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.


October 20th, 2018 at 12:23 pm
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6th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced

14th October 2018

Our congratulations to filmmaker Álvaro Martín from Valladolid, Spain, whose film set in Paris Accident de Personne is Ó Bhéal’s 6th poetry-film competition winner, as announced at the IndieCork Festival awards ceremony. Álvaro’s film won amid very tough competition from 31 other shortlisted entries representing 17 countries, the details of which you can view here. Our special thanks to all the poets and filmmakers who submitted this year. A record 193 films were submitted from 33 countries.

Accident de Personne (3:35)

Poem: Accident de Personne by Álvaro Martín

Synopsis – We create metaphors in order to mention facts we don’t want to talk about.

Director: Alvaro Martin (Spain)

Born in Valladolid, Spain, with a degree in Philosophy by the University of Salamanca, Álvaro Martín is interested in all kinds of art, especially in cinema and literature. In 2011 he created the movie production company Dream Zero Films (www.dreamzerofilms.com), he has directed several film shorts under that brand, like The Adorable Tenant (2013), Stockholm (2013), Disintegration (2014) or Cinema Roxy (2014).


“A thought-provoking, well-structured meditation on what it means to exist and to die by one’s own hand, to feel overwhelmingly alone in a word of endless connectivity. Serious issues are expertly raised in just 3.5 minutes, with deptively simple language.

Oonagh Kearney & Anamaría Crowe Serrano

Submissions will open for the 7th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2019 at this link.


March 7th, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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5th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

 
Our hearty congratulations to Jill Munro, this year’s Five Words International Poetry Competition winner, for her beautiful poem, Ptarmigan. Jill’s poem was published in Five Words Vol XI, launched at our 11th anniversary event on April 16th 2018.

Our warm congratulations also to all of the poets who had shortlisted entries, and for the highly commended entries from Margaret McCarthy and from previous competition winner Derek Sellen. Thanks to everyone who sent in entries, which increased slightly to 293, and our warm thanks to judges Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart for their hard work in teasing out a very strong shortlist and worthy winner.

Shortlist

Ptarmigan by   Jill Munro (England) winner
Among Starlings   by   Margaret McCarthy (Ireland) highly commended
A Dream of my Dead Grandmother
in the Modern Art Museum   by   Derek Sellen (England) highly commended
Disciplining the Modern Satyr   by   Mary-Jane Holmes (England)
Nothing To See  by   Giles Constable (England)
How We Are   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Writing for the Ó Bhéal
Open-Mic   by   Jim Crickard (Ireland)
Amber   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
Reindeer Moss   by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
Every Sunday Ever   by   Kirsten Irving (England)
Centenary  by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
My Mother’s Birthplace  by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)

Judges: Kathy D’Arcy and Rab Urquhart

The shortlisted and winning poems will appear in Five Words Vol XI, to be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 16th of April 2018, along with the award presentation and readings from contributors. The 6th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 17th of April, 2018.


March 1st, 2018 at 6:26 pm
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Winter Warmer Videos 2017

24th-25th November

 

The 5th Winter Warmer festival was the biggest yet and found its full stride in its new home, The Village Hall, a fantastic venue overlooking the Lee. With fine audiences and cheer throughout the weekend.

The playlist of 33 videos is on Ó Bhéal’s Youtube channel, right here.


Exemplary readings and performances by guests Edward O’Dwyer, Niamh Prior, Richard Lambert, Frank Golden, Keith Payne, Jen Matthews, Biddy Jenkinson, Brendan Cleary, Ken Marshall, Órfhlaith Foyle, Felicia Olusanya, Stephen James Smith, Inma Moya Pavon, George Harding, Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, James O’Sullivan, Mary Noonan, Daniel Salgado, Rody Gorman, Stephen Watts, Billy Ramsell, Adnan Al-Sayegh, Stephen Sexton, Catherine Ann Cullen and Sophie Mayer, along with poems from the closed mic session by Julie Aldridge, Ali Bracken, Shaunna Lee Lynch, Rishtí Mac Piarais, Jim Crickard, Mel White, Megan Cronin and Grace Piotrowski.

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 Long Valley Bar, The Village Hall, The Evening Echo (our media partners), The Arts Council,
Foras na Gaeilge, Farmgate Market Café, Dunnes Stores, Forum Publications, Colmcille,
Arc Publications, Isaacs Hotel, Cork City Council, Poetry Ireland, UCC English Dept,
The Natural Foods Bakery, The Quay Co-op and Paradiso.


January 18th, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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Fernando Beltrán on Video

11th December 2017

From our end-of-year event with Fernando Beltrán, we have all 14 of his poems on video with translations by Niall Binns and Keith Payne. All videography and hours of expertly-set subtitling by Lovisa Cosgrave.

All 14 videos are on our End of Year 2017 with Fernando Beltrán playlist.

(or via the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel).


December 10th, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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Cork – Coventry (July & November)            Cork – San Francisco (October)

with photos and reviews from

Andrea Mbrushimana, Russ Berry, Ciarán MacArtain, Stanley Notte

and Kathy D’Arcy.

[L-R] Andrea Mbarushimana, Russ Berry, Ciarán MacArtain, Stanley Notte & Kathy D’Arcy

 
 
 
 
 
 
2017 marks Ó Bhéal’s first year taking part in two separate twin cities events. Kathy D’Arcy represented Cork in San Francisco for a cornicopia of events arranged by poet/professor Raina J. León from St.Mary’s College, California, whilst on this side of the Atlantic, Adam Steiner from Silhouette Press set up poets Andrea Mbarushimana and Russ Berry to visit Cork in July, with Leesiders Ciarán MacArtain and Stanley Notte reciprocating in Coventry during the Peace Festival in early November. This collective review includes photos taken by the participants, as well as by regular Ó Bhéal poet & photographer, Linda Ibbotson.

The poets’ collective review with photographs is at

this link.


November 2nd, 2017 at 10:32 am
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Jazz-Poetry Night 2017

Guest Poet and Open-Mic videos
(also on the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel)

 
 
 
Another amazing night of jazz-poetry with Elaine Feeney & Quango Reinhardt, followed by a superb open-mic section for our 10th jazz-poetry night. These 28 videos were filmed by Lovisa Cosgrave and include ten of Elaine’s poems and the complete open-mic.
 

The complete video playlist is here


October 30th, 2017 at 9:35 am
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5th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced
 
15th October 2016

 
 
Our hearty congratulations to Canadian filmmaker Kayla Jeanson from Winnipeg, whose superb film Descrambled Eggs is Ó Bhéal’s 5th poetry-film competition winner, announced at the IndieCork Festival awards ceremony. Kayla’s film won amid very tough competition from 30 other shortlisted entries, representing 13 countries, the details of which you can view here. Our special thanks to all the poets and filmmakers who submitted this year. A bumper yield of 186 films arrived from 29 countries.

Descrambled Eggs (4:14)

Poem: Descrambled Eggs by Steve Currie

Synopsis – Poetry, dance, and eggs collide in this short film by Canadian artist Kayla Jeanson. Poet Steve Currie grapples with the origins of his existence and limitations of his corporeality.

Director: Kayla Jeanson (Canada)

Kayla Jeanson is a Winnipeg-based filmmaker who specializes in producing screendance and work on the edge of documentary. A producer/director for her company Parachute Media Lab, she has developed a wide range of work including broadcast and commercial web video. She is also a trained contemporary dancer and choreographer.

For more visit http://kaylajeanson.com/


 
 
 
 
 
 
“The standard across the board with the poetry films was incredibly high and we had a genuinely tough time making the final selection. There were lots of submissions with amazing visuals, but their respective poems were not crafted, featured tired language or had polemic and a tendency to preach. Others had well-crafted poetry but the film did not work with the poem. There were some very special ones where both poem and film were well crafted, edited, and worked together — and from these it was very hard to choose just one.

Kayla Jeanson’s Descrambled Eggs took both mediums into account and tells a bold, original, engaging and funny story. It’s a really entertaining piece and there are many small touches that demonstrate that the creators really put thought into the visuals and delivery of the poem while they were planning and shooting it. The poetry-film competition is about both mediums working together. With that in mind, the winner has made a huge effort to be a thoroughly cohesive piece with choreography, timing in camera, locations, props, performances etc.”

Lani O’Hanlon & Shaun O’Connor

Submissions will open for the 6th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2018 at this link.


March 5th, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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4th Five Words Poetry Competition Winner and Shortlist Announced

 
Our congratulations to John Baylis Post, winner of the 4th Five Words competition, for his poem Identifications. John will read at Ó Bhéal’s 10th anniversary event on April 10th 2017, along with other contributors to Five Words Vol X. Our congratulations also to all of the shortlisted entrants, and for highly commended entries from Siobhan Campbell (who will also attend) and from Five Words Alumna Tamara Miles. A huge thanks to everyone who took part this year, and to judges Afric McGlinchey and John W. Sexton for their selection of excellence.

Shortlist

Identifications by   John Baylis Post (Ireland) winner
Milk   by   Siobhan Campbell (Ireland) highly commended
The Safety  by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.) highly commended
Eve   by   Siobhan Campbell (Ireland)
LOVELOCKS  by   Jane Boxall (U.S.A.)
Only Connected   by   Margaret McCarthy (Ireland)
Perspective   by   Ted O’Regan (Ireland)
THE ZOMBIE-MAKER   by   Derek Sellen (England)
Minor Deities   by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
A fickle god   by   Margaret McCarthy (Ireland)
STITCHES  by   Jane Boxall (U.S.A.)
The Buttonhole   by   John D. Kelly (Northern Ireland)

Judges: Afric McGlinchey and John W. Sexton

These poems will appear in Five Words Vol X, which will be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 10th of April 2017, along with an award presentation and readings from available contributors. The 5th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 11th of April, 2017.


January 16th, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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Ian Duhig on Video

followed by the open-mic

12th December 2016

For anyone who missed our phenomenal end-of-year event with Ian Duhig, we have all 11 of his poems on video plus 16 more from the open-mic, with huge thanks to Lovisa Cosgrave! What a night!

And a big thanks to all on the open-mic, Bernadette McCarthy, John Mee, John Nyhan, Mary O’Connell, Seamus Harrington, Ray Hanrahan, Jason Fisher, Patricia Walsh, Michal Weber, Charles Clarke, Pat Cotter, Mary Sutton, Rab Urquhart, Cédric Bikond, Michelle Delea, Janie Sparks, Patrick Loughnane, Teresa Honan and Ciarán MacArtain (with Michal).

All 27 videos are on our End of Year 2016 with Ian Duhig YouTube playlist.

(or via the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel).