weekend_poster_CMYK_HIGH_RESThere’s a series of events taking place this weekend in Edinburgh and Portobello, all aimed at exploring and celebrating poetry and spoken word in some of their glorious permutations. It’s the…


Friday 5 – Sunday 7th December 2014.

Presented by the Inky Fingers Communities Project, with support from Creative Scotland and The Robertson Trust.

Friday 5th December

The Portobello Hotpot! A mashup between the Portobello Poetry Circus and the Musselburgh Hotpot, featuring some of the best Open Micers from both nights. Presented by Max Scratchmann and Stephen Barnaby. 730Pm – 10pm, Portobello Library. Free.

Saturday 6th December

1 – 4pm: Poetry Takeover at Portobello Library! Featuring…

…Poetry Takeaway with Max Scratchmann, Katherine McMahon, Sam Small, Beth Friedan, Calum Rodger and Andrew Blair!

…Poetry Doctor Roddy Shippin will be in the house to mend your woes with beautiful words!

…a drop in, child friendly workshop with Emily Dodd!

2 – 4pm: Workshop with BUDDY WAKEFIELD! One of America’s foremost performance poets (2 time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, 2004 and 2005) leading a free workshop at Portobello ahead of his performance as part of his ‘Riled Up and Wasted on Light’ tour in Edinburgh later that evening. There are a few places left – email by Wednesday 03 December to nab one. Free (suggested donation £2).

8pm: No Rhyme, No Reason and Loud Poets present ‘BUDDY WAKEFIELD: Riled Up and Wasted on Light‘. Augustine United Church, Edinburgh. Tickets £8/£6, available via Eventbrite.

Sunday 7th December

The Inky Fingers Open Mic, with Erfan Daliri. The final Inky Open Mic of the year, with a special feature performance from Australian performance poet Erfan Daliri. With extra celebrations for the end of the Communities Project! The Forest Cafe, Edinburgh, 7 – 10pm. Free. To apply for an Open Mic slot, email

Background Information

The Inky Fingers Communities Project is managed by Project Manager Rachel McCrum, and has been running since December 2012. Funded by Creative Scotland and The Robertson Trust, it has worked to develop and explore spoken word with communities in Mid and East Lothian, via regular workshops, events and masterclasses. Communities and organisations worked with include Tyne & Esk Writers, Portobello Library (leading to the establishment of the Portobello Poetry Circus), Musselburgh Hotpot, Leith Library and Taobh Na Pairce School, West Lothian Council and Linlithgow Academy, and many poets and faciliators across Mid and East Lothian. The Spoken Word Extravaganza will mark the end of the project, with a follow up evaluation/consultation report, and a piece of print to list regular spoken word events in the Central Belt, to be produced in Spring 2015 in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library.

Inky Fingers was started by Harry Giles and Alice Tarbuck as a regular monthly Open Mic and workshop series at the Forest Cafe, Bristo Place in winter 2010. It rapidly expanded to a shifting collective of dedicated volunteers who run regular events as well as the exceptionally well attended Open Mic, and regular writing and performance workshops. For more information, email