Open Mic feat. Sandra Alland (Feb 4th)


8 – 11pm, Tuesday 4th February
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 Sandra Alland, a writer, filmmaker, performer and interdisciplinary artist. Her latest book of poetry, Naturally Speaking, is a meditation on disability poetics and gender; it co-won Canada’s 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Sandra has published two other books of poetry and a chapbook of short stories, and was recently guest editor at Jacket2 for a special edition on Scottish poets. She has published, exhibited and performed internationally, including at/with Tate Modern, Oxford Playhouse, Entzaubert Film Festival (Berlin), Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, Jawdance and Caesura. Sandra curates for Scotland’s premier intersectional arts organisation, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! See

Alland swings like a trapeze artist between forms: from the apparent opacity of language poetry to the clarity of the lyric; from snippets of dramatic dialogue to prose; from internet URLs to geometry, all the while exploiting, at times brilliantly, the many resources of poetry.”
– M. NourbeSe Philip, author of Zong

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.