January 15th, 2017 at 10:51 am
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Winter Warmer Videos 2016

25th-26th November


The 4th Winter Warmer festival at the Kino was an enormous success, with far larger audiences throughout thanks to the space, although perhaps a little chilly for the Winter Warmer, we thought. Nonetheless a special privilege to host the festival in this iconic, soon-to-be-lost cultural space.

A whirlwindy, delightful two days and superb line-up of local and International poets from seven countries, in three continents, featuring Raina J. Leon, Ross Donlon, Michael Augustin, Josep Lluis Aguilo, Jos Smith, Emily Cullen, Catherine Walsh, Billy Mills, John Fitzgerald, Paul McMahon, Roisín Kelly, Martín Veiga, Eibhlís Carçione, John Ennis, Kerrie O’Brien, Elaine Feeney, Seán Dennehy, Tara Bergin, Gerry Hanberry, Paula Cunningham, Jessica Traynor, Annemarie Ní Churreáin and performance artist Francesca Castellano.

We have 30 videos from the festival (in order of appearance), followed by poems from the closed-mic session poets.

The Playlist of All 30 videos is on Ó Bhéal’s Youtube channel, right here.

October 31st, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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Jazz-Poetry Night 2016

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

A fantastic jazz-poetry event with Sarah Clancy accompanied by The Jazz Messengers, followed by a vibrant open-mic for our 9th jazz-poetry night. This year’s 28 videos were filmed by Lovisa Cosgrave and include eight of Sarah’s poems and the following open-mic.

The complete video playlist is here

October 17th, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced
16th October 2016

Congratulations to Marie Craven, whose brilliant film Dictionary Illustrations has won Ó Bhéal’s 4th poetry-film competition award at the IndieCork Festival of Independant Cinema & Music. Marie’s film was in competition with twenty-eight other shortlisted entries representing 15 countries, which you can read all about here. Our thanks to all the filmmakers and poets for submitting, there was a record entry of 163 films from twenty-eight countries this year. We’re already looking forward to what 2017 will bring!

Dictionary Illustrations (2:13)

Poem: Dictionary Illustrations by Sarah Sloat

Synopsis – Searching for a word, I set off browsing the dictionary illustrations.

Director: Marie Craven (Australia)

Marie Craven assembles short videos from poetry, music, voice and moving images by various artists around the world. Created via the internet, the pieces are collaborative in a way that belongs to the 21st century. Social networking and open media licensing are key to the process. Since 2014, Marie has put together many video poems, most often in association with The Poetry Storehouse and Pool creative group.

She has also collaborated for several years as a vocalist with electronic musicians globally, also via the internet. During the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote and directed short narrative and experimental films that were screened and awarded widely at international film festivals. Her earliest involvement in media was in the mid-1980s with super 8 film-making in Melbourne.


“Dictionary Illustrations was a perfect film poem because, remembering it, we can’t distinguish which parts were the words, which the images, which the sounds: each element harmonised perfectly with the others to create one discrete artwork. This effect is so rare, and so rewarding.”

Kathy D’Arcy & Rossa Mullin

Submissions will open for the 5th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2017 at this link.

March 2nd, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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Community Foundation for Ireland
grant awarded to Ó Bhéal

to host eight Commemorative Centenary Events throughout 2016, celebrating the poetry of 1916 through contemporary response

Ó Bhéal is thrilled to announce becoming the recipient of a generous, once-off, ‘Belonging ’16’ grant from The Community Foundation for Ireland, to host a series of eight events throughout the year, each dedicated to celebrating the centenary of The Rising, through poetry in Irish and English. The majority of these evenings will feature a number of poets who have developed work in response to 1916, celebrating poets and poetry from the time, and contemporary significance.

Poets will be mostly accompanied by one or more musicians and silent film from 1916. Additional verse written during the period will be read by local poets at each event. The schedule beneath will be updated on an ongoing basis. The Five Word Challenge is likely to be influenced by the prevailing themes and members of the public are encouraged and welcome to share related poems during the usual open-mic session.

11th JanuaryBreakfast with Padraig

28th March (Easter Monday) – Blood on the Rose / Fuil ar an Rós

23rd MayEastrogen Rising: A Rebel Cabaret

18th JulyOur Proclamation

22nd August1916 Women the World Over

10th OctoberThe Memory of the Present

7th NovemberRising to the Rising (bonus event)

25th NovemberWinter Warmer Festival poets reading centenary poems

5th DecemberMo Pheann Ag Rince: Tionscadal An Ríordánaigh (IMRAM)

This grant has also enabled Ó Bhéal to purchase its own digital video projector, so we’ll be able to return the temporary projector on loan, generously provided by the Cork Film Centre.

February 28th, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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3rd Five Words Poetry Competition Winner Announced

Our congratulations to John W. Sexton, winner of the 3rd Five Words competition, for his poem The Dancehall on the Summit of the Bloodiest Head of the Twenty Six Headed Giant. John will be the guest poet at Ó Bhéal’s 9th anniversary event on April 11th. Our congratulations also to all of the shortlisted entrants, and for highly commended entries from Beth Somerford and Janet Lees. Thanks to everyone who took part this year, and to judges Marie Coveney and Colm Scully for their careful and considered selection.


The Dancehall on the Summit of the Bloodiest Head of the Twenty Six Headed Giant by   John W. Sexton (Ireland) winner
Tuesday on a Fulcrum   by   Beth Somerford (England) highly commended
Commuter   by   Janet Lees (England) highly commended
The Night of the Nightjar   by   Mary Anne Smith (England)
Tribes   by   Pam Szadowski (England)
An awful hush   by   Jenny Pollak (Australia)
Chinese Zodiac:
Year of the Fire Monkey
by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)
An unread novella in a
charity shop
by   Janet Lees (England)
Igloo   by   Shirley Bell (England)
Ragwort   by   Derek Sellen (England)
A Coin in the Soft Machine   by   John W. Sexton (Ireland)
Sky, an Open Window   by   Tamara Miles (U.S.A.)

Judges: Marie Coveney and Colm Scully

These poems will appear in Five Words Vol IX, which will be launched at Ó Bhéal on Monday the 11th of April 2016, along with an award presentation and readings from available contributors. The 4th Five Words International Competition will commence at noon on Tuesday the 12th of April, 2016.

February 7th, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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Regular Poetry-Film screenings
at Ó Bhéal

– How can Poetry-Films widen the intersection shared by captive literature and film audiences?

(since 11th Jan 2016)

It’s perhaps too early yet to tell, but there’s a strong indication that punters have been arriving earlier since Ó Bhéal invited the poetry-film muse of audio-visual word dimensions into its weekly event: a high-quality, discretely mounted … (dervish whirl now) … DV projector and ceiling screen (the screen in the image appears quite large in reality). Which means, that beyond opening the programme to an array of previously inaccessible poetry-based multimedia works, and since Ó Bhéal’s first film-with-live-poetry event was held on January 11th (Breakfast with Padraig), we’re now confident that we’re suitably able to present poets who concentrate in the ekphrastic and/or concrete realms (we have confirmed readings with poets who excel in both of these genres for later in 2016).

Ó Bhéal’s by now buRSTing! archive of poetry films, steadily growing since 2010, includes over 300 poetry films ranging from thirty seconds to ten minutes in length, and these are being screened in random from 8.30pm, every Monday played on reduced volume as people arrive. They run for an hour, until the usual proceedings commence, at 9.30pm. A single poetry film is also highlighted on the night to start off the open-mic section, the final part of the event. These include all shortlisted films entered into the annual Ó Bhéal/IndieCork International Poetry-Film Competition.

Are there any enthusiasts, entities or fans out there we wonder, who would consider sponsoring the annual Ó Bhéal poetry-film award? We’re seeking to implement a single cash prize for the winner of Best International Poetry-Film, presented at the IndieCork awards ceremony to accompany the physical award. This will attract more entries and further validate Ireland’s first such accolade. The rapidly growing genre is gradually taking hold locally too, with more and more regional entries arriving to compete each year with the world’s leading innovators in the dance of film and word. One of the two 2015 competition judges: local filmmaker Padraig Trehy {Shem the Penman Sings Again (2015); Seamus Murphy: A Quiet Revolution (2014-)}, has been having his film students translate poems into poetry-films at the Crawford College of Art and Design. Poetry and Film? It’s a truly remarkable combination of forces. When it works, it is something to behold. With two multilayered art forms working their magic in rhythm, it does seem like anything’s possible.

January 31st, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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Philippe Beck on Video

followed by the open-mic

14th December 2015

For those who missed our end of year reading with Philippe Beck we have all 6 of his poems with English translations on video for you. Philippe gave a wonderful reading followed by a brilliant and large open-mic to end off the year. With thanks to Shane Vaughan for capturing the footage.

All the videos are here
(or view on the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel).

January 24th, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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Winter Warmer Videos 2015

20th-21st November


The 3rd Winter Warmer festival at Sample Studios was a great success, with a superb line-up of local and International poets from three continents. We have 33 videos for you to view, one from each guest poet’s reading/performance at the festival (in order of appearance), including poems from the closed-mic session.

All the videos are here
(or on the Ó Bhéal Youtube channel).

December 8th, 2015 at 2:47 pm
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Jazz-Poetry Night 2015

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

A class night of jazz-poetry with Afric McGlinchey and Michael Ray accompanied by The Blue Notes jazz trio, and followed by an excellent open-mic for our 8th jazz-poetry night. The videos (filmed by Shane Vaughan) of both the main set and the open-mic follow.
The videos are here

October 17th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
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3rd Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition Winner Announced
12th October 2015

Congratulations to Cheryl Gross, whose superb film In the Circus of You is the winner this year’s poetry-film award at the IndieCork Festival of Independant Cinema & Music. Cheryl’s film was in competition with thirty shortlisted entries from 13 countries, which you can read about here. Our thanks go to all the filmmakers for submitting, and what a delight to view such a range of world talent and excellent variety of work. Thanks are also due to Zata Banks from PoetryFilm for her marvellous archival work and richly imaginative presentation of avante-garde poetry-film experimentations.

In The Circus Of You (6:07)

Poem: In the Circus of You by Nicelle Davis

Synopsis – a visceral spectacle of controlled excess; it dismantles the three rings we use to contain our most domestic horrors and shows us the way through vulnerability to release. Nicelle Davis’s poetry mythologizes pain, makes grief, anger, disgust, and fear bearable by transforming them into finely wrought poems. These poems are filled with sharp edges, dissections, illusions, and images of flight; both in their language and in the ways they occupy the page. They are perfectly matched by the animation and drawings of Cheryl Gross, who translates Davis’s poetry into an equally grotesque, equally eloquent visual language.

Director: Cheryl Gross (U.S.A.)

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator and motion graphic artist living and working in the New York area. She is a professor at Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College.

I equate my work with creating and building an environment, transforming my inner thoughts into reality. Beginning with the physical process, I work in layers. I am involved in solving visual and verbal complexities such as design and narrative. My urban influence has indeed added an ‘edge’ to my work.” Many have compared Cheryl’s work to “Dr. Seuss on crack.


Judges Comments
“Too many poetry films apply great cinematography to bad poetry and sometimes great poetry is left down by less than fully committed visuals. Here is a poetry film where the aesthetic accomplishment and craftmanship of the cinematography and the poetry are equal. Gross’s animation remains faithful to Davis’s text while not compromising its own ambition. Gross has demonstrated great taste and discernment in investing her talent as a cinematographer in poems which demand your attention with captivating subject matter and their awareness of language as a musical medium.”

Patrick Cotter & Padraig Trehy

Submissions will open for the 4th Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition from May 2016 at this link.