The open-minded open mike.

Had a wonderful time at Jim‘s new open mike at McChuill‘s pub in Glasgow – the classic mod venue was very welcoming of the hippy-rocker invasion, and the tolerance extended from the musos to spoken word. Emboldened by some stunning hip-hop from Justin-Philmore Brown, I decided to take my poetry to the mike, and was rewarded with a lovely appreciative crowd, many of whom came up afterwards to say nice things! After a quiet start, this second of the monthly nights was hoaching with people, and there was a real beat feel to the evening, with the venue’s low brick arches, the beautiful people, and the mix of music, spoken word and pool balls clicking. Stand-out performances included Lavinia Blackwell from Trembling Bells in a heart-stopping a cappella number, and some gorgeous fingerpicking and soulful song from the 78‘s Mike Hastings. Minds were indeed opened, and I recommend wordsmiths and songwriters alike get down there and read, perform or play on this exciting new night.

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About Pedalling Poetry

Writer Ellen McAteer is founder of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop in Glasgow, and a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. She was a mentee of the Clydebuilt Verse Apprenticeship Scheme, under Alexander Hutchison, and a singer with the band Stone Tape, as well as a solo singer who won a BBC Radio competition with her song Blue Valentine. She was Director of the Poetry Trust, which ran the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, a director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, a visiting lecturer at Oxford University's MSt in creative writing, and a member of the core group of performers at the Hammer and Tongue spoken word collective in Oxford. She is a qualified Librarian.
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