Spoken Word

Gig Guide


Event Details

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


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

Open Mics + Shows


Shane Koyczan

Internationally recognized wordsmith Shane Koyczan is a legend on the global spoken word scene. His anti-bullying video“To This Day” is one of the most viewed poems on Youtube with 23 million views. He has six books, four albums, and one opera to his name. He has won the National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics.
Koyzcan’s performances have brought audiences to their feet in numerous venues, from stadium sized events like the Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony to the peculiar streamed intimacy of the prestigious TED Conference. He stands at the forefront of a new wave of 21st century poetry that flies on the page and screen and soars on the stage.

15th June/8.00pm
Pepper Canister Church, Upper Mount Street, Dublin
Entry €17+
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The Poetry Brothel: O, Rocks!

This year’s Poetry Brothel celebration of James Joyce finds itself asking its contributors to take Molly’s words to heart: “O, rocks, tell us in plain words”. Joyce’s world and characters have indeed undergone ‘metempsychosis’ at an alarming rate as each new generation of readers absorbs, adopts and refashions Bloomsday in their own image. This year we celebrate the city itself, the characters and situations of Dublin common to us all. Like Wandering Rocks transmigrating through this city from dawn until dusk (from birth until death), it is Dublin herself that we celebrate and we invite you to celebrate with us! The Poetry Brothel is an immersive literary cabaret nightclub experience, a place where jazz musicians, burlesque dancers, body painters, magicians, drag performers and tarot card readers mingle and perform — but poetry holds centre stage as the headline act.

15th + 16th June/9.00pm
The Church Bar & Restaurant, Junction of Mary St. and, Jervis St, Dublin
Entry €20


“Yes” Molly’s Soliloquy

“Yes” Molly’s Soliloquy is a theatrical adaptation to stage based on the enigmatic final chapter of James Joyce’s  Ulysses.

Unlike Penelope, Molly is not the chaste character who awaits the arrival of her lost love. Joyce portrays her through a stream of consciousness, as a strong yet whimsical woman. Infused with music from Montiverdi's opera, Conor Maguire's adaptation offers a fresh interpretation of this most challenging and cherished piece of literature.

17th + 18th June/8.00pm
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast
Entry £8 | £6

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Dublin Story Slam: Examinations

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.

18th June/7.00pm
The Sugar Club. 8 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin
Entry €10


Lit Up

A poetry night with a twist. Two headlining poets (one performance poet and one literary poet) and an Open Mic. But that is not all - there is a twist! All poets reading will be asked to share, as well as their own work, one or two of their favourite poems by other poets. People perform the poems they love and have been inspired by.

20th June/7.00pm
CAP Building, Community Arts Partnership Donegal Street Place, Belfast
Entry £3


Candlelit Tales: Game of Kings

For generations in Ireland, we told no tales of the High Kings. No stories of leadership and justice to inspire us To be fair to ourselves, we were a bit preoccupied.
Each month we create a new show arranging a new set of stories revolving around the same theme, and we perform this across four different venues in Dublin and Bray. There is an endless amount of material, so we keep finding new stories and new ways to tell the old.

21st June/8.00pm
Irish Whiskey Museum. 119 Grafton Street, Dublin

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Modwords (Prefest)

Modwords is a literary new works platform. So if you feel you or/and a friend might like to read/dance/sing/laugh at your own jokes/bawl.... This is the place for you. This is the last Modwords get together before it's very own festival next July.

22nd June/9.00pm
Theatre Royal, The Mall, Waterford
Entry Free



Open mic night last Monday of every month at The Eden House, Rathfarnham. Founders/facilitators Paul Bregazzi & Daragh Bradish.  This month they have two featured writers followed by an Open Mic.

24th June/8.00pm
The Eden Pub, 16 Grange Rd, Rathfarnham, Dublin   
Entry Free


Open Mic 54

Waterford's best and longest running Open Mic Night on the last Monday of each month. €3 gets you a fantastic evening's entertainment with an awesome variety of performances. You never know what you're gonna get… Spoken word, bands, singers, poets, comedians, musicians, actors, dancers. If you’d like to perform, now is the time to sign up, and you can do so by posting in the event, sending us a PM or an email to centralartswaterford@gmail.com. Everyone’s welcome, whether you’re a seasoned performer or it’s your first time to take to the stage. Singers, dancers, actors, musicians, poets, rappers, whatever your talent, there is a slot for you. Each act gets 8 mins or 2 songs. Acts can arrive from 7pm and the show kicks off at 8pm sharp. This is a BYOB event. Over-18s, ID required. www.centralarts.ie

24th June/8.00pm
Central Arts Central Hall Waterford Arts Company, 123A Parade Quay, Waterford
Entry €3


The Peel Sessions

A brand new series of nights in Dublin hosted by spoken word artist Emmet O’Brien. An open mic night for all poets/musicians/comedians/whatever other miscellaneous talents you want  showcased! This event is bi monthly, falling on every second Wednesday of the month! Performers will be picked out at random from the jar and will have 5 minutes to perform whatever they wish to!

26th June/8.00pm
Paddle & Peel, 199 King St N, Rotunda, Dublin
Entry Free


The Upstairs Sessions

We hold an open platform for songwriters, singers, musicians, spoken word performers, poets, storytellers to share their pieces in a cosy, friendly setting. We hold the night on the last Friday of every month upstairs in Slattery’s Pub in Rathmines.

26th June/8.30pm
Upstairs in Slattery's Pub, 217 Rathmines Road, Dublin
Entry Free


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.

26th June/7.30pm
The Lord Edward Pub, 23 Christchurch Place, Dublin
Entry Free

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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.

27th June/8.00pm
Laurels Pub  Clondalkin Village, Dublin
Entry Free


Airfield: Open Mic and Launch of The Mews

Airfield Writers are a group of writers who meet in Airfield Estate each Friday. The group is co-operatively run and covers fiction, nonfiction and poetry.We’re so excited to be holding our annual Open Mic and broadsheet launch in Airfield on Thursday 27th of June.

27th June/7.30pm
Airfield Estate, Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin
Entry €5


Dublin Writer's Forum: Homewarming Party

DWF is excited to invite you along to our first public reading of 2019 at our soon-to-be new home at the welcoming and wonderful Third Space. Our members will dazzle you with their literary genius during their five minute reading slot. We are very excited to be able to welcome all to this venue. We have found a wheelchair accessible space at last.
Line-up: Katie Moynagh, Eithne Lannon, Edmund Buckley, Gary Grace, Aindriu O'Meara, Kevin Bateman, Insaf Yalacinkaya, Gordon Ferris, Damien O'Carroll, and BeRn.

27th June/7.30pm
Third Space Smithfield, Smithfield Market, 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.

27th June/8.00pm
Good Thyme Cafe, Mayoralty Street, Drogheda
Entry Free

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The Show Off Sessions

A Pre-Register monthly Open Mic night featuring Musicians, Spoken Word, Comedy and Poetry  on the last Sunday of the month in Donabate.

30th June/6.30pm
Keelings Pub (Copper Pot Room), Main Street, Donabate, Co.Dublin
Entry Free

July Spoken Word Gig Guide

Submit your events to our Online Form to be included in our July listings.

Send us a press release: boundlessandbaremedia@gmail.com

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.

Deadline: 27th June 2019