Open Mic December 18th


INKY FINGERS OPEN MIC, 8 – 11pm, Tuesday 18th December
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 Bram E. Gieben, a Glasgow-based writer, emcee and musician. Bram is awesomely talented and hugely prolific: his crime novel was nominated for the 2012 CWA Debut Dagger Award; his short fiction has been published by Timid Pirate Press and Drey Magazine, and received a special mention in the Boing Boing ‘Gadget Fiction’ contest of 2009; and he set up Weaponizer Press, an open-source site publishing edgy, groundbreaking fiction by emerging authors. Under the name Texture, he also makes loop-based hip-hop with dubstep, electro, and lo-fi influences, and he also helped set up the netlabel Black Lantern Music, releasing music by more than thirty artists from Scotland and worldwide. Find out more at

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.