March 6th, 2023 at 4:46 pm
Posted by pc in Ópen-mic on Mondays

    Monthly Hybrid Poetry Events: Guest Poets Listed Below

    What: Poetry Films, Five Word Challenge, Guest Poets & Open-Mic
                            *** Contributors take part via zoom and in-person ***

    When: 2nd Monday of each Month @ 7pm (Live Streamed from 8.30pm)

    Where: Hayloft Bar (Long Valley Bar), Winthrop St, Cork (& online).

    Guest Poet & Open-Mic mp3s: Monday Event Archive

    Wordshops: Creative Writing at Ó Bhéal and Beyond …

    Ó Bhéal – a poem by Anamaría Crowe Serrano

Five Words Poetry Competition*** Ópen *** 11th Five Words Poetry Competition *** Ópen ***

This week’s words and submission guidelines >>>>>>

Guest Poet Line-up for June and July 2023
Events are posted every 2 months. Click names for biographical details


for the Cork Harbour Festival Sarah Hymas and John O’Donnell – 12th June

Gail McConnell & Gerry Boland – 10th July

Click here for our Live Poetry StageEvents are held in the Hayloft Bar, upstairs at the Long Valley, Winthrop st,
as well as on Zoom and streamed via (more details via the links above)
Poetry Films start from 7.00pm (45mins – Not Streamed). Five Word challenge starts at 8.30pm.
Guest poets begin at around 9.20/9.30pm, Open-Mic session from 10.30pm.

 The 11th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition

… is now Ópen for entries!

View submission guidelines at this link.


March 6th, 2023 at 4:25 pm
Posted by pc in Uncategorized

Five Words Poetry Competition

10th Five Words Poetry Competition Winners and Shortlist Announced
6th March 2023


      David Ross Linklater
We are delighted to announce the winners and shortlisted entries from our 10th Five Words International Poetry Competition, judged by Victoria Kennefick. Our warm congratulations to first place winner David Ross Linklater for his poem Lighthouse / Mother, to second place winner Alison McCrossan for her poem Walking alone and to third place winner Glyn Matthews for his poem Terms of Endearment.

The selection was made from 481 entries representing 24 countries. Winners will read their entries at Ó Bhéal’s 16th anniversary event, during the launch of Five Words Vol XVI (both online and via zoom on the 10th April 2023), as will most of the shortlisted poets and our regular five word challenge contributors.

An online version of the anthology will also be made available in time for the launch.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted poets and our sincere thanks to all who entered!

Shortlist & Winners

Lighthouse / Mother by   David Ross Linklater (Scotland) 1st
Walking alone by   Alison McCrossan (Ireland) 2nd
Terms of Endearment by   Glyn Matthews (England) 3rd
Shive by   David W Evans (Jersey)
Gifted by   Laura Theis (England)
After Eunice by   Jill Munro (England)
Scut   by   John Baylis Post (England)
Fump  by   Phoebe Colby (Canada)
It Isn’t Inevitable, Just Likely by   Dante Miller (USA)
In praise of liminality by   Gabrielle Deakin (Spain)
The University Of Brattleboro And The Uncluttered Table by   Rolf Parker-Houghton (USA)
Then There Was Only One Foetal Heartbeat by   Mandy Beattie (Scotland)

Judge: Victoria Kennefick

The 11th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 11th of April 2023 and continue until the 30th of January 2024.