The Inky Fingers Open Mic takes place in the main room of the Forest every fourth Tuesday of the month, from 8-11pm. It’s free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience, or identity.
We want to hear from everybody. We want your poems, your rants, your ballads, your short stories, your diaries, your experimental texts, your heart, your mind, your body. We want the essay on your summer holidays you wrote when you were four, your adolescent haiku, and extracts from your eventually-to-be-completed epic fantasy quadrilogy.
We want to hear your best new work as well. And we want people to care about the way words are performed.
Our feature performers this month are Sophie Cooke, known for her Saltire-shortlisted first novel The Glass House and work from travel writing to poetry, and Morag Edward, whose short stories have featured in a wide variety of anthologies, and who has been seen at performances from the Victoria & Albert Museum to the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Open Mic slots are five minutes long; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be sure of a slot.