June and July


14th June

for the Online Cork Harbour Festival

Theo Dorgan and Lang Leav


Born in Cork, Theo Dorgan is a poet, and also a novelist, prose writer, translator, editor, librettist and documentary screen writer. His most recent publications are ORPHEUS (Dedalus Press, 2018), BAILÉID GIOFÓGACHA (Coiscéim, 2019), his translation into Irish of Lorca’s ROMANCERO GITANO, and THE ABDUCTION (Southword, 2020), his translation of Maram al-Masri’s LE RAPT, a Poetry Book Society recommended translation. He is a member of Aosdána. As a long-time sailor, Theo has written abundantly about the sea.

For more about Theo please visit theodorgan.com

 

Novelist and poet Lang Leav was born in a refugee camp in Thailand when her family were fleeing the Khmer Rouge Regime. She spent her formative years in Sydney, Australia, in the predominantly migrant town of Cabramatta. Among her many achievements, Lang is the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, Churchill Fellowship and Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award.

Lang’s poetry books have all been international bestsellers. Her third collection, Sea of Strangers (Andrews McMeel, 2018), invites the reader to go beyond love and loss to explore themes of self-discovery and empowerment as they navigate their way around the human heart. Lang actively participates in international writers festivals and her tours consistently draw massive crowds. With a combined social media following of two million, Lang’s message of love, loss and female empowerment continues to resonate with her multitude of readers.

For more about Lang please visit www.langleav.com.

 


Virtual Ó Bhéal Session

This event will be hosted on Zoom and limited to 100 people. We will live-stream the session at obheal.ie/live and via Ó Bhéal’s Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube channels. Note to Participants: Our online 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. The session is expected to run for between 2-3 hours.

The evening will feature three parts:

8.30pm: Five Word Challenge (max 30 – after the allotted 15 minutes writing time);
9.30pm: Featured Guest Poets (20 mins 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.)



12th July

Bebe Ashley and Tom Moore


Bebe Ashley lives in Belfast. She is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry where she is working on a collection of poetry that charts her progress towards qualifying as a British Sign Language interpreter. When procrastinating from her PhD, Bebe takes British Sign Language and Braille classes and writes pop culture articles for United by Pop, specialising in Harry Styles.

Her work can be found in Prototype’s Intertitles, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, Poetry Jukebox and The Tangerine. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Light Shining, was published by Banshee Press in October 2020. Bebe has just been shortlisted for the Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment.

Tom Moore is from Cork and is an academic and scientist at UCC, where he directs the BSc Genetics degree program. His research interests include the genetics of autism and the biology of maternal-fetal interactions. His poetry has appeared in The Irish Examiner, The Moth, Southword and The Well Review. He won first prize in The Moth International Poetry Prize in 2012.

Tom’s début poetry pamphlet Brother Adam was published by Well Review Editions in 2020.

 


Virtual Ó Bhéal Session

This event will be hosted on Zoom and limited to 100 people. We will live-stream the session at obheal.ie/live and via Ó Bhéal’s Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube channels. Note to Participants: Our online 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. The session is expected to run for between 2-3 hours.

The evening will feature three parts:

8.30pm: Five Word Challenge (max 30 – after the allotted 15 minutes writing time);
9.30pm: Featured Guest Poets (20 mins 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.)