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
i.a.w Foras na Gaeilge   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!


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

  1. 1
    pc Said: @1:34 pm 

    Open-mic night – 19th August 2019

    We’re very grateful to poet Katie O’Donovan for her exquisite reading on Monday, to the delight of a well-attended Hayloft audience. Thanks Katie! You can listen to Katie’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Rosie O’Regan for her skilled helmswomanship, and to all on the open-mic, Henry Glass, Dan Johnson, Sue Blue, Charles Clarke, Mary O’Connell, Jamie Lawton, Michelle Delea, Patricia Walsh, Cathal Holden, Mags Creedon, Margaret O’Regan, Mo O’Connor, Molly Twomey, Philip Spillane, Niamh O’Donovan and Andrew Carroll.

    Niamh O’Donovan won Monday’s Five Word challenge. Congrats Niamh!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    08/22/19; 1:34 pm
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    pc Said: @3:48 pm 

    Open-mic night – 12th August 2019

    Our warm thanks to Patrick Lodge for his superb reading on Monday, well-appreciated by a sizeable Hayloft audience. You can listen to Patrick’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Bernadette Gallagher for her professional touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Sue Blue, Hailey Hughes, Charles Clarke, Margaret O’Regan, Mary O’Connell, Jac Shortland, Cédric Bikond, Patricia Walsh, May Jeanette Fast, Philip Spillane, Molly Twomey, Simon Spichak, Rab Urquhart, Niamh Twomey, Maria Wood and Mo O’Connor.

    Rosie O’Regan won the Five Word challenge. Fair play Rosie!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    08/17/19; 3:48 pm
  3. 3
    pc Said: @12:26 pm 

    Open-mic night – 5th August 2019

    Our thanks to Aysar Ghassan and Raef Boylan for gracing the Hayloft stage in Monday, representing Coventry in Cork for the first of this year’s Twin Cities poetry exchanges. You can listen to Aysar reading here and to Raef’s reading here.

    Thanks also to deputy Lord Mayor Dan Boyle for taking part and for welcoming the poets, to Stanley Notte for compering the proceedings in fine style and to all on the open-mic, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Sue Blue, Cliff Wedgbury, Mary O’Connell, Charles Clarke, Patricia Walsh, Benjamin Burns, Amy, Rab Urquhart, Shaunna Lee Lynch and Stan Notte.

    Shaunna Lee Lynch won Monday’s Five Words poetry challenge. Nice one Shaunna!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    08/10/19; 12:26 pm
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    pc Said: @11:14 am 

    Open-mic night – 29th July 2019

    The Hayloft crowd were treated to an electrifying experience on Monday evening thanks to equally outstanding performances from Jim Crickard and Alana Daly Mulligan for Cork Pride. Thanks Jim and Alana! You can listen to Jim’s reading here and to Alana’s reading here.

    Thanks to Shaunna Lee Lynch for her top class emcee work, and to all on the open-mic, Shaunna, Stan Notte, Jac Shortland, Jamie Lawton, Matthew Shelton, Patricia Walsh, Mary O’Connell, Benjamin Burns, Charles Clarke, Philip Spillane, Henry Glass, Sue Blue and Ray Hanrahan.

    Mary Crickard won Monday evening’s Five Word challenge. Congratulations Mary!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    08/2/19; 11:14 am
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    pc Said: @10:06 am 

    Open-mic night – 22nd July 2019

    A particularly fine reading from the erudite Randolph Healy was a delight for all present in the very full Hayloft bar on Monday night. Thank you Randolph! You can listen to Randolph’s reading here.

    Thanks to Rab Urquhart for his eloquent touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Constantin Calgaru, Charles Clarke, Patrick Salmon Anson, Jac Shortland, Mary O’Connell, Sue Blue, Edward O’Dwyer, Patricia Walsh, Mel White, Caleb Brennan, Stanley Notte, Clayton Turner, Philip Spillane, Ciarán MacArtain, Cédric Bikond, Mags Creedon, Kevin Power and Jim Crickard.

    Linda O’Flaherty won Monday’s Five Word challenge. Congratulations Linda!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/25/19; 10:06 am
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    pc Said: @9:46 am 

    Open-mic night – 15th July 2019

    Our warm thanks to Kate Newmann for winding her way down from Donegal on Monday to give a fantastic reading, much enjoyed by all present in a full Hayloft bar. You can listen to Kate’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Jim Crickard for his adept touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Constantyn Calugaru, Chris Boucher, Sinisha Rudan, Sandy Yannone, Edward O’Dwyer, Charles Clarke, Mary O’Connell, John Horan, Benjamin Burns, Philip Spillane, Mo O’Connor and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Michael O’Callaghan won the Five Word challenge. Congrats Michael!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/19/19; 9:46 am
  7. 7
    pc Said: @12:11 pm 

    Open-mic night – 8th July 2019

    Our warm thanks to Jessica Traynor for her touching and powerful reading on Monday, drawing sighs and enthusiasm from a full house in the Hayloft. You can listen to Jessica’s reading here.

    Thanks to Julie Field for her magical touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Fergus Costello, Irina, Jason Loughnane, Ruairí de Barra, Jim Crickard, Charles Clarke, Patricia Walsh, Sue Blue, Philip Spillane, Mary O’Connell, Mags Creedon, Máirín-Rua Ní Aodha, Michelle Delea and Amy.

    Rosie O’Regan won the Five Word challenge. Nice one Rosie!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/11/19; 12:11 pm
  8. 8
    pc Said: @10:19 am 

    Open-mic night – 1st July 2019

    Our warm thanks to wordsmith Niall McDevitt for venturing over from London to read his superbly wrought, crystalline poems. Niall read from a number of his collections and he had the Ó Bhéal audience rivetted throughout. You can listen to Niall’s reading here.

    Thanks to Ben Burns for his top class work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Henry Glass, Niall Herriott, Mary O’Connell, Patricia Walsh, Sue Blue, Cédric Bikond, Philip Spillane, Máirín-Rua Ní Aodha, Amy and Rab Urquhart.

    Patricia Walsh won won the Five Word challenge. Well done Patricia!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    07/7/19; 10:19 am
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    pc Said: @4:40 pm 

    Open-mic night – 24th June 2019

    Kimberly Campanello gave a captivating reading on Monday from her new book MOTHERBABYHOME (zimZalla Avant Objects, 2019), a 796-page book of conceptual and visual poetry on the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam. Our warm thanks to Kimberly and we wish her the very best with this unique and astounding publication. You can listen to Kimberly’s reading here.

    Thanks to Philip Spillane for his superb work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Robery Edmonds, Hailey Hughes, Henry Glass, Mary O’Connell, Michelle Delea, Sue Blue, Patricia Walsh, Jim Crickard, Gerry Murphy, Clayton Turner, Hollie Jones, Cédric Bikond, Ciarán MacArtain and Mags Creedon.

    Jim Crickard won this week’s Five Word challenge, congrats Jim!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    06/27/19; 4:40 pm
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    pc Said: @11:37 am 

    Open-mic night – 17th June 2019

    We’re very grateful to Anthony Lawrence for his superb reading on Monday, and for taking part at Ó Bhéal during his visit from New South Wales. You can listen to Anthony’s reading here.

    Thanks to Bernadette Gallagher for her professional touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Julie Manning, Henry Glass, Sue Blue, Jacqueline Curtin, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Michelle Delea, Mags Creedon, Jamie Lawton, Philip Spillane, Jim Crickard and Ana Spehar.

    Colm Scully won this week’s Five Word challenge, well done Colm!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    06/24/19; 11:37 am
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    pc Said: @3:12 pm 

    Open-mic night – 10th June 2019

    Many thanks to Clodagh Beresford Dunne whose poems were very well received on Monday during her superb reading, heartily enjoyed by all present. Thanks Clodagh!

    Thanks too to Stanley Notte for his expert emceemanship, and to all on the open-mic, Molly Twomey, Mary O’Connell, Jac Shortland, Mags Creedon, Ray Hanrahan, Charles Clarke, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, John Mee, Philip Spillane, Holly Jones and Jacqueline Curtin.

    Paul Casey won this week’s Five Word challenge, so he did.

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    06/13/19; 3:12 pm
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    pc Said: @9:49 am 

    Open-mic night – 3rd June 2019

    We had a mighty and fitting turnout for Danny Sheehy’s tribute event on Monday, including a large cohort from west Kerry. A fantastic event by all accounts and we’re very grateful to musician Brendan Begley and to readers Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, Eibhlís Carcione, Billy Ramsell, Bríd Ní Mhóráin, Bernadette Nic an tSaoir, Marian Ó Murchú, Julie Field and Paul Casey. You can listen to nine of Danny’s poems being read as gaeilge here.

    Warm thanks to emcee Michelle Delea who tamed the night with fine style and humour, and to all on the open-mic – many of whom read or sang in tribute to Danny – Donagh MacArtain, Jac Shortland, Gerry Murphy (aka. John Montague), Elaine Lombard, Aengus Ó Dálaigh, Mags Creedon, Patricia Walsh, Philip Spillane, Henry Glass, Seamus Harrington, Sara Roche and Caitlín Ní Lordáin.

    Seán Ó Draoi won this week’s Five Word challenge. Comhghairdeas a Sheáin!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    06/7/19; 9:49 am
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    pc Said: @3:51 pm 

    Open-mic night – 27th May 2019

    Ohioan poets Philip Metres and Dave Lucas both gave superb readings of their equally superb poems on Monday, delighting the Ó Bhéal audience. Our warm thanks to both poets for venturing all the way to Cork! You can listen to Philip’s reading here and to Dave’s reading here.

    Thanks to Rosie O’Regan for fine tuning the proceedings with aplomb, and to all on the open-mic, Charles Clarke, Savannah Goodman, Philip Spillane, Amy, Cédric Bikond, Sue Blue, Patricia Walsh, Mags Creedon, Mary O’Connell, Jamie Lawton and Mo O’Connor.

    Sue Blue won this week’s Five Word challenge. Congratulations Sue!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/31/19; 3:51 pm
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    pc Said: @11:32 am 

    Open-mic night – 20th May 2019

    Our warm thanks to Derek Sellen for coming over from Canterbury and for his top-class reading on Monday, all ekphrastic poems (with related images projected overhead) from Derek’s new collection The Other Guernica (Cultured Llama, 2018). You can listen to Derek’s reading here.

    Thanks to Jim Crickard for his excellent work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Hailey Hughes, Sue Blue, Mary Anne Smith, Patricia Walsh, Charles Clarke, Rab Urquhart, Philip Spillane, Platon, Elisa Sabbadin, Elaine Lombard, John Moran, Martin Morrisey, Joe Shaeffer, Christy Parker and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Ciarán MacArtain won this week’s Five Word challenge. Fair plé Ciarán!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/25/19; 11:32 am
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    pc Said: @12:09 pm 

    Open-mic night – 13th May 2019

    We’re very grateful to Áine Durkin for driving down from Donegal to enthrall the Ó Bhéal audience with her beautiful Gaelic verse. Owning no translations of her poems (hint hint translators …), Áine offered succinct explanations for each poem in English, allowing all present to savour the delicious sounds and rhythms of the Irish language. You can listen to Áine’s reading here.

    Thanks also to Ciarán MacArtain for emceeing in fine bilingual form, and to all on the open-mic, Simon Spichak, Julie Aldridge, Charles Clarke, Jenny Debie, Molly Twomey, Kieran Raftery, Patricia Walsh, Mags Creedon, Conor McManus (with Colm Scully), Alma Kelly and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Bella Young won this week’s Five Word challenge. Well done Bella!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/16/19; 12:09 pm
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    pc Said: @10:29 am 

    Open-mic night – 6th May 2019

    Our warm thanks to Joe Neal for his fine reading on Monday, to a smaller than usual (but lively) bank holiday audience. You can listen to Joe’s reading here.

    Thanks to Rab Urquhart for emceeing the evening, and to all on the open-mic, Jac Shortland, Charles Clarke, Philip Spillane, Patricia Walsh, Elisa Sabbadin, Benjamin Burns and Ciarán MacArtain.

    Ben Burns won this week’s Five Word challenge. Congrats Ben!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/13/19; 10:29 am
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    pc Said: @7:38 am 

    Open-mic night – 29th April 2019

    Our warm thanks to the brilliant Tania Hershman for coming over from Manchester to deliver a stellar reading on Monday, with poems that delighted the well-packed Hayloft audience to no end. You can listen to Tania’s reading here.

    Thanks too to Shaunna Lee Lynch for her fine work as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Simon Spichak, Linda Ibbotson, Eoin Hurley, Cédric Bikond, Elaine Lombard, Rab Urquhart, Philip Spillane, Charles Clarke, Patricia Walsh, Stanley Notte, Mags Creedon, Ray Hanrahan, Ciarán MacArtain and Christy Parker.

    Ray Hanrahan won this week’s Five Word challenge, Well done Ray!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    05/3/19; 7:38 am
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    pc Said: @12:23 pm 

    Open-mic night – 22nd April 2019

    Our warm thanks to Majella Kelly for coming down from Tuam to give an absolutely superb reading on Monday, with the audience hanging onto every word. You can listen to Majella’s reading here.

    Thanks to Ben Burns for his steady hand at the helm, and to all on the open-mic, Irina, Sandra Beasley, Sue Blue, Patricia Walsh, Gerry Murphy, Philip Spillane, John Mee and Jim Crickard.

    Philip Spillane won the Five Word Challenge. Nice one Philip!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    04/27/19; 12:23 pm
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    pc Said: @12:16 pm 

    Open-mic night – 15th April 2019

    We had a fantastic 12th Anniversary night in Monday with competition winner Mary Anne Smith reading her winning entry and a selection of her poems. Shortlisted poets Geraldine McCarthy and Derek Sellen also read, while competition judge Bernadette McCarthy read a highly commended entry from Jenny Pollak. A number of contributors to Five Words Vol XII also read. You can listen to Mary Anne Smith’s reading here and to the shortlisted poets & contributors to Five Words Vol XII here.

    Thanks also to everyone on the open mic who read other poets’ poetry, Ana Isabella Byrne, Philip Spillane, Cédric Bikond, Bernadette McCarthy, Jac Shortland, Hailey Hughes, Elaine Lombard, Sarah Kentish, Dean Browne, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Derek Sellen, Sue Blue, Mary Anne Smith, Benjamin Burns, Jim Crickard, Niall Herriott, Sandy Yannone, Charles Clarke, Mags Creedon, Patricia Walsh, Jo Collins and Rab Urquhart.

    Philip Spillane won this week’s Five Word Challenge. Congrats Philip!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    04/27/19; 12:16 pm
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    pc Said: @1:34 pm 

    Open-mic night – 8th April 2019

    Thanks to Mayo maestro Terry McDonagh for coming down to show us how it’s done on Monday, with a fantastic reading from his recent books. You can listen to Terry’s reading in full right here.

    Thanks to Philip Spillane for his superb handling of the evening and open-mic, and to all who read, Fergus Costello, Grant March, Daw Harding, Sandra Beasley, Sue Blue, Nelly Azzopardi, Cédric Bikond, Patricia Walsh, Charles Clarke, Sam, Ciara, Elaine, Stanley Notte, Rab Urquhart and Julie Goo.

    Nuka Gbafah won this week’s Five Word Challenge. Brilliant work Nuka!

    The open-mic mp3 is here.


    04/13/19; 1:34 pm

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