It’s that time again when we invite you all to Edinburgh’s Wash Bar to revel in some wild and wondrous words. This month, we’re thrilled to be bringing you the stunning poetic stylings of Stefano Paparo, 4 new open mic readers, and Padraig Regan. Framing it all will be the musical stylings of our famous house band, Dekoy.

The When & the Where:

Thursday 31st March 2022

6pm – 7:30pm (doors open 5:45pm)
The Wash Bar (on The Mound) 11-13 N Bank St, Edinburgh EH1 2LP

Admission: Entrance charge will be £7.50 (waged) and £5 (concession) which will include 1 raffle ticket.  The raffle ticket will also be your entrance receipt. (There will be a chance to buy another raffle ticket or two … for the famous lemon cake!)

We’ll be trying out our brand new card machine but it may not hurt to bring cash, in case you’d like to buy a book!

The Poets:


Padraig Regan is the author of Some Integrity which received the 2021 Clarissa Luard Prize, awarded by the David Cohen Foundation, and was published by Carcanet in January 2022. They are also the author of two poetry pamphlets: Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016) and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017). In 2015, they were a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, and in 2020 they were awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Prize. They hold a PhD on creative-critical and hybridised writing practices in medieval texts and the work of Anne Carson from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.


Stefano Paparo is an Italian-American poet. He is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. His poems have appeared in TrampsetSkylight 47the MothFrom Arthur’s Seat, and Thrush.

The Open Mic:

We have four open mic spots each month. These are booked in advance. To request an open mic spot in the future please email us at

The Music:

Our musicians this month, back by popular demand, are our house band, Dekoy!

The Raffle:

Make sure you have some change in your pocket so you don’t miss out on buying a raffle ticket and the chance of winning one of our delicious lemon cakes! Arts funding is a precarious business and our Lemon Cake raffle goes a long way to keeping the Shore Poets’ financially viable. We are very grateful to all our supporters who have contributed to our funds over the years in this way. 

We can’t wait to see you there!

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