February 29th, 2020 at 2:02 pm
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What: Poetry Challenge, Films, Guest Poets & Open-Mic

When: Monthly (2nd Monday) @ 9pm (+poetry-films from 8pm)
             *** as of April 2020 Ó Bhéal events are being held online ***

Where: The Long Valley, Winthrop St, Cork. [here’s a map]
             *** once safe to return, our physical events will resume ***

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 XIII: Submit 5W poems penned at Ó Bhéal


Five Words Poetry Competition*** Ópen *** 8th Five Words Poetry Competition *** Ópen ***

For this week’s words and submission guidelines, see >>>>>>

Guest Poet Line-up for May, June and July 2020
Events are posted every 2-3 months. Click names for biographical details

**VIRTUAL EVENTS**

i.a.w. Foras na Gaeilge Caitríona Ní Chléirchín & Louis de Paor – 11th May

i.a.w. The Cork Harbour Festival Mick Delap & Alice Lyons – 8th June

Daragh Breen & Jonathan Davidson – 13th July

Events are held on Zoom and streamed via Facebook Live (more details via the links above)

The Five Words poetry challenge starts at 8.30pm. Guest poets begin around 9.20pm for up to 20 minutes each, after which follows the usual open-mic session. Be sure to connect early to participate!


February 29th, 2020 at 2:01 pm
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7th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced
 
29th February 2020

 
We’re thrilled to announce the winner of the 7th Five Words International Poetry Competition, for his poem Betty Fox is Skipping, is English poet Derek Sellen – and the first poet to win the competition for a second time!

Judges Afric McGlinchey and Michael Ray made their selection, along with the full shortlist of twelve poems, from 595 entries. All going well, Derek will read and take part in Ó Bhéal’s 13th anniversary event (13th April 2020), as will a number of other shortlisted poets at the launch of Five Words Vol XIII.

Congratulations to all of this year’s shortlisted poets and for two highly commended entries from Cliona O’Connell (Ireland) and Rosemary Norman (England).

Shortlist

Betty Fox is Skipping by   Derek Sellen (England) winner
Evolution  by   Cliona O’Connell (Ireland) highly commended
Automaton by   Rosemary Norman (England) highly commended
Father’s Day  by   Janice Bethany (USA)
Wise and Luminous  by   Ada Volynska (Ukraine)
Smoke Flares, Pyro Prayers by   Lucy Holme (Ireland)
The Boat Crane by   Sharon Phillips (England)
6am. River. Girl.   by   Fiona Ritchie Walker (England/Scotland)
To Paint Death as The
Mountain Pine Beetle
 
by   Michele Ring (France)
Bottled Lines,
Excellent Spirits
 
by   Ada Volynska (Ukraine)
A Small Bee Came to
Rest Upon My Hand
 
by   Margaret McCarthy (Ireland)
La Rue des Touettes  by   David W Evans (Jersey)

Judges: Afric McGlinchey and Michael Ray

Shortlisted poems will appear in Five Words Vol XIII, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 13th of April 2020, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors.

The 8th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 14th of April, 2020. Due to a significant increase in submissions, the competition will be increasing its prize money.


February 29th, 2020 at 1:41 pm
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Winter Warmer Videos 2019

22nd-24th November

The 7th Winter Warmer festival saw an marked increase in audience numbers in the KINO and Hayloft Bar over three days. The festival featured 23+ poets, poetry-films, poetry set to music, live performance with film, workshops and a poetry film panel discussion.

The Friday afternoon workshops were fully attended with Kimberly Reyes leading a poetry session while Marie Craven and Claudia Larose-Bell discussed poetry-film. Corn Uí Riada winner and acclaimed sean-nós singer Máire Ní Chéileachair opened the festival, accompanied by Cork musicians Con O’Drisceoil (accordion) and Johnny McCarthy (fiddle, flute).

2019 has a strong poetry-film theme as acclaimed Australian poetry-filmmaker Marie Craven also led a panel discussion, presented a curated screening and directed a live audiovisual poetry performance featuring Australian actor/writer Claudia Larose-Bell. Later into the Friday evening local trio Dourga blended music, song and spoken word.

The Saturday afternoon featured a closed-mic set for ten local poets. Events on Sunday 24th took place at Ó Bhéal’s regular home in The Hayloft Bar (Winthrop St), starting with a selection from Ó Bhéal’s 2019 Poetry-Film competition, followed by a multilingual Many Tongues of Corksession curated by Joanna Dukkupati to celebrate diversity through writing (and translation), featuring six female voices who represent a wide range of Cork communities. The session also included sign language interpretation from Ray Greene, with projected translations.

There’s a fine and comprehensive online review of the festival by Dr Cornelia Gräbner from Lancaster University here. Festival photographer Linda Ibbotson also put together an excellent photographic review on her blog, here.

The playlist of 36 videos is available on Ó Bhéal’s Youtube channel, here.


 

With thanks to the festival sponsors and to the fabulous, ever-expanding team of volunteers. A truly communal effort and brilliant result. With thanks to Lovisa Cosgrave for the excellent videography and editing, and to poet/photographer Linda Ibbotson for the gorgeous photos – all available on our facebook page, at this link.

Sponsored / Supported by
The Kino, The Long Valley Bar, The Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Dunnes Stores, Forum Publications,
Colmcille, Arc Publications, Isaacs Hotel, Cork City Council, Poetry Ireland, UCC English Dept,
Café Torino and Paradiso.



December 16th, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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Cork – Coventry

with photos and reviews from

Benjamin Burns, Aysar Ghassan, Shaunna Lee Lynch and Raef Boylan.

[L-R] Benjamin Burns, Aysar Ghassan, Shaunna Lee Lynch & Raef Boylan

 

In 2019 Ó Bhéal welcomed Coventry poets Aysar Ghassan and Raef Boylan to Cork in August, while Cork poets Shaunna Lee Lynch and Benjamin Burns were sent (ceremoniously!) to Coventry, for two readings in November.

This year’s twinning activities were funded by the Cork & Coventry City Councils.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at this link.


December 16th, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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7th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced

13th October 2019

Our congratulations to Dublin based filmmaker Fiona Aryan whose film Virginia gave me Roses is Ó Bhéal’s 7th poetry-film competition winner, as announced at the IndieCork Festival awards ceremony. Fiona’s film won amid very tough competition from 31 other shortlisted entries representing 33 countries, the details of which you can view here. Our special thanks to all the poets and filmmakers who submitted this year. A record 198 films were submitted from 33 countries.

Virginia gave me Roses (2:05)

Poem: Virginia gave me Roses by Lani O’Hanlon

Synopsis – A film exploring impermanence, female relationships and the rituals that sustain us in times of sorrow, loss and joy.

Director: Fiona Aryan (Ireland)

Fiona Aryan is an artist and filmmaker who likes to look at the beauty and magic that can be found in everyday life. ‘Going to the Well’, a poetry-film made with poet Lani O’Hanlon was shortlisted for the Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film competition in 2018. She is currently studying for a degree in film and TV production.


 
“… a soft-focused, memory-like family interaction that supports, compliments and, at the same time, adds weight to an original text that is both moving and strongly visual … transports the viewer into a dreamlike state where one is enveloped by the profound sense of love and safety which being in a close-knit family occasion provides.Stan Notte

“… though an awful lot of the entries were beautifully filmed and made, not all of the poems were strong enough to carry their film. Virginia Gave me Roses immediately worked for me on first viewing, and only improved as I watched it again. The beauty of the poem was matched by the subtle imagining of the visual.Colm Scully

Submissions will open for the 8th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2020, at this link.


March 3rd, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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6th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

 
 
Congratulations!! to Mary Anne Smith, our sixth Five Words International Poetry Competition winner, for her poem, Monolith. Mary Anne will read as Ó Bhéal’s guest poet at our 12th anniversary event (15th April 2019).

Congratulations to all of this year’s shortlisted poets, and for three highly commended entries from Jenny Pollak (Australia), Sophia Li (USA) and Steve Xerri (England). Our thanks to everyone who entered (297 submissions), and we are particularly grateful to judges Bernadette McCarthy & Matthew Geden.

Shortlist

Monolith by   Mary Anne Smith (England) winner
The Idea of Snow  by   by Jenny Pollak (Australia) highly commended
My grandmother goes
to the temple
by   Sophia Li (USA) highly commended
The Lyric Impulse  by   Steve Xerri (England) highly commended
Omens  by   Joan Gooding (England)
Detachment by   Geraldine McCarthy (Ireland)
Peckham Flaneur by   Giles Constable (England)
La Llorona /
Weeping Woman
 
by   Derek Sellen (England)
What you woke to  by   Steve Xerri (England)
Karst Landscape  by   Gillian Laker (England)
Vardo  by   Jill Munro (England)
Nexus  by   Tamara Miles (USA)

Judges: Bernadette McCarthy and Matthew Geden

The shortlisted poems will appear in Five Words Vol XII, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 15th of April 2019, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors. The 7th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 16th of April, 2019.


December 10th, 2018 at 5:24 pm
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Winter Warmer Videos 2018

22nd-25th November

The 6th Winter Warmer festival was the biggest yet returning to the KINO and expanding into four days, it featured 23+ poets, films from Ó Bhéal’s International poetry-film competition, poetry in theatre, poetry set to music, the launch of the multilingual anthology A Journey called Home, a hurling poetry session and a closed-mic set for ten local poets. We also held a series of literary presentations from Ó Bhéal’s four European (ECIC) festival partners from Portugal, France, Spain and Italy.

The playlist of 41 videos is on Ó Bhéal’s Youtube channel, right here.


 

With thanks to the festival sponsors and to the fabulous, ever-expanding team of volunteers. A truly communal effort and brilliant result. With thanks to Shane Vaughan for the excellent videography and editing.

Sponsored and Supported by
The Kino, The Long Valley Bar, The Evening Echo (our media partners), The Arts Council,
Foras na Gaeilge, Dunnes Stores, Forum Publications, Colmcille, Arc Publications, Isaacs Hotel,
Cork City Council, Poetry Ireland, UCC English Dept, Italian Department, Casilac, Italee Café,
The Natural Foods Bakery, The Quay Co-op and Paradiso.


December 4th, 2018 at 11:42 am
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Cork – Coventry                        Cork – San Francisco

with photos and reviews from

Jane Commane, Peter Raynard, Michelle Delea and Ali Bracken.

[L-R] Jane Commane, Peter Raynard, Michelle Delea, Ali Bracken & Leanne O’Sullivan


 

In 2018 Ó Bhéal welcomed Coventry poets Jane Commane and Peter Raynard to Cork, then Cork poets Michelle Delea and Ali Bracken made their way over to Coventry for the Peace festival. With thanks to St. Mary’s College, California we were able to assist Leanne O’Sullivan’s visit to San Francisco.

This year’s twinning activities were funded by the Cork & Coventry City Councils and St.Mary’s College, California.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at this link.


October 20th, 2018 at 12:23 pm
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6th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced

14th October 2018

Our congratulations to filmmaker Álvaro Martín from Valladolid, Spain, whose film set in Paris Accident de Personne is Ó Bhéal’s 6th poetry-film competition winner, as announced at the IndieCork Festival awards ceremony. Álvaro’s film won amid very tough competition from 31 other shortlisted entries representing 17 countries, the details of which you can view here. Our special thanks to all the poets and filmmakers who submitted this year. A record 193 films were submitted from 33 countries.

Accident de Personne (3:35)

Poem: Accident de Personne by Álvaro Martín

Synopsis – We create metaphors in order to mention facts we don’t want to talk about.

Director: Alvaro Martin (Spain)

Born in Valladolid, Spain, with a degree in Philosophy by the University of Salamanca, Álvaro Martín is interested in all kinds of art, especially in cinema and literature. In 2011 he created the movie production company Dream Zero Films (www.dreamzerofilms.com), he has directed several film shorts under that brand, like The Adorable Tenant (2013), Stockholm (2013), Disintegration (2014) or Cinema Roxy (2014).


“A thought-provoking, well-structured meditation on what it means to exist and to die by one’s own hand, to feel overwhelmingly alone in a word of endless connectivity. Serious issues are expertly raised in just 3.5 minutes, with deptively simple language.

Oonagh Kearney & Anamaría Crowe Serrano

Submissions will open for the 7th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2019 at this link.


March 7th, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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5th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

 
Our hearty congratulations to Jill Munro, this year’s Five Words International Poetry Competition winner, for her beautiful poem, Ptarmigan. Jill’s poem was published in Five Words Vol XI, launched at our 11th anniversary event on April 16th 2018.

Our warm congratulations also to all of the poets who had shortlisted entries, and for the highly commended entries from Margaret McCarthy and from previous competition winner Derek Sellen. Thanks to everyone who sent in entries, which increased slightly to 293, and our warm thanks to judges Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart for their hard work in teasing out a very strong shortlist and worthy winner.

Shortlist

Ptarmigan by   Jill Munro (England) winner
Among Starlings   by   Margaret McCarthy (Ireland) highly commended
A Dream of my Dead Grandmother
in the Modern Art Museum   by   Derek Sellen (England) highly commended
Disciplining the Modern Satyr   by   Mary-Jane Holmes (England)
Nothing To See  by   Giles Constable (England)
How We Are   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Writing for the Ó Bhéal
Open-Mic   by   Jim Crickard (Ireland)
Amber   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Reindeer Moss   by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
Every Sunday Ever   by   Kirsten Irving (England)
Centenary  by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
My Mother’s Birthplace  by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)

Judges: Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart

The shortlisted and winning poems will appear in Five Words Vol XI, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 16th of April 2018, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors. The 6th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 17th of April, 2018.