22 November Gig – Kirkcaldy – Performers and Open Mic

Our 55th event, open for everyone to attend, is in Kirkcaldy on 22 November 2018

We are pleased to announce that our 55th event, which is free, will start at 7.30 p.m. and finish at 9.30 p.m. on Thursday 22 November 2018 in the St Clair Tavern in Kirkcaldy. The doors open at 7.00 p.m. A bar is available.


David Cruikshanks

David became a comedian after attending comedy classes for people with mental health issues. The person next to him was struggling with anxiety so much that he thought to himself what’s the worst that can happen? He then got on stage and performed a 2 minute set about his mum having a heart attack after being attacked by a seagull. David writes comedy for radio and has just finished an intensive 6 week acting course which he says has been the greatest therapy he’s ever had – and he’s had a lot. David now lives in Strathmiglo but has lived in Kirkcaldy for 4 years and considers The Lang Toun fair game for his comedy material. He was disappointed after no councillors took up his invitation to a dance-off to decide if the lap dancing club in Kirkcaldy should go ahead. He even invited Theresa May, but judging by her latest TV appearances she hasn’t set foot on a dance floor in decades. David is a great supporter of Fife Writes and is constantly amazed by the variety and quality of artists that regularly hit the stage organised by Lilian, George M and George S.
Peter Jarvis

Peter is from an early-settler family in Mashonaland, Zimbabwe. He was educated there and in South Africa and did postgraduate studies at St Andrews and Stirling Universities. He worked in African education in Zimbabwe and then in Fife for 25 years. His love of poetry was enhanced through teaching. In 2000 he returned to Africa (Botswana) in a team of British Council teachers and enjoyed a thorough immersion in African village life. There were two further postings – with VSO – in Namibia, as adviser and teacher. He works on StAnza’s planning committee and runs a fortnightly U3A poetry group.

Alistair Potter

Alistair lives and works in Portobello. A former recipient of a Scottish Arts Council writer’s bursary, he writes Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. Alistair has two stand-alone SF titles, The Box of Tricks and Perax Frontier and three novels in the Sunset of Magic fantasy series: The Last Trollid, The Counsel of Wizards, and Bort’s People. An indy self-publisher, these titles are available through Amazon as eBooks and print versions. His third SF work, Probability’s edge, is in final edit, and will be available shortly. “The Box of Tricks is a memorable milestone in Scottish science fiction and it should be recognised and noted as such. …one of the best books ever to include the word ‘Potter’ on the cover, that’s a formidable rival to more celebrated work by the likes of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor…” – BookBloggers (Amazon). And hand on heart, no money changed hands! Alistair has also written short stories on contemporary subjects, and poetry. This work is collated in two titles – Beach Life (Poetry and very short Stories) and Beach Life 2 (‘longer’ short stories). Find out more about Alistair here –  https://alipotter.co.uk and https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13832295.Alistair_Potter

Havana Rising

Havana Rising are an indie-rock band who have played a host of gigs over the years betwixt and between venues across the length and breadth of Fife, Edinburgh, Glasgow and many other towns and locales – including a prestigious headline slot at The Liquid Rooms back in 2011 and, more recently, a handful of gigs at the Edinburgh Fringe. Predominantly a fully electric five-piece band, Havana Rising’s latest incarnation sees them operating as an acoustic three piece playing both originals and cover songs as they take to the road of pub backrooms and open mic venues once again.

Open Mic

We invite you to apply for one of the 3 Open Mic slots of 5 minutes, on offer. There will also be one reserve slot. For those wishing to take part – your talent may, typically, be as a comedian, musician, novelist or short story writer, performer, poet, scriptwriter or singer and your ability can be from beginner to professional. Please supply a single sentence that describes your performance.

Members and friends and the public are welcome to attend our free event

If you are not a member then why not join – it’s free. Come along to the event, enjoy yourself and join there.

Location and Car Parking

Look at the map on the St Clair Tavern Facebook page and zoom in. If you go east along Nether Street turn left at Flesh Wynd, then right at Mid Street, where, at the very end, you will find a large free car park. Then, you just need to cross the road and walk down the hill 50 yards to the St Clair Tavern on the corner.


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