June and July 2022


13th June

for the Cork Harbour Festival

Amanda Bell and Susan Rich
(both poets will appear in-person)


Amanda Bell is a Dublin-based poet and author. She holds a Masters in Poetry Studies, and is a mentor with the Irish Writers Centre and Words Ireland. In 2020 she was appointed inaugural Writer in Residence for Harold’s Cross, and awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland. She is an assistant editor of The Haibun Journal. Her most recent title is Riptide (Doire Press, September 2021).

Previous publications include First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Strong Shine Award; Undercurrents (Alba, 2016), which won an HSA Kanterman Merit Book Award and was shortlisted for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award; The Lost Library Book (Onslaught, 2017); and the loneliness of the sasquatch, from the Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock (Alba, 2018); Revolution, a chapbook of haiku, is forthcoming from wildflower poetry press.

For more about Amanda please visit clearasabellwritingservices.ie

 


Seattle poet Susan Rich’s sixth collection, Blue Atlas, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2024. Among her other poetry collections are, most recently, Gallery of Postcards and Maps: New and Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2022), and Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press, 2014).

She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, the PEN USA Award for Poetry, and the Times (of London) Literary Supplement Award. Rich’s publications include: Crannog Journal, Harvard Review and Poetry Ireland Review. She is cofounder and Director of Poets on the Coast.

For more about Susan please visit www.poetsusanrich.com.

 



Hybrid Ó Bhéal Session

This event will be both in-person, hosted in the Hayloft bar, upstairs in Long Valley, Winthrop St Cork, as well as on Zoom (which is limited to 100 people). Participation in the open-mic session and five word challenge is open to both in-person and virtual attendees. The session will be live-streamed at obheal.ie/live and via Ó Bhéal’s Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube channels. Note to Participants: Our hybrid events are recorded and remain viewable on video via these same channels.

Click here for our Live Poetry Stage

We are no longer posting the zoom link via our social media channels. Upon written request to info@obheal.ie with a sentence outlining your reason for participation, a link to join the session will be emailed to you on the evening of the event, which is expected to run for between 2-3 hours.

The evening will feature four parts:

7-7.45pm: Poetry-Films (random play from Ó Bhéal’s Poetry-Film comp archives – NOT STREAMED);
8.30pm: Five Word Challenge (max 30 – after the allotted 15 minutes writing time);
9.30pm: Featured Guest Poets (20 minutes each);
10:20pm: Open-Mic Session for original poetry (max 30).

(Entering a Zoom meeting is all explained here >>>. This link provides you with a step-by-step guide and YouTube tutorial if necessary. You should check this out if you’re unfamiliar with the Zoom platform – it also shows you where to download the zoom client/app for your computer/phone. Please Make sure to know where the chat box is and how to mute yourself to reduce background sound.)



11th July

Rosamund Taylor and Richie McCaffery
(in-person)                (via Zoom)


Rosamund Taylor is a winner of the London Magazine Poetry Prize 2020 and the Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry 2017. Widely published, her work has recently appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Fourteen Poems, Magma, Mslexia, The Rialto and Poetry Ireland Review. Her essays have appeared in Banshee and The Trumpet. A selection of her poems is included in Queering the Green: Post-2000s Queer Irish Poetry (Lifeboat Press).

Rosamund’s debut collection, In Her Jaws, was published by Banshee Press in May 2022.

For more about Rosamund please visit www.rosamundtaylor.com.

 


Richie McCaffery lives in Warkworth, Northumberland and is the author of four poetry pamphlets, including Spinning Plates (HappenStance Press, 2012) and First Hare (Mariscat Press, 2020). He’s published two book-length collections, both with Nine Arches Press – Cairn (2014) and Passport (2018) with a third collection Summer / Break due in 2022 from Shoestring Press.

As an editor, he published Finishing the Picture: Collected Poems of Ian Abbot (Kennedy and Boyd, 2015), The Tiny Talent: Selected Poems by Joan Ure (Brae Editions, 2018) and Sydney Goodsir Smith: Essays on his life and work (Brill, 2020).

For more about Richie please visit richiemccafferypoetry.wordpress.com.

 



Hybrid Ó Bhéal Session

This event will be both in-person, hosted in the Hayloft bar, upstairs in Long Valley, Winthrop St Cork, as well as on Zoom (which is limited to 100 people). Participation in the open-mic session and five word challenge is open to both in-person and virtual attendees. The session will be live-streamed at obheal.ie/live and via Ó Bhéal’s Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube channels. Note to Participants: Our hybrid events are recorded and remain viewable on video via these same channels.

Click here for our Live Poetry Stage

We are no longer posting the zoom link via our social media channels. Upon written request to info@obheal.ie with a sentence outlining your reason for participation, a link to join the session will be emailed to you on the evening of the event, which is expected to run for between 2-3 hours.

The evening will feature four parts:

7-7.45pm: Poetry-Films (random play from Ó Bhéal’s Poetry-Film comp archives – NOT STREAMED);
8.30pm: Five Word Challenge (max 30 – after the allotted 15 minutes writing time);
9.30pm: Featured Guest Poets (20 minutes each);
10:20pm: Open-Mic Session for original poetry (max 30).

(Entering a Zoom meeting is all explained here >>>. This link provides you with a step-by-step guide and YouTube tutorial if necessary. You should check this out if you’re unfamiliar with the Zoom platform – it also shows you where to download the zoom client/app for your computer/phone. Please Make sure to know where the chat box is and how to mute yourself to reduce background sound.)