April 15th, 2013 at 1:41 am
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Ó Bhéal launches the

Five Words International Poetry Competition 2013-14

Each Tuesday around midday (GMT), from the 16th of April 2013, five words are posted at this link. Entrants have one week to compose and submit one (or more) poem(s): poems that must include all five words.

At noon next Tuesday, these words will no longer be eligible, and replaced with five new words. The competition will run for a total of forty weeks, until the last week of January 2014. One winner will win 500 euro and a reading.

For this week’s words, submissions and guidelines click here.


December 19th, 2012 at 7:38 pm
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Gillian Clarke on Video

10 December 2012

For those who missed our end of year reading with the national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, we have 14 poems from the evening on video for you. Gillian delighted the Ó Bhéal audience with an exemplary reading, mainly from her latest collection Ice (Carcanet, 2012), which is shortlisted for the current T.S.Eliot prize. A special Thanks to Stephen O’Riordan for capturing this footage. The videos are here.


December 15th, 2012 at 3:30 am
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6th All Ireland Poetry Slam Championships

(Videos)

Winner: Seán Dennehy (Leinster)

30 November 2012

The sixth All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion is Leinster poet Seán Dennehy. Congratulations! Second place went to Fergus Costello (Munster) and in third place was Peter Francis Fahy (Ulster).

A fantastic night of poetry, with 150 enthusiasts in Cyprus Avenue, three nail-biting rounds of slam ending in a photo-finish between Fergus Costello’s 118 points (out of a possible 150) to Seán Dennehy’s 119. And all this followed by an excellent reading from Billy Ramsell and a vibrant open-mic run by Rab Urquhart.

For all the videos from the night (filmed by Stephen O’Riordan) click here.


December 14th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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[L-R] Janet Smith, Jayne Stanton, Conor McManus and Matthew Geden

Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with photos and reviews from

Cork and Coventry poets

August and November 2012

In 2012 the Twinning exchange was broadened yet again with four new participating poets, representing Coventry: Janet Smith and Jayne Stanton, and for Cork: Conor McManus and Matthew Geden. The Coventry poets visited for four days in August, giving readings at Ó Bhéal and the Whitehouse in Limerick, and were treated to excursions to Lough Gur, Cobh, Myrtleville and the English Market, while during a reciprocal four-day visit the Cork contingency gave readings at both Night Blue Fruit in Coventry and Tamworth, and appeared on HillzFM Radio. Both parties visited their respective host cities’ lord mayors.

For the full review from the participants, with photos, click here.


December 14th, 2012 at 10:56 am
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Jazz-Poetry Night 2012

22 October

 
 

October saw another fantastic jazz-poetry night at Ó Bhéal, featuring poet Raven and the Dan Walsh Trio. Even though they’d only just met, many remarked on how they seemed to have been playing together for years. To view all the videos filmed by Stephen O’Riordan, including those from the open-mic, click here.


October 7th, 2012 at 10:45 pm
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Ilya Kaminsky (videos)

24 September 2012

A mind-blowing 40 minute performance by multi-award winner Ilya Kaminsky at Ó Bhéal, filmed by Stephen O’Riordan. To view the videos click here.


August 4th, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Posted by pc in Ópen-mic on Mondays

Ó Bhéal reviewed by visiting Travel Writer

18 July 2012

‘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.


December 22nd, 2011 at 2:14 pm
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Ó Bhéal open-mic on Video

12 December 2011

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.


November 22nd, 2011 at 12:14 pm
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[L-R] Malcolm Dewhirst, Afric McGlinchey, Colm Scully and Jennifer Matthews

Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with photos and reviews from

Cork and Coventry poets

August and November 2011

The successful annual exchange between Cork and Coventry has been taking great strides forward, with poet Malcolm Dewhirst performing at Ó Bhéal and Limerick’s Whitehouse in early August, including excursions in Cork city, Cobh and Lough Gur. Malcolm has been inspired to write a number of poems about his visit. The return trip during the first week of November featured three Cork poets, Jennifer Matthews, Colm Scully and Afric McGlinchey, who gave readings in Coventry and Polesworth, were taken along the Polesworth poetry trail and performed on HillzFM Radio – and a lot more … reviews follow from each of the poets here.

You can also read Gary Longden‘s reviews of both events at Night Blue Fruit and The Fizz right here.


March 31st, 2011 at 3:35 pm
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Ó Bhéal on

BBC Northern Ireland‘s Spotlight

and

TG4‘s Imeall

March 2011 and January 2010

Two videos for you, the Five-Word challenge broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland this March along with Marie Coveney’s winning poem, and Alan Titley interviewed by TG4 about Ó Bhéal last year. Enjoy …