Open Mic Tue 26th: Anita Govan & Mark Mace Smith

INKY FINGERS OPEN MIC, 8 – 11pm, Tuesday 26th June
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 Anita Govan and Mark Mace Smith. Anita Govan is an Edinburgh-based performance poet whose fantastic work — ‘Warm and strong, beautiful words and evocative imagery’ (The Scotsman); ‘the direct and pressing energy of [a] bright, glittering vocabulary’ (The Guardian) — has lit up the Scottish scene for years. Mark Mace Smith is a Manchester-based poet and many other things besides (actor, photographer, painter, publisher, percussionist, events manager and political activist); a multiple slam winner, including the prestigious Glastonbury slam, we’re delighted to be bringing him up for his debut Edinburgh gig.

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.