2017


2017 Twin Cities Poetry Events

 

Cork – Coventry                        Cork – San Francisco

with photos and reviews from

Andrea Mbrushimana, Russ Berry, Ciarán MacArtain, Stanley Notte

and Kathy D’Arcy.

[L-R] Andrea Mbarushimana, Russ Berry, Ciarán MacArtain, Stanley Notte & Kathy D’Arcy

 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 marks Ó Bhéal’s first year taking part in two separate twin cities events. Kathy D’Arcy represented Cork in San Francisco for a cornicopia of events arranged by poet/professor Raina J. León from St.Mary’s College, California, whilst on this side of the Atlantic, Adam Steiner from Silhouette Press set up poets Andrea Mbarushimana and Russ Berry to visit Cork in July, with Leesiders Ciarán MacArtain and Stanley Notte reciprocating in Coventry during the Peace Festival in early November. This collective review includes photos taken by the participants, as well as by regular Ó Bhéal poet & photographer, Linda Ibbotson.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.



2014


[L-R] Adam Steiner, Saleha Begum, Adam Wyeth, Kathy D’Arcy and Cal Doyle

Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with photos and reviews from
 

Cork and Coventry poets

July and November 2014

[L-R] Saleha Begum and Adam Steiner at Béal na Bláth

This year’s Cork-Coventry Twin Cities poetry exchange welcomed five new and talented voices. Representing Coventry were two exciting young poets: Adam Steiner and Saleha Begum, while Cork returned with three well-known local poets: Adam Wyeth; Kathy D’Arcy and Cal Doyle.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.



2013


[L-R] Tom Wyre, Sarah James, Martin Brown, Julie Field and Rab Urquhart

Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with photos and reviews from
 

Cork and Coventry poets

July and November 2013

[L-R] Martin Brown, Sarah James and Tom Wyre at the Norman Keep near Cobh

Thanks to the City Councils of Cork and Coventry, the 2013 Cork-Coventry Poetry Twinning exchange saw five poets travel from their respective twin cities to share their work. Representing Coventry were Tom Wyre, Sarah James and Martin Brown, and for Cork, Julie Field and Rab Urquhart. The Coventry poets visited for three days in July and gave readings at Ó Bhéal and at the Whitehouse in Limerick. They visited Lord Mayor Cllr. Catherine Clancy at City Hall and made daily excursions to Spike Island, the Old Head of Kinsale, Blarney Castle, Lough Gur and Cobh, while during a reciprocal three-day visit the Cork contingency gave readings at Playwrights Café in Coventry, the King’s Head in Litchfield and at the Old Crown in Birmingham, visited Lord Mayor Cllr. Gary Crookes and were interviewed live on Hillz FM Radio.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.



2012


[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.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.



2011


[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 …

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.



2010


Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with photos and reviews from

Cork and Coventry poets

July and November 2010

As the twinning relationship deepens between Cork and Coventry, so does the poetry. 2010 produced yet another eventful exchange with poets Barry Patterson and Anthony Owen performing at Ó Bhéal and the Whitehouse in Limerick last July. Aside from their excellent readings, the Coventrians were also treated to excursions to Cobh and Lough Gur. The return leg in November turned out to be the most exciting yet, with the four Cork-based poets being billed prominently for two separate events within the Month-long Coventry Peace Festival, marking 70 years since the blitz.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.



2009


Twin Cities
Poetry Exchange

with reviews, mp3s and poetry from

Cork and Coventry poets

May and June 2009

This year’s Cork-Coventry twin-cities poetry exchange turned out to be far more exciting and fruitful than any of the participants had imagined …

[L-R] Jon Morley, Jen Matthews, Paul Casey, Tony Owen, Mike McKimm and Billy Ramsell at Cassidy’s

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.