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 andrew.blair@scottishbooktrust.com(this 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 area.

Aberdeen

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

Dundee

Hotchpotch

East Lothian

Musselburgh Hotpot

Vibrant Musselburgh Arts Cafe

Edinburgh

Anatomy

Easy Monday's Open Stage

Flint & Pitch

From the Horse's Mouth

Hame-ish

The Heretics

Inky Fingers

Life's Too Short

Loud Poets

Neu! Reekie!

Poetry Circus

Shoreline of Infinity's Event Horizon

Sonnet Youth

Typewronger Open Mic

Vespers

Wax Lyrical

Falkirk

Wooer with Words

Fife

Fife Writes

Inklight

Words Open Mic

Glasgow

Aloud

Better Crack Club

Cluster**** Circus

Express Yourself

Extra Second

Glasgow Literary Lounge

Inn Deep

Last Monday at the Panopticon

Live Poets Society

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

Highlands

Bastard Wordiness

Highland LIT

Spoken Word @ Velocity

Perth and Kinross

Blend In, Stand Out

Renfrewshire

Nights of the Round Table

Scottish Borders

Borders Writers' Forum

South Ayrshire

Monthly Monday Monologues

Stirling

Sonnet Youth

The Write Angle

West Dunbartonshire

Balloch Open Mic