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 June and July 2019
Events are posted every two months. Click names for biographical details

Cork Harbour Festival / Foras na Gaeilge   A Tribute to Danny Sheehy – 3rd June
Clodagh Beresford Dunne – 10th June
Anthony Lawrence – 17th June
Kimberly Campanello – 24th June
Niall McDevitt – 1st July
Jessica Traynor – 8th July
Kate Newmann – 15th July
  Randolph Healy – 22nd July
Cork Pride festival   Jim Crickard and Alana Daly Mulligan – 29th July

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!


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

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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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