Dublin Literary Event Guide!

So many events, all in one place!

Weekly Events
Open Mic
Upcoming Events

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Weekly Events

Book Launch: Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport
Date: Tuesday 1 December,
Address: Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 at 6PM
About: The launch of our new anthology of sports poems Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport will also have special guest readers Elaine Feeney, Iggy McGovern, John O’Donnell and Enda Wyley.

Poems Upstairs: The Hidden World of Poetry
Date: Wednesday 2nd December
Address: Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 at 7PM.
About: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Mary O’Malley and Matthew Sweeney read from and discuss Adam Wyeth’s unique book on Celtic mythology in contemporary Irish poetry. Tickets are €6 and include a free glass of wine.

Flying South
Date: Thursday, December 3rd.
Address: Fringe Lab, Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland at 7PM.
About:Flying South is back, Thursday, December 3rd at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival’s FRINGE LAB! Their feature acts will be Phil Lynch, Anne Tannam, & Gavin Mee. The event is completely free and open to anyone & everyone who wishes to attend.

Big Smoke Writing Factory Winter Literary Cafe

Date: Sunday, 6th December
Address: Arthurs, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin, 8 at 3pm
About:The annual Big Smoke Winter Literary Cafe takes place on Sunday 6th of December from 3pm-6pm in Arthur’s Pub on Thomas Street. It’s the highlight of our social calendar and an opportunity for friends, students and teachers to come together, experience some wonderful music, prose & poetry and celebrate the season. The evening will be a mixture of readings from established writers as well as our own students & teachers. The event is completely free and open to anyone & everyone who wishes to attend. Do come along on the night & please feel free to tell your friends! We hope to see you soon!

Poetry Ireland Table Quiz 2015 with Kevin Barry & Marian Richardson
Date: Tuesday 8 December,
Address: McGrattan’s Café Bar, 76 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin at 8PM
About: Hosted by award-winning writer Kevin Barry and RTÉ’s Marian Richardson with loads of prizes up for grabs . Funds raised will help support emerging poets through Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series. Tickets: €50 for a table of 4


Open Mic

Flying South
Date: Last Friday of every month.
Address: Fringe Lab, Sycamore Building, Sycamore Street, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
About:Flying South is a free, monthly, mental health themed arts and open mic night. All forms of spoken word are welcome – poetry, comedy, drama, performance, and storytelling as well as those who would just like to come along to listen & maybe have a chat. Free tea, coffee and sweets!

Cave Writings
Date: Every two weeks (Next event is Monday 12th October)
Address: The Barricade Inn at 8:30PM,
About: Cave Writings is a nomadic tribe of creatives of various mediums who regularly come together and share their work. Primarily writers, we are also artists, scientists and filmmakers who come, speak and share ideas.

FRESH Poetry Slam
Date: TBC
Address: Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
About: Fresh is a poetry slam competition with live spoken word and is hosted by Aidan Murphy and Edel Doran. There is an open sign-up for poets with twelve getting to compete. Prizes are issued to five poets as a percentage of door takings.

Slam Sunday
Date: Monthly
Address: Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge, 23 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2 at 7.30PM
About:Slam Sunday is a monthly spoken word poetry competition. Entry is open to anyone on the night, and contestants are chosen at random. Cash prizes are awarded for top 3 poets on the night.

The Circle Sessions
Date: Every Monday night.
Address: The International Bar, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 at 8:00PM (Doors 7PM)
About: A night of spoken word poetry, storytelling, music and performance. Free Admission.

Dublin’s Underground Beat
Date: Every Wednesday night.
Address: The International Bar on Wicklow Street from 8PM to midnight.
About: A free night of music and poetry with spoken word and music performers. Six acts perform, followed by an open mic to all.


Upcoming Events

The 4th Doolin Writers’ Weekend
Date: 4th-6th of March 2016.
Address:Hotel Doolin, Doolin, Co. Clare
About: Hotel Doolin hosts Doolin writers weekend with competitions and workshops.

Mountains to Sea – dlr Book Festival 2016
Date: March 9th to 13th
Address: County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co.Dublin
About: Mountains to Sea is a literary festival for readers of all ages and interests. Headlining the festival will be Michael Parkinson in conversation with his son Michael. This will be preceded by a special event on 2nd February 2016 when the iconic author John Irving discuses his new book Avenue of Mysteries with John Boyne.

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