Open Mic feat. Tawona Sithole (Nov 5)


8 – 11pm, Tuesday 5th November
The Forest Café, 141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

The Inky Fingers Open Mic now takes place every first 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.

Our feature this month is Tawona Sithole, who says: “I am better known as Ganyamatope, being a son from the ancestral family Moyo Chirandu. Over the ages, my family’s values have been maintained and expressed through the spoken word and mbira music.  From Zimbabwe, living in Glasgow, sharing my heritage with others highlights lesser-known perspectives of my experience as an African.  Using traditional influences, I have developed a contemporary style of expression, often using humour to challenge stereotypes. I am co-founder of Seeds of Thought non-funded arts group, which involves creative writing, performance, music and art; often collaborating with other writers/artists. We try to make poetry and spoken word entertaining to those who wouldn’t normally take interest, through our regular performance events at the CCA.”

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.