Friday, 26 February 2010

Open Mics and Places to hear Spoken Word

There are more and more places to hear Spoken Word, often interspersed with music. Songwriting being so close to Poetry as to be almost kinky.

Here are some I've heard of. Please add comments with any I've missed. I'm bound to have missed some.

Some have funding and are able to pay, some offer publicity and maybe an opportunity to sell your book/ CD/ DVD, some only offer fame and publicity and maybe a free drink. They are run by, without exception, a dedicated and tolerant bunch of organisers for it has to be said, this is a thankless task, month in, month out.

Three Legged Poets at Atrium, Glor, Ennis Co Clare. 3rd Saturday in the Month.
There readings are free gratis and consist of a short reading by a guest poet followed by an "open mic" session at which members of the group and others can read a poem or two. This is interspersed with live music from a Clare-based musician or musicians.

Ó Bhéal Upstairs at The Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork. Monday evenings from 9.00pm. Organiser: Paul Casey. Funded.
Free. Original poetry, storytelling and unplugged ceol

North West Words, Cafe Blend, High Road, Letterkenny. Last Thursday of each month, 8pm. contact them

The Glor Sessions, Downstairs at International Bar, Suffolk St, Dublin. Every Monday night. 9pm. Organiser: Stephen James Smith. No funding.
The Glor Sessions is the weekly night of music and poetry is growing and growing over the last few months and the line-up is always tasty, a mix of music and the spoken word. Sometimes we get finger food.

Brownbread Mix Tapes at The Stag's Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin. Organisers: Enda Roche and Kalle Ryan. No funding. Last Wednesday of the month. Each gig has a theme. They invite poets, musicians, playwrights and performers. They do a performance related to the theme. They aim to have loads of fun, simple as that.

Last Wednesday Seven Towers at Cassidy's bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin.
Resident writers and open mic. Can get a bit same-y. They also organise Chapters and Verse readings, Wednesday lunchtimes 1:15pm.

Wurn Im Apfel do some kind of poetry night with featured readers and open mic at the Monster Truck Gallery. Bit vague on the details here.

Naked Lunch upstairs in Feile Bar, Wexford Street, Dublin. every other Wednesday night. Organisers: Mike & Niall. No funding.
a poetry/music open mic night, experimental, expanding and running art into the ground. Performances are limited to 2 poems or songs, in order to make sure everybody who turns up gets a chance to perform.

Poetry Upfront happens every so often in Balbriggan. Organiser: Christodoulos Makris No funding.

Gutterbookshop in Temple Bar now do a monthly poetry reading and discussion.

Over The Edge Open Readings at Galway City Library, St. Augustine Street, Galway. Last Friday of the month and Sheridan's Wine Bar, 14-16 Church Yard Street, Galway 2nd Friday of the month. Organisers: Susan Millar DuMars and Kevin Higgins. Funded.
Features Readers and Open Mic.

North Beach Poetry Nights at The Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway. Middle Monday of the month. Organiser: John Walsh. Funded.
5/3 Euro Entrance.

Poetry and Story Smackdown. Some Tuesdays/Wednesdays. Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway. More than that I cannot say. Google for more details.

Open Mic, last Friday of the month 8pm Poetry in Bollards Back Room, 31 Saint Kierans Street, Kilkenny.

On The Nail at Locke Bar, Limerick. Monthly first Thursday 8pm. Organiser: Dominic Taylor. No Funding.
Featured readers and music followed by an Open Mic. Free includes finger food.

Whitehouse Poets at White House, O'Connell Street, Limerick. Weekly Wednesdays. Organiser: Ed O'Dwyer. Funded. They have a mix of local, national and international poets reading their work to an always appreciative audience. Free with finger food.

Soundings at the library Newcastle West second Thursday at 8.00pm. Organiser: Eileen Sheehan. Funded.
a reading by our guest poet followed by an ‘open mic’ session for all who would like to read their own poetry.

Boyne Readings at the Village Hall, Knightsbridge Village, Longwood Road, Trim. Third Thursday of the Month. Organiser: Michael Farry. Small funding.
5 Euro. Tea and Biscuits! Featured Readers and open mic.

Cáca Milis Cabaret, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Middle Friday of the month, 8:30pm. Organiser: Helena Mulkerns. No Funding.
Means "Sweetcake" in the Irish language - deliberatly recession friendly, with admission only €8, economic bar, and special guests to be announced each time. The Cabaret features emerging talent from the South East and around the country, as well as touring artists who might be in town.

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