March 23rd, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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When: Mondays from 9.30pm (+ poetry-films from 8.30pm)

Where: The Long Valley, Winthrop St, Cork. [here’s a map]

What: Poetry Challenge, Films, Guest Poets & Open-Mic

Original poetry, storytelling and unplugged ceol

    Ó Bhéal – a poem by Anamaría Crowe Serrano

Guest / Open-Mic mp3s: What happened on Monday?

Wordshops: Creative Writing at Ó Bhéal and Beyond …

Interviews: with Ó Bhéal guests by Jennifer Matthews

Five Words Vol XIII: Submit 5W poems penned at Ó Bhéal


Five Words Poetry Competition*** Ópen 7th Five Words Poetry Competition Ópen ***

This Week’s Words and Guidelines >>>

Guest Poet Line-up for October and November 2019
Events are posted every two months. Click names for biographical details

Munster Poetry Slam (& All-Ireland heat) plus Emmet Kirwan – 7th October
Ó Bhéal @ IndieCork Poetry-Film Competition Screenings – 13th October
Clare McCotter – 14th October
Christodoulos Makris – 21st October
in association with Foras na Gaeilge   Alan Titley – 28th October
Maurice Devitt – 4th November
Miriam Gamble – 11th November
Grace Wilentz & Siobhán Daffy – 18th November
7th Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Poetry Festival – 22nd-24th November
Ellen Dillon – 25th November

Entrance is free. Full bar available.

The night begins with a selection of poetry-films, screened between 8.30-9.30pm. The Five Words poetry challenge starts at 9.30pm. Guest poets begin around 10.00pm, for between 30-45 minutes, after which follows the usual open-mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats!


March 3rd, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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6th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

 
 
Congratulations!! to Mary Anne Smith, our sixth Five Words International Poetry Competition winner, for her poem, Monolith. Mary Anne will read as Ó Bhéal’s guest poet at our 12th anniversary event (15th April 2019).

Congratulations to all of this year’s shortlisted poets, and for three highly commended entries from Jenny Pollak (Australia), Sophia Li (USA) and Steve Xerri (England). Our thanks to everyone who entered (297 submissions), and we are particularly grateful to judges Bernadette McCarthy & Matthew Geden.

Shortlist

Monolith by   Mary Anne Smith (England) winner
The Idea of Snow  by   by Jenny Pollak (Australia) highly commended
My grandmother goes
to the temple
by   Sophia Li (USA) highly commended
The Lyric Impulse  by   Steve Xerri (England) highly commended
Omens  by   Joan Gooding (England)
Detachment by   Geraldine McCarthy (Ireland)
Peckham Flaneur by   Giles Constable (England)
La Llorona /
Weeping Woman
 
by   Derek Sellen (England)
What you woke to  by   Steve Xerri (England)
Karst Landscape  by   Gillian Laker (England)
Vardo  by   Jill Munro (England)
Nexus  by   Tamara Miles (USA)

Judges: Bernadette McCarthy and Matthew Geden

The shortlisted poems will appear in Five Words Vol XII, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 15th of April 2019, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors. The 7th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 16th of April, 2019.


December 10th, 2018 at 5:24 pm
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Winter Warmer Videos 2018

22nd-25th November

The 6th Winter Warmer festival was the biggest yet returning to the KINO and expanding into four days, it featured 23+ poets, films from Ó Bhéal’s International poetry-film competition, poetry in theatre, poetry set to music, the launch of the multilingual anthology A Journey called Home, a hurling poetry session and a closed-mic set for ten local poets. We also held a series of literary presentations from Ó Bhéal’s four European (ECIC) festival partners from Portugal, France, Spain and Italy.

The playlist of 41 videos is on Ó Bhéal’s Youtube channel, right here.


 

With thanks to the festival sponsors and to the fabulous, ever-expanding team of volunteers. A truly communal effort and brilliant result. With thanks to Shane Vaughan for the excellent videography and editing.

Sponsored and Supported by
The Kino, The Long Valley Bar, The Evening Echo (our media partners), The Arts Council,
Foras na Gaeilge, Dunnes Stores, Forum Publications, Colmcille, Arc Publications, Isaacs Hotel,
Cork City Council, Poetry Ireland, UCC English Dept, Italian Department, Casilac, Italee Café,
The Natural Foods Bakery, The Quay Co-op and Paradiso.


December 4th, 2018 at 11:42 am
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Cork – Coventry                        Cork – San Francisco

with photos and reviews from

Jane Commane, Peter Raynard, Michelle Delea and Ali Bracken.

[L-R] Jane Commane, Peter Raynard, Michelle Delea, Ali Bracken & Leanne O’Sullivan


 

In 2018 Ó Bhéal welcomed Coventry poets Jane Commane and Peter Raynard to Cork, then Cork poets Michelle Delea and Ali Bracken made their way over to Coventry for the Peace festival. With thanks to St. Mary’s College, California we were able to assist Leanne O’Sullivan’s visit to San Francisco.

This year’s twinning activities were funded by the Cork & Coventry City Councils and St.Mary’s College, California.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at this link.


October 20th, 2018 at 12:23 pm
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6th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced

14th October 2018

Our congratulations to filmmaker Álvaro Martín from Valladolid, Spain, whose film set in Paris Accident de Personne is Ó Bhéal’s 6th poetry-film competition winner, as announced at the IndieCork Festival awards ceremony. Álvaro’s film won amid very tough competition from 31 other shortlisted entries representing 17 countries, the details of which you can view here. Our special thanks to all the poets and filmmakers who submitted this year. A record 193 films were submitted from 33 countries.

Accident de Personne (3:35)

Poem: Accident de Personne by Álvaro Martín

Synopsis – We create metaphors in order to mention facts we don’t want to talk about.

Director: Alvaro Martin (Spain)

Born in Valladolid, Spain, with a degree in Philosophy by the University of Salamanca, Álvaro Martín is interested in all kinds of art, especially in cinema and literature. In 2011 he created the movie production company Dream Zero Films (www.dreamzerofilms.com), he has directed several film shorts under that brand, like The Adorable Tenant (2013), Stockholm (2013), Disintegration (2014) or Cinema Roxy (2014).


“A thought-provoking, well-structured meditation on what it means to exist and to die by one’s own hand, to feel overwhelmingly alone in a word of endless connectivity. Serious issues are expertly raised in just 3.5 minutes, with deptively simple language.

Oonagh Kearney & Anamaría Crowe Serrano

Submissions will open for the 7th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2019 at this link.


March 7th, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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5th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

 
Our hearty congratulations to Jill Munro, this year’s Five Words International Poetry Competition winner, for her beautiful poem, Ptarmigan. Jill’s poem was published in Five Words Vol XI, launched at our 11th anniversary event on April 16th 2018.

Our warm congratulations also to all of the poets who had shortlisted entries, and for the highly commended entries from Margaret McCarthy and from previous competition winner Derek Sellen. Thanks to everyone who sent in entries, which increased slightly to 293, and our warm thanks to judges Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart for their hard work in teasing out a very strong shortlist and worthy winner.

Shortlist

Ptarmigan by   Jill Munro (England) winner
Among Starlings   by   Margaret McCarthy (Ireland) highly commended
A Dream of my Dead Grandmother
in the Modern Art Museum   by   Derek Sellen (England) highly commended
Disciplining the Modern Satyr   by   Mary-Jane Holmes (England)
Nothing To See  by   Giles Constable (England)
How We Are   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Writing for the Ó Bhéal
Open-Mic   by   Jim Crickard (Ireland)
Amber   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Reindeer Moss   by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
Every Sunday Ever   by   Kirsten Irving (England)
Centenary  by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
My Mother’s Birthplace  by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)

Judges: Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart

The shortlisted and winning poems will appear in Five Words Vol XI, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 16th of April 2018, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors. The 6th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 17th of April, 2018.


March 1st, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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Winter Warmer Videos 2017

24th-25th November

 

The 5th Winter Warmer festival was the biggest yet and found its full stride in its new home, The Village Hall, a fantastic venue overlooking the Lee. With fine audiences and cheer throughout the weekend.

The playlist of 33 videos is on Ó Bhéal’s Youtube channel, right here.


Exemplary readings and performances by guests Edward O’Dwyer, Niamh Prior, Richard Lambert, Frank Golden, Keith Payne, Jen Matthews, Biddy Jenkinson, Brendan Cleary, Ken Marshall, Órfhlaith Foyle, Felicia Olusanya, Stephen James Smith, Inma Moya Pavon, George Harding, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, James O’Sullivan, Mary Noonan, Daniel Salgado, Rody Gorman, Stephen Watts, Billy Ramsell, Adnan Al-Sayegh, Stephen Sexton, Catherine Ann Cullen and Sophie Mayer, along with poems from the closed mic session by Julie Aldridge, Ali Bracken, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Rishtí Mac Piarais, Jim Crickard, Mel White, Megan Cronin and Grace Piotrowski.

With thanks to the festival sponsors and to the fabulous, ever-expanding team of volunteers. A truly communal effort and brilliant result. With thanks to Shane Vaughan for the excellent videography and editing.

Sponsored and Supported by
The Long Valley Bar, The Village Hall, The Evening Echo (our media partners), The Arts Council,
Foras na Gaeilge, Farmgate Market Café, Dunnes Stores, Forum Publications, Colmcille,
Arc Publications, Isaacs Hotel, Cork City Council, Poetry Ireland, UCC English Dept,
The Natural Foods Bakery, The Quay Co-op and Paradiso.


January 18th, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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Fernando Beltrán on Video

11th December 2017

From our end-of-year event with Fernando Beltrán, we have all 14 of his poems on video with translations by Niall Binns and Keith Payne. All videography and hours of expertly-set subtitling by Lovisa Cosgrave.

All 14 videos are on our End of Year 2017 with Fernando Beltrán playlist.

(or via the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel).


December 10th, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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Cork – Coventry (July & November)            Cork – San Francisco (October)

with photos and reviews from

Andrea Mbrushimana, Russ Berry, Ciarán MacArtain, Stanley Notte

and Kathy D’Arcy.

[L-R] Andrea Mbarushimana, Russ Berry, Ciarán MacArtain, Stanley Notte & Kathy D’Arcy

 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 marks Ó Bhéal’s first year taking part in two separate twin cities events. Kathy D’Arcy represented Cork in San Francisco for a cornicopia of events arranged by poet/professor Raina J. León from St.Mary’s College, California, whilst on this side of the Atlantic, Adam Steiner from Silhouette Press set up poets Andrea Mbarushimana and Russ Berry to visit Cork in July, with Leesiders Ciarán MacArtain and Stanley Notte reciprocating in Coventry during the Peace Festival in early November. This collective review includes photos taken by the participants, as well as by regular Ó Bhéal poet & photographer, Linda Ibbotson.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.


November 2nd, 2017 at 10:32 am
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Jazz-Poetry Night 2017

Guest Poet and Open-Mic videos
(also on the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel)

 
 
 
Another amazing night of jazz-poetry with Elaine Feeney & Quango Reinhardt, followed by a superb open-mic section for our 10th jazz-poetry night. These 28 videos were filmed by Lovisa Cosgrave and include ten of Elaine’s poems and the complete open-mic.
 

The complete video playlist is here