The gathering together of poets, writers and songwriters for the purposes of sharing their latest work has a long and distinguished tradition worldwide. In Ireland poets wandered from one kingdom to another for a living, reciting long poems for the entertainment of Courts and Chieftains. Along with this, the tradition of bothanaìocht or visiting neighbours houses and sharing stories, conversation and song is equally a means whereby all kinds of knowledge, tradition and culture was transmitted, as well as a large helping of tall tales and gross exaggerations that only added to the entertainment and memorable quality of any evening spent in the company of talented storytellers and artists. This tradition has evolved in Ireland to soirees, evening gatherings, and the tradition of the open mic, whereby every artist and writer has a limited time to recite their work to their peers. Here in the Irish Writers Centre we promote this tradition strongly, for a number of reasons:
*For non writers dropping by the Irish Writers Centre for a chat and to listen is an engaging and enjoyable to hang out and hear very different styles of writing and poetry in various stages of completion.
*It’s fun. Open mics are social events. It is important to meet fellow writers and get out of your study.
*The purpose of art is for it to express itself. Reading your work out is a powerful statement in and of itself.
*It helps the writing process: Reading your work out to your peers is a fast powerful editing tool for your work. It shows what works and what needs work.
- 5 minutes per writer/artist
- Strictly no heckling.
- Event times: 7 pm - 9 pm: Every last Friday of the month.
- There will be approx. 3 breaks during the open mic.
- BYOB (bring your own bottle) event. Tea Coffee Available downstairs.
- Due to demand numbers limited to 22 artists per evening, allowing for time (Come early!)
- There’s no charge for this event. Suggested donation €5
- BYOB policy. Avoid bring (or at least spilling) red wine.