Open Mic May 22nd w/ JL Williams

INKY FINGERS OPEN MIC, 8 – 11pm, Tuesday 22nd May
Negociants, 45-47 Lothian Street, Edinburgh

The Inky Fingers Open Mic takes place 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.

This month, we’re featuring the poetry of JL Williams. Born in New Jersey, she moved to Edinburgh in 2001, and has since then been active both as a poet and in the performing arts as a director and producer. She was awarded a grant from the Scottish Arts Council for a poetry collaboration entitled ‘chiaroscuro pentimenti’ with composer Martin Parker and artist Anna Chapman, and the Edwin Morgan Travel Bursary from the Scottish Arts Trust. Her poetry has been published in various journals, and her collection, ‘Condition of Fire’, is published by Shearsman Books. She plays in the band Opul and can be found on the Live Literature funded list of Scottish Book Trust Authors.

NOTE: WE’VE MOVED! We’re still part of the amazing Lothian St project, but we’ve moved upstairs to Negociants, where you’ll find a cosier atmosphere, better seats, and good light to read by.

Open Mic slots are five minutes long; e-mail to sign up and be sure of a slot, and check our website at for more details.