February 28th, 2024 at 11:35 am
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    Monthly Hybrid Poetry Events: Live Streamed

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

    When: 2nd Monday, Monthly @ 8.30pm (+ Poetry Films from 7pm)

    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 *** 12th Five Words Poetry Competition *** Ópen ***

Click here for this week’s words & guidelines >>>>>>

The 2024 judge is Lauren O’Donovan!

Guest Poet Line-up for August / September 2024
Events are posted every 2 months. Click names for biographical details


Cork-Coventry Twin Cities Exchange with Ann Atkins & Amy Rugg – 12th August

Paul McMahon & Massimo Lavelle – 9th September

Cork Culture Night with Anna D. & Farah Chamma – 20th September

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 obheal.ie/live (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 Comp shortlist

… was screened at Winter Warmer Poetry Festival.

Our Congratulations to Kate Sweeney

winner of Ó Bhéal’s 11th Poetry-Film Competition!

February 28th, 2024 at 11:34 am
Posted by pc in Uncategorized

Five Words Poetry Competition

11th Five Words Poetry Competition Winners and Shortlist Announced
28th February 2024

We are thrilled to announce the winners and shortlisted entries from Ó Bhéal’s 11th Five Words International Poetry Competition, judged by Theo Dorgan.

Our congratulations go to first place winner Derek Sellen for his poem against cartography, to second place winner Mary Anne Smith Sellen for her poem Gardening in the Otherworld and to third place winner Laura Theis for her poem imagine a field. Remarkably, Derek has won the competition twice before, and Mary Anne has won it once. Marcella Remund, shortlisted beneath, is also listed among our alumni competition winners.

The selection was made from 480 entries representing 16 countries. As per usual, winners will read their entries at Ó Bhéal’s 17th anniversary event, during the launch of Five Words Vol XVII (both online and via zoom, on the 8th April 2024), as will many of the commended (other shortlisted) poets and regular five word challenge contributors.

An online version of Five Words Vol XVII is available here.

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

Shortlist & Winners

against cartography by   Derek Sellen (England) 1st
Gardening in the Otherworld by   Mary Anne Smith Sellen (England) 2nd
imagine a field by   Laura Theis (England) 3rd
Inheritance by   Alison McCrossan (Ireland)
Storm Glass by   Brian Kirk (Ireland)
self-care für unsichtbare by   Laura Theis (England)
To Be Done Before Anything Drastic   by   J.A.Speta (USA)
A Tale for No Tail  by   Mary Louise Kiernan (USA)
Out of the Woods by   Kevin Conroy (Ireland)
Rapture by   Marcella Remund (USA)
For Sam Lawler, Who Used His Gun by   Tracy Newlands (Australia)
Leaving Ursa Minor by   John D. Kelly (N.Ireland)

Judge: Theo Dorgan

The 12th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 9th of April 2024, and will continue until the 28th of January 2025.