekly version and our tour version is that the winner of each individual battle will not be revealed, only the score of #TeamTales and #TeamTunes at the end of the night!


The words for the show are 'Cinema' and 'Midnight'


More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/168326160401839/

4th May/8.30pm

Purely Poetry

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! 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/


4th May/8.30pm

The House Presents

The Annesley House, 70 North Strand Road, Dublin

Entry Free


The House Presents is a monthly event presenting some of the most interesting artists around. Artists featured this month are: Sinead Gleeson & Stephen Shannon, Arch Motors and Kevin Murphy (with Mary Barnecutt)


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/208088716445551/


4th May/8.00pm
Spokes Open Mic Poetry Night
Phil Grimes Pub, Waterford
Entry €5


We are marking its spoke on the Wheel of the Year this Friday. Come along, bring a poem, read a poem. Very special guest all the way from Dublin city - Sean Millar.

(slots are for one long or two short poems or three very very short poems or around three- five minutes for story/comedy)


5th May/8.00pm
The 1916 Centenary Performing Arts Club
Teacher’s Club, Dublin


The 1916 Centenary Club is a Performers' Club, where members and vistors can perform drama, comedy, recite poetry, play music and debate


More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/635831353475941/


6th May/6.30pm
Slam Sunday - The Return!
Fringe Lab, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, Dublin
Entry €7


Slam Sunday is back. The great thing about spoken word- anywhere can be a stage, so let's make a new stage and keep the words flowing.


Live slam poetry competition. Doors open 6:30pm. Show starts 7:00pm.


Any unsold tickets will be available on the door for €7.


Buy tickets online now:



Event will be in Fringe Lab, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

- No alcohol allowed

-This will be a smaller, more intimate gig than our usual show so tickets are limited.


More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/359540151208332/


6th/13th/20th/27th May/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.

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/theintercollective/


7th/14th/21th/28rd May/8.00pm
Circle Sessions  

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/


7th/14th/21th/28rd May/9.30pm

Ó Bhéal  

The Long Valley, Winthrop St, Cork

Entry Free


Guest Poets every Monday evening, Five Word Challenge, and Poetry Open-Mic. Guests this month include: Sean Lysaght, Thomas Dillon Redshaw, Rob Barratt, and Liz Quirke.


More Information: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/guest-poets/


11th May/6.00pm
The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin
Entry €17.50


YUSSS! is back and this time we are throwing a 9 hour party with ALL proceeds going to the TOGETHER FOR YES campaign.

Tickets available from Designist at https://shop.designist.ie/products/yusss-for-repeal

YUSSS! FOR REPEAL presents some of Ireland's most talented Musicians, DJ's and Spoken Word Artists. Plus we will have an awesome merch market for you to peruse.

And as if that wasn't enough over the 3 week lead up to YUSSS! FOR REPEAL we will be announcing even more amazing acts! This is an event not to be missed!


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/186524215482245/


12th May/200pm

OutStraight Block Party - The Art That Never Gets Made

A4 Sounds, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Upper Dorset Street, Dublin

Entry €13.56


Join OutStraight as we celebrate the life and work of one of our founding members Paul Curran who died recently this year.

Paul Curran was as influential as any working class poets to have come. Shock waves were felt around the poetry community and in OutStraight and we want to showcase truly what a talent he was.

We will be celebrating with an all day and night party including poetry, hip-hop, street art and live DJs throughout.

Portion of proceeds from tickets will go towards Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm and to support all the amazing work they do. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/outstraight-block-party-the-art-that-never-gets-made-tickets-45355788384




More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/222393215188185/


13th May/7.30pm
FeliSpeaks & Dagogo Hart Presents: 'See True'
Workman’s, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin

Entry €7


'See True' is a poetic, dramatic display between two Afro Irish Millennials, Felispeaks & Dagogo Hart Dagogo


We present to you our artistic and challenging perspectives on everything that passes through our consciousness.


We would like to take you on a journey of our minds, unravelling the beauty of subjects dear to our hearts. A presentation of a tasteful blend of dramatic poetry and visual savours alongside other forms of art using the expertise of Dami Okesanya & Tobi Balogun


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/see-true-tickets-44745394680?utm_term=eventurl_text

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/166563103937893/


16th May/7.00pm
Feminist Swearing Night
Chaplins Comedy Club Dublin, Chaplins Bar, Hawkins Street, Dublin
Entry €6

This is an opportunity to sound off about the patriarchy, politics, inequality and injustice through stand-up comedy, rhyme, song, swearing, ranting or any other means of expression. The event will be moderated by one of the founders of Feministinen ajatushautomo Hattu, unshakeable feminist Rosa Meriläinen. She will be joined by Dublin’s very own stand up comedienne Aine Gallagher and other special guests.


Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feminist-swearing-night-tickets-44546950127
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/168308170403638/


18th May/7.00pm
New Voices with District Magazine (ILFD)
GPO, O’Connell Street Lower, Dublin

Entry €5


International Literature Festival Dublin & District Magazine are delighted to collaborate on a one-of-a-kind event in Dublin’s most famous historical building.

As part of the GPO’s 200th anniversary celebrations, we’re inviting an array of the brightest talents from the Irish hip hop and spoken word scene to perform in the Main Postal Hall, raising the curtain on the 2018 International Literature Festival Dublin.

District Magazine’s first and constant music love is hip hop. With spoken words events, we seek to blend the worlds of traditional, Irish storytelling with rap and everything that comes with the culture.

This event offers a unique chance to celebrate our city’s rich literary history, while looking firmly to the future.


Tickets: http://ilfdublin.com/events/new-voices-with-district-magazine

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/228677087683702/


18th May/8pm
Circle Sessions: Tales Vs Tunes: Galway

9 Dominick Street Upper, Galway

Entry by donation


What is Tales Vs. Tunes?


2 performers, 2 words, 2 weeks - 1 head to head battle to decided it all. Tales Vs. Tunes is a competition between musicians and spoken word artists to finally determine which is superior - Music or spoken word! In this context, spoken word covers prose, poetry and comedy. Each performer gets the same 2 words and they must create a brand new piece which use these words in some capacity. Musicians and spoken word artists are then paired off in a versus format in the live show, with the winner being decided by public vote. The only difference in format between our weekly version and our tour version is that the winner of each individual battle will not be revealed, only the score of #TeamTales and # TeamTunes at the end of the night!


The words for the show are 'Grizzly' and 'Authentic'.


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572357382833865/


18th May/9.00pm
Under the Hammers
Connolly’s of Leap, Main Street, Leap, Cork

Entry €10


Spoken Word. Comedy . Theatre. Music in the iconic Connolly's of Leap. This month we bring you music from Mountainous Riff Club, Colin Deady, and Cara Kursh Music.


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/246427395928245/


22nd May/8.00pm
The Dublin Story Slam (ILFD)
Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin

Entry €9


In this special ‘Dublin’ themed Story Slam, members of the audience are invited to tell stories inspired by the city they call home. These can be stories that create a strong sense of what Dublin and Dubliners are all about – a unique sense of humour, a sense of community, a proud identity, a rich and colourful past and an ever-changing present. This event will celebrate stories from the city by providing a unique and powerful platform for ordinary Dubliners to get up and share extraordinary true tales.


Tickets: https://eventgen.ie/the-dublin-story-slam---dublin
More Information: http://ilfdublin.com/events/the-dublin-story-slam-dublin


23rd May/7.30pm
Rabble Rouzer 5 for Refugees
The Underground, 64 Dame Street, Dublin

Entry by Donation


This month we’re raising funds for Ramsi Summer Camp for Kids in direct provision and Masi’s Cooking for Freedom. There is an epic line-up and a monster raffle on the night. Guest speakers have been invited to speak on campaigns to end direct provision and on the not so right to work from

MASI - Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1616544591787058/


24th May/1.00pm
Poetry by the Pond
dlr LexIcon, Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire

Entry Free


Poetry by the pond is an event that brings like-minded people together to read, listen to and to celebrate poetry in a very simple, accessible way. Read your own poetry or someone else’s, come along just to listen if you prefer. All are welcome, young and old alike. Come on your lunch hour; bring a friend, child or relative. Be inspired by the eclectic mix of poems that are read and you will more than likely make a new friend or acquaintance while you are here. Justyna is our Poetry by the Pond host and Justyna loves poetry and people!


More Information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/555892051459254/


25th May/8.00pm
The Collective
no venue yet, Ranelagh
Entry Free


The Collective in Ranelagh is on once a month, 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/


25th May/7.30pm
The Thing Itself
Mulhern’s Bar, 17 Belmore Street, Enniskillen, Fermanagh
Entry £3


The Thing Itself is a monthly poetry/spoken word event based in Enniskillen, giving local performers the chance to have their voices heard. Featured acts this month are Colin Dardis and Geraldine Dardis O'Kane.


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


26th May/12.00pm

Tales from the Shadows  (ILFD)
The Complex, 15 Little Green Street, Dublin

Entry €5


Join us for this special event combining the oral tradition of storytelling with the visuals of shadow puppetry in an anthology style production based on folklore and urban legends originating in Dublin.  Tales to look forward to include: ‘The Pig Faced Lady of Steeven’s Hospital’, ‘The Ghost of Marsh’s Library’ and many more. The show will appeal to “mature children and childish adults” alike, as well as those with a taste for gothic stories.

Tickets: http://ilfdublin.com/events/tales-from-the-shadows

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1008808845935343/


28th May/8.00pm
Eden House, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

Entry Free


This is another monthly event on the last Monday of the month run by Paul Bregazzi and Daragh Bradish with featured readers and open mic section.


30th May/7.30pm
The Sunflower Sessions
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.


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


31st May/8.00pm
Dalkey Writers Workshop Prose and Poetry Evening
The Magpie Inn, 115 Coliemore Rd, Dalkey, Dublin

Entry Free


Join us for an evening of poetry, prose and music - upstairs in The Magpie Inn - entry free! Bring your friends and support our group!


More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/234629457279487/