Spoken word: January listings…

January 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

A wise word on coming spoken word events

Performance Poetry Workshop…

Hot of metric foot from pounding that poetry beat, resident poet J.A. Sutherland feels it is wise to keep his powder dry for a strong and erudite post of Wordly Wisdom in February.

After a bumper-week last week, the rest of the month moves into a calmer rhythm. Then again, with the Birthday of The Bard falling on the weekend, there will be plenty of poetry popping up in unexpected places.

So, in the stead of the regular Wordly Wise column, here are selected listings for Edinburgh’s spoken word events up until the end of the month.

Monday 20 January 2014
Antihoot (words and music) Henry’s Cellar Bar. sign up 7.30
£500 IN PRIZES! Hosted by BBC Radio 4 comedy star Lach. Admission is free. 18+ only. Doors at 5pm. Sign-up to perform at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.
16 Morrison Street, EH3 8BJ. Event facebook page: www.facebook.com/Antihoot

Wednesday 22 January 2014
Readings at Sutton Gallery 4, 7pm. Free.
Poetry, wine, great art on the walls and a selection of books available to buy. Featuring Rob A. Mackenzie, Æ’s very own J. A. Sutherland and one other reader who is yet to be announced.
18a Dundas Street, EH3 6HZ. Event facebook page: www.facebook.com

Thursday 23 January 2014
January Poetry Slam Pleasance Cabaret Bar 7.30pm. Free.
The first Edinburgh LitSoc Poetry Slam of the new year. “Expect one of the biggest (and best) slams in Edinburgh”. Starring old and new spoken word talent.
The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ. Event facebook page: www.facebook.com

Saturday 25 January 2014
Burns Night Stories, Saltyard Café, 7pm. £5.
Hosted by International Justice Mission – a human rights charity that brings rescue and protection to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
Saltyard Café, 158 Dalry Road, EH11 2HB Event facebook page: www.facebook.com
Neu! Reekie! Alternative Burns Night Pilrig Church Hall, 7.30pm.
Neu! Reekie! goes to Leith, but it has sold oot already.
Pilrig Church Hall, Pilrig Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5AH Event facebook page: www.facebook.com 

Sunday 26 January 2014
Shore Poets Henderson’s at St John’s, 7.15pm. £5 (£3)
Featuring Kathleen Jamie, with Jane McKie and Michael Pederson.
Henderson’s at St John’s, 1 Lothian Road EH2 4BJ, Shore Poets website: www.shorepoets.org.uk

Monday 27 January 2014
Antihoot (words and music) Henry’s Cellar Bar. sign up 7.30
£500 IN PRIZES! Hosted by BBC Radio 4 comedy star Lach. Admission is free. 18+ only. Doors at 5pm. Sign-up to perform at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.
16 Morrison Street, EH3 8BJ. Event facebook page: www.facebook.com/Antihoot
Performance Poetry Workshop Portobello Library, 6.15pm. £2.That hard-working Inky Fingers mob bring the experience to Portobello. With poet editor and performer extraordinaire, Kevin Cadwallender. All welcome from new writers to seasoned hacks.
Portobello Library, 14 Rosefield Avenue, EH15 1AU. Event website: http://inkyfingers.org.uk/

Tuesday 28 January 2014
Talking Heids Sofi’s Bar, 7.30pm.
Robert Burns night special featuring Claire Askew and Russell Jones. With open mic – read a poem, read your favourite Burns! – Hosted by McGuire.
Sofi’s Bar, 65 Henderson Street, EH6 6EDEvent facebook page: www.facebook.com

Wednesday 29 January 2014
Preview for StAnza National Library of Scotland, 6pm free.
StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, introduces their programme for 2014, with poems and music from special guests. StAnza will take place in St Andrews from 5-9 March.
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EW. Event website: www.nls.uk

Thursday 30 January 2014
New Writers Awards Showcase Summerhall, 7.30pm. Free but ticketed.
Hosted by Scottish Book Trust, the 2013 New Writers Awardees read extracts of their work. The evening will be compered by actress and writer Gowan Calder and feature music from Jen and the Gents.
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL Event website:  www.scottishbooktrust.com
Soap Box Open Mic – Soul Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 8pm. Free.
Hosted by Freddie Alexander for Edinburgh Lit Soc with feature performers Vanessa Conant, associate rector of St Paul’s and St George’s Church, and Max Scratchmann, one of Inky Finger’s 2013 ‘Poets on a Bus’.
The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ. Event facebook page: www.facebook.com

Other literary, spoken word, poetry and storytelling events can be found on SPL, City of Lit, and Scottish Storytelling Centre what’s on or event pages:
Scottish Poetry Library: www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk
City of Literature: www.cityofliterature.com
Scottish Storytelling Centre: www.tracscotland.org

J. A. Sutherland also has his own blog at: http://throughtheturretwindow.blogspot.co.uk/

If you would like a spoken word event listed on All Edinburgh Theatre, please use the contact page to get in touch: http://alledinburghtheatre.com/about-2/contact/

ENDS

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