April and May


11th April

Ó Bhéal’s 15th Anniversary

presents the Five Words competition winners:

Marcella Remund (1st), David W Evans (2nd) & Peter Arvan Manos (3rd)

(670 nights of Poetry)

celebrating Five Words Volume XV and an open-mic for Only Other Poets’ Poetry

You can listen to all Five Words Vol XV contributors’ readings here.

Congratulations to 1st Place winner

Marcella Remund!

Ó Bhéal’s 15th Anniversary event celebrates the launch of Five Words Volume XV and the winners of our 9th Five Words International Poetry competition. The winners and shortlist of 12 were selected by judge Maurice Riordan. Shortlisted poets will also read on the night – as will contributors to Ó Bhéal’s Monday night Five Word Challenges held over the past 12 months. The anniversary open-mic is reserved for poems written by other poets, so bring a favourite or two!


Marcella Remund is from South Dakota, in the heart of the American Midwest. She taught at the University of South Dakota, where she also served as Faculty Advisor to the VLP, the university’s student creative writing organization. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals.

Her chapbook, The Sea is My Ugly Twin, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Her first full-length collection, The Book of Crooked Prayer, was published by Finishing Line in 2020. Her recently completed unpublished manuscript, The Sin Ladder, is based on Ireland’s Magdalene laundries. Marcella and her husband enjoy small-town living in their multi-generational, multi-species household.

You can find more information and links to Marcella’s books, at www.marcellaremund.com.

David W Evans was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and lives in St Martin, Jersey. He won the Alan Jones Prize (2019 & 2021) and was shortlisted in the 2020 & 2021 Ó Bhéal Five Words competitions and the Wells Open Poetry Competition 2021. He has been highly commended in Acumen (2020 competition), Segora (2021) StoryTown Corsham (2022) and Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Competition (2022).

His poems have appeared in various anthologies and publications including Frogmore Papers, One Hand Clapping, Proverse, Acumen, The Honest Ulsterman, Best New British & Irish Poets 2019 -2021, Epoch, A3 Review, Madrigal and Dreich.

Poems by Peter Arvan Manos have been published in The New York Times, Yellow Chair Review, Eunoia Review, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, Abstract Mag TV and in TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, and elsewhere. Peter has completed two poetry chapbooks, Walt Whitman’s Wolves, and Myriads which together are part of his unpublished book in progress, titled The Real Dirt.

Peter works as an industry analyst and strategy consultant in the areas concerning sustainability, wind and solar power, energy efficiency and electric smart grid developments.


The 10th Five Words International Poetry Competition will begin on Tuesday the 12th of April 2022 (at midday GMT) and runs for 42 weeks, until the 31st of January 2023.

The judge for 2022/2023 is Victoria Kennefick. For submission guidelines and previous winners, visit the competition page here.


You can watch a video of the event here


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: Competition Winners & Contributors to Five Words Vol XV;
10:45pm: Open-Mic Session for other poet’s 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.)



The 10th Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition will be open for submissions from 1st of May 2021 until the 31st of August 2022.

The judges for 2022 will be Announced Soon. For submission guidelines and previous winners, visit the competition page here.



9th May

Ó Bhéal in association with Foras na Gaeilge presents

a hybrid bi-lingual event with

Diarmuid Johnson and Róisín Sheehy


Diarmuid Johnson is author of several volumes of poetry including Rún na mBradán (Coiscéim 2015), An tÉan agus Dánta Eile (Curach Bhán, Germany, 2013), and The Woods are Growing Younger (Eikon. Romania, 2013). He is author of prose works in Welsh (Y Gwyddel, Y Lolfa 2010) and English (Pen and Plough, Carreg Gwalch 2016).

His recent retelling of the origin tales of Ireland under the collective title The Tara Trilogy has won him critical acclaim and a large readership for Conaire Mór, Tuatha Dé Danann, and Éadaoin (Leabhar Breac, 2017, 2018, 2020 respectively). His work is influenced by an in depth reading of the Celtic tradition, and a knowledge of lyric traditions in several major European languages. For Ó Bhéal this year he will read new work in Irish written in Connemara in 2021.


Is file, drámadóir, rinceoir agus craoltóir í Róisín Sheehy. Tá duaiseanna Oireachtas agus Stewart Parker Trust buaite aici dá cuid saothar drámaíochta agus filíocht. D’fhoilsigh Coiscéim a céad leabhar filíochta Líomóidí ’s Rúbarb i 2021. Bronnadh Complacht Patrick Kavanagh uirthi i 2021. Tá Róisín an-tógtha le rince comhaimseartha. Tá Róisín ina cónaí i gCill Chainnigh. Chóirigh agus rinc sí i dtaispeantasaí éagsúla i nGaeltacht na Rinne, Corca Dhuibhne agus Pavilion Theatre, Baile Átha Cliath.

Róisín Sheehy is a poet, playwright, dancer and broadcaster. Her poetry and plays have been awarded Oireachtas na Gaeilge and Stewart Parker Trust awards. Her debut poetry collection Líomóidí ’s Rúbarb was published by Coiscéim in 2021. She was awarded a Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship in 2021. She lives by the River Nore in Kilkenny. Róisín is invigorated by dance and has danced in various production in the Gaeltacht and Pavilion Theatre, Dublin.



 


You can watch a video of the event here


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.)