Open Mic (Oct 23)

INKY FINGERS OPEN MIC, 8 – 11pm, Tuesday 23rd October
The Forest, 141 Lauriston Place, 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 bringing you a feature from Jim Monaghan, a Cumnock poet whose writing mixes local flavour, satirical bite and intoxicating wit (, and also from Emily Dodd, screenwriter for CBeebies and Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence at Leith Library, whose latest book ‘Banana me Beautiful’ is a collection of poetry, stories, art and photos.

NOTE: WE’VE MOVED BACK! After a year being supported by the lovely Lothian St project, we’re back in our original home of The Forest, now at 141 Lauriston Pl.

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.