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
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
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!
followed by the open-mic
For those who missed our end of year reading with Philippe Beck we have all 6 of his poems with English translations on video for you. Philippe gave a wonderful reading followed by a brilliant and large open-mic to end off the year. With thanks to Shane Vaughan for capturing the footage.
(or view on the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel).
followed by the open-mic
For those who missed our end of year reading with Liz Lochhead (the Scots Makar / National poet of Scotland), we have all 13 of Liz’s poems on video for you. Liz gave a fabulous reading and an excellent open-mic followed to end off the year. With thanks to Rab Urquhart for capturing the footage.
(or on the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel).
‘An American fiction writer faces a crisis of self-doubt upon finding the poetry open mic of his literary-tourism dreams in Cork, Ireland’ – World Literature Today
Visiting writer Eric Bosse, Professor in the Expository Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma, came to Ireland to teach travel writing to students for a semester at UCC.
‘And, as I left the pub and raised my umbrella for the long walk to my apartment in the University College Cork dorms, I vowed to carry the spirit of Ó Bhéal home to Oklahoma’.
Enjoy the entire review at World Literature Today right here.
At Ó Bhéal’s 238th event, after a magnificent reading by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and musical performance by John Sampson, all sixty-five minutes of which had to remain live for copyright reasons, we managed to video the poets from the open-mic, which you can enjoy right here.