Centuries ago, Rabbie Burns himself walked the fair streets of Glasgow, penning poems inspired by Scotland’s canny communities and performing for diverse crowds, from the elite aristocracy to ordinary ploughmen. His words had a lasting resonance in Scotland, leading to his status as the unofficial national poet. But how has poetry and literature evolved since then? We take a look at the five of the best spoken-word nights in Glasgow and the fresh voices cutting sweet syllables, performing their passion and inspiring a new generation of wordsmiths.


Inn Deep Poetry  

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Making use of its fairy lit exteriors, Inn Deep’s poetry night is renowned throughout Glasgow for bringing together a thriving community of writers and performers, with each night featuring eight poets and a diverse mix of newbies and seasoned pros. Hosted by Sam Small, it’s been going for four years, showering Glasgow’s west end with fresh voices and a passionate flair for language and sound.

Time: 7.30pm

When: Bi-monthly


QMU’s Aloud

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The fiercest spoken word night on the student scene, Aloud is a raw, innovative glimpse into the literary minds of some of the city’s finest youth, with performances held in Jim’s Bar. It’s a welcoming and enticing atmosphere, bound to gift you with lyrics to expand your lexicon.

Time: 7.30pm, freshers special 2 pm

When: Every third Thursday


Sonnet Youth (Drygate Brewing Co.)

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A self-proclaimed ‘spoken word house party’ and ‘literary rave’ Sonnet Youth hosts regular nights at Drygate with an eclectic range of acts, including mimes, musicians and poets, with some of the most well known names in the literature and arts scenes, including Colonel Mustard and the Dijon Five and Cat Hepburn.

Time: 7 pm

When: Monthly


Magic Carpet Cabaret (Tchai Ovna)

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Busting out rhymes on the reg, Magic Carpet Cabaret hosted by our favourite tea house Tchai Ovna brings together creatives from all backgrounds for an open mic showcase. A collection of poets and musicians guide audiences through epic performances, nurturing the best of Scotland’s writers over a spicy cup of chai.

Time: 8pm

When: First Friday of every month


Seeds Of Thought (CCA) 

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Held monthly at arts and culture hub CCA, Seeds of Thought is a totally free night, showcasing performances from first-timers and seasoned poets, to musicians and spoken word artists. It’s an enlivened but relaxing evening of talented literature, providing a platform for poets to unleash their wordsmith wonders on Glasgow’s eager ears.

Time: 7.30pm

When: Monthly