Open Mic Tue 26th

“To the altar! To the block!”
and YOU, on our famous open stage

Tuesday 26th April, 8 – 11pm
Forest Café, Bristo Place, Edinburgh

On the occasion of what may be either the most momentous ceremony of modern times or a distracting hangover from an outdated despotical tradition best left ignored, Inky Fingers is bringing you a loosely-themed open mic: to the altar, or to the block? We’re inviting some of the city’s top poets to contribute their words on the dread wedding, and you can join in to (or ignore the theme entirely at your discretion).

The Inky Fingers Open Mic takes place in the main room of the Forest Café 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. It is big and celebratory and welcoming and fun. 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 Colin Donati, a writer and musician whose work ranges from the beautifully traditional to the startlingly contemporary, and Eliza Langland, whose comically profound words will shake your lungs and tickle your brain all at the same time

Open Mic slots are five minutes long; e-mail to sign up and be sure of a slot!

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