What We Do

Inky Fingers is a series of events in Edinburgh for people who love words. We believe in throwing words wide open: we want everyone to be able to create with language and share their work. We care about supporting and encouraging writers and spoken word performers, creative experimentation, building communities of writers working together to create, and putting on fantastic events that celebrate language.

We have a core programme of free events, running out of Edinburgh’s Forest Café; we work with community groups throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians to deliver spoken word events and workshops; we offer professional workshops from our core team of expert writers and performers; and we work with other arts organisations to create unique and exciting events.

The Core Programme

Our core events are the monthly open mic, where anyone from any level of experience can get up and share their work to a supportive audience, and the alternating monthly READeasy and SPEAKeasy, friendly spaces where writers and performers can get together to get feedback on their work from their peers.

Our core events run on three simple principles:

  • They will always be free, so that anyone can afford to take part
  • They will always be open to beginners and experts and everyone in between, so that everyone is asked to take part
  • They will always be supportive, friendly, safe spaces, so that no-one will feel they can’t take part

Community Events

Our intercommunity work began with a collaboration with Craigmillar Writers Group in February 2012, when we were asked to help organise a launch event for the group. We were able to bring our event-organising  experience, supportive energy, and link to professional performers to organise an event that gave writers from Craigmillar a chance to perform their work, often for the first time, in an energetic event alongside fantastic professional Scottish writers.

Building on that, we began similar work in Prestonpans and Portobello. In Autumn 2012, we were awarded a grant from Creative Scotland to expand the project. We will be employing a Project Manager to co-ordinate the work, and have a budget to pay artists and workshop facilitators to take part in the events. We’re currently preparing to launch the programme, so check back soon for news.

Workshops

In our third year, we’re offering our services to run professional workshops to groups and organisations throughout Scotland – and further afield! Our team of organisers includes trained performers and writers with loads of experience in facilitating workshops for everyone from school groups to masterclasses, from experienced writers looking for a boost in performance skills to first-time writers looking to get started.

A list of the workshops we currently offer is available here, but we can also develop new workshops on request. If you’re interested in hiring us to run a workshop for your group or organisation, then please get in touch! Email inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com telling us:

  • What your organisation does
  • What kind of workshop you’re looking for: Writing or performance or something else? For an hour, a day, a week? For what size group, of what level of experience?
  • What budget you have
  • What the dates for the suggested workshop are

Proceeds from our workshops are split between the professional facilitators and Inky Fingers itself, helping to make our events better for everyone. Inky Fingers is part of The Forest, a registered charity (SC 038234).

Unique Events for Your Organisation

Inky Fingers has been organising regular successful events for two years, and our team has decades of experience between them. From slams to open mics to scavenger hunts to flash fiction marathons, we make amazing, exciting, vibrant events happen. We bring writing and performance alive.

We’ve collaborated with StAnza, Scotland’s Poetry Festival, to run a Friendly Slam; with the Scottish Poetry Library to organise parties and fundraisers; and coming collaborations include a Literary Scavenger Hunt for the Scottish Book Trust.

If you’d like to hire our talent, energy, enthusiasm and big ideas, then get in touch! Email inkyfingersedinburgh@gmail.com with:

  • Details of your organisation
  • What kind of event you’re looking for
  • What budget you have
  • What the dates for the suggested event are

Proceeds from our events are split between the professional facilitators and Inky Fingers itself, helping to make our events better for everyone. Inky Fingers is part of The Forest, a registered charity (SC 038234).

  • What budget you have
  • What the dates for the suggested workshop are
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