March 5th, 2017 at 4:46 pm
Posted by pc in Ópen-mic on Mondays
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 X: Submit Monday evening compositions

Five Words Poetry Competition**Closed** Five Words Poetry Competition 2016-17 **Closed**

The Winner & Shortlist have been announced. For more >>>.

Guest Poet Line-up for April and May 2017
Events are posted every two months. Click names for biographical details

in association with Foras na Gaeilge  Louis de Paor – 3rd April
Ó Bhéal’s 10th Anniversary  Five Words Vol X & John Baylis Post – 10th April
Rachel Coventry and Ingrid Casey – 17th April
Martin Figura and Helen Ivory – 24th April
John Murphy – 1st May
Shara McCallum – 8th May
Diarmuid Fitzgerald – 15th May
Mary Madec – 22nd May
Sarah J. Sloat – 29th May

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 5th, 2017 at 4:10 pm
Posted by pc in Poetry Events and News


4th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

Our heartfelt congratulations to John Baylis Post, winner of the 4th Five Words competition, for his poem Identifications. John will read at Ó Bhéal’s 10th anniversary event on April 10th 2017, along with other contributors to Five Words Vol X. Our congratulations also to all of the shortlisted entrants, and for highly commended entries from Siobhan Campbell (who will also attend) and from Five Words Alumna Tamara Miles. A huge thanks to everyone who took part this year, and to judges Afric McGlinchey and John W. Sexton for their selection of excellence.


Identifications by   John Baylis Post (Ireland) winner
Milk   by   Siobhan Campbell (Ireland) highly commended
The Safety  by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.) highly commended
Eve   by   Siobhan Campbell (Ireland)
Lovelocks  by   Jane Boxall (U.S.A.)
Only Connected   by   Margaret Mc Carthy (Ireland)
Perspective   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
The Zombie-Maker   by   Derek Sellen (England)
Minor Deities   by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
A Fickle God   by   Margaret Mc Carthy (Ireland)
Stitches  by   Jane Boxall (U.S.A.)
The Buttonhole   by   John D. Kelly (Northern Ireland)

Judges: Afric McGlinchey and John W. Sexton

These poems will appear in Five Words Vol X, which will be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 10th of April 2017, along with an award presentation and readings from available contributors. The 5th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 11th of April, 2017.

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