Are you a poet or penner of short fiction? Have any of your poems or prose ever included aliens, time travel, jelly babies, or copious amounts of running? Then have I got the Open Mic Night for you!
Organised by my good friend Andrew Blair and the chaps behind Blind Poetics*, the truthfully titled ‘The Doctor Who Open Mic Night’ is coming to Edinburgh pub The Blind Poet on November 25th. Join performers Kevin Cadwallender, Tracey S. Rosenberg and Russell Jones as they celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of Doctor Who through spoken word. And as you do it, you can help raise money for The Lullaby Trust, an amazing charity that supports bereaved families.
Open mic slots are available if you want to perform – email email@example.com for further info – but the organisers would like to make it clear that you don’t have to perform 100% Doctor material: ‘anything even tangentially related, be it sci-fi, time travel, weeping angels, things-being-bigger-on-the-inside or Jon Pertwee, is totally cool.’
Meanwhile, if you just want to go and have a listen, that’s likely what I’m going to do. Unless I spend the next week finally committing that Ode to Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart I’ve been composing to paper… But I fear I’ve said too much. Anyway entry is free, although as discussed there is the option to donate to the Lullaby Trust (they are suggesting a very reasonable £2).
If you fancy coming along or know someone else whose cup of tea it is, please help spread the word – join the Facebook event, share this blog post, and generally make a lot of noise. Like Kevin Cadwallender might do:
Hope to see you there!
When: Monday 25th November, 7.30pm
Where: The Blind Poet, 32 West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh
*Those chaps are Roddy Shippin and Alec Beattie, and you can keep up with Blind Poetics, a monthly night of spoken word, on Facebook and Twitter.
November 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm
I would love to do that, and I’ve just written a short post about a Vampire who is allergic to blood, which might work, as it also involved time travel but I can’t afford to go up there, so that’s the way it is
November 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm
Aw, maybe you could organise one where you are?
November 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm
Thanks for sharing Ali, I’ve signed up!
November 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm
Brilliant! I am debating whether to write something this weekend and ask them about it… But is the world ready for my Nicholas Courtney fanfic? Probably not 😛
November 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm
Haha, I have to admit I had to Google his name but I recognised him when I saw him! I’ve got something I wrote a while back that’s a bit more generally about space travel so I guess I’m at an advantage. Still need to memorise it though..