Blind Poetics, Edinburgh – Live

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Blind Poetics is a live spoken word event which takes place on the second Monday of each month. It began in February 2011 with the intention of giving a stage to writers, readers and performers and soon became a go-to event in the growing Scottish spoken word scene. Its attraction and appeal lies in its all-encompassing open mic which has featured hundreds of storytellers and poets from all over the world, including African slam champions, Australian poets, Canadian storytellers and Spanish troubadours. It’s also staged feature readings and performances from established novelists and poets. And when summer rolls round Blind Poetics hosts special events – the annual Winner Takes It All Slam and when the Fringe is in town, the Big Night of Spoken Word, to name just a few. There’s also a series of published pamphlets containing the work of people who have performed at Blind Poetics.


Hosted by Alec Beattie and Roddy Shippin, Blind Poetics is – and will remain – a free event, now established in the fitting setting of the Blind Poet pub. It actively encourages anyone interested in live literature, to take to the stage or to enjoy the experience. Anyone interested in taking part can contact us or email us directly at

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