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Spoken word events in Scotland

Spoken word events and open mic nights are a brilliant way of getting your writing out there and meeting other writers.

A microphone in focus with a crowd in the background

This list is accurate to the best of our knowledge, but if you find an inaccuracy on it please let us know. If your event isn’t listed here and you’d like it to be please email [email protected](this link will open in a new window).

While some of these events are open to people under 18 years old, poetry nights regularly deal with adult subject matter and language. Some nights make audiences aware of potentially disturbing material, whereas others do not. If you are interested in performing at a spoken word event we would strongly recommend going to it first.

In terms of accessibility, we have sought to find out if the events have the following:

If these are not listed, then either they are not provided or we are unaware of their provision. Some nights have no fixed venue, and so their accessibility varies as a result. Please contact event organisers with any specific queries.

Events are listed alphabetically by council area.


Poetry Aberdeen

Speakin Weird

Women's Open Mic

Dumfries and Galloway

Brave New Words

A Night of Spoken Word with Lockerbie Writers

Spoken Word - Wigtown



East Lothian

Musselburgh Hotpot

Vibrant Musselburgh Arts Cafe


The Alcove


Easy Monday's Open Stage

Edinburgh Storynight

From the Horse's Mouth


The Heretics

I Am Loud

Life's Too Short

Poetry Circus

Shoreline of Infinity's Event Horizon

Typewronger Open Mic

Lost in Leith presents: Spoken Word & Music


Wooer with Words

Words with Seagulls


Fife Writes


Words Open Mic



Better Crack Club

Cluster**** Circus

Express Yourself

Extra Second

Glasgow Literary Lounge

Inn Deep

Last Monday at the Panopticon

Live Poets Society

More Than Words

Poetry Circus

The Project Cafe Open Mic

Seeds of Thought

Sonnet Youth

Sonnet Youth - Scratch!

Soul Food Kitchen

St Mungo's Mirrorball

Words and Music

Seahorse Muse


Bastard Wordiness

Highland LIT

Spoken Word @ Velocity

Perth and Kinross

Blend In, Stand Out


Nights of the Round Table

Scottish Borders

Borders Writers' Forum


Sonnet Youth

The Write Angle

West Dunbartonshire

Balloch Open Mic

West Lothian

Saltire Open Mic