Open Mic 7 April with Claire Askew

openmic Claire askew Apr 2015

Inky Fingers Open Mic

Tuesday 7th April, 8pm
Forest Café, Lauriston Place

The Inky Fingers Open Mic is back once again! 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 Claire Askew.

Claire is a north-of-England/Scottish mongrel poet currently living in Edinburgh.  Her poetry has been published all over the place, in places like Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry and the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best Scottish Poems.  Claire’s first collection, This changes things, is forthcoming from Bloodaxe – the book has already been shortlisted for the 2014 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and poems from it won the 2012 International Salt Prize for Poetry.  Claire holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Women’s Poetry from the University of Edinburgh, and works as a freelance adult educator and writer-for-hire.

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!