Past Events

Past Events (2013)

11th January, 7-11pm, The Forest
SUMMER BEACH POETRY PARTY
very silly january wordathon with beachballs

free

22nd January, 8-11pm, The Forest
OPEN MIC
our flagship open stage for anyone to perform
free, email to book a slot

12th February, 6-8.30pm
WORDLAB WITH JOEL MCKERROW
a pro writing workshop with australian slam star
£6 only, booking essential

16th February, 1-3.30pm
REJECTION WORKSHOP WITH TRACEY S. ROSENBERG
writing workshop slash therapy session
£5/£7, booking essential

20th February, 5 – 8.30pm
SPEAKEASY PERFORMERS’ GROUP
friendly peer feedback performance session
free, email in advance

26th February, 8 – 11pm
OPEN MIC WITH GHOSTBOY
our flagship performance event
free, email in advance to book a performance slot

14th March, 6 – 9pm
READEASY WRITERS’ GROUP
friendly peer feedback writing session
free, email in advance

25th March, 5 – 7.30pm
WORDLAB WITH KRISTIANA COLÓN
a pro writing workshop with american slam star
£6 only, booking essential

26th March, 8 – 11pm
OPEN MIC WITH KRISTIANA COLÓN
our flagship performance event
free, email in advance to book a performance slot

7th April, 2.30 – 5.30pm, Jazz Bar
BLETHERSKITES!
a spectacular showcase of scottish spoken word
£5

9th April, 5-7pm, The Forest
WORDLAB: POETRY GENERATOR WITH PETE THE TEMP
pro workshop for all experiences
£5/£4

23rd April, all day
VIRTUAL OPEN MIC
a new open mic project because our venue is closed for plumbing

email to take part

5th May
READEASY WRITERS’ GROUP
friendly peer feedback writing session
free, email in advance

17th May
PEACEFUL SLAM
a tiny quiet slam for the Edinburgh Peace Initiative
participant details coming soon

28th May, 8-11pm
OPEN MIC
our flagship open stage for anyone to perform
free, email to book a slot

13th June, 5.15 – 7.45
SPEAKEASYfriendly peer feedback performance session
free, email to book a spot

17th June, 7-11pm
BIKE SLAM
a raucous bike-themed slam for the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling

22nd June, all day
NATIONAL FLASH-FICTION DAY
joining forces with other Edinburgh events for a real spectacular

25th June, 8-11pm
OPEN MIC
our flagship open stage for anyone to perform

13th July
READEASY WRITERS’ GROUP
friendly peer feedback writing session
free, email in advance

28th July
PORTY PANOPTICUM
showcase and open mic

6th August
QUIET FOREST
installation poetry day

20th August, ForestCentrePLus
WORKSHOP WITH LUKE WRIGHT
free session with star of UK spoken word
limited spots, first come first served

Thursday 3rd October, 8-11pm, The Forest
NATIONAL POETRY DAY OPEN MIC
launching year four with our flagship open stage
free, email if you want to perform

Sunday 13th October, 7.30-11pm, Ghillie Dhu
LUMINATE POETRY SLAM w/ HOLLIE MCNISH
a special slam for the festival of creative aging
free, booking essential

Sunday 20th October, 2-5pm, The Forest
READEASY WRITERS’ GROUP
friendly peer feedback writing session
free, booking essential

Tuesday 5th November, 8-11pm
INKY FINGERS OPEN MIC
our flagship open stage for anyone to perform
free, email if you want to perform

Sunday 17th November, 2-5pm
SPEAKEASY PERFORMERS’ GROUP
friendly peer feedback performance session

free, booking essential

Thursday 21st November
PREVIOUSLY: A POETRY DAY FOR THE HISTORY FESTIVAL
events all day, details coming soon

 

Past Events (2012)

Friday 13th January: READeasy
Our popular Writers’ Group continues

Tuesday 24th January: Open Mic with Tracey Rosenberg and Allan Wilson

Friday 10th February: Global Conditioning
A special open mic with Craigmillar Writers Group

Monday 13th February: READeasy
Our popular Writers’ Group continues

Tuesday 28th February: WordLab #4
“Carving Out the Poem” with Ken Arkind and Jon Sands

Tuesday 28th February: Open Mic, with Ken Arkind and Jon Sands

Monday 19th March: READeasy
Our popular Writers’ Group continues

Tuesday 27th March: Open Mic, with Raymond Antrobus

Tuesday 24th April, 8-11pm, Third Door: Open Mic with Telfer & Treebly
our flagship event, with space you you to read alongside top spoken word performers

Monday 14th May, 6-9pm, Word of Mouth Café: READeasy
our monthly anonymous and open access writers’ group

Wednesday 16th May, Bongo Club: National Flash Fiction Day, with Underword
a day long workshop and evening performance event; details coming soon

Tuesday 22nd May, 8-11pm, Third Door: Open Mic with JL Williams
our flagship event, with space you you to read alongside top spoken word performers

Sunday 3rd June, The Goth (Prestonpans): Poetry for Three Harbours, with Tyne & Esk Writers
a workshop and performance event for community writers’ groups; details coming soon

Tuesday 12th June, 6-9pm, Word of Mouth Café: READeasy
our monthly anonymous and open access writers’ group

Wednesday 20th June, 8-11pm, City Café: Dead Poet Slam
an open slam where you come as your favourite dead poet; details coming soon

Tuesday 26th June, 8-11pm, Third Door: Open Mic with Mark Mace Smith and Anita Govan
our flagship event, with space you you to read alongside top spoken word performers

Thursday 28th June, 6-9pm, Word of Mouth Café: Leith Late
Participating in the one night festival of arts in Leith

Wednesday 11th July, 7.30-9.30pm, The Space (Craigmillar): Rainbow Skull Awards
the award ceremony for the Rainbow Skull Writing Competition with Craigmillar Writers’ Group

Monday 16th July, 6-9pm, Word of Mouth Café: READeasy
our monthly anonymous and open access writers’ group

Tuesday 24th July, 8-11pm, Third Door: Open Mic with Richard Tyrone Jones and Sarah Stewart
our flagship event, with space you you to read alongside top spoken word performers

27th September and 1st October, 6 – 7.30pm, Portobello Library
FROM PAGE TO STAGE
a workshop in performing your poetry
Free Entry, Booking Required

4th October, 7-9pm, Portobello Library
PORTY POETRY BASH
a literary extravaganza for absolutely everyone
Free and unticketed, booking required if you want to perform

11th October, 6.30-9pm, Scottish Poetry Library
WORLD’S SMALLEST SLAM
a poetic sprint as part of the SPL showcase
£7/£5, book in advance here

17th October, 6-9pm, The Forest
READeasy WRITERS’ GROUP
our flagship friendly feedback space
free, email to book a slot

23rd October, 8-11pm, The Forest
OPEN MIC
our flagship open stage for anyone to perform
free, email to book a slot

13th November, 6-9pm, The Forest
SPEAKEASY PERFORMERS’ GROUP
our friendly feedback space
free, email to book a slot

27th November, 8-11pm, The Forest
OPEN MIC
our flagship open stage for anyone to perform
free, email to book a slot

1st December, The Forest
CALLOO CALLAY SCAVENGER HUNT
a game for everyone in national book week
free, booking required

18th December, 8-11pm, The Forest
INKY FINGERS OPEN MIC
our flagship open stage for anyone to perform
free, email to book a slot

Past Events (2011)

Friday 28th January: Page & Stage Poetry Workshops
Two free workshops, held with This Collection, at Tollcross Community Centre

Tuesday 25th January: Second Degree Burns: Open Mic
Our regular Open Mic slot, this month with a Burns theme, and featuring Kirsti Wishart and Kevin Cadwallender

Thursday 10th February: ReadEASY Writers’ Group
Our regular Writers’ Group slot.

Monday 14th February: Don’t Fuck a Poet: the Anti-Valentine’s Slam
A special fundraiser event — and night of writerly debauchery! — at the City Café

Friday 18th February: Page & Stage Poetry Workshops
Two free workshops, held with This Collection, at Tollcross Community Centre

Tuesday 22nd February: Open Mic
Our regular Open Mic slot, this month featuring Sophie Cooke and Caitlynn Cummings.

Thursday 10th March: ReadEASY Writers’ Group, 6 -9pm, Forest Café
Our regular Writers’ Group slot.

Tuesday 22nd March: Open Mic, 8-11pm, Forest Café
Our regular slot. Feature performances this month from Nuala Watt and Zorras!

Tuesday 27th March: WordLab #1, with Zorras, 2 -4 pm, Bristo Hall @ Forest
Our new series of workshops for writers and performers. This month:
“Poetry with Music and Film: Beyond Random Multimedia”

Thursday 7th April: ReadEASY Writers’ Group, 6 -9pm, Forest Café
Our regular Writers’ Group slot.

Tuesday 26th April: Open Mic, 8-11pm, Forest Café
Our regular slot. Feature performances from Colin Donati and Eliza Langland

Saturday 7th May: WordLab
2 – 5pm. Continuing our series of workshops for writers with “Anxiety and the Writer” from Eliza Langland.

Thursday 12th May: ReadEASY Writers’ Group, 6 -9pm, Forest Café
Our regular Writers’ Group slot.

Tuesday 24th May: Open Mic, 8-11pm, Forest Café
Our regular slot. Feature performances from Catherine Brogan and Morag Edward

Thursday 9th June: ReadEASY Writers’ Group, 6 -9pm, Forest Café
Our regular Writers’ Group slot.

Tuesday 28th June: Open Mic, 8-11pm, Forest Café
Our regular slot. Feature performances from Jane McKie and Alan Bissett!

Sunday 24th July: WordLab with Richard Tyrone Jones
Our new series of workshops for writers!

Tuesday 26th July: Open Mic with Jenny Lindsay and Richard Tyrone Jones
Our regular open mic slot!

8th – 13th August: MINIFEST
Read the programme here

Saturday 8th October: the Risk-A-Verse Friendly Slam
A big open slam at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, ina ssociation with StAnza

Saturday 25th October: Open Mic
The return of the monthy Inky Fingers Open Mic!

Tuesday 15th November: READeasy Writers’ Group
The popular writers’ group returns.

Tuesday 22nd November: Open Mic, with Robin Cairns
Our regular open mic slot.

Tuesday 6th December: READeasy Writers’ Group
The popular writers’ group continues!

Tuesday 13th December: Office Party Hell
A spectacular literary Christmas party

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