Celebrate National Poetry Day across Scotland
From Burns and Scott to Stevenson, Scotland is renowned for its famous poets. But let’s face it, those guys have been dead a while and the 2019 poetry scene is alive and well around the country! Head along to a poetry event near you to celebrate the spoken word this National Poetry Day.
Taking place at the Westport Bar, Dundee every month head along to the next session on October 14. At the sessions, you can read out your fiction and/or poetry – or another writer's work – for up to seven minutes. There’s no pressure to read though: simply pop along if you fancy a listen, it’s totally free and with drinks available, it’s a lovely way to spend an evening.
Described as a wonderful world of progressive cultural verve, Neu! Reekie! was founded in December 2010 by poets Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson. Neu! Reekie! is a literary, music and animation collective with an international output; plus a record label and publishing house in tow. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events and shows.
Inklight is a monthly open mic night in one of St Andrews’ oldest bars, Aikmans, organised by the creative writing society from the University of St Andrews. It’s open to everyone and you can find everything from poetry slams and open mics to workshops, storytelling bonfires and much more. The goal is to encourage, celebrate, inspire, showcase and share your creativity. Whether you're a seasoned scribbler or new to the word, pop down and get involved.
Hosted by Cat Hepburn and Kevin P Gilday, Sonnet Youth is described as a spoken word house party. Think of it as a literary rave. Poetry productions, events and workshops are put on the third Wednesday of the month at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow.
On the first Tuesday of every month, you can head along for a five minute slot at the open mic at Nights of the Round Table. The events take place at Bianco Nero Coffee from 7pm to 9pm and is totally free. A lovely way to share your work or listen to some of the latest talent of Paisley.