March 1st, 2014 at 3:10 pm
Posted by pc in Ópen-mic on Mondays

 
When: Monday evenings from 9.30pm

Where: The Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork.
                                          [here's a map]

What: Poetry Challenge, Guest Poets and Open-Mic

    Original poetry, storytelling and unplugged ceol

        Ó Bhéal – a poem by Anamaría Crowe Serrano

                       mp3 Podcasts & Comments: What happened on Monday?

                               Wordshops: Creative Writing at Ó Bhéal and Beyond …

                               Interviews: with Ó Bhéal guests by Jennifer Matthews

                               Five Words Vol VIII: Submit Monday compositions here


Five Words Poetry Competition**OPEN** 2nd Five Words Poetry Competition 2014-15 **OPEN**

for this week’s words and submission guidelines click here

Ó Bhéal Guest Poet Line-up for August / September
Events are posted every two months. Click names for biographical details

Dan Disney – 4th August
Suzanne Roberts and June Sylvester Saraceno – 11th August
Dónall Dempsey – 18th August
Trista Hurley-Waxali – 25th August
in association with Foras na Gaeilge   Seán Ó Leocháin – 1st September
Alyson Hallett – 8th September
John Foulcher and Teresa Bell – 15th September
Special Friday edition for Culture Night   John Cummins – 19th September
for 100 Thousand Poets for Change   Edward O’Dwyer – 22nd September
with an earlier wordshop from 7pm   Kobus Moolman – 29th September

Entrance is free. Full bar available.

The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting around 9.30pm. Guest poets begin about 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 1st, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Posted by pc in Poetry Events and News

 
 

Five Words Poetry Competition Winner Announced

 
 
Our congratulations go to Don Nixon, winner of this inaugural five words competition for his poem, Fado in a Lisbon Bar. And congratulations to all the shortlisted entrants, and for highly commended contributions from Afric McGlinchey and Janet Lees.

Shortlist

Old Maps and Books by Don Nixon (England)
Fado in a Lisbon Bar by Don Nixon (England) winner
Gipsy Girl by Eithne Reynolds (Ireland)
The Magician’s Hat by Linda Mills (USA)
Matinée Idol by Richard Hawtree (Ireland)
Postcard by Joy Howard (England)
A boy of six thousand parts by Janet Lees (England) highly commended
Palimpsest by Janet Lees (England)
Frozen moment by Afric McGlinchey (Ireland) highly commended
Life on Mars by Colm Scully (Ireland)
The Choice by Tom Dredge (Ireland)
At the Banquet by Máire Wren (Ireland)

Judges: Cal Doyle and Paul Casey

These poems will appear in Five Words vol VII, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 14th of April 2014, along with an award presentation and readings from available contributors.


January 6th, 2014 at 1:54 pm
Posted by pc in Uncategorized

[L-R] Tom Wyre, Sarah James, Martin Brown, Julie Field and Rab Urquhart

Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with photos and reviews from
 

Cork and Coventry poets

July and November 2013

[L-R] Martin Brown, Sarah James and Tom Wyre at the Norman Keep near Cobh

Thanks to the City Councils of Cork and Coventry, the 2013 Cork-Coventry Poetry Twinning exchange saw five poets travel from their respective twin cities to share their work. Representing Coventry were Tom Wyre, Sarah James and Martin Brown, and for Cork, Julie Field and Rab Urquhart. The Coventry poets visited for three days in July and gave readings at Ó Bhéal and at the Whitehouse in Limerick. They visited Lord Mayor Cllr. Catherine Clancy at City Hall and made daily excursions to Spike Island, the Old Head of Kinsale, Blarney Castle, Lough Gur and Cobh, while during a reciprocal three-day visit the Cork contingency gave readings at Playwrights Café in Coventry, the King’s Head in Litchfield and at the Old Crown in Birmingham, visited Lord Mayor Cllr. Gary Crookes and were interviewed live on Hillz FM Radio.

For the full review from the participants, with photos, click here.


December 22nd, 2013 at 8:56 pm
Posted by pc in Poetry Events and News

 

Jazz-Poetry Night 2013

21st October

 
 

Oh what live jazz and poetry can create – our 6th jazz-poetry night in October saw Dimitra Xidous team up with musicians Gary Baus, Jack O’Rourke, Mo O’Connor and Michael O’Callaghan. So we won’t harp on about the magic when the videos (filmed by Stephen O’Riordan) of both the main set and the open-mic, are right here.


October 8th, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Posted by pc in Uncategorized


15th – 16th November 2013

the Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Festival

to be held at
Sample Studios Amphitheatre (Sullivan’s Quay, Cork)

Ó Bhéal is proud to announce it’s first Winter Warmer Festival, a weekend of poetry featuring twenty-one poets, four of whom will be performing to music.

oikos will present a live installation incorporating poetry, influenced by butoh and body-weather practices. There’s also a preview screening of Seamus Murphy’s excellent new poetry film Snake: Poetry of Afghanistan’s Women (the world première of which follows in December), as well as a closed-mic for ten local poets.

Free Admission to all events

For the complete programme click here

Videos of the festival performances are available here.


May 8th, 2013 at 5:39 pm
Posted by pc in Ópen minds in Poetry

 

Entries are now closed for the

Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition 2013
 
 
in association with IndieCork, festival of independent cinema

16th-20th October 2013

Ó Bhéal is pleased to announce its association with the inaugural IndieCork festival of independent cinema (www.indiecork.com). This is Ó Bhéal’s fourth year of screening poetry-films (or video-poems), and the first year featuring a competition.

Winner announced 2Oth Oct 2013: Congratulations goes to Manuel Vilarinho from Portugal, whose poetry-film No País Dos Sacanas (In the Land of Bastards) has won the IndieCork Festival prize for best poetry-film, in the Ó Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition.

The full programme for the competition shortlist is here.


April 15th, 2013 at 1:41 am
Posted by pc in Poetry Events and News

Ó Bhéal launches the

Five Words International Poetry Competition 2013-14

Each Tuesday around midday (GMT), from the 16th of April 2013, five words are posted at this link. Entrants have one week to compose and submit one (or more) poem(s): poems that must include all five words.

At noon next Tuesday, these words will no longer be eligible, and replaced with five new words. The competition will run for a total of forty weeks, until the last week of January 2014. One winner will win 500 euro and a reading.

For this week’s words, submissions and guidelines click here.


December 19th, 2012 at 7:38 pm
Posted by pc in Poetry Events and News

Gillian Clarke on Video

10 December 2012

For those who missed our end of year reading with the national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, we have 14 poems from the evening on video for you. Gillian delighted the Ó Bhéal audience with an exemplary reading, mainly from her latest collection Ice (Carcanet, 2012), which is shortlisted for the current T.S.Eliot prize. A special Thanks to Stephen O’Riordan for capturing this footage. The videos are here.


December 15th, 2012 at 3:30 am
Posted by pc in Poetry Events and News

6th All Ireland Poetry Slam Championships

(Videos)

Winner: Seán Dennehy (Leinster)

30 November 2012

The sixth All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion is Leinster poet Seán Dennehy. Congratulations! Second place went to Fergus Costello (Munster) and in third place was Peter Francis Fahy (Ulster).

A fantastic night of poetry, with 150 enthusiasts in Cyprus Avenue, three nail-biting rounds of slam ending in a photo-finish between Fergus Costello’s 118 points (out of a possible 150) to Seán Dennehy’s 119. And all this followed by an excellent reading from Billy Ramsell and a vibrant open-mic run by Rab Urquhart.

For all the videos from the night (filmed by Stephen O’Riordan) click here.


December 14th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
Posted by pc in Uncategorized

[L-R] Janet Smith, Jayne Stanton, Conor McManus and Matthew Geden

Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with photos and reviews from

Cork and Coventry poets

August and November 2012

In 2012 the Twinning exchange was broadened yet again with four new participating poets, representing Coventry: Janet Smith and Jayne Stanton, and for Cork: Conor McManus and Matthew Geden. The Coventry poets visited for four days in August, giving readings at Ó Bhéal and the Whitehouse in Limerick, and were treated to excursions to Lough Gur, Cobh, Myrtleville and the English Market, while during a reciprocal four-day visit the Cork contingency gave readings at both Night Blue Fruit in Coventry and Tamworth, and appeared on HillzFM Radio. Both parties visited their respective host cities’ lord mayors.

For the full review from the participants, with photos, click here.