National Poetry Day in Portobello (Sep 27 – Oct 4)

a literary extravaganza for absolutely everyone

4th October, 7-9pm, Portobello Library
Free and unticketed, booking required if you want to perform

A big community celebration for National Poetry Day, with top feature poets alongside an open mic so that you can join in too. Inky Fingers takes over Portobello Library with its wild poetic energy and supportive platform for new writers!

It’s free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience, or identity. We want to hear from everybody, and we want to support everybody in performing for a friendly audience. 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 are comic maestro Robin Cairns and Fiona Lindsay.  Robin travels to perform across Scotland on a regular basis, at poetry nights, slams, comedy clubs,  ceilidhs (lots of ceilidhs), after-dinner engagements, in  schools, in libraries, rock  festivals, arts festivals, and everything else. He’s never happier than when he has an audience laughing – as long as he knows he has something up his sleeve to squeeze a tear out of them soon. Fiona, “the barefoot poet”, has performed everywhere from Dundrennan to Dubai, with thoughtful and lyrical poems that’ll tweak your smile and touch your heart.

To book a slot to perform, email with your name and contact details.

a workshop in performing your poetry

27th September and 1st October, 6 – 7.30pm, Portobello Library
Free Entry, Booking Required

Been scribbling for years but never known how to speak your words? Just started trying out poetry but are excited to perform it too? Just want to boost your confidence in standing on a stage? This is the workshop for you!

“From Page to Stage” is a workshop with professional performance poet Harry Giles. We’ll cover the basics of stagecraft — what to do with your body, how to make your voice good and strong, how to overcome nerves — and try some techniques for making your own poetry sound great.

To book a place, email with your name and contact details by 20th September. The workshop is open to anyone of any age and level of experience — you’ll just need to bring a piece of writing to practise performing with.

The events are supported by Edinburgh Libraries and organised by Inky Fingers, Edinburgh’s spoken word events collective. For more information, see