Open Mic 3 February with Katie Ailes

Open Mic Katie Inky Fingers Open Mic

Tuesday 3rd February December, 8pm
Forest Café, Lauriston Place

The Inky Fingers Open Mic is back for 2015! On the first Tuesday of the month between 8-11 pm, it’s free to come and free for anyone to perform, regardless of style, experience, or identity.

We want to hear from YOU. 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.

We are very excited to announce that this month’s feature is spoken word poet, Katie Ailes.

Katie Ailes is a poet and researcher from the U.S. based in Glasgow. She has performed at venues around Glasgow and Edinburgh, including Inky Fingers, Loud Poets, and the High Flight.  She placed second in the Luminate Festival Slam at the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh last October and only a month later, she placed second in the Glasgow Slam at the Rio Cafe.

Katie  is currently researching contemporary Scottish poetry anticipating and responding to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum through a Fulbright-funded Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde, affiliated with St. Mungo’s Mirrorball and the Scottish Poetry Library.

You can read more on Katie’s blog about creative practice at

Open Mic slots are five minutes long; e-mail to sign up and be sure of a slot. Get there for 7.30 and have a chat with the people at the café to find the Inky organisers. We’ll see  you there!