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


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

Click for this week’s words and submission guidelines >>>

Guest Poet Line-up for October and November 2018
Events are posted every two months. Click names for biographical details

Mary-Jane Holmes – 1st October
Make a Connection Emmanuel Jakpa & Ismael Ramos – 8th October
Ó Bhéal/IndieCork Poetry-Film Competition Screenings – 14th October
Julie O’Callaghan – 15th October
Iggy McGovern – 22nd October
Cork Jazz Festival Sex W. Johnston & Darragh Hennessy – 29th October
Make a Connection Zoya Zoya, Asad Mahmud, Mel White & Ilyana Kuhling – 5th November
Shara Lessley – 12th November
Knute Skinner – 19th November
6th Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Poetry Festival – 22nd-25th November
Eleanor Hooker – 26th November

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!


575 Responses to “Poetry Readings & Open-Mic Nights”

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    pc Said: @12:07 pm 

    Open-mic night – 21st September 2018

    Our very special thanks to Nuala Leonard for absolutely wow-ing the Hayloft audience for Culture Night, the room was packed to the rafters with punters, atmosphere and talent. You can listen to Nuala’s performance here.

    Thanks to Michelle Delea for her professional touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Rab Urquhart, Claire Richard, Philip Spillane, Rosalin Blue, Ray Hanrahan, Mary O’Leary, Benjamin Burns, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Orla Daly, Mags Creedon, Raphaelle Martineau, Niall Herriott and jim Crickard.

    Michael Carey won the five word challenge this week. Congratulations Michael!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    09/22/18; 12:07 pm
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    pc Said: @4:06 pm 

    Open-mic night – 17th September 2018

    We’re very grateful to Irish Chair & Professor of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, as well as to poet Borbála Faragó for both giving absolutely fantastic readings on Monday, for Ó Bhéal’s 4th Heritage Council funded ‘Make a Connection’ event. You can listen to Borbála’s reading here and to Eiléan’s reading here.

    Our thanks also to Shaunna Lee Lynch for her excellent job as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Kevin Griffin, Matthew Moynihan, John Ryan, Charles Clarke, Seamus Harrington, Jac Shortland, Patricia Walsh, Elisa, Cliff Wedgbury, Marty Rath, Shayan, Jamie Lawton, Ray Hanarahan, Benjamin Burns, Beau Williams, Mags Creedon, Máirín-Rua Ní Aodhaa and Daw Harding.

    Rab Urquhart won the five word challenge this week. Nice one Rab!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    09/20/18; 4:06 pm
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    pc Said: @5:10 pm 

    Open-mic night – 10th September 2018

    Another class evening in the Hayloft with fine poems from maestro Kevin Kiely on Monday, to a well-stocked, sated and appreciative Hayloft audience. Our warm thanks to Kevin for venturing down to share his work. You can listen to Kevin’s reading here.

    Thanks to Ciarán MacArtain for keeping the ship on course, and to all on the open-mic, Lucas, Jac Shortland, Mary O’Connell, Julie Aldridge, Patricia Walsh, Philip Spillane, Matthew Moynihan, Jacqueline Curtin, Benjamin Burns, Mags Creedon, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Mary Nagle, Rab Urquhart, Kieran Raftery and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Matthew Moynihan won the five word challenge this week. Nice job Matthew!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    09/16/18; 5:10 pm
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    pc Said: @4:10 pm 

    Open-mic night – 3rd September 2018

    Anne-Marie Fyfe gave an intriguing presentation along with a superb reading of her own and others’ poetry on Monday, with musical accompaniment by Cahal Dallat, very much enjoyed by an attentive Hayloft audience. Our heartfelt thanks to Anne-Marie for including Ó Bhéal in her transatlantic tour. You can listen to Anne-Marie’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Bernadette Gallagher for her excellent work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Fiona Smith, Jackie Shortland, Seamus Harrington, Bernadette Gallagher, Matthew Moynihan, Rishtí Mac Piarais, Michelle Delea, Ray Hanrahan, Patricia Walsh, Mary O’Connell, Terry Doyle, Jamie Lawton, Philip Spillane and Michael Ray.

    Jim First-Timer won this week’s five word challenge. Congratulations Jim!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    09/6/18; 4:10 pm
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    pc Said: @10:47 am 

    Open-mic night – 27th August 2018

    Our very warm thanks to Scots poet Meg Bateman and Kerry-based Paddy Bushe for their fantastic readings on Monday, for one of two Colmcille-funded events in 2018, each pairing Irish language poets with Scots-gallic language poets. You can listen to Meg’s reading here and to Paddy’s reading here.

    Our thanks also to Julie Field for her magic touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Philip Spillane, Teresa Honan, Jac Shortland, Jamie Lawton, Patricia Walsh, Charles Clarke, Richie Pierce, Niall Herriott, Benjamins Burns, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Mags Creedon and Jenny Lawton.

    Shaunna Lee Lynch won this week’s five word challenge. Nice one Shaunna!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    09/3/18; 10:47 am
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    pc Said: @10:41 am 

    Open-mic night – 20th August 2018

    We’re very grateful to Eriko Tsugawa-Madden and Matthew Geden for their superb readings on Monday, especially programmed for our annual Heritage Week event, and for this year’s EYCH ‘Make a Conneciton’ heritage series. A number of their poems will be available on video soon, on our youtube channel. You can listen to Eriko’s reading here and to Matthew’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Stan Notte for his to class work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Matt Jones, Jac Shortland, Charles Clarke, Mary O’Connell, Teresa Honan, Carmen Palomino, Patricia Walsh, Cédric Bikond, Ray Hanrahan, Cliff Wedgbury, Alice Karveli, Phillip Spillane, Jacqueline Moreira and Stan Notte.

    Matt Jones won this week’s five word challenge. Congratulations Matt!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    09/3/18; 10:41 am
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    pc Said: @9:20 am 

    Open-mic night – 13th August 2018

    We’re very grateful to David Butler for his excellent reading on Monday, to a full house up in the Hayloft. Despite the unexpected construction work noise filtering in though the windows, David managed to speak above it and his superb poems did the rest. You can listen to David’s reading here.

    Our thanks to Philip Spillane for his professional touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Alexander Lehane, Linda Ibbotson, Mary O’Connell, Jac Shortland, Benjamin Burns, Rishtí Mac Piarais, Carmen Palomino, Patricia Walsh, Jamie Lawton, Mags Creedon, Jim Crickard, Niamh Twomey and Alice.

    Benjamin Burns won this week’s five word challenge. Fair plé Ben!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    08/14/18; 9:20 am
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    pc Said: @8:27 am 

    Open-mic night – 6th August 2018

    A very warm Cork thanks to our excellent guest poets Jane Commane and Peter Raynard, for representing Coventry in this year’s twin cities exchange. Both poets gave powerful, well-crafted readings to an appreciative and full Hayloft audience. You can listen to Jane’s reading here and to Peter’s reading here.

    Our thanks also go to Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Fergal Dennehy, who welcomed the Coventry poets and praised the continuing work done for our twin city exchange. You can listen to the Deputy Lord Mayor’s welcome here.

    Thanks to Rosie O’Regan for her fine job as compère, and to all on the open-mic, Nick Kennedy, Philip Spillane, Edward O’Dwyer, Jac Shortland, Stephen Roche, Charles Clarke, Patricia Walsh, Jamie Lawton, Silvia de la Fuente, Julie Goo, Ray Hanrahan, Mags Creedon, Stanley Notte, Mel White and Christy Parker.

    Mel White won this week’s five word challenge. Nice one Mel!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    08/9/18; 8:27 am
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    pc Said: @3:46 pm 

    Open-mic night – 30th July 2018

    Our very warm thanks to Mary Dorcey for her fantastic reading on Monday for Cork Pride, to a packed Hayloft and highly appreciative audience. You can listen to Mary’s reading here.

    Thanks to Julie Field for her superb work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Peter Kennedy, Julie Goo, Pat O’Connor, Teresa Honan, Jac Shortland, Charles Clarke, Mary O’Connell, Billy Ramsell, Patricia Walsh, Carmen Palomino, Philip Spillane, Leon Gaynor, Benjamin Burns, Patrick Naughton, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Cédric Bikond and Jim Crickard.

    Jac Shortland won this week’s five word challenge. Well done Jac!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/31/18; 3:46 pm
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    pc Said: @1:18 pm 

    Open-mic night – 23rd July 2018

    Our special thanks to Santa Barbara poets laureate David Starkey, Paul Willis and Chryss Yost for venturing down to Cork during their Irish sojourn. A superb trio of readings from three very well versed poets. You can listen to David’s reading here, to Paul’s reading here and to Chryss’s reading here.

    Thanks to Benjamin Burns for his fine work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Charles Clarke, Carmen Palomino, Shane Collins, Mary O’Connell, Orla Daly, Patricia Walsh, Philip Spillane, Ray Hanrahan, John Tangney, George Yatchisin, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Mags Creedon and Jim Crickard.

    Bernadette Gallagher won this week’s five word challenge. Well done Bernadette!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/24/18; 1:18 pm
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    pc Said: @11:00 am 

    Open-mic night – 16th July 2018

    Our warm thanks to Leah Umansky for her superb reading on Monday. Thoroughly enjoyed by one and all! You can listen to Leah’s reading here.

    Thanks to Rab Urquhart for keeping things steady at the helm, and to all on the open-mic, Orla Daly, Charles Clarke, Pauline, Jac Shortland, Megan Cronin, Patricia Walsh, Ana Špehar, Jim Crickard, Philip Spillane, Mags Creedon, Stanley Notte and Fergus Costello.

    Orla Daly won this week’s five word challenge. Nice job Orla!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/17/18; 11:00 am
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    pc Said: @1:05 pm 

    Open-mic night – 9th July 2018

    Our very warm thanks to Nyaradzo Masunda and Eva Bourke for their magnificant readings on Monday, for the second event in our ‘Make a Connection’ series, made possible by the Heritage Council. You can listen to Nyaradzo’s reading here and to Eva’s reading here. Videos will be made available shortly …

    Thanks to Shaunna-Lee Lynch for her fine touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Stan Notte, Jo Johnston, Marcel Kroener, Megan Cronin, Philip Spillane, Patricia Walsh, Charles Clarke, Mary O’Connell, Cliff Wedgbury and Jim Crickard.

    Maria Wojdylo won this week’s five word challenge. Congrats Maria!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/10/18; 1:05 pm
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    pc Said: @11:36 am 

    Open-mic night – 2nd July 2018

    Our warm thanks to Anne Casey and Nathanael O’Reilly for their excellent readings on Monday, to a full and delighted summer audience. You can listen to Nathanael’s reading here and to Anne’s reading here.

    Thanks to all on the open-mic, Anne Bevan, Tricia Jenkins, Charles Clarke, Julie Aldridge, Rosaleen Crowley, Jac Shortland, Cédric Bikond, Mary O’Connell, Patricia Walsh, Niall Herriott, Kevin Loughnane, Rosie O’Regan, Philip Spillane, Jan O’Loughlin and Jim Crickard.

    Bernadette Gallagher won this week’s five word challenge. Well done Bernadette!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/9/18; 11:36 am
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    pc Said: @2:47 pm 

    Open-mic night – 25th June 2018

    A very special thanks to Cork poet Greg Delanty for his excellent reading on Monday during his visit home. You can listen to Greg’s reading right here.

    Big thanks to Stanley Notte for running the night, and to all on the open-mic, Brooke Busse, Mummy Harmony, Jillian Thomas, Megan Cronin, Ray Hanrahan, Patricia Walsh, Brad O’Driscoll, Gerry Murphy, Ann Dalton, Charles Clarke, Daw Harding, Chris Harlos and Mags Creedon.

    Ann Dalton won this week’s five word challenge. Congratulations Ann!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/2/18; 2:47 pm
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    pc Said: @1:06 pm 

    Open-mic night – 18th June 2018

    Our warm thanks to our superb poets on Monday, Nithy Kasa and Ciara Ní É. An absolute cracker of a night with powerful performances from both poets captivating and thrilling the audience. It was a nice full house for the first Heritage Council EYCH event of the year in our ‘Make a Connection’ series. You can listen to Nithy’s reading here and to Ciara’s performance here.

    You can also watch seven videos of Nithy and Ciara’s performances here.

    Thanks also to Michelle Delea for compèring the evening in fine style, and to all on the open-mic, Renée Lusher, Julie Aldridge, Jac Shortland, Kieran Raftery, Patricia Walsh, Philip Spillane, Roshni Beeharry, Charles Clarke, Jim Crickard, Ana Špehar, Benjamin Burns, Eric Kavanagh, Ciarán MacArtain and Mags Creedon.

    Jim Crickard won this week’s five word challenge. Well done Jim!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    06/19/18; 1:06 pm
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    pc Said: @8:49 am 

    Open-mic night – 11th June 2018

    Our heartfelt thanks to Oregon poet Carlos Reyes, who has been partly living in Ireland since the early 70’s, for his very fine reading on Monday from his tenth collection of poetry Along the Flaggy Shore, Poems from West Clare, hot off the press from Salmon Poetry. You can listen to Carlos’s reading here.

    Thanks to Rosie O’Regan for keeping the house in good order, and to all in the open-mic, Megan Cronin, Jac Shortland, Joseph Wheeler, Jamie Lawton, Mary O’Connell, Patricia Walsh, Mags Creedon, Michelle Delea, Benjamin Burns, Stan Notte, Philip Spillane and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Ciarán MacArtain won this week’s five word challenge. Nice job Ciarán!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    06/12/18; 8:49 am
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    pc Said: @3:24 pm 

    Open-mic night – 4th June 2018

    We had an excellent night all round for our first Cork Harbour Festival event, from the five word challenge to Daniel Wade’s fascinating reading about the sea and other poems, followed by a superb open-mic. Our very warm thanks to Daniel for coming down from Dublin. You can listen to Daniel’s reading here.

    Thanks to Bernadette Gallagher for her professional and light touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Rosie O’Regan, Charles Clarke, Molly Garvey, Stephen James Smith, Patricia Walsh, Jamie Lawton, Cédric Bikond, Mary O’Connell, Aoife Maher, Gerry Murphy, Philip Spillane, Jim Crickard and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Molly Garvey won this week’s five word challenge. Congrats Molly!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    06/9/18; 3:24 pm
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    pc Said: @10:01 am 

    Open-mic night – 28th May 2018

    Our warm thanks to Galway poet Liz Quirke for a beautiful reading on Monday of her succinct and moving poems, mostly from her début collection The Road, Slowly – hot off the press from Salmon Poetry, to a thrilled summer audience and packed house. You can listen to Liz’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Sue Cosgrave for her deft touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Ceatí Ní Bheildiúin, Brendan Mulcahy, Mary O’Connell, Seamus Harrington, Joe Sweeney, Benjamin Burns, Patricia Walsh, Elisa, Philip Spillane, Cédric Bikond, Mags Creedon, Alannah Matthews, Ciarán MacArtain and Conor McManus.

    Benjamin Burns won this week’s five word challenge. Congrats Ben!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/29/18; 10:01 am
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    pc Said: @10:03 am 

    Open-mic night – 21st May 2018

    Our very special thanks to Rob Barratt for visiting us on Monday all the way from Cornwall and for his rivetting performance, which had everyone in the house glued to their seats. You can listen to Rob’s performance here.

    Thanks also to emcee Benjamin Burns for keeping the house in good order, and to all on the open-mic, Jac Shortland, Seamus Harrington, Jim Crickard, Mary O’Connell, Patricia Walsh, Philip Spillane, Charles Clarke, Ciarán MacArtain and Shaunna Lee Lynch.

    Jackie Shortland won this week’s five word challenge. Well done Jac!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/28/18; 10:03 am
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    pc Said: @12:50 pm 

    Open-mic night – 14th May 2018

    A very warm thanks to Thomas Dillon Redshaw for a superb reading on Monday, to a delighted and comfortably full Hayloft. You can listen to Thomas’ reading here.

    Thanks also to Bernadette McCarthy for her good humour and fine touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Benjamin Burns, Julie Aldridge, Janek Dubowski, Maria Gillen, Suzanna O’Mahoney, Cédric Bikond, Mags Creedon, Ray Hanrahan, Patricia Walsh, Kieran Raftery, Mary O’Connell, Seán Crowley, Philip Spillane, Bernadette McCarthy and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Ciarán MacArtain won this week’s five word challenge. Nice one Ciarán!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/19/18; 12:50 pm
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    pc Said: @1:15 pm 

    Open-mic night – 7th May 2018

    We’re very grateful to Seán Lysaght for coming down from Mayo to give a brilliant reading on Monday, to a somewhat Ed Sheeran-diminished, bank holiday audience. So much quieter than usual for a change with just over 20 in the house, but a superb five-word challenge, open-mic and reading by Seán. You can listen to Seán’s reading here.

    Thanks to Rab Urquhart for keeping the helm steady, and to all on the open-mic, Billy County House, Charles Clarke, Jac Shortland, Mary O’Connell, Philip Spillane, Patricia Walsh, Brian Crotty, Fergus Costello, Elisa, Kieran Raftery and Stanley Notte.

    Stan Notte won this week’s five word challenge. Well done Stan!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/12/18; 1:15 pm
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    pc Said: @2:23 pm 

    Open-mic night – 30th April 2018

    Our very warm thanks to Cork-born Ita O’Donovan for venturing down from west Connemara on Monday. Ita gave a superb reading from her new collection, which you can listen to here.

    Thanks also to Philip Spillane for his steady hand at the helm, and to all on the open-mic, Ben Shields, Conor McManus, Robyn Rowland, Jac Shortland, Ray Hanrahan, Mary O’Connell, Patricia Walsh, Mags Creedon, Charles Clarke, Ciarán MacArtain and Rab Urquhart.

    Jac Shortland won this week’s five word challenge. Well done Jac!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/7/18; 2:23 pm
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    pc Said: @1:50 pm 

    Open-mic night – 23rd April 2018

    A powerful reading by Anamaría Crowe Serrano on Monday had the audience hanging onto every word. Our warm thanks to Anamaría for coming down from Dubland to share her brilliant work. You can listen to Anamaría’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Shaunna Lee Lynch for her sharp timekeeping and well-humoured emceewomanship, and to all on the open-mic, Eamonn Lynskey, Julie Aldridge, Jac Shortland, Charles Clarke, Niall Herriott, Fergus Costello, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Gillian Lourenco, Mary O’Connell, Daw Harding, Benjamin Burns, Philip Spillane, Ciarán MacArtain and Eileen Halpin.

    Nuka Gbafah won the five word challenge. Congrats Nuka!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    04/27/18; 1:50 pm
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    pc Said: @9:52 am 

    Open-mic night – 16th April 2018

    An absolute cracker of an night despite the torrential downpour for Ó Bhéal’s 11th Anniversary event, as over fifty punters arrived to read and hear featured shortlisted competition poets Derek Sellen, Ted O’Regan and Jim Crickard plus twelve other contributors to the anthology. The winner Jill Munro and highly commended Margaret McCarthy tried their best to make it though circumstances proved too prohibitive, so their respective poems were read on the night.

    Our congratulations again to Jill and to all the shortlisted and published poets. The 6th Five Words Competition is already underway and we’re already looking forward to the gems it will bring. You can listen to the contributors to Five Words Vol XI (shortlisted poets first) reading here.

    Eighteen participated in the five word challenge, followed by fifteen contributors to the anthology. Twenty-one poets read at the open-mic for only other poets’ poetry, including Jim Crickard, Philip Spillane, Kayne Coy, Colm Scully, Jac Shortland, Benjamin Burns, Julie Aldridge, Mary O’Connell, Stanley Notte, Bernadette McCarthy, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Patricia Walsh, Megan Cronin, Charles Clarke, Rab Urquhart, Ray Hanrahan, Derek Sellen, Daw Harding, Ted O’Regan and Mags Creedon.

    Jim Crickard won the five word challenge. Congrats Jim!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    04/23/18; 9:52 am
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    pc Said: @9:10 am 

    Open-mic night – 9th April 2018

    A fantastic reading by the inimitable Brian Turner had saw a very full house of Hayloft punters and poets transfixed from beginning to end. Our very special thanks to Brian for bringing the best of what poetry is about into the house. You can listen to Brian’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Stan Notte for his superb timekeeping and helmsmanship, and to all on the open-mic, John Mee, Phil Nannery, Molly, Jac Shortland, Benjamin Burns, Bernadette McCarthy, Linda Ibbotson, Charles Clarke, Niamh Twomey, Patricia Walsh, Damien O’Shea, Conor McManus, Jenie deBie, Lwisia Daly, Bill O’Riordan, Mags Creedon, Jim Crickard, Philip Spillane, Ciarán MacArtain, Shaunna Lee Lynch, and Bernadette Gallagher.

    Jenny deBie won the five word challenge. Well done Jenny!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    04/14/18; 9:10 am

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