February 28th, 2021 at 3:48 pm
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8th Five Words Poetry Competition Winners and Shortlist Announced
 
28th February 2021

 
We are delighted to announce the results of the 8th Five Words International Poetry Competition. Our warm congratulations go to first place winner Sinéad McClure for her poem A Rook Longs For A Badger, to second place (and previous competition) winner Jill Munro for her poem The Chagallisation of Joan and to third place winner Laura Theis for her poem what you meant when you promised we’d go to the circus .

Judge Grace Wells made her selection from 776 entries (and 35 countries). We will be inviting our winners to take part in Ó Bhéal’s 14th anniversary online event (12th April 2021), along with a number of shortlisted poets, for the launch of Five Words Vol XIV.

You can view the online version of Five Words Vol XIV here.

With thanks to all who entered and special congratulations to all the shortlisted poets!

Shortlist & Winners

A Rook Longs For A Badger by   Sinéad McClure (Ireland) 1st Place
The Chagallisation of Joan  by   Jill Munro (England) 2nd Place
what you meant when you
promised we’d go to the
circus
by   Laura Theis (UK) 3rd Place
Held Back  by   Sinéad McClure (Ireland)
Both Ends by   Tamara Miles (USA)
In His Jacket Pocket  by   Jane Salmons (England)
Crossing   by   Eóin Condon (Ireland)
Lightfastness  by   David Evans (Jersey)
Girl Missing by   Jane Salmons (England)
Else  by   Tamara Miles (USA)
Inferred and Implied  by   Glen Wilson (Northern Ireland)
Night Flight  by   Sarah Salway (UK)

Judge: Grace Wells

The 9th Five Words International Competition commences at noon on Tuesday the 13th of April, 2021 and continues until the 25th of January, 2022.


December 22nd, 2020 at 3:14 pm
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Twin Cities Poetry Exchange

August and November 2020

with photos and reviews from Cork and Coventry poets

Emilie Lauren Jones, Matt Black, Jim Crickard and Molly Twomey


 
In August 2020 Ó Bhéal welcomed Coventry poets Emilie Lauren Jones and Matt Black via virtual means to Cork, for online readings at Ó Bhéal and DeBarra’s Spoken Word and a zoom visit to the Lord Mayor’s chambers. Jim Crickard and Molly Twomey represented Cork for a reciprocal visit, being sent (digitally) to Coventry for two readings in November. Reviews, images and links from each poet follow.

A video of the event featuring Emily’s and Matt’s readings can be viewed via our facebook channel.

A zoom interview of the Cork poets by Kate Hills of Hillz FM can be watched here.

A review of the 2020 exchange from our Coventry partners via HCE Magazine can be viewed here.

An interview with Molly Twomey by HCE Magazine can be viewed here.

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


December 11th, 2020 at 1:48 pm
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8th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winners Announced

29th November 2020

We are thrilled to announce the winning entry in Ó Bhéal’s 8th International Poetry-Film Competition – Noho Mai.

Our warm congratulations to creators Peta-Maria Tunui, Waitahi Aniwaniwa McGee, Shania Bailey-Edmonds, Jesse-Ana Harris, Lilián Pallares and Charles Olsen from New Zealand, Spain and Colombia.

 

‘Symbolized in the bird’s flight, a group of Māori, Pākehā and Colombian creatives explore life’s journey, the longing to return to the nest, and the life-giving connection with our ancestors.’

Noho Mai’s creators receive the Ó Bhéal award for best poetry-film, designed by glass artist Michael Ray. The shortlisted films were streamed online at the Winter Warmer festival, available to view on the competition page here across two screenings, or via vimeo.com/obheal.

38 films were chosen from 288 submissions received from 181 filmmakers in 49 countries. The shortlist represents 14 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Canada, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Spain & the USA.

This year’s judges Dareina Ní Chinnéide and Paul Casey, selected one entry to receive the Ó Bhéal award for best poetry-film, designed by glass artist Michael Ray. The winners were announced directly after the shortlist screenings.

 
 

Judges Comments:

“And so, I was drawn into this beautifully filmed, beautiful soundscape, delivered with a natural ease, the first time I watched all the wonderful poetry films submitted to this competition. The sparse lines of the poem ran along the wind of the film with powerful imagery. Strong but subtle. Neither the text, nor the image in the frame, collided – but fused together. The visual elements I was looking for were right there. The text of the poem was powering the vision in this beautiful language, I could not help but respond warmly to this film. It was a huge challenge to choose one overall winner in such a feast of poetry films, one which shone. This one did it for me. Congratulations all.”Dairena Ní Chinnéide

“An absolutely stunning film. The finely wrought dance of words, visuals, music, pace and the dreamlike cadences of the Māori language. Noho Mai delivered everything I look for in a poetry film. A moving, beautiful poem and universal, timeless core of meaning which speaks also to our particularly detached and disconnected times. The filmmaking is a testament to the power of collaborative vision, crafted through the generous talents of six visual artists from New Zealand, Colombia and Spain. I would encourage any and all to relish this gleaming and worthy winner. An exquisite poetry film.Paul Casey

 


Click on CC for subtitles

Submissions will open for the 9th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2021, at this link.


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 & Winner

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 Cork session 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.

[L-R] Liz Berry, Afric McGlinchey, Aifric MacAodha & Anne Frater
 

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] Shaunna Lee Lynch, Benjamin Burns, Aysar Ghassan & 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 to four days. It featured 23+ poets, Ó Bhéal’s International poetry-film competition shortlist, poetry in theatre, poetry with music, a new multilingual anthology launch A Journey called Home, a hurling poetry session and 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.