March 23rd, 2019 at 5:45 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 XII: 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 August and September 2019
Events are posted every two months. Click names for biographical details

Cork-Coventry Twin Cities Celebration   Aysar Ghassan & Raef Boylan – 5th August
Patrick Lodge – 12th August
i.a.w. The Heritage Council   Katie Donovan – 19th August
i.a.w Colmcille/FnG   Eibhlís Carcione & Pàdraig MacAoidh – 26th August
David Toms – 2nd September
Alison Whitelock – 9th September
  Annemarie Ní Churreáin – 16th September
i.a.w Culture Night   Beau Williams – 20th September
Michelle O’Sullivan – 23rd September
Kevin Griffin – 30th September

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
Posted by pc in Uncategorized


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.


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.