Open Mic with Ghostboy (Feb 26)


8 – 11pm, Tuesday 26th February
The Forest Café, 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 Ghostboy, the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde of Australian poetry. Ghostboy won the Performance Poetry World Cup (2005) establishing him as one of Australia’s most innovative s”poken weird” artists. He has been QLD’s “slammaster” since 2005 coordinating two of the nations biggest slam events in the Australian Poetry Slam (Queensland) and the WordFood slam at the Woodford Folk Festival. Ghostboy also fronts punk kabaret act Ghostboy with Golden Virtues  and has performed his work on ABC & Triple J radio. Festivals featured at include the Brisbane Writers Festival, Byron Bay Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and ‘NightWords’ at the Sydney Opera House. His new collection of poetry And the Ringmaster Said… was released by Small Change Press in 2008.

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.

supported by  the Creative Industries Career Fund of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund of Australia