March 7th, 2018 at 5:25 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 XI: Submit 5W poems penned at Ó Bhéal

Five Words Poetry Competition** Clósed ** Five Words Poetry Competition 2018-19 ** Clósed **

Competition History and Guidelines >>>

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

in association with UCC English Dept New MA Creative Writing – 4th February
John Fitzgerald – 11th February
Karen O’Connor – 18th February
in association with World Poetry Movement Aoife Reilly – 25th February
George Mario Angel Quintero – 4th March
Pete Mullineaux and Moya Roddy – 11th March
in association with Women Scream 2019 Raina J. León – 18th March
in association with Foras na Gaeilge   Marcus Mac Conghail – 25th March

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 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 thnaks to judges Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart for their hard work in teasing out a very strong shortlist and worthy winner.


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.