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    Descriptive info: May 27th, 2012 at 4:15 pm.. Poetry Readings and Open-Mic Nights.. Posted by pcpoet in.. Ópen-mic on Mondays.. When:.. Monday evenings from 9.. 00pm.. Where:.. Upstairs at The Long Valley, Winthrop Street, Cork.. The venue is now exclusive.. [.. map.. ].. What:.. Poetry Challenge, Guest Poets and Open-Mic.. Original poetry, storytelling and unplugged ceol.. Ó Bhéal.. a poem by Anamaría Crowe Serrano.. Comments mp3s:.. What happened on Monday?.. Wordshops:.. Creative Writing at Ó Bhéal and Beyond.. Interviews:.. with Ó Bhéal guests by Jennifer Matthews.. Five Words.. Vol V: submit your entries.. here.. Ó Bhéal Guest Poet Line-up for June / July.. Click names for biographical details.. Ross Donlon.. 4th June.. Pauline Fayne.. 11th June.. Anne Le Marquand Hartigan.. 18th June.. Gerry Boland.. 25th June.. Cliona O’Connell.. 2nd July.. Mark Conway.. 9th July.. With earlier.. Wordshop.. from 7pm.. Anatoly Kudryavitsky.. 16th July.. In association with.. Foras na Gaeilge.. Áine Ní Ghlinn.. 23rd July.. Poetry Ireland.. Harry Clifton.. 30th July.. Please send reading requests to.. readings@obheal.. ie.. Entrance is.. free.. Full bar available.. The night begins with a Poetry Challenge starting around 9- 9.. 30pm.. Guest poets begin about 10.. 00pm for between 30-45 minutes, after which there is the usual open-mic session.. Be sure to come early to get good seats!.. Comments Trackbacks (275).. |.. Permalink.. December 22nd, 2011 at 2:14 pm.. 2011 end of year reading.. Posted by pc in.. Ó Bhéal open-mic on Video.. 12 December 2011.. At Ó Bhéal s 238th open-mic, after a magnificent reading by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and musical performance by John Sampson, all sixty-five minutes of which had to remain live for copyright reasons, we managed to video the poets from the open-mic, which you can enjoy right.. Comments Trackbacks (0).. November 22nd, 2011 at 12:14 pm.. Twin Cities Poetry 2011.. Poetry Events and News.. [L-R] Malcolm Dewhirst, Afric McGlinchey, Colm Scully and Jennifer Matthews.. Twin Cities.. Poetry Exchange.. with photos and reviews from.. Cork and Coventry poets.. August and November 2011.. The successful annual exchange between Cork and Coventry has been taking great strides forward, with poet.. Malcolm Dewhirst.. performing at Ó Bhéal and Limerick s Whitehouse in early August, including excursions in Cork city, Cobh and Lough Gur.. Malcolm has been inspired to write a number of poems about his visit.. The return trip during the first week of November featured three Cork poets, Jennifer Matthews, Colm Scully and Afric McGlinchey, who gave readings in Coventry and Polesworth, were taken along the Polesworth poetry trail and performed on HillFM Radio and a lot more reviews follow from each of the poets.. You can also read.. Gary Longden.. s reviews of both events at Night Blue Fruit and The Fizz right.. March 31st, 2011 at 3:35 pm.. Ó Bhéal on BBC and TG4.. Ó Bhéal on.. BBC Northern Ireland.. s.. Spotlight.. and.. TG4.. Imeall.. March 2011 and January 2010.. Two videos for you, the Five-Word challenge broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland this March along with Marie Coveney s winning poem, and Alan Titley interviewed by TG4 about Ó Bhéal last year.. Enjoy.. Ó Bhéal on BBC s.. TG$ asks Alan Titley about Ó Bhéal.. January 23rd, 2011 at 4:00 pm.. Twin Cities Poetry 2010.. July and November 2010.. As the twinning relationship deepens between Cork and Coventry, so does the poetry.. 2010 produced yet another eventful exchange with poets Barry Patterson and Anthony Owen performing at Ó Bhéal and the Whitehouse in Limerick last July, followed by a memorable reciprocal visit by four Cork poets for the Coventry Peace Festival.. For the complete review written in six seperate voices with photos, click.. August 18th, 2010 at 10:55 am.. Zebra takes Cork poetry-film.. Ópen minds in Poetry.. Cork poetry-film goes to Berlin.. The 5th International.. Zebra Poetry Film Festival.. , held biennially in Berlin, is to screen the Irish poetry-film,.. The Lammas Hireling.. in October.. It is the largest and most significant festival of its kind, so the email was particularly sweet.. It s now live to view on Vimeo at.. https://vimeo.. com/45341598.. Congratulations!.. From a choice of about 1000 entries the programme commission has selected your film to be part of the film programme of the 5th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival.. We would therefore be happy to welcome you to the festival from 14th 17th October 2010 here in Berlin.. And so goes the email of the year.. On a zero budget, creating the film version of Ian Duhig s award winning poem.. took the best part of eight months of near full-time.. beg, borrow and pray.. tactics, in order to be realised.. Made by Paul Casey with the help of poets from Ó Bhéal, the ten minute film has a primary cast of two Corkonians, Geoff Daykin and Rosie O Regan, who play the Farmer and the Hireling/Departed Wife, as well as a small flock of Cork poets who volunteered their natural skills at  ...   year featured workshops and a reading by Waterville-based Paddy Bushe as well as a lecture on local history by Dr.. Deirdre Nic Mhathúna.. After settling into the local cuisine on Saturday evening, we were welcomed by Máirín Feirtéar (the last living descendant of Piaras Feirtéar) and Domhnall MacSithigh, in the theatre at Tigh ui Chatháin.. After a short reading by Paddy Bushe, Máirín and Domhnall then chaired the yearly open-mic, which is for me the festival highlight, giving stage to a variety of quality poets, chiefly from across Munster.. As per last year, the next morning we found ourselves once again comfortably gathered in Dingle, packed into Diseart chapel and bathing under the magnificent stained-glass windows of Harry Clarke.. Firstly we were treated to an excerpt and dramatisation from Noel Ó Briain s translation of Cúirt an Méan-Oíche (The Midnight Court), played out by Noel and Áine Moynihan.. This was followed by readings from all the poets present from Limerick s Whitehouse, Cork s Ó Bhéal, Tralee s Doghouse and local poets, chaired by Bríd Ní Mhórain, Billy Ramsell and Bertha McCullagh.. The festival closed over a well-deserved breakfast at the Garden Café where much talk was given to next year s return to Ballyferriter.. A big thanks is due to the Féile Bheag Filíochta committee for organising this event, which holds a uniquely special place on Munster s annual poetry landscape.. Make it next year if you can!.. November 3rd, 2009 at 6:15 pm.. Jazz-Poetry Night 09.. 26 October.. Ó Bhéal s Jazz-Poetry night was all a-buzz yet again this year with the BACKRA MeN, over from Coventry with Jon Morley on poetry, Si Hayden on bass and Ben Haines on drums.. For most at the event this made a relaxed and excellent end to the festival.. The band even took on Romanian guest poet Denisa Mirena Pi?cu s poetry from her brand new hot off the press collection,.. Disposable People.. For videos from the night click.. September 22nd, 2009 at 2:16 pm.. Munster Slam Champs 2009.. Munster Slam Championships.. WINNERS ANNOUNCED.. Tobias Manderson-Galvin and Tom McCarthy.. 21 September 2009.. 18 poets from across Munster competed in two rounds last night at Ó Bhéal to produce this year s Munster Slam Champ, Tobias Manderson-Galvin, and runner-up, Tom McCarthy.. Congratulations to both, who will represent Munster in the 2009 All-Ireland Slam Championships held this year in Galway on the 26th of October.. North Beach Nights will be hosting the event, which alternates annually between the four provinces.. Congratulations to all the contestants who were all on top form, Rosalyn Blue, Donna Coogan, John Carmody, Ed O Dwyer, Marie Coveney, Paddy Doyle, Seamus Harrington, Tobias Manderson-Galvin, Lorcan Murray, Mary O Connell, Ciaran O Driscoll, Jonni O Gorman, Rosie O Regan, Stephen O Riordan, Christy Parker, Tom McCarthy, Colm Scully and Patricia Walsh.. Videos of all the performances are.. this way.. Next Page.. email.. home.. On Monday.. 16th of July.. Anatoly.. (Anthony).. Kudryavitsky.. was born in 1954 in Moscow of a Polish father and half-Irish mother, who hailed from South Mayo.. Two of his recent collections are of his English haiku titled.. Morning at Mount Ring.. and.. Capering Moons.. from Doghouse Books.. Anthony will be giving a.. wordshop.. on haiku earlier in the evening.. Find out more.. >>>.. Pages.. About Ó Bhéal.. Festival/Event Video Reviews.. Guest Poets and Archives.. In Motion Poetry and Film.. Irish Poetry Festival Calendar.. Testimonials.. Twin Cities 2009.. Twin Cities 2010.. Twin Cities 2011.. Wordshops.. Recent Posts.. Twin Cities Poetry 2009.. Poetry-Film finds Cork.. Mayo well on the Poetry Map.. Cork Coventry Twin Poetry.. 2nd All-Ireland Poetry Slam.. Blogroll.. Famous Poets Poems.. Irish Poetry blog.. lyrikline.. Munster Literature Centre.. Poetry Poets in Rags.. Poetry World Radio.. Poets on Fire.. Slam Idol poetry podcasts.. TWWC.. WhiteHousePoets.. Write Out Loud.. Archives.. May 2012.. December 2011.. November 2011.. March 2011.. January 2011.. August 2010.. November 2009.. September 2009.. July 2009.. March 2009.. November 2008.. August 2008.. April 2008.. February 2008.. January 2008.. September 2007.. August 2007.. July 2007.. June 2007.. May 2007.. April 2007.. Meta.. Log in.. RSS.. Comments.. Valid.. XHTML.. XFN.. WP.. Donations.. Ó Bhéal still has a considerable shortfall each year, even after the vital funding received from the above arts organisations, and relies upon donations to make up for this.. We invite you to donate any amount you feel approriate via our paypal donation button, to help maintain the ongoing success of our quality evening.. Donors are included as a Friend of Ó Bhéal on our.. page, unless preferring to remain anonymous and may confirm this while making the donation, or via.. Thank you to all those who have offered donations.. Copyright on all poetry contained herein whether video, audio or text, remains with each respective author as indicated.. Copies of any poem herein require the prior consent of the respective poet.. Website Copyright © Ó Bhéal Limited 2007-2011.. powered by.. WordPress..

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    Descriptive info: 275 Responses to Poetry Readings and Open-Mic Nights.. 1.. pc.. Said: @1:12 pm.. Open-mic night – 2nd July 2012.. Thanks to Cliona O Connell for giving a fabulous reading from her début collection.. White Space.. I ll never think of Billy Collins in the same way again.. You can listen to Cliona s reading.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for his prefessional touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Jennifer Matthews, Mary O Connell, Billy Ramsell, Patrick Cotter, Patricia Walsh, Simon Deasy, Julie Field, Rosalin Blue and Rab Urquhart.. Julie field won this week s McNamara Slam.. Lovely poem Julie!.. The open-mic mp3 is.. 07/8/12; 1:12 pm.. 2.. Said: @8:21 pm.. Open-mic night – 25th June 2012.. Thanks to Gerry Boland for making it down from Roscommon to give a fabulous reading on Monday.. You can listen to Gerry s reading.. Thanks to Eimear Conboye for her fine compèring, and to all on the open-mic, Rosalin Blue, Jen Matthews, Joe Sweeney, Aneesh Shukla, Edward O Dwyer, Eugene Crowley, Julie Field, Richard Hawtree, Grace O Donoghue, Billy Ramsell, Patricia Walsh, Eric Bosse, Conor McManus and Simon Deasy.. Jen Matthews won his week s Five Word Challenge amid stiff competition.. Good job Jen!.. 07/1/12; 8:21 pm.. 3.. Said: @10:09 am.. Open-mic night – 18th June 2012.. Thank you to Anne Hartigan for coming down to read on Monday.. You can listen to Anne s reading.. Thanks also to Jen Matthews for emceeing and to Stephen O Riordan for running the sound, and to those on the open-mic, Rosalin Blue, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Sinéad Ryan, Seamus Harrington, Dan Gallagher, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Patricia Walsh, Eric Bosse, Grace O Donoghue and Aneesh Shukla.. Congrats goes to Micheál Roche, winner of this week s Five Word Challenge.. Well Done!.. The open-mic mp3 was robbed by a faerie.. 06/24/12; 10:09 am.. 4.. Said: @2:53 pm.. Open-mic night – 11th June 2012.. Thanks to Pauline Fayne for coming down from Dublin.. Pauline delivered a most entertaining reading which you can listen to right.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for compèring and to all on the open-mic, Tim Healy, Gerry Buckley, Jennifer Matthews, Julie Field, Cal Doyle, Mary O Connell, Pamela Eggerton, Patricia Walsh, Niall Herriott, Conor Murphy, Simon Deasy and Cathal Holden.. Congratulations to Eric Bosse for winning the Five Word Challenge.. 06/17/12; 2:53 pm.. 5.. Said: @3:51 pm.. Open-mic night – 4th June 2012.. A hearty thanks to Australian poet Ross Donlon for venturing down to the land of Munster during his visit to Ireland.. He gave a fabulous reading of great variety, much to the enjoyment of all present.. You can listen to Ross reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Billy Ramsell, Rosalin Blue, Annette Skade, Seamus Harrington, Gerry Murphy, Patricia Walsh and Simon Deasy.. Rosalin Blue won this week s Five Word challenge.. Good job Sue!.. 06/10/12; 3:51 pm.. 6.. Said: @4:43 pm.. Open-mic night – 28th May 2012.. Thanks to Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin for an astounding, multi-faceted performance on Monday.. No surprise he s the All Ireland slam champ, agus gach rud as Gaeilge! You can listen to Séamus performance.. Thanks also to Billy Ramsell for his fine-as-usual compèring, and to all on the open-mic, Ger Buckley, Susan Sheehan, Niall Herriott, Seamus Harrington, Cathal Holden, George O Sullivan, Patricia Walsh, Dominick Donnelly and Rab Urquhart.. Dominick Donnelly was this week s Five Word challenge winner.. Well done Dominick!.. 06/3/12; 4:43 pm.. 7.. Said: @1:16 pm.. Open-mic night – 21st May 2012.. Many thanks to Roger Hudson for coming down from Drogheda at such short notice, and for his very enjoyable reading, which you can listen to.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Susan Sheehan, Cathal Holden, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Joe Sweeney, Deirdre Tunney, Mary O Connell, Patricia Walsh, Simon Deasy, Rab Urquhart and Julie Field.. Micheál de Róiste was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Great job!.. 05/27/12; 1:16 pm.. 8.. Open-mic night – 14th May 2012.. Thanks to Fergal Gaynor for an excellent, thought-provoking reading of poetry in the hayloft, much enjoyed by all.. You can listen to Fergal s reading.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for his calm captaincy at the helm and to all on the open-mic, Aidan O Shea, Cathal Holden, Niall Herriott, Joe Sweeney, Patricia Walsh, Simon Deasy and Ciarán MacArtain.. Cathal Holden was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Nice one.. 05/20/12; 10:09 am.. 9.. Said: @6:23 pm.. Open-mic night – 7th May 2012.. A most enjoyable bi-lingual evening with poet Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, with explanations of her poems as Bearla, working very well for those who haven t enough Irish (like myself) to pick up on all the subtleties, cadences and nuances.. Thanks Ceaití!.. And thanks to those on the open-mic, Conor McManus, pc, Patricia Walsh and Simon Deasy.. Ceaití also on this week s Five Word Challenge.. Comhghairdeas!.. 05/13/12; 6:23 pm.. 10.. Said: @9:51 am.. Open-mic night – 30th April 2012.. Lovely readings altogether of great variety from both Sheila Fitzpatrick O Donnell and Joseph Healy, who came down with half of Limerick in tow! And great to see all the familiar faces from the Limerick poetry scene.. You can listen to Sheila s reading.. and to Joe s reading.. Thanks to Patricia Walsh for her successful début as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Mary Clarke, Joe Sweeney, Ronan Deevy, Evelyn Casey, Teri Murray, Cathal Holden, Bridget Wallace, Christy O Donnell, Jean Curtayne, Rosalin Blue, Simon Deasy, Rab Urquhart and Ciarán MacArtain.. Paul Casey won the Five Word Challenge this week (fixed, obviously).. Ach sláinte!.. 05/6/12; 9:51 am.. 11.. Said: @11:45 am.. Open-mic night – 23rd April 2012.. After a packed and popular workshop, the Hayloft held an excellent night with Fiona Clarke-Echlin working up a full house, with a fine variety of form and free verse.. Thanks Fiona.. You can listen to Fiona s reading.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for his professional touch as emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Donna Coogan, Aidan O Shea, Conor Cleary, Marie Coveney, Julie Field, Emmet O’Corbáin, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Patricia Walsh, Mary Buckley Clarke, Seamus Harrington, Niall Herriott and Simon Deasy.. Garry McCarthy won the McNamara Slam this week.. Good job Garry!.. 04/29/12; 11:45 am.. 12.. Said: @6:26 pm.. Open-mic night – 16th April 2012.. A fantastic night for our fifth anniversary, so thank you to all the poets involved.. Hope we re still here in Five Years time.. For the launch of Five Words Vol V, contributors who read were Simon Deasy, Colm Scully, Jen Matthews, Jamie O Connell, Joe Sweeney, Aidan O Shea, Michael Ray, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Afric McGlinchey, Niamh Prior, Michael O Callaghan, Patricia Walsh, Sean O Riordan, Rosalin Blue, Julie Field, Niall Herriott and Ciarán MacArtain.. You can listen to all of these.. And an excellent selection of other poets poetry for the open-mic.. Joe Sweeney East Anglian Bathe (John Betjeman).. Colm Scully To my Mother, Eileen (Greg Delanty).. Simon Deasy The Laughing Heart (Charles Bukowski).. Aidan O Shea Male Gorillas (Ruth Stone).. Grant March What Teachers Make (Taylor Mali).. Michael Ray Heart Disease (John Cooper Clarke).. Billy Ramsell Thalassa (Louis MacNeice).. Seamus Harrington #328 (Emily Dickinson).. Sue Cosgrave For How Long AND Tourists (Nazih Abu Afach).. Patricia Walsh Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin).. Afric McGlinchey Goth Persephone s Mother asks her to do the Messages (Mary O Donnell).. Cal Doyle A Miracle for Breakfast (Elizabeth Bishop).. John Maguire Thinking about Art (Odia Ofeimun).. Kevin Desmond Swords Still Life The Table (Theo van Doseburg).. Rab Urquhart Do not stand at my grave and weep (Mary Elizabeth Frye).. Niall Herriott Enfants du Paradis (Jacques Prévert).. Niamh Prior On Mona s Smile (Winona Baker).. Rosie O Regan Things that are Lost (Kerrie Hardie).. Cal Doyle #14 The Dream Songs (John Berryman).. Aidan O Shea Everyone Sang (Siegfried Sassoon).. Ruth Fortune You Missed It (Patty Ludwig).. Seamus Harrington 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (Richard Thompson).. Sue Cosgrave A Hole in the Head (Rima Buaini).. Afric McGlinchey A Woman Taking Off Her Shirt (Paul Hostovsky).. Rosalin Blue Freudenhaus (August Stramm).. Michael O Callaghan Inversnaid (Gerard Manley Hopkins).. Kevin Desmond Swords Ted Hughes (James Kelly).. Simon Deasy McDougal Street Blues (Jack Kerouac).. Ciarán MacArtain Oh, the Places You ll Go! (Dr.. Suess).. Grant March Satiate on Sunlight (Seamus Hogan.. Rab Urquhart Warning (Jenny Joseph).. Conor McManus Spleen (Charles Baudelaire).. Stephen O Riordan was this week s 5 Word Challenge Winner.. Sláinte Stephen!.. 04/22/12; 6:26 pm.. 13.. Said: @4:14 pm.. Open-mic night – 9th April 2012.. Thank you to Paul Jeffcutt for venturing down from the County Down to give a fine bank-holiday reading from his collection.. Latch.. You can listen to Paul s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for her relaxed and fun emceeing, and to all on the open-mic, Dominick Donnelly, Seamus Harrington, Gerry theoneandonly Murphy, Patricia Walsh, Joanne Collins, Rab Urquhart, Alma Kelly, Ciarán MacArtain, Michael O Callaghan and Conor McManus.. Seán Bent was this week s Five Word Challenge Winner.. Nice job Seán!.. 04/12/12; 4:14 pm.. 14.. Said: @12:16 pm.. Open-mic night – 2nd April 2012.. A big Thanks to Leeanne Quinn for coming down from Dublin to deliver an elegant, enticing reading from her new collection.. Before You.. You can listen to Leeane s reading.. Thanks to Jennifer Matthews for her excellent-as-ever compèring, and to all on the open-mic, Patricia Walsh, Grant March, Michael Ray, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Michael O Callaghan, Jamie O Connell, Deirdre Tunney, Mary O Connell, Seán O Riordan, Cathal Holden and Ciarán MacArtain.. Adrian Scanlon was this week s Five Word Challenge Winner.. Good job Adrian!.. 04/8/12; 12:16 pm.. 15.. Said: @4:36 pm.. Open-mic night – 26th March 2012.. We enjoyed an excellent night with guest poet Kerrie O Brien on Monday.. A delightful reading! Thank you Kerrie.. You can listen to the reading.. Thanks to the open-mic contributors, Cathal Holden, Deirdre Tunney, Collins Kato, Jennifer Matthews, Emily Davis-Fletcher, Cal Doyle, Sinéad Ryan, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Grant March, Emmet O Corbáin, Rosalin Blue, Rab Urquhart and Yossi Valdman.. Julie Field was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Congrats Julie!.. 04/1/12; 4:36 pm.. 16.. Said: @2:20 pm.. Open-mic night – 19th March 2012.. Thanks to Paddy Moran for a fine reading on Monday, from both of his collections and a number of new works.. You can listen to Paddy s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for her enjoyable emcee-work, and to the open-mic contributors, Patricia Walsh, Cal Doyle, Cathal Holden, Seamus Harrington, Brian Cougle and Gerry Murphy.. Cathal Holden was this week s McNamara Slam winner.. Good Job!.. 03/25/12; 2:20 pm.. 17.. Said: @2:54 pm.. Open-mic night – 12th March 2012.. A warm thanks to Peadar O hUallaigh for venturing up from Dun Chaoin to deliver a fine performance of filíocht agus feadóg, much enjoyed by all present.. You can listen to Peadar’s reading.. Thanks to Billy Ramsell for his excellent compère work, and to those on the open-mic, Patricia Walsh, Eoin Murray, Aidan O Shea, Jean Curtayne, Emmett C and James Foley.. John Downes won this week s Five Word challenge.. Nice one John!.. 03/18/12; 2:54 pm.. 18.. Said: @4:13 pm.. Open-mic night – 5th March 2012.. Many thanks to Rita Ann Higgins for her wonderful reading on Monday, in a packed to the rafters Hayloft.. Rita Ann read poems from the spectrum of her career including from her latest collection from Bloodaxe,.. Ireland is Changing Mother.. You can listen to Rita Ann’s reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Alan O Caochlaoich, Sandra O Chondúin, Richard Keane, Rosie O Regan, Joe Sweeney, Joe Healy, James Foley, Tom Moloney, Aidan O Shea, Jen Matthews, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Margaret Sheehan, Mary O Connell, Mike Gallagher, Niall Herriott, Afric McGlinchey, Rosalin Blue, Cal Doyle, Colm Scully, Rab Urquhart and Conor McManus.. Aidan O Shea was this week s Five Word Challenge wonner.. Well done Aidan!.. 03/11/12; 4:13 pm.. 19.. Said: @9:51 pm.. Open-mic night – 27th February 2012.. A very big thanks to Colm Keegan for venturing down from sunny Clondalkin, to give a top class reading and performance of his work.. Don t forget his play this summer at Kinsale Arts festival, and his collection due from Salmon in May.. As happens once or twice in the year, the little folk made off with the mp3s, so unfortunately the night remains confined to memory.. Thanks also to Jennifer Matthews for compèring, and to all on the (very full) open-mic, Donna Coogan, Cal Doyle, Rab Urquhart, James Foley, Joe Sweeney, Seamus Harrington, Eugene Crowley, Patricia Walsh, Aidan O Shea, Afric McGlinchey, Richard Keane, Mary O Connell, Michael O Callaghan, Martin, and Sandra Uí Chondúin.. The five word challenge was won by Alison O Grady.. Congrats Alison!.. 03/4/12; 9:51 pm.. 20.. Said: @3:54 pm.. Open-mic night – 20th February 2012.. Thanks to Jill Battson for reading at Ó Bhéal during her European sojourn, and for a most entertaining reading.. You can listen to Jill s performance.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Joe Sweeney, Alan Ó Caochlaoich, Cal Doyle, Aidan O Shea, Richard O Toole, Mary O Connell, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, David Hynes, Martin Daly, Ed Johnson, Rosie O Regan, Ciarán MacÁrtain and Rab Urquhart.. David Hynes was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Well done David!.. 02/26/12; 3:54 pm.. 21.. Said: @7:41 pm.. Open-mic night – 13th February 2012.. Many thanks to Cork poet Jimmy Cummins for his riveting performance, his unique work was tremendously enjoyed by all.. Thanks to Eimear Conboye for her excellent début as emcee (a natural) and we hope to see more of her in the driving seat in the future and to all on the open-mic, Kevin Griffin, Sinéad Ryan, Aidan O Shea, Billy Ramsell, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Alan Ó Caochlaoich, Mark O Leary, Anne-Marie Grandfield and Ciarán MacArtain.. Cal Doyle won this week s McNamara Slam.. Nice one Cal!.. 02/19/12; 7:41 pm.. 22.. Said: @10:45 am.. Open-mic night – 6th February 2012.. Thanks to Cork s own Liz O Donoghue for a fine and entertaining reading from a wide selection of her work, much enjoyed by all.. You can listen to Liz s reading.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for steering the evening in style, and to all on the open-mic, Ciarán macArtain, Aidan O Shea, Cal Doyle, Sinéad Ryan, Mary O Connell, John Bracken, Andy Galevky, Patricia Walsh and Rab Urquhart.. Micheál Roche took the Five Word Challenge title this week Good job!.. 02/12/12; 10:45 am.. 23.. Said: @5:08 pm.. Open-mic night – 30th January 2012.. Many thanks to Adam Wyeth for his most enjoyable reading.. There was a great turnout for him, and well deserved too.. You can listen to Adam s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for being emcee, and to all on the open-mic, Donna Coogan, Andy Galevly, Seamus Harrington, Julie Field, Patricia Walsh, Colm Scully, Mary O Connell, Michael Ray, Michael O Callaghan, Aidan O Shea, Paul O Mahony, Joni Takanikos, Rab Urquhart and Conor Mcmanus.. The Five Word Callenge was a tie between Michael O Callaghan and Tina Pisco.. Well done!.. 02/5/12; 5:08 pm.. 24.. Said: @2:05 pm.. Open-mic night – 23rd January 2012.. A big thanks to Louis de Paor for venturing down from Galway and for his excellent reading, tremendously enjoyed by all (as expected!).. You can listen to Louis reading.. Thanks to Julie Field for excellent emceeing and to all on the open-mic, Aidan O Shea, Rab Urquhart, Michael O Callaghan, Daw Harding, Simon Deasy, Patricia Walsh, Sinéad Ryan, Annemarie Grandfield, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Michael O Donnell and Patrick Duke.. Joan Dargan won this week s Five Word Challenge well done Joan!.. The open mic mp3 is.. 01/29/12; 2:05 pm.. 25.. Said: @6:55 pm.. Open-mic night – 16th January 2012.. A warm thanks to Daw Harding for his brilliant reading from My Stolen City , his debut collection, giving insights into Cork that had the full house of poets and punters agape, in tears and in stitches.. You can listen to Daw s reading.. Thanks to Billy Ramsell for his excellent-as-ever compèreing and to all on the open-mic, Niall Herriott, Aidan O Shea, Louis Mulcahy, Ceaití Ní Bheildiúin, Seamus Harrington, Tina Pisco, Alma Kelly, Rab Urquhart, Ciarán MacÁrtain and Michael O Callaghan.. Michael O Callaghan won this week s Five Word Challenge.. 01/22/12; 6:55 pm.. 26.. Said: @3:19 pm.. Open-mic night – 9th January 2012.. An excellent turnout and start to the new year, with the Hayloft packed out for Helena Nolan s reading.. Five Star poetry from the Kavanagh award-winner, whose collection we are eagerly awaiting.. You can listen to Helena s reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Alan Ó Caoch Laoich, Joe Sweeney, Aidan O Shea, Niall Herriott, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Ciarán MacArtain, Daw Harding, Cathal Holden and Conor McManus.. Ciarán MacArtain won this week s McNamara Slam Well Done!.. 01/15/12; 3:19 pm.. 27.. Said: @3:17 pm.. Open-mic night – 12th December 2011.. Among the very best of Ó Bhéal nights we were treated to over an hour of exceptional entertainment, in alternation, from poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and multi-talented traditional musician John Sampson.. A warm thank you to both artists for highlighting the 2011 reading series.. The hayloft brimmed and buzzed till closing with a top-rate open-mic.. Eighteen Five-Word challengers tied the Ó Bhéal record for the most poems written in fifteen minutes.. Thanks to all the open-mic contributors, Colm Scully, Joe Sweeney, Tom McCarthy, Niall Herriott, Jennifer Matthews, Mary O Connell, Patrick Cotter, Rosalyn Blue, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Simon Deasy, Tina Pisco, Julie Field, Ciarán MacArtain, Rosie O Regan, Sue Cosgrave, Sinéad Ryan and Daw Harding.. Jen Matthews took the ultimate McNamara Slam of 2011.. Well done Jen!.. The open-mic is viewable in a series of videos right.. or via the usual mp3 version.. 12/22/11; 3:17 pm.. 28.. Said: @10:09 pm.. Open-mic night – 5th December 2011.. A big thanks to Doireann Ní Ghríofa for her excellent verse, a beautiful bi-lingual reading thoroughly enjoyed by a full house.. You can listen to Doireann s reading.. Thanks also to Julie Field for her fun emceeing, and to all on the open-mic, Joe Sweeney, Tina Pisco and Manuel Arana (Manolo), Jean Curtayne, John Bracken, Patricia Walsh, Sinéad Ryan, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Conor Cleary, Thom Barrett, Simon Deasy, Michael O Callaghan and Rab Urquhart.. Conor Cleary was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Sláinte Conor!.. 12/11/11; 10:09 pm.. 29.. Said: @1:32 pm.. Open-mic night – 28th November 2011.. Thank you to Kerry Hardie for a fabulous reading, a sonorous mélange of both new and less recent verse, which had the crowd ooh-ing and aah-ing in harmony.. Just superb! You can listen to Kerry s reading.. Thanks to Billy Ramsell for his eloquent compère work, and to all on the open-mic, Patricia Walsh, Cathal Holden, Cal Doyle, Michael Ray, Julie Field, Micheál Roche, Mary O Connell, Michael O Sullivan, John Bracken, Jean Curtayne, Seamus Harrington, Daw Harding and Ciarán MacArtain.. Amidst the open-mic session, John Bracken recited a ballad called Ó Bhéal Poetry Sessions , which you can listen to.. Joe Sweeney ran away with the Five Word Challenge prize, for the second week in a row.. Well done Joe!.. 12/4/11; 1:32 pm.. 30.. Open-mic night – 21st November 2011.. Thanks to Tina Pisco for a gorgeous performance of her poetry, all to the harp of the talented Anja Bakker.. An absolute treat -which you can listen to right.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Michael O Callaghan, Billy Ramsell, Mairéad O Donoghue, Grant March, Sue Cosgrave, Sinéad Ryan, Simon Deasy, Ciarán MacArtain, Patricia Walsh, Miriam Wainwright, Tadge O Mullane and Rab Urquhart.. Joe Sweeney was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Sláinte Joe!.. The open-mic is.. 11/27/11; 2:54 pm.. 31.. Said: @12:17 pm.. Open-mic night 14th November 2011.. A big thanks to Galway s Stephen Murray for a most engaging reading a charged evening of well-crafted, entertaining and humorous to heavier verse was enjoyed by a well-packed Hayloft.. You can listen to Stephen s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for her professional compèring and to all on the open-mic, Mairéad O Donoghue, Mary O Connell, John Bracken, Julie Field, Patricia Walsh, Afric McGlinchey, Ciarán MacArtain, Simon Deasy, Terry Dinneen and Rab Urquhart.. Afric McGlinchey and Paul Casey both took the Five Word Challenge in a double-decimal tie.. Great fun!.. 11/21/11; 12:17 pm.. 32.. Said: @12:06 pm.. Open-mic night 7th November 2011.. Our second poetry-film night was a great success, as anticipated.. Sixteen excellent films were screened in the Hayloft on the first night of the Cork Film Festival.. The list follows, most of which are searchable online:.. Advertising Space Robert Montgomery.. Ar Eití le Gearóid Mac Lochlainn.. Baptism of Solitude tribute to Paul Bowles.. Blokes Mat Lloyd.. Carnivore Reflux Eddie White.. KHD BLACK POEM Niko Tziopanos.. Start Deborah pope.. Summer haiku Leonard Cohen.. Television is a drug Todd Alcott.. The Art of Drowning Billy Collins.. The Haunted Palace Edgar Allen Poe.. The Old Fools Philip Larkin.. Time for Greatness Ainsley Burrrows.. Time for Greatness Journey to Guinness.. Walking Poem Richard Grunn.. Typography Taylor Mali.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Sue Cosgrave, Cal Doyle, Seamus Harrington, Richard Mantree, Patricia Walsh, Grant March, Ciarán MacArtain, Simon Deasy and Rab Urquhart.. Lorcan Murray was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Good job!.. 11/14/11; 12:06 pm.. 33.. Said: @12:04 pm.. Open-mic night 31st October 2011.. There goes one of our best nights! A fantastic mix of poets from Salmon thrilled the audience to no end.. A phenomenal variety of voices and excellent quality verse throughout.. Thanks to Jessie Lendennie and all the Salmon poets for a night that won t be forgotten.. You can listen to the entire reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Donna Coogan, Micheál O Coinn, Simon Deasy, Faye Boland, Seamus Harrington, Fabian Sweeney, Joe Healy, Louis Mulcahy and Rab Urquhart.. Afric McGlinchey was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Good job Afric!.. 11/7/11; 12:04 pm.. 34.. Said: @11:31 am.. Open-mic night 24th October 2011.. A magical jazz-poetry night with the K.. F.. C.. Trio improvising to two open-mic rounds of poetry just brilliant from start to finish! Thanks to Deirdre Frost, Phillip Collins, Stephen Kelly and special guest Ken Marshall on sax for excellent improvisation and for working so well with each poem.. Thanks to the poets, whose all did a great job jivin to the jazz, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Micheál Roche, Tina Pisco, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Sue Cosgrave, Simon Deasy, Ciarán MacArtain, John Bracken, Julie Field, Richard Keane and Grant March.. You can listen to Round 1.. and Round 2.. Tina Pisco was on fire all round this week, with song, verse, and is the winner of this week s Five Word Challenge.. Well Done Tina!.. 10/30/11; 11:31 am.. 35.. Said: @7:28 pm.. Open-mic night 17th October 2011.. A big thanks to Seán Hutton for an excellent bi-lingual session in the Hayloft.. You can listen to Seán s reading.. Thanks to Julie Field for her professional and fun compèring and to all on the open-mic, Noel King, Louis Mulcahy, Daw Harding, Colm Scully, Fabian Sweeney, Patricia Walsh, Jo Collins, Rab Urquhart, Ciarán MacArtain, Simon Deasy and Alma Kelly.. Congratulations goes to Colm Scully, winner of the Five Word Challenge.. 10/23/11; 7:28 pm.. 36.. Open-mic night 10th October 2011.. A Big Cheers to Tom Conaty for ambling down from Dublin to give a most enjoyable reading, to a well-attended venue and a full house of Five Word Challenge entrants.. You can listen to Tom s reading right.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for fabulous emceeing and to all the open-mic contributors, Noel O Callaghan, Niall Herriott, Mary O Connell, Cal Doyle, Julie Field, Fabian Sweeney, Simon Deasy, Ciarán MacArtain, John Bracken, Brian O Donoghue and Daw Harding.. Michael O Callaghan has once again won this week s Five Word Challenge.. Good job Michael!.. 10/17/11; 4:14 pm.. 37.. Open-mic night 3rd October 2011.. Thanks to Shirley McClure for venturing down from Dublin to share a lovely selection of her verse, to a very pleased audience and well-attended event.. You can listen to Shirley s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for her excellent emcee work, and to those on the open-mic, Noel O Callaghan, Tina Pisco, Niamh Prior, Mary O Connell, Conor O Hagan, Patricia Walsh, Simon Deasy, Ciarán MacArtain and Alma Kelly.. Afric McGlinchey was this week s McNamara Slam Winner Well Done Afric!.. 10/10/11; 11:45 am.. 38.. Said: @1:45 pm.. Open-mic night 26th September 2011.. A packed night of poetry in the Hayloft saw Fergus Costello re-crowned as Munster Slam Champion with Mary O Connell as Runner-Up, amid stiff competition from twelve other Munster performance poets Tina Pisco, Rosalyn Blue, Colm Scully, Roy Hayler, Conor McManus, Rab Urquhart, Aaron Lewis, Rosie O Regan, Matthew Sweeney, Julie Field, Lady Grew and Simon Deasy.. Fergus and Mary will be up against the other provincial champs this November the 23rd, for the 2011 All-Ireland Slam Championships at Sandino s Bar in Derry.. You can listen to the final six contestants from round two right.. A special thanks to the judges for carrying the delicate task with professionalism and careful consideration to a fair and welcome outcome Adam Wyeth, Sarah Clancy and Claire Lamb.. A big thanks to the fabulous guest poet Sarah Clancy for coming down from Galway to deliver a riveting performance.. You can listen to Sarah s reading.. Thanks also to all on the open-mic, Billy Ramsell, Claire-Ann Treacy, Tom McCarthy, Niall Herriott, Michael Ray, Claire Lamb, Patricia Walsh, Pat Cotter, Sun Wei, Gerry Murphy and Alan Titley.. There was no Five Word Challenge due to the Slam Championships.. You can listen to the open-mic mp3.. 10/3/11; 1:45 pm.. 39.. Said: @9:25 pm.. Open-mic night 23rd September 2011.. Thanks to John Carmody for coming down from Limerick to give an electric performance to a full-house of Culture Night punters.. You can listen to John s reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Sue Cosgrave, Mary O Connell, Solène Vermont, Conor McManus, Rosie O Regan, Michael O Callaghan, Linda Cashman and Ciarán MacArtain.. Guest John Carmody was the Five Word Challenge winner well done John!.. 09/25/11; 9:25 pm.. 40.. Said: @8:33 pm.. Open-mic night 19th September 2011.. Thank you to Rab Urquhart for an exciting auto-biographical performance of his poetry, which was enjoyed immensely by a full house.. You can listen to Rab s performance.. Thanks to Julie Field for compèring in style and to all on the very full open-mic, Cal Doyle, Lothar Luken, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Sue Cosgrave, Mary O Connell, Paddy Doyle, Patricia Walsh, Noel O Callaghan, Sun Wei, pc, Rachel O Sullivan, Tom McCarthy, Simon Deasy and Conor McManus.. Michael O Callaghan won this week s McNamara Slam Challenge.. Nice one Michael!.. 09/25/11; 8:33 pm.. 41.. Said: @2:13 pm.. Open-mic night 12th September 2011.. An excellent tri-lingual evening with Rody Gorman reading from his recent collections, most particularly from.. Beartan Briste.. his enigmatic collection of inter-toungings.. A big thanks to Rody for coming over from the Isle of Skye, to treat us to no less than a fabulous night.. You can listen to Rody s reading, with introduction and translations by Alan Titley,.. Thanks to Billy Ramsell for his as ever brilliant emceeing, and to all on the very full open-mic, Bernadette McIntyre, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Madeleine D Arcy, Julie Field, Sue Cosgrave, Patricia Walsh, Mairead O Donoghue, Conn O Sullivan, Noel O Callaghan, Jo Collins, Simon Deasy, Brian O Donoghue, Aaron Lewis, Tadge O Mullane, Jean Curtayne and Alan Titley.. The Five Word Challenge went to Mark Killen this week.. Nice one Mark!.. 09/16/11; 2:13 pm.. 42.. Said: @6:18 pm.. Open-mic night 5th September 2011.. Thank you to Geraldine Mitchell for coming down from West County Mayo to read her fabulous poetry.. Again the Autumn audiences are filling the venue nicely now, and Geraldine was treated to an attentive, full-house.. You can listen to Geraldine s reading.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for his great emcee-work and to all the open-mic contributors, Michael Ray, Sue Cosgrave, Mary O Connell, Patricia Walsh, Noel O Callaghan, Seán Kelly, Simon Deasy, Conor McManus, Tadge O Mullane and Jean Curtayne.. Simon Deasy won this week s Five Word Challenge.. Good Job Simon!.. 09/11/11; 6:18 pm.. 43.. Said: @12:23 pm.. Open-mic night 29th August 2011.. Thanks to Mary Melvin Geoghegan for driving down from Longford to give a fine reading to a full audience (the autumn crowds are taking hold).. You can listen to Mary s excellent reading.. Thanks also to Jennifer Matthews for compèring and to those on the open-mic, Noel O Callaghan, Tina Pisco, Julie Field, Sue Cosgrave, Cal Doyle, Patricia Walsh, Tadge O Mullane, Simon Deasy and pc.. This week s Five Word Challenge winner was Ruadhan Lawlor.. Congrats!.. 09/5/11; 12:23 pm.. 44.. Said: @9:24 pm.. Open-mic night 26th August 2011.. A huge thank you to Leslie Ryan of the National Crafts Council for inviting us to present Ó Bhéal s first full event outside of Cork, which turned out even better than imagined, with an excellent, engaged audience filling the National Craft Gallery (opposite Kilkenny Castle).. The art currently on exhibit has all been created in response to a number of contemporary poets works, including Leanne O Sullivan and Gerry Smyth, and Grace Wells (Thank you Grace) very fine reading was composed entirely of new verse, inspired in turn from these artworks.. You can listen to Grace s reading.. Thanks also to those who braved the open-mic, Eimear Conboye, Michael Ray, Darren, Gerry Moran, Afric McGlinchey and Leslie Ryan.. Gerry Moran won the Five Word Challenge.. Congrats Gerry!.. 08/28/11; 9:24 pm.. 45.. Said: @9:13 pm.. Open-mic night 22nd August 2011.. Thanks to Maeve O Sullivan for an excellent reading.. The Autumn audiences are beginning to come in now, and Maeve had a fine turnout to enjoy her well-crafted verse.. You can listen to Maeve s reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Cal, Mary O Connell, Julie Field, Sinéad Ryan, Patricia Walsh, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Debs Hegarty, Ciarán MacArtain, Jo Collins, Simon Deasy and Tadge O Mullane.. Julie Field was this week s McNamara Slam winner.. Nice one Julie!.. 08/28/11; 9:13 pm.. 46.. Said: @7:56 pm.. Open-mic night 15th August 2011.. A big thanks goes to Aidan Heyes for coming down from Donegal to read.. Thanks also to Sue Cosgrave for emceeing and running the evening.. You can listen to Aidan s reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Patricia Walsh, Marion Bennett, Ciarán MacArtain, Oliver Barrett, Michael O Sullivan, Debs Hegarty, Simon Deasy and Tadge O Mullane.. Oliver Barrett won this week s McNamara Slam.. 08/24/11; 7:56 pm.. 47.. Said: @11:20 am.. Open-mic night 8th August 2011.. A big thanks to the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr.. Terry Shannon for attending the twinning event with great enthusiasm and involvement.. Based on audience response, the Lord Mayor won the Five Word Challenge, amid tough competition too.. You can listen to The Right Honourable Lord Mayor s address.. A great evening with Coventry poet Malcolm Dewhirst, who gave an excellent reading to a full house.. While Jon Morley unfortnately couldn t make it due to a last-minute emergency, that didn t stop Malcolm from delighting the audience with his poems and rich themes of place and history.. You can listen to Malcolm s reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Sue Cosgrave, Laura Dunne, Tom McCarthy, Jo Collins, Rab Urquhart, Julie Field, Mary Brennan, Patricia Walsh, Lady Grew, Afric McGlinchey and Simon Deasy.. 08/10/11; 11:20 am.. 48.. Said: @1:19 pm.. Open-mic night 1st August 2011.. Thanks to Michael McCarthy who came from Yorkshire to give a fascinating reading, from both of his award-winning collections.. You can listen to Michael s reading.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for fine compèring and to the few on this week s Bank Holiday open-mic, Colm Scully, Mary O Connell, Richard Keane, Simon Deasy and pc.. The winner of this week s Five-Word Challenge was Nora Neville.. 08/7/11; 1:19 pm.. 49.. Said: @4:09 pm.. Open-mic night 25th July 2011.. Thanks to Pádraig Ó Laighin for a most entertaining reading as gaeilge, and to Julie Field for her excellent compèring.. You can listen to Pádraig s reading.. And to those who contributed to our unusually intimate open-mic, Patricia Walsh, Vanessa, pc and Simon Deasy, thank you.. Bernadette McCarthy won this week s Five Word Challenge.. 07/31/11; 4:09 pm.. 50.. Said: @9:52 am.. Open-mic night 18th July 2011.. Thank to Paul Maddern for coming all the way from Belfast to read his poems, including many moving images of his birthplace, Bermuda.. There was a good turnout and response to Paul s reading, which you can listen to.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for great compèring, and to those on the open-mic, Conor McManus, Eimear Conboye, Mary O Connell, Julie Field, Richard Keane, Jo Collins, Patricia Walsh, pc, Rab and Alan Titley.. Newcomer Stephen won this week s Five Word Challenge.. 07/24/11; 9:52 am.. 51.. Said: @12:29 pm.. Open-mic night 11th July 2011.. Another fabulous night with a packed out audience for Ailbhe Darcy, with punters coming from Limerick, Kerry and around Co.. Cork.. After an intensive workshop which was booked up days before, Aibhe s reading had all present abuzz after an eighteen-contender-strong Five-Word Challenge and ended with a very full open-mic.. You can listen to Albhe s brilliant reading right.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Rab Urquhart, Jennifer Matthews, Louis Mulcahy, Noel King, Andrew Lane, Michael Ray, Marie Coveney, Billy Ramsell, Niamh Prior, Afric McGlinchey, Mary O Connell, Julie Field, Joe Healy, Sinéad Ryan, Michael Ko and Conor McManus.. This week s Five Word Challenge winner was Jamie O Connell on his first public attempt at a poem.. Well done Jamie!.. 07/18/11; 12:29 pm.. 52.. Said: @10:51 am.. Open-mic night 4th July 2011.. Thanks to the Galway poets who made it down to read.. An excellent variety of well-crafted verse from (our own) Bríd Buckley, David Doherty, Davnet Heery and Trevor Conway.. You can listen to them all reading.. An excellent turn out, while the open-mic was a lot shorter than usual.. Thanks to Jen Matthews for compèring and to the open-mic contributors, Alan Foley, Davnet Heery, Patricia Walsh, pc and Alan Titley.. 07/11/11; 10:51 am.. 53.. Said: @1:05 pm.. Open-mic night 27th June 2011.. A fabulous night of Italian poetry packed the house nearly to the limit with punters from near and afar.. Thanks to Luca Artioli, Andrea Garbin, Fabio Barcellandi and Dave Lordan for stopping in Cork on their tour.. You can listen to the readings.. Thanks also to Stephen O Riordan for emceeing and to all on the open-mic, Julie Field, Mary O Connell, Seán Kelly, Patricia Walsh, Michael Flynn, Sinéad Ryan, Jo Collins, Billy Ramsell, Gerry Murphy, Graham Allen, Michael Ray, Afric McGlinchey, Alan Titley, Aaron Lewis and Eimear Conboye.. Rosie O Regan won this week s Five Word Challenge.. Lovely!.. 07/4/11; 1:05 pm.. 54.. Said: @12:42 pm.. Open-mic night 20th June 2011.. A big thanks to MC Mupéad agus Jimmy The Hideous Penguin for coming down from Galway to share their unique rap as gaeilge agus ceol mix.. We should have a video up of that fairly soon.. In the meanwhile you can listen to their performance.. Thanks to Julie Field for excellent emceeing, and to those on the open-mic, Rosalin Blue, Patricia Walsh, Jo Collins, Sebi.. C, Alan Titley and Conor McManus.. Bernadette McCarthy was this week s Five Word Challenge winner Well Done!.. 06/27/11; 12:42 pm.. 55.. Said: @1:43 pm.. Open-mic night 13th June 2011.. Thanks to Jennifer Militello for a fabulous reading on Monday.. She was very well received and appreciated by a full house.. You can listen to Jennifer s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for her humoured compèring and to all on the open-mic, John Gibson, Colm Scully, Jennifer Matthews, Michael Ray, Marie Coveney, Rab Urquhart, Seamus Harrington, John Keohane, Jo Collins, Billy Ramsell, Julie Field and Grant Burgess.. Grant Burgess was our Five-Word winner amid fierce competition.. Well done Grant and hurry back from Oregon!.. 06/20/11; 1:43 pm.. 56.. Said: @12:59 pm.. Open-mic night 6th June 2011.. Thanks to Robyn Rowland and Lynn Saoirse for a memorable evening of poetry and harp interwoven.. Harpstrings and Words, trees and birds.. You can listen to the performance.. Thanks to Rosie O Regan for her fun emceeing, and to all on the open-mic, Eimear Conboye, Mary O Connell, Patricia Walsh, Conor McManus, Grant Burgess, Gerry Murphy and Adam Wyeth.. Eimear Conboye was this weeks Five Word Challenge winner.. Well done Eimear!.. 06/13/11; 12:59 pm.. 57.. Said: @11:28 pm.. Open-mic night 30th May 2011.. A truly enchanting evening which had the reaction levels through the roof and peaking out the sound recordings, Siobhan MacMahon and Sabrina Piggott gave a spellbinding performance.. I hope to see more of them on the Irish circuit bardic, evocative and ringing with the lyrical.. You can listen to their performance.. Thanks to guest emcee Grant Burgess for excellent handling of the evening and to those on the open-mic, Eimear Conboye, Tina Pisco, Tadge O Mullane, Micheál Roche, Mary O Connell, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Niall Herriott, Annette Skade, Patricia Walsh, Conor McManus, pc and Sinéad Ryan (yes the original one and only!).. Niall Herriott was this week s Macnamara Slam Winner Well done to Niall!.. 06/5/11; 11:28 pm.. 58.. Said: @6:47 pm.. Open-mic night 23rd May 2011.. Thanks to Richard Halperin for visiting from Paris to read from his excellent work and for a top quality reading on Monday, very well received by a strong Cork turnout.. You can listen to Richard s reading.. Thanks to Jennifer Matthews for her bubbles and delicate touch as compère, and to all on the open-mic, Grant March, Sue Cosgrave, Julie Field, Joe Sweeney, Finbarr Finnegan, Daw Harding, Kellan Head, Patricia Walsh, Micheál Roche, John Gibson and Grant Big Bang Burgess, who ll be emceeing next week before heading back to Portland.. Micheál Roche won this week s 5 Word Challenge.. 05/29/11; 6:47 pm.. 59.. Said: @2:07 pm.. Open-mic night 16th May 2011.. Thanks to Cork poet Kathy D Arcy for a lovely reading, and well received by a strong home-grown audience.. You can listen to Kathy s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for excellent compèring, and to all on the open-mic, Tom Moloney,Tina Pisco, Mary O Connell, Mike Gallagher, Patricia Walsh, Annette Skade, Jennifer Matthews, Julie Field, Miceál dé Róiste, Daw Harding, Tadge O Mullane and Conor McManus.. Limerick s Tom Moloney was the winner of this week s Five Word Challenge.. Nice job Tom!.. 05/23/11; 2:07 pm.. 60.. Said: @10:27 am.. Open-mic night 9th May 2011.. Thanks to Michael Farry for making it down from the Boyne Valley to deliver a most pleasant reading.. Thanks also to Stephen O Riordan for emceeing.. The faeries robbed the audio again.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Eimear Conboye, Conor McManus, Eileen O Toole, Cliff Wedgbury, Stanley Notte, David Walton, Patricia Walsh, Finbarr Finnegan, Micheál Dé Róiste and Grant Burgess.. Micheál Dé Róiste won this week s McNamara Slam Challenge, good job!.. NOTE** Renegade Faerie Detection Equipment required Urgently Please enquire within.. 05/16/11; 10:27 am.. 61.. Said: @10:16 am.. Open-mic night 2nd May 2011.. A very wet bank holiday Monday would not deter a fine crowd from leaving the woodwork, to see Anne-Marie Fyfe read her enchanting verse.. A very warm thanks to Anne-Marie for detouring down to Cork to read, a day before driving up to Antrim to manage the John Hewitt Spring Festival.. Her most excellent workshop inspired much enthusiasm from a number of local poets.. You can listen to Anne-Marie s reading.. Thanks to Jen Matthews for her well-humoured emcee-work, and to all on the open-mic, Jack Brae Curtingstall, Annette Skade, Seamus Harrington, Sue Cosgrave, Marie Coveney, Grant Burgess, Patricia Walsh, Colm Scully, Eimear Conboye, Afric McGlinchey, Micheál Roche, Finbarr Finnegan, pc, Daw Harding and Mary Brennan.. Joe Sweeney captured the Five-Word Challenge title for the second week in a row.. 05/8/11; 10:16 am.. 62.. Said: @12:48 pm.. Open-mic night 25th April 2011.. A hearty thanks to Rita Kelly for winding her way to Cork this Monday.. Despite the bank holiday a lively crowd filled the Hayloft and were well rewarded with an excellent reading by Rita, which you can listen to right.. Thanks to Julie Field on her debut as bilingual emcee, for carrying the evening with care and humour, and to all on the open-mic, Finbarr Finnegan, Mary O Connell, Micheál dé Róiste, Grant Burgess, Patricia Walsh agus Gearóid Óg Ó Murchú II.. Joe Sweeney was this week s recipient of the prestigious Five Word Challenge Prize.. 05/1/11; 12:48 pm.. 63.. Said: @4:59 pm.. Open-mic night 18th April 2011.. Many thanks to Pat Borthwick for venturing over from York, and for her first class reading and workshop.. Pat was a huge hit here and we wish her all success for the future.. You can listen to her reading.. Thanks to debut guest emcee Grant Burgess for steering an even night with much humour and grace, and to all on the open-mic, Tina Pisco, Stanley Notte, Sue Cosgrave, Seamus Harrington, Marie Coveney, Billy Ramsell, Niamh Prior, Patricia Walsh, Michael Ray, Micheál Roche, Ciarán MacArtain, Afric McGlinchey, pc and Conor McManus.. Niamh Prior is this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Well done Niamh.. 04/25/11; 4:59 pm.. 64.. Said: @5:34 pm.. Open-mic night 11th April 2011.. Well seemingly the anniversary gig is quickly becoming our most popular night of the year.. An absolutely quality-packed evening was held to commemorate 200 nights and.. Five Words Volume IV.. The latest volume was launched with the inimitable Billy Ramsell as compère.. Contributors to the publication read from entries other than their own.. Jennifer Matthews read Afric McGlinchey, Colm Scully read Patricia Walsh and Joe Sweeney, Rosie O Regan read John W.. Sexton, Niamh Prior read Tina Pisco, Marie Coveney read Helen Lindstrom, Paul Casey read Stephen O Riordáin and Micheál de Róiste, Patricia Walsh read Rosie O Regan, Matt Mooney read Niamh Prior, Afric McGlinchey read Joe Sweeney, Joe Sweeney read Colm Scully, Michael Ray read Paul Casey, Tina Pisco read Noel King, Sue Cosgrave read Michael Pattwell, Michael Roche read Finbarr Finnegan, Rosaleen Blue read Marie Coveney, Grant Burgess read Jennifer Matthews and Stanley Notte read Julie Field.. You can listen to all those on podcast right.. And to continue with our Ramsellian theme of.. Only Other Poets Poetry.. night for our birthday, were the following contributions:.. Tina Pisco Her Kind (Anne Sexton) For my Mom (Sasha Pisco).. Colm Scully Toads Revisited (Philip Larkin).. Joe Sweeney Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Robert Frost) Nod (Walter de la Mare).. Rosalin Blue The Man He Killed (Thomas Hardy).. Deirdre O Connell Untitled (Brandon deShazer).. Matt Mooney The Trees (Philip Larkin) Gathering Mushrooms (Noel Monaghan).. Paul Casey Údar (Seán Ó Ríordáin) Ó Bhéal (Anamaría Crowe-Serrano).. Jo Collins My Job is Gone (Pat Ingoldsby).. Marie Coveney What the Horses See at Night (Robin Robertson).. Niamh Prior Unfortunate Coincidence (Dorothy Parker).. Patricia Walsh Twat (John Cooper Clarke).. Sue Cosgrave A Puppy Called Puberty (Adrian Mitchell).. Afric McGlinchey Hanging Fire (Audre Lourde) Classic Ballroom Dances (Charles Simic).. Daw Harding Scarecrow (John Liddy) The Connoisseur (Billy Ramsell).. Grant March Pretty (Katie MacKay).. Michael Ray To the Whore who took my Poems (Charles Bukowski).. Grant Burgess Aeroplane Over the Sea (a song by Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel).. Micheál de Róiste Meitheal Nua (Niall Herriott).. Seamus Harrington Wedding the Locksmith s Daughter (Robin Robertson).. Rab Urquhart The Point of Balance (Mencius) My Father was a Farmer (Robert Burns).. You can listen to all those.. Bernadette McCarthy won this week s Five Word Challenge and also won a fine bottle of bubbly donated by Daw Harding.. Well done Bernadette!.. (Bernadette s poem has already been submitted for.. Five Words Vol V.. ).. Thanks to all for a fantastic night.. Sláinte!.. 04/17/11; 5:34 pm.. 65.. Said: @1:04 pm.. Open-mic night 4th April 2011.. A very warm thank you to poet-linguist Mary Madec for coming down from Galway, and for her excellent reading which you can listen to.. Thanks to Jennifer Matthews for steering the evening with gusto and to all on the open-mic, Jo Collins, Julie Field, Micheál Roche, Stanley Notte, Patricia Walsh, Afric McGlinchey, Terry Dineen and Grant Burgess.. Michael Ray was this week s Five Word Challenge winner.. Well done Michael!.. 04/10/11; 1:04 pm.. 66.. Said: @9:21 pm.. Open-mic night 28th March 2011.. Thanks to Philip Cummings for making it down from Belfast to read for an excellent bilingual evening, with poems as Gaeilge flowing from the five-word outset.. You can listen to Philip s reading.. Thanks to Alan Coakley for emceeing, and to the open-mic contributors, Joe Sweeney, Sue Cosgrave, Fergus Costello, Michael Roche, Colm Scully, Patricia Walsh, Magdalena Cullen, Finbarr Finnegan, Conor McManus with choral section by Alan Titley, and Alan again by himself.. This week s Five Words Challenge winner is Micheál Roche.. Comhgairdeas!.. 04/3/11; 9:21 pm.. 67.. Said: @6:45 pm.. Open-mic night 21st March 2011.. Thanks to Geraldine Mills and Lisa C Taylor for a fabulous reading from their new shared collection.. The event was the first of such readings which are soon to be viewed at numerous venues in the US.. You can listen to their reading with an introduction by Maire Bradshaw,.. Thanks to Rosie O Regan for her fun emcee work and to all on the open-mic, Joe Sweeney, Grant Burgess, Mary O Connell, Sue Cosgrave, Jen Matthews, Julie Field, Patricia Walsh, Kathy D Arcy, Eugene Crowley, Stanley Notte and Seamus Harrington.. Jen Matthews is the winner of this week s Five Word Challenge bullaí mná!.. 03/27/11; 6:45 pm.. 68.. Said: @4:16 pm.. Open-mic night 14th March 2011.. A big thanks to Ciaran O Driscoll for coming down from Limerick to deliver a captivating and enigmatic reading.. An excellent reading which you can listen to.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for her emcee vibrancy, and to all on the open-mic, David Toms, Billy Ramsell, Mark O Leary, Grant Burgess, Mary O Connell, Micheál Roche, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Francis Finnegan, Terry Dineen and Alan Titley.. This week s Five Words Challenge winner was Colm Scully.. G job Colm!.. 03/21/11; 4:16 pm.. 69.. Said: @5:14 pm.. Open-mic night 7th March 2011.. Be sure to watch.. on BBC NI at 10.. 30pm on Tuesday the 15th, for highlights of last week s 5-Word Challenge at Ó Bhéal.. The BBC will also be sending me a copy which I ll make available on youtube.. Their filming of the event spurred a tremendous turnout and participation in the poetry challenge.. Thanks to the BBC more of that please!.. A big thanks goes to Simone Mansell Broome from Wales for her excellent workshop, and most entertaining performance and accomplished lyrical verse, much enjoyed by all present.. Thanks to Stephen O Riordan for his classy (as usual) emcee work and to all on the open-mic, Matthew Sweeney, Jennifer Matthews, Marie Coveney, Joe Sweeney, Julie Field, Seamus Harrington, Grant Burgess, Patricia Walsh, Magdalena Cullen, Micheál Roche and Rosalin Blue.. This week s 5-Word Challenge winner was Marie Coveney, amid immense competition.. Well done Marie!.. As per my email to Simone, The tech faeries sabotaged us again this week, so no sound unfortunately this time.. We suspect that the BBC were tailed down from Ulster by a host of unruly rain faeries, for the mp3 was magically swallowed by the mists.. While we have performed many great rituals and made abundant offerings to prevent this, it still happens a few times each year.. Paul Durcan s reading was hijacked last December by a band of renegade Kerry mountain faeries.. So there s just no telling my apologies!.. We will have video of the 5-Word Challenge up soon.. 03/13/11; 5:14 pm.. 70.. Said: @2:29 pm.. Open-mic night 28th February 2011.. A very hearty thank you to Cherry Smyth for delighting the locals with her eloquent, accomplished and metaphor-abundant verse.. A nice full house turned up for her and well deserved too.. You can listen to Cherry s reading.. Thanks to Jennifer Matthews for her excellent compère work and to all on the open-mic, Billy Ramsell, Jennifer Russell, Grant Burgess, Micheál Roche, Conor McManus, Seamus Harrington, Aaron Lewis, Joe Bentley, Tadge O Mullane and Daw Harding.. This week s 5 Word Challenge winner was Orla.. 03/6/11; 2:29 pm.. 71.. Said: @1:27 pm.. Open-mic night 21st February 2011.. The Ó Bhéal crowd enjoyed a delightful evening with Nuala Ní Chonchúir as expected, and with a lot of new faces this week the 5-Word challenge was more competitive than ever.. Nuala read a variety of poems from the wide gamut of her alluring verse, enjoyed tremendously by all present.. Thanks Nuala.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Sue Cosgrave, Tina Pisco, Ross O Donovan, Declan O Mullane, Matthew Sweeney, Tadge O Mullane, Magdalena, Julie Field, Joanne Collins, Micheál, Aaron Lewis, Grant Burgess and Conor McManus.. This week s McNamara Slam Winner was Julie Field.. 02/27/11; 1:27 pm.. 72.. Said: @2:42 pm.. Open-mic night 14th February 2011.. Despite the televised 5-way debate by those other half-mad P-people, Gerry Murphy drew a full house of quality poets and punters into the Hayloft, I mean, who couldn t resist a smorgasbord of Gerry s Love poems (but keep your girlfriends away!) you can listen to Gerry s immaculate reading.. Thanks to Rosie O Regan for her light compère s touch and to all on the open-mic, Mary O Mahony, Sue Cosgrave, Jack Healy, Niall Herriott, Madeline D Arcy, Rosalin Blue, Patricia Walsh, Paul McGrath, Afric McGlinchey, Ross O Donovan, Finbarr Finnegan, Michael Ray, Pat Cotter, Tadge O Mullane and Alan Titley.. This week s winner of the Five Word challenge was Ross O Donovan.. Congrats to Ross!.. 02/20/11; 2:42 pm.. 73.. Said: @2:56 pm.. Open-mic night 7th February 2011.. A most entertaining evening with Mary Kennelly and the eloquent verse from her new collection, as well as her entourage of fine Kerry Artists Gabriel and Brenda FitzMaurice, the latter whose paintings accompany Mary s poems, in tow and a fine turn out for a lovely reading.. Thanks to Mary for a great night and you can listen to her right.. Sláinte go Stiofán O Riordáin for his as ever excellent mic management and to all on the open mic, Gabriel FitzMaurice, Sue Cosgrave, Patricia Walsh, Margaret Howard, Rosie O Regan, Ross O Donovan, Grant Burgess, pc, Conor McManus and Finbarr Finnigan.. John Ryan (not the regular John Ryan) was this week s Five Word Challenge champion amid fervid contention Congrats!.. 02/13/11; 2:56 pm.. 74.. Said: @1:46 pm.. Open-mic night 31st January 2011.. A lively crowd turned out for Belfast poet Pól Ó Muirí s bilingual reading.. The accessibility of some of the poems were such that non-Irish speakers could engage and enjoy them in the original, before hearing the translation.. An excellent reading by Pól who shared a variety of his work from a number of collections.. Thanks Pól.. You can listen to Pól s reading.. Thanks to Billy Ramsell for his creative compère work, and to all on the open-mic, Bernadette McIntyre, Rosalin Blue, Stephen O Riordan, Ros O Donovan, Tina Pisco, Julie Field, Daw Harding, Patricia Walsh, Grant Burgess, Alan Titley and pc.. This week s winner of the Five Word Challenge was none other than Tina Pisco.. 02/6/11; 1:46 pm.. 75.. Said: @3:11 pm.. Open-mic night 24th January 2011.. Another dynamic evening at Ó Bhéal with the delightful poetry (and a short story) of Órfhlaith Foyle who braved it down from Galway to read.. A big thanks to Órfhlaith and you can listen to her reading.. Thanks also to Jen Matthews for her professional touch as emcee and to all on the open-mic, Colm Scully, Marie Coveney, Conor McManus, Mary O Connell, Grant Burgess, Patricia Walsh, Niall Herriott, Ross O Donovan, pc and Alan Titley.. Rosie O Regan won this week s McNamara Slam despite tough competition from ten others well done Rosie!.. 01/30/11; 3:11 pm.. 76.. Open-mic night 17th January 2011.. Thanks to Catherine Ann Cullen for escaping from her busy Dublin schedule to share an excellent reading in the Hayloft, including new poems although mainly from her collection A Bone in My Throat (from Doghouse).. You can listen to Catherine Ann s reading.. Thanks to Sue Cosgrave for carrying the evening with her light compère s touch and to all on the open-mic, Yvonne Gaule, Bryan McElroy, Julie Field, Ross O Donovan, Seamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, pc and Alan Titley.. This week s McNamara Slam was won by guest poet Catherine Ann Cullen.. 01/23/11; 12:23 pm.. 77.. Open-mic night 10th January 2011.. An excellent start to the New Year with Ian  ...   a draw between Gene Barry and Morna.. Well done.. 05/18/08; 8:55 pm.. 214.. Said: @5:55 pm.. Open-mic night 5th May 2008.. Thanks to Jen who eMCeed the bank holiday Monday, and to Fred Johnston who travelled down from Galway to present work from a number of his collections, which was very much enjoyed by all.. It was a great turnout for a public holiday with over forty in the house, and hopefully a good omen for future bank holidays.. Fred s reading can be heard.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Alan Coakley, Edward o Dwyer, Alan Flockhart, Cliff Wedgbury, David Winter, Gerry Murphy, Patricia Walsh, Billy Ramsell, Miriam Casey, Séamus Harrington, Gene Barry, Niall Herriott, Meghann Plunkett, Seline McCarney, Pat Cotter, Mary and Bryan McElroy.. Joe Sweeney won the McNamara Slam, well done.. 05/12/08; 5:55 pm.. 215.. Said: @6:27 pm.. Open-mic night 28th April 2008.. Durham guest Ian Horn sent forth a fine delivery of his latest poetry, also mixing some of the new with some of the old, and all well enjoyed thanks Ian.. Gene Barry eMCeed with much aplomb to a full house.. You can hear Ian s reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Fionnbarra, Trish Casey, Jennifer Matthews, Joe Sweeney, Miriam Casey, Alan Flockhart (finally! Nice one Alan), Séamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh, Eugene Crowley, David Winter, Edward O Dwyer, Seline McCarney, Patrizio Tamillo, Paddy Doyle, pc, Daw Harding and Séan Ó Glacín.. Meghann Plunkett won the poetry challenge, Well Done.. 05/4/08; 6:27 pm.. 216.. Said: @7:26 pm.. Open-mic night 21st April 2008.. Another fantastic night up in the Hayloft this Monday as Miceál Kearney took the spotlight.. Miceál entertained everyone from start to finish and set a high standard for the open-mic, which did not disappoint either, to say the very least.. We hope to have Miceál back later in the year for the launch of his first collection.. You can hear Miceál s reading.. Thanks to the open-mic poets, Alan Coakley, Jennifer Matthews, Mary O Connell, Pat Cotter, Jerry O Neill, Meghann Plunkett, Matthew Sweeney, Aaron Lewis, Seamus Harrington, Derek Shannon, Seline McCarney, Brian O Murchú, Patricia Walsh, Edward O Dwyer, Cliff Wedgbury, Mary Noonan, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Daw Harding, Gene Barry, Miriam Casey and Alan Titley.. Where were all the poets?.. Joe Sweeney won the McNamara Slam Poetry Challenge, well done Joe.. 04/24/08; 7:26 pm.. 217.. Said: @2:18 pm.. 1st Anniversary Open-mic night 14th April 2008.. Well even if we d had a guest poet on Monday it seems they would have been wanting for time, with the house being full and everyone there who was published in.. reading from it A great night which went on till much later.. Thanks to all who attended and to all who helped during the past year.. There are videos of all the readings.. Thanks to all on the open-mic too, I won t list you this week, as your videos are on the same page as the others.. Daw Harding won the Poetry Challenge, a hair s breadth ahead of Cliff Wedgbury, well done.. There s a video of Monday s 5-word challenge too.. There are a couple of comments from the evening.. 04/21/08; 2:18 pm.. 218.. Said: @12:33 am.. Open-mic night 7th April 2008.. A big thanks to Matthew Geden and Eugene O Connell for reading at such short notice, two very fine poets who alternated their lyrical compositions with great delicacy and aptitude.. Part of their reading can be heard.. Thnaks also to the open-mic participants, Mary O Connell, Jennifer Matthews, Annie Power, Miriam Casey, Séamus Harrington, Edward O Dwyer, Anthony Jackson, Seline McCarney and Daw Harding.. The Poetry Challenge was won by Aoife Casby, nice one.. The open-mc mp3 is.. 04/12/08; 12:33 am.. 219.. Said: @4:17 pm.. Open-mic night 31st March 2008.. As expected, a lively crowd turned out to hear one of Ireland s most accomplished and masterful poets, Derek Mahon, and were surprised to hear a whole new series of poesy from Derek s as-yet-unpublished next collection, which is largely an eco-exploration, including a tribute to Bjork.. Derek delighted the house with his latest unheard poems.. We certainly hope to be seeing more of him.. You can hear Derek s reading.. Thanks to all the open-mic participants, Joe Sweeney, Cliff Wedgbury, Mary O Connell, Alan Coakley, Meghann Plunkett, Seline McCarney, Patricia Walsh, Seamus Harrington, Rosie O Regan, Billy Ramsell, Jennifer Matthews, Pat Cotter, John Keating, Anthony Jackson, Daw Harding, Orla Brownlee and Tom Jordan.. The poetry challenge was won by Meghann Plunkett.. You can hear the open mic mp3.. 04/3/08; 4:17 pm.. 220.. Said: @10:29 am.. Open-mic night 24th March 2008.. Yet another quiet bank-holiday Monday which turned out a comfortable crowd to hear a fine delivery from Kevin Higgins, reading from.. Time Gentlemen, Please.. This was the first launch of his latest, intriguing collection and we wish him all the best with its success.. Jennifer Matthews eMCeed the event with her usual ease and delicacy Thanks Jen.. Thanks to all who adorned the open-mic, Bill O Callaghan, John Ryan, Meghann Plunkett, Patricia Walsh, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, Gerry Murphy, Seline McCarney, Miriam Casey, Eugene Crowley, FionnBarra, Niall Herriot and pc(yep).. The Five Word challenge was taken by Trish Casey Well Done!.. 03/29/08; 10:29 am.. 221.. Said: @2:09 am.. Open-mic night 17th March 2008.. Well surprisingly Paddy s Night was quiter than expected, though there were still about thirty in the house by the time the guest went on James Kelly read from a variety of his work and was very well received.. You can listen to James reading.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Jen Matthews, Marianne, Jerry O Neill, Gene Barry, Bryan McElroy, Pa and Seline, Patricia Walsh, Pat Cotter, Aaron Lewis, Daw Harding and Mary.. There was a three-way tie for the poetry challenge, taken by Jen Matthews, Seline McCarney and Gene Barry.. 03/24/08; 2:09 am.. 222.. Open-mic night 10th March 2008.. What seemed was going to be a much quieter evening than usual turned out to be comfortably full, as The Hayloft distilled its way towards a very relaxed open mic.. Thanks to Desmond Swords who came down at such short notice (after Noel Sweeney had to cancel we ll try and get Noel down later in the year).. Desmond s lyrical streams were greatly enjoyed by all.. Thanks to all the open mic habituées, Séan Óg Glacín, Joe Sweeney, Edward O Dwyer, Jen Matthews, Meghann Plunkett, Tommy Livingston, Seline McCarney, Patricia Walsh, Niall Herriott, Séamus Harrington, Annie Power, Brian Ó Murcada, Alan Coakley, Aaron Lewis and Daw Harding.. The poetry challenge was won by Edward O Dwyer.. Good stuff.. 03/15/08; 9:51 am.. 223.. Said: @7:52 pm.. Open-mic night 3rd March 2008.. For those who didn t bare Winter s late comeback freeze on Monday to see Trish Casey, you missed out on a really great night.. Trish will be coming back later in the year to give a workshop series in voice delivery (10 places only).. The poet elevated the entire ambience with her unique alternating vocal blend of litany, satire and much besides.. You can hear a few of here poems.. Thanks to all the open-mic poets, Alan Coakley, Joe Sweeney, Miriam Casey, Jennifer Matthews, Billy Ramsell, Meghann Plunkett, Patricia Walsh, Edward O Dwyer, Niall Herriott, Seline McCarney, Gene Barry, Brian Ó Murchú, Jerry O Neill and Daw Harding.. The poetry challenge was taken by Lucy.. 03/6/08; 7:52 pm.. 224.. Said: @2:04 pm.. Open-mic night 25th February 2008.. Gene Barry took the reins for the 44th open-mic, and as eMCee held the night together with pristine skill.. Thanks Gene.. Guest poet Gary King read generously from a variety of his work, switching back and forth comfortably between performance and the page.. His reading can be heard.. Thanks to all the open-mic poets, Matthew Sweeney, Alan Coakley, Aaron Lewis, Joe Sweeney, Meghann Plunkett, Edward O Dwyer, Pat Cotter, Patricia Walsh, Séamus Harrington, Finbarr Owens, Finbarr O Mahony, meself, David Winter, Jill, Daw Harding, Claire, Celine and Alan Titley.. Daw Harding won the poetry challenge Good Stuff.. 02/27/08; 2:04 pm.. 225.. Said: @11:05 pm.. Open-mic night 18th February 2008.. We had another great night, this time on the wings of Raven s extraordinary poetic rhythms which kept all soaring way above the city from beginning to end.. He s yet another extremely gifted performer who keeps far from the page during his delivery, and I found myself wondering afterwards if there s such a thing as too much inspiration.. What I am certain of though is that passion like that is contagious.. You can hear his performance.. Thanks to all on the open-mic, Draven, Alan Coakley, Joe Sweeney, Jerry O Neill, Patricia Walsh, Niall Herriott, Gene Barry, Bern, Kevin Hennessy, Séamus Harrington, Dean Adedipe, Mel O Dea, Rosie O Regan, Edward O Dwyer, George Harding, Finbarr O Mahony, Celine McCarney, Jill, Meghann Plunkett, Mike O Brien and Alan Titley.. The poetry challenge was won by Raven.. The open-mic recording can be heard.. 02/20/08; 11:05 pm.. 226.. Open-mic night 11th February 2008.. I m beginning to wonder if these nights can get any better.. 53 people in the house and others queuing up on the stairs.. Then again, with Gearoid Mac Lochlainn around I d imagine nothing less.. An excellent performance, and we ll be sure to get him back to Cork in the future.. The mp3 of Gearoid s reading is.. Thanks to the open-mic poets, Pat Cotter, Jennifer Matthews, David Winter, Alan Titley, Joe Sweeney, Niall Herriott, Patricia Walsh, Alan Coakley, Séamus Harrington, Meghann Plunkett, Brian Ó Muruski, Marta, Gene Barry, Paddy Reidy, Edward O Dwyer, Cora Reidy, Brian McElroy, Francis Donnelly, Liam Keily, Billy Ramsell, George Harding, Aaron Lewis and Gearoid Mac Lochlainn.. 14 took up the poetry challenge which was won by Séan Ó Laoi, well done, and thanks to the Munster Literature Centre for donating the evening s prize of.. The Echoing Years.. 02/14/08; 6:13 pm.. 227.. Said: @2:41 am.. Open-mic night 4th February 2008.. Poet Jennifer Matthews compèred the evening with great finesse and aplomb in her debut as eMCee, and we hope to see more of her in the driving seat in the future.. Thanks Jen.. With Mark Whelan s elegant reading from his latest collection, it was a nice change to take a back seat and take in the 41st evening which was greatly enjoyed by all, including another hearty Whitehouse contingent.. The mp3 of Mark s reading is.. Thanks to all who were up at the open-mic, Aaron Lewis, Edward O Dwyer, Mary O Connell, Dominic Taylor, Joseph Sweeney, Patricia Walsh, Brian Ó Murcaidh, Gene Barry, Séamus Harrington, Patrick Cotter, Marta, Michael O Brien, Finbarr O Mahony, George Harding, Pev Cache, Meghann Plunkett, Jill O Keefe and Dave Winter.. Alan Coakley won the poetry challenge.. 02/7/08; 2:41 am.. 228.. Said: @5:07 pm.. Open-mic night 28th January 2008.. What a night! 18 took on the poetry challenge and 25 went up to the open-mic.. Both new records for Ó Bhéal.. Neil McCarthy delivered a mighty performance to the house, with a series of stream-of-conciousness poems written all around the globe.. Flowing from the heartiest of humour to both the gravitas and ridiculous of the human condition, Neil captured the crowd from start to finish.. You can listen to his performance.. Thanks to the open-mic poets, Mel O Dea, Meghann Plunkett, Finbarr O Mahony, Paddy Reidy, John Ryan, Edward O Dwyer, Patricia Walsh, Bern, Jen Matthews, Billy Ramsell, Séamus Harrington, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Gene Barry, Cora Reidy, Pat Cotter, Alan Titley, Padraig O Suilleabháin, Dean Adedipe, Jill O Keefe, Brian Ó Murcaidh, Aaron Lewis, George Harding, Liam Kiely, Mike O Brien and Bryan McElroy.. The challenge was taken by Dean Adedipe.. The mp3 of the open-mic is.. 01/29/08; 5:07 pm.. 229.. Said: @1:03 am.. Open-mic night 21st January 2008.. Cliff Wedgbury delivered a powerfully spirited reading, selected from a number of his collections, leaving an inspired audience more than eager to get up to the open-mic.. Cliff s well seasoned cadences and lyric ballads left more than a few open-mouthed with 45 minutes of flowing performance completely off the page.. Cliff s reading is.. A completely packed open-mic had us pushing the limits of closing time once again.. Thanks goes to Brian Ó Murchú, Lil, Joe Sweeney, Edward O Dwyer, Meghann Plunkett, Jerry O Neill, Jennifer Matthews, Sinéad Ryan, Marta, John Ryan, Patricia Walsh, Liam Kiely, Alan Titley, Cuan Muyllaert, Gene Barry, Rosie O Regan, Pat Cotter, Peter, Séamus Harrington, George Harding, Finbarr O Mahony and Séan Óg Ó Glacín.. The poetry challenge was won by Finbarr O Mahony.. 01/25/08; 1:03 am.. 230.. Said: @11:29 pm.. Open-mic night 14th January 2008.. A big thank you to Jessica Peart for coming down from Dubs at such short notice, and sparking off a great night with her excellent pageless performance.. Yet more proof that delivering the poetry without the page is both more engaging and accessible.. Here is Jessica reading.. Indian Elephant.. Thanks to the open-mic contributors, Brian Ó Murchú, Mel O Dea, Jennifer Matthews, Mary O Connell, Edward O Dwyer, Cuan Muyllaert, Patricia Walsh, Séamus Harrington, Eugene Crowley, Aaron Lewis and Rosie.. Edward O Dwyer won the poetry challenge.. 01/20/08; 11:29 pm.. 231.. Said: @3:01 am.. Open-mic night 7th January 2008.. A great start to the New Year with a full house to welcome Teri Murray, our first guest of the year.. Although very relaxed the evening had great variety, echoing Teri s own performance.. A lot of new faces and a strong Limerick contingent bodes well for the year to come.. Teri s performance can be heard.. Thanks to the open-mic poets and crooners, Ger Sheehy, Dominic Taylor, Jennifer Matthews, Annie Power, Jerry O Neill, Alan Coakley, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, FionnBarra, Gene Barry, Edward O Dwyer, Finbar, Patricia Walsh, Mary O Connell, Séamus Harrington, George Harding, Aaron Lewis, Cuan Muyllaert and Bryan McElroy.. The poetry challenge was won by Martine.. Nicely taken with a Haiku-Limerick combination.. 01/9/08; 3:01 am.. 232.. Said: @7:04 pm.. Open-mic night 17th December 2007.. Wow! What a night.. Buddy, Andrea and Katie Rocked and Corked the house from beginning to end.. With a packed out house Ó Bhéal s end of year Xmas party was a night to be remembered.. Videos will be up in the new year, and the mp3 of the I Am a Lagan performance is.. Thanks to everyone for supporting the venue during the 36 consecutive Mondays in 2007, and to the Arts Council and Cork City Council for their recent endorsements and support.. 2008 looks to be even better, and we hope to hit the 50 week mark.. Thanks to the open-mic poets, Edward O Dwyer, Mel O Dea, Aaron Lewis, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, Joe Sweeney, Jerry O Neill, Niall Herriott, John Ryan, Séamus Harrington, Fionnbarra, Patricia Walsh, Jack Lyons, Eugene Crow Zey, Sinéad Ryan, Gene Barry, Jennifer Matthews, Alan Coakley, Hana, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Mary O Connell and Felicia Meshach.. The poetry challenge was won by Gene Barry.. 12/19/07; 7:04 pm.. 233.. Said: @10:31 am.. Open-mic night 10th December 2007.. Barbara Smith read from her new collection.. Kairos.. , exploring the ancient world as well as the modern.. The rhythm of those old celtic quatrains brought much of the traditional poetic into the evening.. Some of Barbara s reading can be heard.. Thanks to all the open-mic contributors, Alan Coakley, Mary O Connell, Mel O Dea, Edward O Dwyer, Jennifer Matthews, Gene Barry, Patricia Walsh, Hugh Murphy, David Burke, Sinéad Ryan and Séamus Harrington.. The challenge was won by Alan Coakley, well done.. 12/12/07; 10:31 am.. 234.. Said: @11:03 pm.. Open-mic night 3rd December 2007.. Helen s diverse offering of poetry and impromptu theatre followed the challenge with a creative boost for the crowd.. No-one expected a sneak-preview of her forthcoming poetic play,.. Hoodwinked.. Helen s performance can be heard.. Many thanks to the open-mic enthusiasts, Matthew Sweeney, Mel O Dea, Séamus Harrington, FionnBarra, Jennifer Matthews, Wes Wallace and Aoife Neachtainn (with an hilarious take on Irish place-names), Aaron Lewis, Edward O Dwyer, Jack Lyons, Patricia Walsh, Alan Coakley, Scott Barriscale and Kyle Barriscale.. The poetry challenge was taken by Mel O Dea, congratulations.. The mp3 of the open mic is.. 12/4/07; 11:03 pm.. 235.. Open-mic night 26th November 2007.. We had another great night with spirited guest Alan Garvey, who risked the ominous shadows of Limerick junction to get here from Waterford, and then jumped right into the poetry challenge on arrival.. With the challenge being first, it worked much better for the night so we ll probably be continuing with this format for the foreseeable future.. Thanks also to our open-mic contributors, Draven, Edward O Dwyer, Aaron Lewis, Alan Coakley, Sinéad Ryan, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Annie Power, Jack Lyons, John Ryan, Niall Herriott, Jennifer Matthews, Séamus Harrington, Patricia Walsh and Gavin Ryan.. The challenge was taken by Jennifer Matthews.. Congratulations.. The mp3 from the open-mic is.. 11/28/07; 10:07 pm.. 236.. Said: @8:25 pm.. Open-mic night 19th November 2007.. The high-energy pace of The Poetry Chicks.. AlphabetidudeZ.. collective performance riveted the Cork audience with its hard-hitting themes and lyrical interludes.. Hope to see them back next year.. The mp3 of their performance is.. Thanks to the open-mic participants, Jennifer Matthews, Draven, Mel O Dea, FionnBarra, Patricia Walsh, Sinéad Ryan, Edward O Dwyer, Jerry O Neill, Jack Lyons, Séamus Harrington, Felicia Meshach, Eugene Crowley and Aaron Lewis.. 11/21/07; 8:25 pm.. 237.. Said: @6:35 pm.. Open-mic night 12th November 2007.. Anamaría Crowe Serrano delighted a packed house with a preview performance of poems from her latest collection, to be published in April 2008.. Personally delivered to audience members after choosing page numbers, Anamaría s eloquent tones and thought-provoking journeys ranged from obliquely offbeat to profoundly inspirational.. And that set the tone for one of the best nights so far.. A full open-mic pushed us to the limits of closing time.. Altogether a scorcher of a night.. Thanks to Chris Collins, Edward O Dwyer, Brian O Murchu, Mel O Dea, Mary O Connell, Jennifer Matthews, Gene Barry, Patricia Walsh, John Ryan, Sinéad Ryan, Aaron Lewis, Séamus Harrington, Felicia Meshach, Eileen Sheehan, Finn, John.. W.. Sexton, Paul Roche and Sean Tracy.. Co-Winners of the McNamara slam challenge were Sinéad Ryan and John Ryan.. Comhghairdeas agaibh!.. The open-mic mp3 was saved after rogue faeries were shooed into behaving by Gene.. It s.. 11/13/07; 6:35 pm.. 238.. Said: @12:52 pm.. Open-mic night 5th November 2007.. Another great night and many thanks to Cork poet Billy Ramsell for a fantastic reading.. Perhaps we should make it compulsory for guest readers to recite their poetry off the page what do you think?.. Overall the open-mic poetry was exceptional.. Thanks to Jennifer Matthews, Anita Daly, Brian Ó Murchú, Aaron Lewis, Edward O Dwyer, Sinéad Ryan, Alan Coakley, Draven, Patricia Walsh, Jack Lyons, Gene Barry, Séamus Harrington and Felicia Meshach.. The poetry challenge was won by George Harding.. 11/6/07; 12:52 pm.. 239.. Said: @3:26 pm.. Open-mic night 29th October 2007.. The efforts of last evening were much appreciated.. Stumbling in with the guests, after 24 hours of non-stop poetry writing, the tail end of the Jazz weekend buzz was already chilling up in the loft.. Everything almost set up by the faeries who promised they wouldn t rob the mp3.. So its absence this week is entirely down to human memory, or could it be energy? Not likely.. How many poets are there? What s a poet?.. Thanks Mags and Steve, for the lift.. Hope to see you both again soon.. Cheers to the bank holiday open-mic poetry from Alan Coakley, Mel O Dea, John Ryan, Bernadette Hall, Jerry O Neill, Anita Daly, Gene Barry, Patricia Walsh, Felishia Meshach and Aaron Lewis.. An early close meant no poetry challenge, so all in all a very mellow evening.. 10/30/07; 3:26 pm.. 240.. Said: @11:18 am.. Open-mic night 22nd October 2007.. It s always at 8.. 30 that I m wondering if there s going to be a crowd.. The guest poets get the same story every week, Irish Time.. And there s usually a gracious Don t worry, I m used to it , or Poetry s like that.. Well, by 9 there was almost a full house and by the time Mark was half way through, we were a full house.. And you d think that Mondays would get people in earlier it seems to me the tether of the poetry world must have it s own personal pace after all.. I suppose we could always petition for the venue to stay open till 1am, and I wouldn t mind, but the later we get people in, the less poetry we get to enjoy.. So please come earlier if you can so the end of the night doesn t get so squashed (Am I talking to myself again?).. Here s to all the great poetry yet to come.. Thanks to Mark O Flynn for a great reading, for a great dose from Hadestralia, his lyrical and subtly humorous eloquence awakening the visceral in the crowd.. Thanks also to the open-mic enthusiasts Aaron Lewis, Mel O Dea, Draven, Jennifer Matthews, Patricia Walsh, Anita Daly, Séamus Harrington, Sinéad Ryan, Alan Coakley, Jack Lyons, Chris Collins, Séan Tracy, Elaine Moynihan and Edward O Dwyer.. The McNamara slam challenge was taken by Alan Coakley, well done.. The open mic mp3 was saved, and the faeries were much amused by their being watched so carefully.. See you next week.. 10/25/07; 11:18 am.. 241.. Said: @11:29 am.. Open-mic night 15th October 2007.. Another full line-up in the Hayloft meant a great night for all involved.. Thanks to Keith Armstrong and Paul Summers who set off the evening with their respective repertoires, both being humourous and strikingly sobering at the same time.. Two quality performances that inspired a great welcome.. We look forward to their return in late 2008.. Thanks also to the open-mic participants, Jennifer Matthews, Chris Collins, Patricia Walsh, Edward O Dwyer, Miriam Casey, Anita Daly, Séamus Harrington, John Ryan, Jerry O Neill, Jack Lyons, Draven, Liam Heophy, Sean Tracy, Aaron Lewis, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, Cliff Wedgebury and Neil O Sullivan.. Thanks to Owen Kileen for the music too.. The Poetry Challenge was won by Lillian Corbin, congrats.. The tech faeries robbed the mp3 again.. Turn your back for one minute though all in all a fantastic night.. 10/17/07; 11:29 am.. 242.. Said: @12:37 pm.. Open-mic night 8th October 2007.. Great humour and cheer from New Delhi poet Sandeep Sinha sparked a lively atmosphere on Monday, and with both a full house and a full open-mic, everyone enjoyed the night immensly.. Thanks to the contributors; Gavin Ryan, Chris Collins, Edward O Dwyer, Neil O Sullivan, Mary O Connell, Gene Barry, Aaron Lewis, Jen Matthews, Eileen Lordan, Fidelma Lehane, Patricia Walsh, Sinéad Ryan, Séamus Harrington, Alan Coakley and Anita Daly.. The poetry challenge was won by Séan Tracy.. 10/10/07; 12:37 pm.. 243.. Said: @8:52 am.. Open-mic night 1st October 2007.. Well if the Hayloft isn t a poetry venue, then there are no poetry venues.. In my books that s the best night we ve had.. One of Greece s few living poets Dimitris Lyacos gave an otherworldly reading from his work.. Nyctivoe.. , leading to much poetic discussion to the delight of the audience.. A rare treat indeed.. A surprise visit from Dr.. Robyn Roland gave an unexpected kickstart to the open mic and we look forward to her return as a guest poet in 2008.. Thanks to all who contributed, Robyn Roland, Miriam Casey, Gene Barry, Jennifer Matthews, Patricia Walsh, Eileen Lordan, Seamus Harrington, Edward O Dwyer, John Ryan, Sinéad Ryan, Fionnbarra and Owen Killeen.. Gene Barry won the poetry challenge.. 10/2/07; 8:52 am.. 244.. Said: @1:48 pm.. Open-mic night 24th September 2007.. Apologies for getting this week s mp3 up so late.. It s been the busiest week of the year surely.. I even got the wrong months in the newsletter oh well, At least poetry is getting more popular.. Wednesday night in Dublin s Carnival brought out the biggest poetry crowd I ve seen in the city.. And our move next Monday to the Hay Loft marks the return to an age-old poetic tradition for Cork.. The last night at Pa Johnson s was a scorcher, with Louis de Paor going on for a full 50 minutes much to everyone s enjoyment.. An inspiring performance from Louis sparked some great response at the open-mic.. Thanks to all who participated, Noel Magnier, Alan Coakley, Mel O Dea, Jerry O Neill, Gene Barry, Patricia Walsh, Anita Daly, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, FionnBarra, Eileen Lordan, Seamus Harrington, Diarmuid O Dalaigh, Edward O Dwyer and Owen Kileen.. The poetry challenge was a tie between FionBarra and Edward.. 09/28/07; 1:48 pm.. 245.. Said: @1:29 pm.. Open-mic night 17th September 2007.. After a succinct reading from Gerry and a few lovely songs by Angelique, a packed house was treated to a full open-mic line up.. Thanks goes to our guests and to Mary O Connell, Alan Coakley, Patricia Walsh, Gene Barry, Anita Daly, Miriam Casey, John Ryan, Aaron Lewis, Seamus Harrington, Eileen Lordan, Edward O Dwyer, George Harding and Christian.. The winner of the poetry challenge was Edward O Dwyer.. 09/18/07; 1:29 pm.. 246.. Open-mic night 10th September 2007.. What at first looked to be a quiet evening turned out to be an almost full house, with both regular and new faces turning up to see Mel O Dea and Séamus Harrington.. They both read eloquently and promise to feature more prominantly in the Irish poetry scene.. The mp3 of Mel and Séamus readings is.. Thanks to the open-mic contributors, Jennifer Matthews, Ger Sheehy, Anita Daly, Patricia Walsh, Sinéad Ryan, Marie Casey, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, FionnBarra, Edward O Dwyer, John Keating and Ardjuna Seghers.. The poetry challenge was won by Billy Ramsell.. 09/11/07; 8:52 am.. 247.. Open-mic night 3rd September 2007.. Gene Barry gave his first Cork reading to a most welcoming and intimate reception.. Gene s poetry has gone from strength to strength in recent months and promises to be a signature voice in Irish poetry.. He is at present being sought after by leading publishers and is close to completing his first collection.. The mp3 of Gene s reading is.. Thanks also goes to the open-mic enthusiasts of the evening, Alan Coakley, Mel O Dea, Jennifer Matthews, Edward O Dwyer, Anita Daly, Patricia Walsh and John Keating.. 09/4/07; 12:59 pm.. 248.. Said: @5:44 pm.. Open-mic night 27th August 2007.. Five artists from the Seven Towers troupe delivered a colourful variety of poetry and prose, and with such comfort and familiarity that they could have easily been regulars.. The craic was as they say, mighty , and rivalled only by a vigorous display of well-developed talent.. Thanks for an excellent evening, and to Sarah for making it possible.. The mp3 of the Seven Towers performances is.. Thanks to all the Ó Bhéal regulars for making mash of the mass monday musician mission (who were competing for the venue).. Pa Johnson s owners say we won hands down, so we re in for the long haul.. Great news for Poetry.. The Open mic brought out Mel O Dea, Mary O Connell, John Ryan, Marie Casey, Patricia Walsh, Jamie, Sinéad Ryan (Smith), Jennifer Matthews, Billy Ramsell, Gene Barry, Gavin Ryan and Edward O Dwyer.. Jen Matthews is starting a poetry discussion group from next Monday an hour before we start (7.. 30pm).. Fair play Jen.. The challenge was won by Ronan Surnameless-Firstimer.. 08/28/07; 5:44 pm.. 249.. Said: @1:20 pm.. Open-mic night 20th August 2007.. Perciphone Petticoat and Alabaster de Plume turned more than a few heads with their avant-garde sets.. From French Marshmallows to Little People and a laid back saxophone, all were well-entertained and geared up for the open-mic.. Watch out Ireland, Here comes Perciphone Petticoat!.. The mp3 of Perciphone s and Alabaster s performances is.. Thanks to all the open-mic enthusiasts, Mel O Dea, Catherine Murphy, Billy Ramsell, Niall Herriott, Seamus Harrington, Sinéad Ryan, Annie Power, Gavin Ryan, Anne-Marie Grandfield and Patricia Walsh.. The poetry challenge was taken by Kate Ryan, with her debut poem.. Excellent!.. 08/22/07; 1:20 pm.. 250.. Said: @1:14 pm.. Open-mic night 13th August 2007.. For the first time, Ó Bhéal moved into Pa Johnson s next door, as there had been a double booking with theatre rehearsals.. The venue and crowd were fantastic and this looks like a possible trend for the future.. Terry and Diarmaid gave an excellent performance to roaring applause, showing that Music and Poetry really do work so well together.. Thanks to all who participated in the open-mic, Dezed, Alan Coakley, Mary O Connell, Gene Barry, Mark, Anita Daly, Sinéad Ryan, Patricia Walsh and Ian Queally.. 08/14/07; 1:14 pm.. 251.. Said: @10:46 am.. Open-mic night 6th August 2007.. With the bank holiday and concurrent staging of The Importance of being Earnest , we were partitioned into an intimate setting once again, and a somewhat lonely microphone had to stay silent for the evening.. Those who didn t make it, missed a reading that was at once greatly engaging and graceful.. Martin Farawell s deconstruction of religious anectodes and allegories contained both refined humour and a sobering gravitas.. A real treat from Martin, who co-organises the largest poetry festival in the U.. S.. , and on his fiftieth birthday too.. Happy Birthday Martin.. The mp3 of Martin s reading is.. Many thanks to those who read, all delivering fine pieces, John Ryan, Gene Barry, Cliff Wedgebury, Alan Coakley and Marie Casey.. Alan also surprised everyone by turned his classical violin into a reel oul fiddle during his performance, and Gene Barry won the evening s poetry challenge.. 08/7/07; 10:46 am.. 252.. Said: @10:34 am.. Open-mic night 30th July 2007.. Ó Bhéal had a full house with guest poet John Liddy s book launch, with distinguished poets Desmond O Grady and Patrick Galvin adding poetic gravity to the evening with their attendance.. John read from his new collection,.. The Well: New and selected Poems.. which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.. Thanks goes to Tigh Filí and Poetry Ireland for making this one possible.. The mp3 of John s reading is.. The open-mic was full to the brim and charged with fervent contributions from Dominic Taylor, Alan Coakley, Mary O Connell, George Harding, John Ryan, Anita Daly, Gene Barry, Marie Casey, Desmond O Grady, Sinéad Ryan, Seamus Harrington, Paul O Mahony, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, Annie Power, Anne-Marie Grandfield and Fionn Barra.. Thanks to all for making it a great evening.. The winner of the poetry challenge was Sinéad Ryan.. Well done Sinéad.. 07/31/07; 10:34 am.. 253.. Said: @10:37 am.. Open-mic night 23rd July 2007.. Another rare to chilled evening at the Tigh Filí gallery with a modest turnout didn t detract in the slightest from the quality of the performances.. It was quite a relaxed session as there were no guest poets, and it may be the last for a long time to come we re almost booked to the hilt with guests for the rest of the year.. Thanks to Emmet Crowley, Tomás James, Miriam Casey, Alan Coakley, Anita Daly, Jen Matthews, Mel O Dea, Sinéad Ryan and Annie Power.. Congrats to both Sinéad and Annie who tied in the poetry challenge.. 07/24/07; 10:37 am.. 254.. Said: @11:20 pm.. Open-mic night 16th July 2007.. Sunderland football poet Ian Horn began the evening with a fine display of his verses united poems and a variety of collected poesy in his mellow Durham brogue I wonder why the CCFC fans didn t show up! They missed a real treat.. Thanks Ian.. The mp3 of Ian s reading is.. The open mic saw yet more of Cork s poetic talent ease its way out of the woodwork, and the beats and rhythms of the city s spirit ebbed and flowed yet again.. Thanks to Emmet Crowley, Alan Coakley, Aaron Lewis, Richard Collins, Cliff Wedgebury, Anita Daly, Gavin Ryan, Gene Barry, Sinéad Ryan, Miriam Casey, Seamus Harrington, Cozy and Tomás James.. Congrats to Gavin Ryan for winning the poetry challenge.. Apologies for the noise in the recordings, the mp3 recorder ended up too close to the speaker.. Live n Learn!.. 07/18/07; 11:20 pm.. 255.. Said: @2:34 pm.. Open-mic night 9th July 2007.. A quieter evening than usual, with cold rain and the aftermath of a fantastic 5-day SoundEye Cork International Poetry Festival, the scene was relaxed and evoked more than a few debonair performances.. Many thanks to Cliff Wedgebury, Emmet Crowley, Gene Barry, Anita Daly, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Seamus Harrington, Annie Power, Rab and Fionn Barra.. Amanda Neri won the challenge for the third time.. 07/10/07; 2:34 pm.. 256.. Said: @2:12 am.. Open-mic night 2nd July 2007.. New Orleans guest poets Gina Ferrara and Jonathan Kline began the evening and set a sobering tone with impassioned poesy and storytelling, beautifully contrasted by the surrounding photography of Malcolm McCabe grounding contemporary perspectives on the State of the State in the States.. Two lovely performances.. The open-mic delivered more of Cork s new talent and gave our guests a pleasant sampling of our traditional variety.. Thanks to Jaz, Mel O Dea, Tomás James, Ruby Spilsbury (15), Anita Daly, Gene Barry, Sinéad Ryan, Anne-Marie Grandfield, John Ryan, Niall Herriott, Aaron, Seamus Harrington, James Kelly and Finn Barra.. Well done to Sinéad Ryan for winning the evening s poetry challenge, just minutes before we were evacuated by the fire department.. Yep.. The place was on fire.. A great evening altogether.. The Mp3 from the open-mic is.. The first few readers got lost to the tech fairies though, not really, yours truly forgot to press record until 10 minutes in.. Whoops :o).. 07/4/07; 2:12 am.. 257.. Open-mic night 25th June 2007.. The evening was more than enjoyable, despite the more secluded lounge-setup to accomodate the midsummer festival performance in the theatre.. Guest poet Adam Wyeth entertained all with his goods, accompanied with great humour by Paula McGlinchey.. Thanks to all who made it, and to those who adorned the invisible open-mic: Anita Daly, Cliff Wedgebury, Peter Donoghue, Annie Power, Sinéad Ryan, Jennifer Lynch, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, Seamus Harrington and Finn Barra.. The challenge was won by Jennifer Lynch, well done.. 06/27/07; 9:41 pm.. 258.. Said: @2:43 am.. Open-mic night 18th June 2007.. What a night! Perciphone Petticoat and Alibaster de Plume s show got everyone into major gear enthusiasm levels were at maximum and the open-mic stepped up more than a few gears towards venue-of-the-year type quality.. More of those please!.. Thanks to all for making it a really great night: Gerry O Mullane, Tim Meagher, Mel O Dea, Aaron Lewis, Anita Daly, John Ryan, Gene Barry, Jennifer Lynch, Paul O Mahony, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Seamus Harrington, Cosy, James Kelly, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, April and Finn Barra.. Congratulations to Anne-Marie Grandfield for winning the poetry challenge.. 06/25/07; 2:43 am.. 259.. Paul O'Mahony.. Said: @8:56 pm.. Paul, and others who might read this in years to come.. I d like to make a point about last Monday s session.. It finished very late.. Many people had drifted off.. It seems that people in Cork are early to bed.. Certainly the Italians had gone and that disappointed me because I d written my poem from the five words especially for them.. The Limerick contingent had so far to go back home They probably had jobs to go to in the morning.. So, there were only a few left in the end, when the grand prize was up for grabs.. What is it about Cork that you have to finish by 1030pm if you want to hold the attention of all the poets? Perhaps the city is too big and strewn out for poets to stick it out to the end? Perhaps poets are uncomfortable after two and half hours?.. I write with an eye on provoking comment.. I don t like performing my best work for the rarest ears.. Perhaps the 5 word exercise, which for me is the highlight of the evening, would work well if it were speeded up and put in between the visiting poet(s) and the open mic?.. 06/13/07; 8:56 pm.. 260.. Open-mic night 11th June 2007.. Monday was a magic night indeed, packed to the brim with variety.. The evening started off with Ó Bhéal s first guest poet performance from the Limerick Revival Trio Series, with poets Noel Harrington, Edward O Dwyer and Gerard Sheehy reading from their new collection.. With the house packed, the open-mic followed and we listened to no less than seventeen performers delivering lyrics mostly as yet unheard.. Thanks to Peter Goldman, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Gene Barry, Mary O Connell, Dominic Taylor, Pat Cotter, Gerry Murphy, Fabio Mele, Antonio Bocchino, Sinéad Ryan, Nicoletta Ingenito, Carmela Annarunma, Annie Power, Seamus Harrington, Helen Kavanagh-Ronan, Paul O Mahony and Fionnbarra.. You can download or listen to the Open-mic Performances (58min).. The mp3 podcast is.. (8.. 1mb).. 06/13/07; 6:26 pm.. 261.. Said: @10:54 am.. Open-mic night 4th June 2007.. Well the bank holiday couldn t keep the hard-core poetry lovers away and though we had the smallest group to date, with only ten of us, the mic was given a breather and we hauled out the old traditional circle for a decent spiral-session of alternating voices.. John Ryan, Sinéad Ryan, Gene Barry, Seamus Harrington and Helen Kavanagh-Ronan were among the first of the June lyricists, while Finn Barra and Owen Kileen punctuating the circuit with melody.. Congratulations to Amanda Neri, the first to win the Ó Bhéal poetry challenge twice.. You can download or listen to the Open-mic Performances (53min).. (7.. 6mb).. 06/5/07; 10:54 am.. 262.. Paul O'Mahony Said: @5:19 pm.. Thanks Paul.. What a good reply you write.. I take your point about the desirability of a distinct format.. You are right.. What s the point of replicating a formula that works elsewhere? And if this leads to poets wanting to move round the circuit, so much the better, I say too.. I got an email circular from Galway, outlining a format that they are using there, and that one puts the visiting poet(s) on first.. But I puzzle over your remark that some visiting poets don t like waiting until late? Since poets are cranky beasts, isn t it was likely to be the case that many would like to wait until later on the proceedings, until they have caught the tempo of the audience.. Maybe poets don t consider their audience? Maybe they are often so wrapped up in their own words that they are oblivious of the listeners?.. I provoke and I wonder.. I have observed a few types reading.. Twould be good if some others chipped in, even those from outside Cork.. Time will show.. If there are other things in your reply to which I have not yet responded, that gives me more food.. Meanwhile, I m sorry I missed last night.. I m preparing for Listowel.. I m with Nuala Ni Domhnaill on an advanced poetry workshop.. Doesn t mean I think I m advanced in anything but I thought for someone of my age, it was the right one to go to.. 05/29/07; 5:19 pm.. 263.. Said: @1:34 pm.. Open-mic night 28th May 2007.. A great turnout again with lots of new talent up at the mic.. Owen Kileen started the mood off again with his original acoustic guitar and song.. Tim Meagher offered a display of poesie d amour, followed by a series of fine pieces by Mary O Connell and Niall Herriott.. Anita Daly and Tony Godkin were up next, both capturing the audience with ease.. Rhythm and Poetry (RAP) artistes Tomas James and JAZ picked up the tempo with their excellent beat-poetry.. Lovely poems flowed from Sinéad Ryan, Fabio, Annie Power, Amanda Neri, Seamus Harrington, Maire O Donoghue and Anne Marie-Grandfield.. Tomas and JAZ climbed in at the end of the break with some fun impromptu RAP, and the evening s poetry challenge was taken hands down by Tim Meagher.. The PODCAST was hijacked by the Tech-Faeries, but we ll be on our guard next week.. Thanks to all for a great evening.. 05/29/07; 1:34 pm.. 264.. Said: @2:03 am.. Hi Paul.. Thanks for the interest here.. I hope your post will encourage some discussion around the format it would be nice to get a wider sense of how everyone feels about it.. Some clarity on my motivations:.. The 30-60 minute framework takes multiple readings into account (The Trio series for example), and is only an indication to the audience as well as a.. maximum limit.. for the poet(s).. Perhaps I should add.. (max).. to the email.. Poets can read for the most comfortable period they prefer.. (at least for now) On evenings where there s a guest reader(s), we ll begin at 8.. 30 sharp, probably for a half an hour in the case of individual poets.. Open-mic then starts between 9.. 10 and 9.. 30 and usually goes for an hour.. From 10.. 30 10.. 45 the challenge will begin as usual, with no cut-off limit.. Evenings without guest poets will continue as per the usual, with no strict starting time.. With respect to the order.. While I like the WhiteHouse setup, I have discussed it with some others and the main reason I have it this way, is that I don t have to create a cut-off time if we have a full house, or if the reading is long.. With a guest poet reading last I d have to cut short the open-mic and/or the writing challenge, limiting the participating audience which I want to avoid.. This way one poet adapts for many.. In any event, I have also found that guest readers often don t like waiting that long to read.. If the night is going well, there shouldn t be any pressure preventing open-mic performers from their opportunity.. I also like to have a different format to the WhiteHouse for oblique reasons e.. g.. , keeping variation, interest levels, etc.. The rationale behind the entire format was considered in the context of open-mics around Ireland.. I don t want to mirror anyone, and as a result am getting reading referrals from Dominic and others.. Promoting poetry seems to be easier when your setup is as unique as possible, which MCs are always trying to achieve.. So while there is a similar foundation between all open-mic venues, each needs a touch of its own.. I should mention, the 5-word challenge is the brainchild of friend and Dublin MC Jerry McNamara, who from the outset has been very supportive in setting up Ó Bhéal.. Other venues could also benefit from his ingenuity.. Having said all this, should enough people feel uncomfortable with the schedule, I ll certainly review it.. : By word of mouth; lit.. from the mouth.. Thanks again for the feedback.. 05/27/07; 2:03 am.. 265.. Paul O'Mahony Said: @9:15 pm.. I guess the introduction to this is in the ether awaiting moderation.. Paul,.. Interesting development I see you are moving things in the direction Whitehouse poets has used.. One thought: an open mic after a 60 minute reading by a guest poet? I guess this is worst case senario.. I like the Whitehouse model because it encourages local poets, especially new poets, to have their go before the experienced poet.. Also it holds on to most people because people will wait for the star.. I suspect 60 minutes is about 20 minutes too long for any one poet: the poet might love it but the audience? Even if Heaney came, I d have enough of him after 40 minutes.. Also the time limit of say 30-40 minute forces the guest poet to be discriminating about their work, to choose carefully and with difficulty.. I was given 29 minute at Whitehouse recently and even though it was six minutes shorted than I d been offered, I think the audience had enough of my voice to do them for a couple of years.. I d be interested to know if you ve had any reaction from others?.. The other good thing about putting the open mic on first is that the audience get warmed up.. Also what happens to your wonderful practice of getting people to write during the interval.. It looks to me as if you might be considering killing that off.. I hope not.. But how on earth to fit that in with guest + open mic?.. Finally, does this mean that you intend to start proceedings at 830pm?.. If you d like to send this email on to anyone to get their views on what I ve written, you may, as far as I m concerned.. Thank you ever so much for getting this whole thing off the ground.. The only thing I don t like is the name, and that s my problem.. Paul.. 05/26/07; 9:15 pm.. 266.. Paul O'Mahony Said: @9:12 pm.. Greetings Paul and all,.. I ve just discovered this blog, and jolly good it is too.. It s great to have a record of who was there reading (or singing or reciting from heart) each time.. As the years pass, this ll become a valuable archive.. I ve had the rich email from Paul about the future shape of sessions and I must say it set me thinking.. It looks like we are in for a stimulating ride.. I even got another email from Limerick today, warning me the some of the Whitehouse Gang were threating to come on June 11.. So it looks as it some artistic cookery is happening about the Lee.. At the risk of writing something that no one would ever have the energy to read, I offer my response to Paul s plans the email I sent him today and which he has encouraged me to put up in order to see what you all think.. 05/26/07; 9:12 pm.. 267.. Aaron Said: @5:13 pm.. Hi guys, I really enjoy the poetry open mike nights thank you Paul.. It s a wonderful opportunity for people to get together and share creatively.. See you all soon Aaron.. 05/24/07; 5:13 pm.. 268.. Open-mic night 21st May 2007.. Another great turn-out with 16 performers inspiring the eardience.. Exhilarating poetry from Aaron, Mel O Dea, Anthony Jackson, Sinéad Ryan, John Ryan, Tony Godkin, Anne-Marie Grandfield, Rodney Quinn, Paul O Mahony, Peter Goldman, Seamus Harrington and Helen Kavanagh-Ronan.. Surprise guest poet Gerry Murphy delivered four short pieces including A Pact (.. with.. Patrick Kavanagh).. Thanks also to Finn Barra and Owen Kileen for their songs.. The winner of the evening s poetry challenge was Rodney Quinn.. You can download or listen to the Open-mic Performances (55min).. The mp3 Podcast is.. (6.. 24mb).. 05/22/07; 12:37 pm.. 269.. Said: @12:19 pm.. Thanks Mr Desmond Swords (poet and mc extraordinaire).. It s like you just stepped up to the openline mic and performed that out of the beryl.. The Cork mic awaits your bardic colloquy.. I ve placed links to your blog.. Irish Poetry.. on the roll.. It really has become a monster truck of poetivity since you began it.. Fantastic!!! Great poetry links, and lots of irony and humour.. I also linked to.. Slam Idol.. , an excellent poetry podcaster site which I found through yours.. 05/22/07; 12:19 pm.. 270.. Desmond Swords.. Said: @4:24 am.. Bladdy brill site mon amigo, spot bleddy on for the real blathering and a god good thing you are in cork, it s like an expanding net of total spacerdom, the biggest nutters bringing the best buzz.. Hurrah!.. 05/21/07; 4:24 am.. 271.. Said: @5:17 pm.. Open-mic night 14th May 2007.. Monday brought out yet more new voices through the open-mic, with some insightful scientific poetry by Seamus Harrington, and four excellently delivered, sinister though humorous, love poems by Cork-based Polish poet, Magdalena Liebersbach.. Peter Goldman took us on a tour of Cork s church services while singer Moira O Brien gave us an delightful worm s point-of-view of life.. Aaron and Tommy Curran both delivered sizzlers hot off their poetry-presses.. Thanks also to Pat, Sinéad and Rodney for their poems.. The poetry challenge was won by Amanda Neri, local opera singer who will be performing on Fota Island on Friday the 25th.. 05/16/07; 5:17 pm.. 272.. Said: @2:57 pm.. Open-mic night 7th May 2007.. Well the bank holiday couldn t keep the poetry at home last night, as yet more local talent roamed in to breathe their pearls of life experience into the microphone.. New voices to the venue were Tipperary poet Kelfin, who eloquently brought the sidhe back into the human realm to remind us of our forgetfulness and misgivings.. Finn Barra delivered a spine-chilling rendition of She Moved through the Fair , and Helen Kavanagh added gravity to the evening with a fine political piece.. Paul McGrath drew some insightful contemporary parallels with Greek Myth, and surprise guest poet Peter Goldman from Australia had some excellent pieces on Nature and discovering roots.. The evening s poetry challenge was a tie between musician/poet Cozy and Paul McGrath.. Thanks also goes to Aaron for his impromptu short story-poetry fusions, and to Pat Cotter for his astute though concise contribution.. See you all on the 14th.. 05/8/07; 2:57 pm.. 273.. Said: @1:00 pm.. Open-mic night 30th April 2007.. Last night was a somewhat quieter one as we had to partition the foyer space to accomodate theatre-production goers , as we ll have to do from time to time.. I shouldn t imagine this happening more than once a month, but we were amply compensated with the arrival of two well-known Cork poets, Paul O Mahony and Pat Cotter, who both delivered fine performances.. Paul also shared a titleless (true) short story about his grandmother s duck, which Anthony Jackson quickly found a title for.. With just over a dozen in the audience, and with the smaller space, we went without a mic which made a cosy change.. And talking of Cosy, another first timer to Ó Bhéal and to open-mic, Cozy, won the evening s poetry challenge.. Thanks also to Tommy Curran, Anne-Marie Grandfield and Aaron for the excellent poetry and prose.. See you all next week for the 4th Ó Bhéal evening, on the 7th of May.. 05/1/07; 1:00 pm.. 274.. Said: @12:22 pm.. Open-mic night 23rd April 2007.. The second Ó Bhéal evening was another great success as more of Cork s poets surfaced and rose to the occasion.. As it coincided with World Book and Copyright day, many of the would-be performers and audience where snapped up by the library to see Cathal O Searchaigh, Cliff Wedgebury and others read at the Cork branch of the festival.. Cliff joined us afterwards, arriving at the end of our open-mic session to top it off with three great poems including Girl in the Window.. We look forward to seeing him again.. Clonakilty-based Spanish poet Alfonso Ortega Fuentes arrived early, and had two of his affective humanitarian poems read in translation by his partner Mary.. He is currently seeking publication.. Other strong performances were heard from local poets Tommy Curran and Ray Hanrahan.. A lovely ballad was delivered by Tim Healy while Shirley Foley gave us a new insight into Gráinne Ní Mháille.. Finn Barra arrived as Cliff Wedgebury finished off and sang his very powerful protest song Kathleen Ni Hourihan.. Anthony Jackson won the evening s poetry challenge.. All in all a fantastic evening.. Thank you to everyone again and we hope to see you back for more.. The 3rd Ó Bhéal evening is next Monday, the 30th of April.. 04/24/07; 12:22 pm.. 275.. Said: @10:00 am.. Open-mic night 16th April 2007.. Thank you to all the fine poets and to the audience for coming out in style on the opening night.. Over forty enthusiasts filled the foyer of the Cork Arts Theatre and welcomed an eclectic variety of performers with great cheer and encouragement.. 15 different individuals fluffed their creative feathers and illuminated the evening with their varied forms of poetry, hip-hop and song.. Anthony Jackson delivered an inspiring display of Hip-Hop on-the-spot adlib, with Mary O Connell and Jamie Ross drawing reams of applause for their strong compositions.. Jamie won the evening s poetry challenge.. Next Monday will be the second Ó Bhéal open-mic evening and we look forward to updating the blog with what the woodwork turns out.. 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    Descriptive info: Ó Bhéal by Anamaría Crowe Serrano.. Listen to the recorded live version while you read.. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip.. Download the latest version.. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.. for the Ó Bhéal audience in Cork the regulars and irregulars.. what is the word.. if not its mouth.. open.. closed.. stretched pursed.. the lips-teeth-tongue-palate-ridge quintet.. and the little squiggly bit.. dangling at the back.. of your throat.. good for Spanish words like jengibre.. and even simple English words.. like.. hjello, hjow are you.. ?.. air, funnelling.. from lungs through larynx.. to fill the mouth.. with all those things you want to say.. ó bhéal.. the beauty of the word.. slithering.. into consciousness from.. nada into dada.. embryonic fission.. splitting morph.. and eme, then merging.. into multi-syllababble.. tumbling with its own.. momentum towards.. intelligible speech.. without that struggle.. to be heard.. how would we reveal.. the workings of the psyche.. the splintered contradiction.. of unspoken word.. synaptic between thought and.. articulation.. agglutinating silence.. with the spectre of a sound.. a hum, a murmur, gurgle, giggle.. cough, a plosive genie.. puffed into the air.. with fricatives confused around it.. shitting flipping fecked expletives.. flustering the aaaaah the.. ooooOOoooo the frightened eeeeee!.. of vowels voiced.. glottic, gloopy.. startled by the jams and crashes.. the trafficking of letters.. in the buccal cavity.. the word, once learned.. muddles through a medley.. of vibrations.. plucks the cords.. that build up to the quiet word.. the quick word, the good word.. the weasel word wrestling.. with an focal fíor.. ,.. palabrota on parole, parola.. chiave for that crossword.. and the buzzword in other words.. a magic word, mot juste.. i giri-giochi di parole.. and an focal deireanach.. that takes the words.. right out of your mouth.. even  ...   pañstwo.. sibhse go léir.. the word hammers home.. spirals the air.. chochlear and muscley.. alive-alive-o.. nourishes a thought.. a cog that feeds.. the sparks and churns the neurons.. turning word salads.. into proper food for thought.. wordy wisdom.. solidarity, global in its scope.. whether spoken whispered shouted sung.. it s ours.. à nous e tutti noi.. linking us in an embrace.. that filters into far-flung corners.. of the heart.. when we communicate.. Anamaría Crowe Serrano.. is Irish and lives in Dublin with her family.. She is currently a freelance translator and teacher of the Spanish language.. She has published several translations of poetry including Valerio Magrelli s.. Instructions on How to Read a Newspaper.. (Chelsea Editions, 2008).. Other work includes a collection of short stories,.. Dall altra parte.. (Leconte, Rome, 2003), a one-act play,.. The Interpreter.. (Delta3 Edizioni, 2003), and a collection of poems,.. Paso Doble.. , (Empiria, Rome, 2006) written as a poetic dialogue with the Italian poet Annamaria Ferramosca.. Her first full length collection of poetry,.. Femispheres.. , was published by Shearsman, UK, in March 2008.. Guests (01) Jun/Jul 2007.. Guests (02) Aug/Sept 2007.. Guests (03) Oct/Nov 2007.. Guests (04) Dec 07/Jan 08.. Guests (05) Feb/Mar 2008.. Guests (06) Apr/May 2008.. Guests (07) Jun/Jul 2008.. Guests (08) Aug/Sept 2008.. Guests (09) Oct/Nov 2008.. Guests (10) Dec 08/Jan 09.. Guests (11) Feb/Mar 2009.. Guests (12) Apr/May 2009.. Guests (13) Jun/Jul 2009.. Guests (14) Aug/Sept 2009.. Guests (15) Oct/Nov 2009.. Guests (16) Dec 09/Jan 10.. Guests (17) Feb/Mar 2010.. Guests (18) Apr/May 2010.. Guests (19) Jun/Jul 2010.. Guests (20) Aug/Sept 2010.. Guests (21) Oct/Nov 2010.. Guests (22) Dec 10/Jan 11.. Guests (23) Feb/Mar 2011.. Guests (24) Apr/May 2011.. Guests (25) Jun/Jul 2011.. Guests (26) Aug/Sept 2011.. Guests (27) Oct/Nov 2011.. Guests (28) Dec 11/Jan 12.. Guests (29) Feb/Mar 2012.. Guests (30) Apr/May 2012.. Guests (31) Jun/Jul 2012..

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  • Title: Welcome to Ó Bhéal - Fáilte go dtí Ó Bhéal » Wordshops
    Descriptive info: Poetry and related.. Workshops.. Scroll Down for More.. Once-Off.. Guest Poet.. Workshops at Ó Bhéal.. Munster Literature Centre.. Writing Workshops.. Cork.. Writing workshops with.. Kathy D Arcy.. every Friday Cork.. Creative Writing with.. Afric McGlinchey.. from September to December Kinsale.. Creative Writing Ink.. Weekend and Online Workshops.. Virgin Slate.. Creative Writing ezine and fortnightly discussions.. SoundEye and DEFAULT.. Experimental Writing.. Untitled Writers Group.. Fiction Writing.. Residential Poetry Courses.. Cnoc Suain, Spiddal, Co.. Galway.. with.. Kevin Higgins and Lorna Shaughnessy.. Performance Poetry.. with Miceál Kearney Co.. Creative Writing.. with poet Adam Wyeth Co.. Guest Poet Once-Off Workshops.. from 7.. 00pm to 8.. 30pm in The Hayloft.. Haiku Poetry with Anatoly Kudryavitsky.. What does it take to write a perfect haiku? The technique is easy to master, so newcomers usually come up with good poems towards the end of a haiku workshop.. The main thing is the ability to observe nature and to collect visual images, sometimes unusual or even weird.. We ll look at possible techniques of haiku writing concentrating on the usual do s and don t's.. We ll also compare classical Japanese haiku and related forms with the works of contemporary masters of the genre.. The haiku workshop is aimed at all levels, and the future participants are welcome to bring their haiku or haiku drafts.. Cost €15 (€12 concession).. Places limited.. For further details contact Paul on 085 712 6299 or email.. Other Workshops.. The.. hosts a variety of writing workshops throughout the year at The Frank O Connor House in Douglas St, Cork.. For more info visit.. munsterlit.. ie/Workshops.. html.. Writing workshops with Kathy D Arcy.. Kathy is offering courses at Camden Palace hotel, in creative writing and poetry.. Every Friday from 10am-12pm.. All are welcome at any level of experience, but particularly these workshops are helpful for people who are blocked or wanting to start.. We bring out collections of the work at the end and have reading events so you get a chance to see your work in print and to read it aloud.. Profits from sale of books go to charity.. Cost of the workshops is 90 euro for 8 weeks and a new course will begin in September.. Those interested can contact Kathy on 086 8822012 or email her at.. gobnait3@gmail.. com.. Other details are on the.. Camden Palace website.. Creative Writing with Afric McGlinchey.. Afric is offering courses in Kinsale, in creative writing and poetry.. Making Sense of our World through Word and Image.. this creative writing course aims to energise our forms of expression.. Students will have the opportunity to be creative with language through a variety of exercises designed to challenge and stimulate.. If you ve ever wanted to learn a little more about being creative through language, this course is for you.. If you ve toyed with writing stories for years, but want to start getting serious, this course is for you.. If you want to have fun writing flash fiction and reading others , this course is for you.. The Way We Word.. aims to provide a clear notion of how imagery, metaphor, sound, rhythm, rhyme, and form combine to create a poem.. Students will create original poems using the tools of poetry.. They also will have the added benefits of sharing their work in a workshop environment and, hopefully, become a better poet, as well as a better reader of poetry.. You can phone Afric on 086 3633567 or email her at.. africmcglinchey@gmail.. Creative Writing Ink.. are Cork-based, and offer a wide range of.. Online Workshops.. as well as.. Weekend Workshops.. in Cork city with Leanne O Sullivan (Poetry), Adam Wyeth (Beginners Creative Writing), Niamh Griffin (How to Blog), Ivy Bannister (Memoir Writing), Oisin McGann (Writing for Children) and others.. To find out more visit:.. www.. creativewriting.. Virgin Slate.. Virgin Slate is a small group of amateur creative writers based in Cork.. We started in October 2011 and meet about once a fortnight.. There are no fees or anything; we’re just in it for the fun.. Every two weeks the group meets (in a city centre pub) to discuss the various submissions and decides upon a theme  ...   to your writing.. Cnoc Suain is a lovingly restored pre-famine hill village close to Spiddal, County Galway, surrounded by the inspiring landscape of Connemara.. This unique environment will give you the time and space to write, supported by the expertise of published poets.. No qualifications are required, and we aim to provide a creative environment where all poets can find inspiration, hone their craft and benefit from structured and constructive feedback.. The work undertaken will be varied and stimulating: morning workshops will involve reading poems together and short writing-exercises; time will also be set aside for longer writing or editing exercises; tutors will offer one-to-one feedback on work submitted, and guidance on how to improve reading your poems in public.. In the evenings there will be poetry readings by established poets and participants will be encouraged to read their work also.. As a result of this total immersion and the absence of the usual distractions, this short period of time will seem much longer than a weekend.. To maximise the potential benefits of the course, we recommend (but do not insist) that you share your writing with the rest of the group in workshops.. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with some of your tutors work prior to your arrival.. Cnoc Suain.. A place quite unlike any other, where Irish traditions are alive and kicking (Guardian Newspaper) Cnoc Suain recently won a prestigious and highly coveted 2009 Guardian/Observer world travel award, judged third in the world in the Ethical Travel Award section.. For more information on this special venue see.. cnocsuain.. Your Tutors.. Kevin Higgins.. s first collection of poems,.. The Boy With No Face.. , published by Salmon Poetry, was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish poet.. Kevin s second collection of poems,.. , was published in 2008 by Salmon Poetry and his poetry is discussed in The Cambridge Introduction to Modern Irish Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2008).. His third collection.. Frightening New Furniture.. will be published next year by Salmon when his work will also appear in the generation-defining anthology,.. Identity Parade New British and Irish Poets.. (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010).. Kevin is an experienced workshop facilitator and several of his students have gone on to achieve publication success.. One of his workshop participants at Galway Arts Centre won the prestigious Hennessy Award for New Irish Poetry, while several others have gone on to publish collections of their poems.. Lorna Shaughnessy.. Torching the Brown River.. , was published by Salmon Poetry in 2008.. Her work was selected for inclusion in the Forward Book of Poetry 2009.. Her second collection,.. The Witness Trees.. , is due to appear with Salmon in 2011.. She has published two translations of contemporary Mexican poetry,.. Mother Tongue.. Selected Poems.. by Pura López Colomé and.. If We Have Lost our Oldest Tales.. by María Baranda, both with Arlen House (2006).. She lectures in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies in the National University of Ireland, Galway.. Miceál Kearney.. Poetry Performance Classes in Galway and beyond.. Stand and Deliver.. Isn t the easiest thing to do,.. stand-up in front of strangers and read your work.. -.. but do it enough times and it will become like.. breathing.. From winning the 2006 Cúisle Poetry Slam Limerick, the 2007 Cúirt Grand Slam, the 2007 North Beach Nights Grand Slam, the 2007 Baffle Bard in Galway and also the 2008 In-Sight of Raftery Poetry Grand Slam in Mayo Galway Poet Miceál Kearney certainly knows how to stand and deliver a poem.. And has throughout Ireland and also from the sunny seaside resort of Brighton, to the Vilenica Festival in Slovenia to the Green Mill in Chicago.. Short-listed for the 2007 Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award.. Doire Press published.. Inheritance.. , Miceál s debut collection last year.. Miceal is available for the following:.. - Poetry readings/ performance.. - Editing.. - Feedback.. - Tips on performing.. - Coaching.. Enquires:.. 087-9139698.. You can also email Miceál.. Adam Wyeth.. Adam s popular creative writing workshops continue.. For further details contact Adam on 086 316 6300.. You can also email.. ÓBhéal.. or..

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  • Title: Welcome to Ó Bhéal - Fáilte go dtí Ó Bhéal » Welcome to the Ó Bhéal blog
    Descriptive info: April 14th, 2007 at 11:00 am.. Welcome to the Ó Bhéal blog.. I hope you enjoy this blog.. Any open-mic news is particularly welcome, and please add any poetry links you feel are worthwhile with your comments (and any of your original poetry).. This post includes interviews of guest poets by Jennifer Matthews.. So far these include the following poets starting with the most recent (and more on the way!):.. Máighréad Medbh.. James Harpur.. Rick Mullen.. Lothar Luken.. Robyn Rowland.. Dairena Ní Chinnéide.. Knute Skinner.. Niall Herriott.. Dominic Taylor.. Seán Callahan.. Trish Casey.. Gearoid Mac Lochlainn.. Thanks Jen for all the quality work!.. Comments:.. Poetry and Miscellaneous.. Please feel free to contribute.. 21 Responses to Welcome to the Ó Bhéal blog.. An Interview with Maighread Medbh.. by Jennifer Matthews.. JM:.. Your performance was particularly moving because of the delivery of the poems, sometimes involving song.. Do you ever read your work out loud to help in the revision process?.. MM:.. Always.. And it s also essential in the first draft.. Do you see page poetry and performance poetry as essentially different media?.. No.. More like the same subject, different specialisations; or like classical music versus rock.. The performance poet experiences the words in his or her poem as physical entities inducing a kind of dance, and must respond physically and dramatically to them.. You ve said the science inspires you.. How does a poem like Unified Field move from theory to poetry? (Does this question make sense?).. Yes, the question makes sense, except that the trajectory from theory to poetry is not always easy to describe, and may be very short or light-years long.. What often happens, in my case, is that I always have a myriad thoughts in my head.. A few of these come to the surface and stay swimming there.. Then one day, something happens.. It could be a minor event, such as a passing comment or a look on someone s face, a scientific fact that pops before my eyes or a striking sunsheen on a tree.. The event gives dramatic reality to the accumulated thoughts and a first line is born.. The other lines might come without much effort or they might need some inducement.. That s how Unified Field came into being.. It didn t need much inducement.. Part two of your book is a requiem.. Do you think poetry can help writers move past or cope with traumatic experiences?.. Psychologists have found that creative people can recover from traumas which destroy others or cause mental illness.. In Pat Barker s Regeneration , the psychiatrist says that mental illness can be caused by the inability to integrate certain aspects of one s personality.. This was the view of Jung and has given rise to a therapeutic method, using creativity, in the work of the psychoanalyst, Thomas Moore.. So the answer is a definite yes, in two ways: firstly, the poet is by nature an observer, and that position gives one distance from all that occurs, because one is always creating dialogue between event and its transformation into a thing of beauty; secondly, working on a poem focuses the mind on form and detail, directing the energy outward and bringing about catharsis.. Any form of writing will do this, but it must be disciplined.. I m not sure that simple outpouring achieves such effective healing.. Do you have a favourite place or time that you find conducive to writing?.. I like my study and my computer, Sunday mornings and quiet dark evenings, but I write whenever and wherever I can.. When I m planning, I like to get out of the house and go to a neutral place, like a cafe or hotel.. Many of the requiem poems were written in a nearby hotel lobby over a cappuccino or a green tea.. 07/19/09; 6:56 pm.. Said: @3:21 pm.. An Interview with Anamaría Crowe Serrano.. I was interested when you mentioned that What a 10 Year Old Knows About Sex was somewhere between poem and anecdote.. When does work stop becoming a narrative and start becoming a poem, in your opinion?.. AMCS:.. In my opinion the crossover between prose and poetry can be very fluid.. It would be impossible to specify exactly when prose stops working exclusively as prose and becomes poetic.. I tend to prefer poetry that stretches language in ways that prose doesn t usually.. It was in relation to language that I felt What a 10 year old knows about sex failed to satisfy some essential poetic criteria which I usually try to apply to my own work.. The mere fact of dividing the narrative into poetry-length lines (which is all I did with this anecdote) isn t always enough for it to qualify as a poem, although sometimes that can work very well.. I like the occassional surreal elements in your poems, like I lick congo from my fingers/ and an elephant/ gets caught between/ my teeth from Elegy.. Do you prefer surreal poems as a reader?.. Not necessarily, though I like some of the French and Latin American surrealist poets a lot, the way they succeed in opening up imaginative interpretative possibilties by deferring to the subconscious.. But, in general, my taste in poetry is fairly eclectic.. You noted that Derek Mahon s Chinese Restaurant in Portrush was an influence for your poem, The World Café, Dun Laoghaire.. Do you recommend working from models for beginning writers?.. It s useful for both beginners and more experienced writers to respond to the work of others, to be inspired by imagery or particular uses of language.. Some of the time it happens unconsciously and I suspect probably every poet does it to some extent.. What can be useful for beginners about using another poem as a model is that it forces you to really examine the poetic devices at work in the model and explore the craft behind it, so that you become very aware of the writing process.. It s useful to do this as an exercise across a range of poetic styles.. When you apply aspects of other styles to poems of your own, you figure out what works for you and what doesn t, and this helps you hone your own craft and give a shape to your poetic voice.. During a conversation of ours, you mentioned you like to finish a poem before you start another one.. Do you have any revision tips for finishing a poem? How do you know if a poem is finished ?.. Revision is a very personal process to each poet and depends on what you want to achieve with the poem.. I m not sure that I have revision tips, though I will say that reading a poem aloud helps you hear it quite differently from how it sounds on the page.. The voice often highlights little things that you thought worked in black and white but fall flat or buckle when you hear them out loud.. Something else I do when I m unhappy with a poem, is leave it settle for a while a few days, or weeks, sometimes years so I come back to it with a more objective eye.. Time has a way of steering you to problem areas you couldn t identify when you were too caught up in the emotion that goes into creating the poem.. I suppose you can be more or less happy that the poem is finished when it does or says something that you feel is worth doing or saying.. On occasion, if you re lucky, you ll know instinctively when you ve got it right.. Sometimes (often) it never gets there and has to be ditched.. In some ways a poem is never completely finished in that it s always possible to tweak it some more.. The revision process could be a lifelong one.. (Derek Mahon comes to mind again).. The poem you read about birdsong and the O Bheal poem make brilliant use of sound.. Do you often read the poems out loud when writing them?.. Ah, I ve just answered that up above.. Yes, it s very important to me to read a poem aloud.. Insofar as a poem can be considered finished, I d rarely consider it finished if I hadn t tested it out at least on myself, sometimes on others.. It goes without saying that the more the poem is based on sound, the more important it is to make sure it works aloud and that you have a good idea of how you want to perform it.. 06/4/09; 3:21 pm.. An Interview with James Harpur.. Do you think a poet must also be a reader to be successful as a writer? Do you have any particular influences?.. JH:.. Well, you have to have an outline, at the very least, of the poetic canon in which you re writing.. It s arrogance (and foolhardiness) not to.. It would be like a painter not ever taking cognizance of Rembrandt or Picasso or Jack Yeats or the other greats of the past.. The masters are there to inspire, not to imitate.. And it also means that you don t spend ages writing an ode to a nightingale only to find out that someone, a bit defter than you, has done it already.. Reading is essential, though it must be said that no amount of reading will necessarily make you a better poet.. There is no simple equation.. My influences tend to be non-poetic.. I m indebted to the vision of spiritual teachers such as Plato, Jesus, Carl Jung, and J.. Krishnamurti my poems are really inadequate translations of what they have expressed so beautifully in prose.. As for poets: Homer is very good: The Odyssey is a marvellous amalgam of adventure and wisdom.. I still feel deeply moved when Odysseus returns home to Ithaca in disguise and no-one recognises him except his faithful old dog.. Virgil is exceptional the sustained narrative of the Aeneid is a wonder; and the descent into the underworld a beautifully haunting episode.. Gawain and the Green Knight is what poety should be crisp, mysterious and magical; and Dante s Comedia is unlikely to be surpassed in terms of scale, ambition, spiritual vision and sheer craft.. Blake, Yeats, Eliot and Ted Hughes are others who have combined extraordinary linguistic skill and musical ears with spiritual vision.. And the one poet, who may be the best of the lot, and whom I m saving for my dotage, is Jalaludin Rumi.. Whenever I read snippets of his Mathnawi I feel like rushing off and writing a poem or chucking in the whole thing.. I m interested in how The Dark Age is divided up into three sections under specific headings.. Part Two (The Dark Age) and Part Three (The Monastic Star-Timetable) seem to have common threads of theme that run through them.. Do you find choosing a common theme helps generate poems?.. I think the operative word is choosing.. In a recent review of The Dark Age by Tom McCarthy he described me as walking round the prison-yard of myself, more or less, and the prison-yard is the theme I m stuck with.. This is essentially trying to find spiritual meaning in a world that often seems devoid of it.. The characters in my poems, such as Symeon Stylites, or the Irish saints, or the speaker in the poem The Monastic Star-Timetable have glimpses of transcendence and express intense yearnings for something that will take them out of themselves.. Yet at the same time they are all too aware of their humanity.. For me this is the great conundrum of life how to find meaning while knowing that the search for it is probably doomed to fail.. So, to get back to your question the theme has chosen or rather imprisoned me and I hope that some time in the future I will be released on remand for good behaviour.. Something I enjoy about your poetry is the controlled but not constrictive rhyme and metre running through many of them.. How do you choose the form a poem will take?.. It s not really a conscious thing.. I find that you start with a germ of an idea, a bit of yeast, a swallow darting past the window, and then this develops into something more substantial.. The crucial thing is not to commit too soon to a form.. Let the words and phrases begin to manifest, expounding the initial idea in a rough form and then let the form suggest itself it almost always does if you have the patience, and the faith, to let it come in, like waiting for a cat to come in late at night through the cat-flap.. My poem Stroke , about the death of my mother is a good example.. Initially I wanted to cast the short sequence in a sonnet form to match a sonnet sequence I d done about my father.. But I couldn t get it to work.. The words were there, but not the form.. I then realized that the pervading tone of the poem was shock and coming to terms with my mother s very sudden death.. Shock makes the mind repeat things endlessly ( I should have done this, I should have done that ).. And then it came to me the poem had to be a villanelle repetition was the right means of expression, not the sonnet.. What kinds of things do you consider when you are revising a poem? Would your poems go through many drafts before they are finished?.. A myriad things.. Principally sound I read the poem aloud and try to catch myself stumbling, usually a good indicator of infelicitous vowel sounds, or awkward consonants.. I would also check for the quality of the phrasing, the strength and consistency of imagery, the movement of the poem whether it s too sluggish to start with, whether the rhythm breaks down; I check the title is it really punching its weight and can I, by using it, dispense with the first stanza; I then try to forget about the poem, put it away for weeks or months and then bring it out and read it quickly, as if for the first time.. If you read it slowly your pre-conditioned mind lapses into the same grooves which it found comforting the last time round.. You have to try to surprise yourself.. So, yes, the poem does go through many drafts, though towards the end it might be only a comma or a word that gets revised, and put back again.. Do you have a favourite time/place for writing?.. Favourite time and place is not so important as uninterruptableness.. I think it was Goethe who said he couldn t work if he knew there was someone in the same building as him, and I feel exactly the same.. I have to have the feeling that there s no possibility of interruption.. It s only then that you can let go and enter the sacred trance , the kind of active imagination that Jung describes, a sort of focused reverie that veers in and out of the poem you are working on, sometimes feeding it and sometimes taking you away into different realms, but always necessary.. Any fear that you might be interrupted inhibits the reverie at least that s how it works for me.. Otherwise I don t mind where I work and at what time I m not a night-owl or morning lark but a hermit-crab seeking solitude.. James Harpur s most recent book of poems,.. The Dark Age,.. is the winner of the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award and available from Anvil Press.. 05/23/09; 6:27 pm.. Said: @4:37 pm.. An Interview with Rick Mullen.. You mentioned that metrical poetry is your major interest.. What does writing in metre bring to a poem for you?.. RM:.. Writing in meter takes me places that I can t reach otherwise.. I would compare it to drawing without looking at the paper.. These things seem hardly comparable, but they both have the effect of pushing aside immediate cerebral impulses and forcing you to concentrate on and dig into the model.. Writing in meter, I become more receptive to what is actually observed and much more susceptible to having words, lines, and narrative direction drawn from me than I am when writing free verse.. There is a certain irony to how imposing form removes a filter that is more restrictive than any meter or rhyme scheme.. I also fall for the traditional beauty of poetry in form.. In the end, however, the form needs to recede to the engine room.. I don t admire poetry for its form.. There seemed to be a bit of a spirit of Ginsberg about some of your poems.. Do you count him as an influence?.. I m very flattered to hear that! I admire Ginsberg greatly.. A lot of joy and love and humor comes across to me in his work.. He was very creative and spontaneous.. The book I ve written, Huncke, by the way, is about Herbert Huncke, the prototype beat who had an influence on Ginsberg s poetry.. Ginsberg is the main character in one of the cantos, and he s mentioned in others.. Howl is heard in the background here and there throughout book.. So, I ve gotten a lot closer to Ginsberg in the last three or four months writing Huncke.. Your performance of the poems at O Bheal was quite strong! Do you work on how to say a poem before you bring it to a reading or open mic? Does saying the poem out loud effect the final draft on paper?.. Thanks.. Well, I think that poetry is meant to be performed, not simply read.. In the two recordings I have heard of Yeats reciting, he is chanting.. He s essentially singing.. And, of course, the origin of poetry is song.. Ray Pospisil in the foreword to his chapbook Some Time Before the Bell actually recommends that readers read the poems out loud.. That is very good advice.. I certainly do work on reciting a poem, even in the writing process.. I look for the natural voice and the right tonal qualities and rhythm.. I try to maintain integrity and I avoid getting too into character.. But as I get better at this, I find that each poem acquires something of a unique voice.. I chose a few flamboyant pieces for the O Bheal reading, such as The Theme from Shaft and The Sandwich Man of Thornall Towers.. They entail relatively high levels of drama.. You have published a chapbook and are on your way to a first book of poetry.. Did you have a mentor or group that helped you get to that place, or is it a matter of hard work and persistence?.. Hard work matters even more than persistence, but persistence is also required.. It is also very important to meet people at open mics and to take advantage of the on-line critique boards.. There are good boards that are formal-friendly, if not formal only.. My chapbook, Aquinas Flinched, was published by Modern Metrics, which used to run a monthly reading and open mic in New York.. I was a regular and I got to know Nemo Hill, who runs the press with Quincy Lehr.. Quincy, who was in Ireland at the time, I had met on the critique boards.. Seven Towers in Dublin, which is publishing Huncke, saw early cantos of the poem on a critique board called Eratosphere and expressed an interest.. Modern Metrics and Seven Towers move in roughly the same circle, and the two are making some interesting connections between New York and Ireland.. They recently launched a Brooklyn pendant reading to the Last Wednesday reading Seven Towers runs at Cassidy s Bar in Dublin.. So, I ve found networking and workshopping to be very important in developing my writing and getting it published.. I don t really have what I would call a mentor.. Mentoring relationships can be tricky.. But I am influenced by very good writers who are also friends.. The Internet can be a good thing for establishing small communities of shared interest.. I think that on the Internet such things are called networks.. How do you personally determine when a poem of yours is finished ? When is it time to let go of a poem?.. Tough question, as you know.. There is a general sense one gets that a poem is finished.. But I will go back and revise at any point.. It is a good idea to let a poem settle and come back to it in a disengaged, to get a feel for how a first time reader will read it.. Workshopping is very important as well.. There is no formula that tells you when you are finished, however.. I am, I think, becoming more patient with my work, making sure I give it that time before I count a poem as finished.. Rick Mullins s chapbook,.. Aquinas  ...   try to find the music in the words I write so rhythm and metre are important to me.. My natural inclination is to find a beat, once I have found that I can keep going and get the song/poem finished (in first draft form anyway).. Reading poetry has been a great advantage in my song writing because here are what I call refined ideas and often I get an idea and can write a song after reading a poem.. The main difference I find between writing poems and songs is that in poetry you really are looking to say things in a new way, whereas in songs you are always looking for something memorable a hook, if you like.. Some people will say that in song writing you go for the lazy option or cliché but that s not taking the music aspect into account.. Words and music create a powerful momentum for communicating with people and at the end of the day (another cliché, sorry about that) if we are not touching our audience some way then we are like the tree falling in the forest with no one around does it really make a sound!.. I was struck by your list poems.. Where did the original inspiration for these come from?.. I m a lazy bastard at heart!.. Can you tell us a little about your revision process? Do you ever enlist the help of others to get a fresh perspective?.. I love to enlist the help of others but it s very difficult to get honest critiques of your work.. If I show a poem to a friend I nearly always disregard the comments.. No matter how well you know or respect them it is almost impossible to get an objective view of the poem.. I prefer to put the poems away and come back to them, sometime days weeks later, let them mature and the heat of first love has faded, so to speak.. Invariably you see what s wrong or right with it.. The poems about your wife and the one about your brother were quite moving.. Do you show poems to the people you write about?.. I have no set rule on this, sometimes I do, sometimes I don t.. I suppose like Montaigne I say things in public that I would never say to people individually.. Childhood seems to be present and a theme in many of your poems.. Do memories often serve as a source of inspiration for you?.. When I started writing poems I did not know where to start, the only source material was my past, so I used this as my raw material.. This, in many ways, works as a cleansing of our psyche.. Here we can explore and put to rest the pain of just growing up, etc.. But you must take it further I see many people come to our open-mic session in the White House with two or three really good poems, invariably about some personal past experience, and then they fall away either in terms of quality or quantity.. It s as if they d yearned all their lives to get this out of their system and once they have done it, it s enough.. In many respects this is the art of poetry drawing something out of your deepest core and giving it the light of day.. I m all for this, but it s the people who go on to develop the craft of poetry who eventually derive the greatest satisfaction out of it and continue to write quality stuff.. So, yes, my past and everyone else s past is important but it s the everyday now that continues to sustain me in writing poetry.. 08/16/08; 11:00 am.. Said: @8:29 pm.. An Interview with Seán Callahan.. I was quite interested in your statement, Poetry has become my personal mythology.. It strikes me as more important than saying something like Poetry is my personal history.. Can you tell us more about the connection you see between poetry and (personal) mythology?.. Seán:.. I love studying history and one day I want to go back to University here in Ireland to study archaeology and history.. But, as I said on the night, my own belief is that mythology is a people s or a person s attempt to redefine the world so that they may better understand it.. It is not just a relation of incidents.. Mythology reshapes the very essence of concepts and events so that many more people can understand.. There is an importance in everything when mythology is concerned.. Landscape has power and meaning beyond its physicality.. My poems have become an extension of my personal mythology because they reshape events, moments, experiences, and feelings.. My poem Rooster was based upon my first memory, being attacked by a rooster, but that poem isn t a history of the incident.. It is a redefinition of that experience which is much more than a simple relation of what happened.. I was able to channel both the thoughts of myself as a three year old and myself as an adult looking back to create a new story.. That is something that mythology has that history can never duplicate.. Can you tell me something about your writing and revising process? Do you get help from other writers when revising? Do you do many drafts?.. A lot of my poems are written with intent, and by that I mean that I normally have an idea of what I m writing that is formed by a root image or phrase.. The base of each of my poems is usually made from impressions that I record in various notebooks; phrases, words or images that stick out in my mind.. It can take many drafts or very few drafts to get the right flow, ease of transitions, word images, enjambments and everything else that make a finished poem a finished poem.. What is very rare is to write a poem straight through and to look back on it and know that it s finished.. Those are pure gems.. The O Bheal audience really responded to your poem about a bypass being built in a rural area.. Is industrialisation a theme you are particularly interested in addressing as a writer? Are there any other topics you re particularly interested in?.. That poem, Bypass , was inspired by the effect that a scarred hillside had on me.. However, industrialisation is not a theme that I have touched on often.. Any time that I have, it is usually prompted by the effect that industrialisation has had or is forcing upon the landscape.. I particularly enjoyed the loving description of the Kentucky landscape found in your poetry.. Do you feel that the landscape of home can have a strong influence on writers?.. I can t speak for other writers, but the landscape of home has certainly had a strong influence on me.. I grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky, where there weren t many close neighbours and even fewer kids.. The development of my own imagination was heavily influenced by the countless hours that I spent in the fields and the forest.. In fact, after my family, the land of Kentucky is the only other aspect of America that I really and truly miss.. I was lucky that my upbringing gave me an early appreciation of nature, which has only grown as I have grown, and I take that appreciation wherever I go.. Has establishing your life in Ireland had any particular influence on your writing?.. I m not sure if establishing my life here in Ireland has had any singular influence on my writing, however I don t doubt that Ireland has strongly influenced the poems that I have produced.. I ve certainly grown as a poet during my time here and there are future projects already planned which are directly related to Ireland.. I think that the knowledge that I live on an island that for thousands of years has respected the art of poetry, in all its various forms and purposes, gives me a great sense of comfort and confidence to continue to write.. Seán Callahan has recently published his first chapbook of poems,.. Lore.. 06/21/08; 8:29 pm.. Said: @3:25 pm.. An Interview with Miceál Kearney.. By Jennifer Matthews.. Jen.. : Can you tell me a little about your revising process? Do you do multiple drafts, or stick to the poem s first incarnation?.. Miceál.. : Multiple drafts is an understatement.. For some poems it s an entire rainforest of drafts.. I ve a collection coming out, Inheritance by Doire Press, and the poem Under a Sapling Beech took me, on and off, two years to get it as it appears.. : Do you ever workshop or look for feedback on your poems from other writers?.. : Workshops, I recommend them.. Invaluable experience is gained from both the facilitator and each participant.. And yes, I do look a feedback from other writers.. : Something unique in your poetry is the strong voice in your writing.. Do you always memorise a poem once it s written? Would sound be a big influence on your writing process?.. : Thank you.. Yes I do memorise my poems, but only the ones I read.. As for sound, only in regard to the tone, how it is read and written.. : Technology seems to be a recurring theme in your work (computers, playstations, etc).. What draws you to this theme? I m particularly interested in why you juxtaposed the birth of a calf and winning a video game.. That poem has really stuck with me.. : To answer your first question, I hate how depended we ve become on technology and computers but I am answering you via email so The second, I like the idea of reality: how, at the same time, someone can kick a ball the UEFA winning goal, someone else blows themselves up, porn is Googled, people get high while lambs and calves are being born.. : The line, I m still a magpie picking at the corpse of my childhood, was chilling and profound.. Do you think this is something all poets have to confront? Do you feel your poetry deals with past events explicitly or in a more removed way? (Have I quoted the line correctly?).. : Today I am still the magpie.. picking at the corpse of our childhood.. Well, at the end of the day, you don t have to.. You can write how you would watch your mother cry as daddy would beat her or just make it all up.. Personal poems are easiest to write but also the hardest to get right.. But you ll get that, especially when it deals with your family.. Sometimes the more removed, distant and cold you are in a poem is just affective as shock and awe piece.. Many thanks to Miceál Kearney.. His collection, Inheritance, will be coming out soon from Doire Press.. 05/15/08; 3:25 pm.. An Interview with Trish Casey.. : Can you tell me a little bit about your revision process? How many times do you typically revise a piece?.. Trish.. : Once upon a time I used to rewrite pieces 60 or 70 times by hand.. But, to be fair, some of this revising followed the Wildean pursuit of adding a comma in the morning and removing it in the afternoon.. Some writers see revising as a chore, but I think rewriting and editing is the precious process that actually teaches us how to write.. (I don t need to do so many rewrites these days.. ).. : Do you ever enlist the help/feedback of other poets or performers?.. : Yes, I certainly do ask other writers for feedback on my work.. Objective opinions are crucial.. Come to think of it, sometimes the reaction of an audience tells me all I need to know about a new piece whether it works or not if it works, it stays with the audience; if it doesn t, it comes back to me.. : Who do you see as your audience?.. : I see my audience as Anyone.. : You mentioned how much you appreciated that one of your poems appeared in a Geography textbook, because it reached an audience beyond the typical poetry crowd.. How important is accessibility to your work?.. : That Bungalow Nation found its way into a national newspaper, a heritage magazine and a geography textbook, means the piece belongs in the world at large rather than in the confines of a literary publication.. (I m sure some would argue that such a piece has no business in a literary publication in any case.. ) Anyway, this reminds me of something a friend once explained to me about fine art.. He said he would never visit a gallery, because he didn t understand the idea of housing works of art in particular buildings set apart from our every-day lives.. He believed that art should live amongst us in our day-to-day activities we shouldn t have to seek it out in the rarefied halls of an art gallery.. Whatever about fine art, I like the idea of poems living amongst us, rather than being cocooned in the relative seclusion of literary publications.. : Do you often write poems that have a persona or character speaking?.. : Yes, voices are present in a great deal of my work.. : How is a character-based poem different to one that is strictly from the author s voice?.. : A character-based poem will often cut out the need for narrative, explanation or contextualizing.. The character s words bring you immediately to the core of what I wish to convey.. It s probably because I m an actor and a singer that I utilise voices so much.. : As a performer, do you write with or without paper? (Do you ever create poems through spontaneous performance or in your imagination prior to writing them down?).. : Yes, it isn t unusual for me to be already working on a piece before I write it down or record it.. But I m at risk of forgetting it if I don t commit it to the page or record it on time.. Once I have it written or recorded I can then develop it further.. : You expressed the idea that humans are a failed project.. : If our purpose here is to inhabit our humanity to the full, then yes, it certainly looks like we are a failed project or a failed species if not completely failed, then certainly failing fast.. : Do you think poetry can help us succeed?.. : It will take a great deal more than poetry to turn us from our current path of ignorance, avarice, violence and destruction.. I think the Tipping Point and Critical Mass theories come into play here.. (That is to say, when a certain percentage of the human population reaches a heightened state of awareness, then that consciousness will permeate the collective consciousness of all humanity.. ).. If survival of our species was solely dependent on intelligence, then we wouldn t have created the chaos in which we now find ourselves.. But, in my understanding, survival of the species is not dependent on intelligence, but on enlightened or heightened awareness.. Poetry can help in consciousness-raising but, obviously, its ability to do so depends on the consciousness of the poet.. It is not as if every poet is a truth-seeker, a visionary or a seer.. My understanding of human beings is that we are either controlled by the ego or guided by the spirit.. Poets are no different from anyone else in that regard.. Having said which, I realise that such a view means shag all to those (including poets) who don t believe there is such a thing as the spirit or higher consciousness, for that matter.. 05/15/08; 3:21 pm.. Eileen Said: @11:15 pm.. Finally had a Monday night off, so, paid a visit.. Had heard positive things and was not disappointed.. Lovely welcoming atmosphere.. See you next Bank Holiday Weekend.. regards,.. Eileen.. 05/11/08; 11:15 pm.. michael o'dea.. Said: @1:58 pm.. I was searching for Poetry Festivals and found your site.. I very much like your clear uncluttered listing.. I am also looking forward to viewing the selection of videos in the In Motion Poetry and Film section and the other pages in the site.. Not being in the Cork area, I didn t know about the Open-Mic nights, but will look forward to a night out in the Long Valley the next time I m there.. If you have no objections I d like to include a link to the festivals list on my own blog?.. All the best, Michael.. 05/11/08; 1:58 pm.. Tomás ó Cárthaigh.. Said: @4:18 am.. Ive just discovered the site, and am going to explore it now.. Never done a reading or been to one, but have uploaded readings of my own poetry on.. my website.. Hope you enjoy sign the guestbook if your there!!!.. Ive to get the Irish poems up on the site soon so you can listen to them!!!.. 03/27/08; 4:18 am.. Jennifer Matthews.. Said: @3:16 pm.. I m planning on interviewing most of the guest readers regarding their writing process.. This is something I m interested in as a writer, and think might be useful to other O Bhealers as well!.. Gearoid Mac Lochlainn was the first to contribute his time and wisdom! The results of the interview are below:.. INTERVIEW WITH GEAROID MAC LOCHLAINN.. 28 February 2008.. : Do you always write poems and songs on paper, or do you think about pieces before you write them down?.. Gearoid.. : I think about them while walking about because I walk a lot and find that ideas pop into my head.. Then I might write down a note or two and see how it grows.. Or I might just record random lines as they arrive and shape them later on white sheets of paper.. Peripatetic school of poetry.. : Does the language you write in affect the choice of topic or tone of the poem? (Would your Irish pieces vary greatly from your English pieces?).. : Yeah the Irish pieces have a different tone I write a lot about this in the notes to Stream of Tongues (published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta) which you can order on line from the publisher.. : Do you revise work alone? Do you consult with friends or other poets/songwriters?.. : Alone.. : Can you tell me a little bit about your revision process, perhaps describing a recent effort? Do you have a structured approach or do you treat each piece individually?.. : I tend to overwrite pieces and exhaust all avenues and ideas of sound and rhythm.. Then I try to ruthlessly cut them down into pieces that I can perform or that make sense on the page.. I continue to edit for performance of the pieces as I find the poems are never finished and may take on different forms and versions or turn into songs or whatever.. It is a very fluid process and nothing ever stays the same or is written in stone.. Many warm thanks to Gearoid Mac Lochlainn for his participation in this interview.. His book and CD set, Stream of Tongues , is available from Cló Iar-Chonnachta and can be purchased at their website.. 02/29/08; 3:16 pm.. Aaron Lewis Said: @4:30 pm.. Hi all great evening on Monday, as Alan said poetry is the rock and roll.. Monday nights are a great opportunity to get your words out in a receptive space.. Paul thanks for all the hard work.. Thanks to everyone for your poetry and support Aaron.. 01/16/08; 4:30 pm.. John Ryan.. Hi Just want to mark how excellent the end of year.. bash was on Mon 17th.. Thanks and best wishes to all.. who attended.. Roll on 2008.. 12/18/07; 8:33 pm.. felicitas Said: @12:46 am.. two oasis mondays.. back to back.. a talent attack.. stumbled to the well.. with dry and swollen.. tongue, fell head over.. arse and damn near.. drowned in all of your.. ridiculous talent sublime.. only wish i could be every.. where at once and not have.. to miss a single moment for.. the next million years.. in the meantime, roll on, roll on!!!!.. the business card of a literary agent.. fell into my lap (literally) before i.. left the states and i kept it.. now know.. it was intended for each and all of you.. will post it recommend guerilla manuscript.. deluge.. by the way, do gene and paul give workshops.. on multi-tasking?.. gratefully.. 10/10/07; 12:46 am.. Now when you re in Cork, make sure to stop by -.. When I was very small,.. There was a copper plaque up on the wall.. above the head of my dreamy bed.. and this, believe it or not,.. is what it said -.. Dear Lord,.. Please help me.. to keep my big mouth shut.. until I know.. what I m talking about.. 04/14/07; 11:20 am..

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    Descriptive info: Click the links on the right for previous guest poets (with mp3s).. June and July.. s poems have been published widely in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.. His work has been broadcast on Radio National’s Poetica and community radio.. He appears on the CD of a live reading,.. You Have Been Chosen.. Tightrope Horizon.. (Five Islands Press) which was published in 2003.. Shh and other love poems.. My Ship.. were published by Mark Time Books in 2009.. Shh.. has been anthologized in.. Poems for All Occasions.. and elsewhere.. His latest book,.. The Blue Dressing Gown and other poems.. , is published by Profile Poetry.. In 2009 he was awarded the Varuna Writers House Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry.. In 2010 Ross was awarded the Wenlock Festival Poetry Prize within the Arvon International Poetry Competition by chief judge, Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.. In 2011 Ross won a second international poetry prize, The Melbourne Poet s Union International Poetry Prize with.. Midsummer Night.. , a poem he wrote while in residency in western Norway.. He was also shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize, from 8,200 entries.. You can listen to Pauline s reading.. was born in Dublin in 1954.. Her poems have been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies in Ireland and have been broadcast on radio stations throughout Europe.. Her first three collections.. Journey.. (Sheveck Press 1979),.. Killer of Fishes.. (Stonebridge Publications 2001) and.. I’m Fine, Really.. (Stonebridge Publications 2005) are now out of print.. Her New and Selected poems.. Mowing in the Dark.. was published by Revival Press in June 2011.. An interview and a selection of her poems can be heard on.. podcasts.. is a poet, playwright, painter, actor/director, short fiction writer and critic.. She was born in England, studied painting at the University of Reading, returned to her family home in Co.. Louth, Ireland, in the 1960s, where, married to Tim Hartigan they reared their six children.. She now lives in Dublin.. Hartigan has published seven collections of poetry, and one non-fiction book to date.. Her collections are:.. Long Tongue.. (Beaver Row Press, 1982);.. Return Single.. (Beaver Row Press, 1986);.. Now is a Moveable Feast.. , an award-winning long poem, with drawings by the author, (Salmon Poetry, 1991);.. Immortal Sins.. (Salmon Poetry, 1993);.. Nourishment.. (Salmon Poetry, 2005);.. To Keep the Light Burning: Reflections in Times of Loss.. (Salmon Poetry, 2008) and.. Unsweet Dreams.. (Salmon Poetry, 2011).. Her non-fiction includes a meditation on writing,.. Clearing the Space: A Why of Writing.. (Salmon Poetry, 1996) which was translated into Spanish in 2008.. Hartigan has won many awards for her poetry, plays and visual art including the Open Poetry Award in Listowel Writer’s Week, Poetry Athlone Award, Arlen House award, etc.. She has had several one-woman and two-women shows of her visual art in Ireland North and South, and in Britain.. She has given readings of her work, in person and on radio, in many countries worldwide.. Her work is translated into German, Russian, Galician and Spanish.. Her play.. The Secret Game.. won the Mobil Prize for playwriting.. Her plays.. Beds.. La Corbière.. , were premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival in the ‘80s and.. Jersey Lilies.. premiered in Dublin in 1995.. Hartigan was commissioned to write a play for Ohio Northern University in 2003.. In Other Worlds.. was performed there, and at the Edinburgh Festival, and in New Zealand.. was also pick of the fringe in Washington DC‘s first fringe festival in 2006.. writes poetry and short fiction.. He has had poems published in.. The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, Southword, The Stony Thursday Book, An Crannóg.. and a number of overseas publications.. His first collection of poems.. Watching Clouds.. was published by Doghouse Books in 2011, and the first book in a children’s trilogy,.. A Rather Remarkable Grizzly Bear.. , was published in the same year by O’Brien Press.. Entitled.. Marco Moves In.. , it was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award in the Junior Children’s category.. The second in the series.. Marco Master of Disguise.. is due on the shelves in April 2012, and the third.. Marco Moonwalker.. is due out in September.. He has had two travel books on Dublin published, the most recent of which was.. Strollers Guide To Dublin.. (Gill Macmillan, 1999).. Cliona O Connell.. grew up in County Wicklow and currently lives in Dublin.. Her first collection of poetry.. was published by Bradshaw Books in Feb 2012, following her winning entry in the 2011  ...   an anthology of contemporary Russian poetry in English translation entitled.. A Night in the Nabokov Hotel.. (Dedalus Press, 2006).. His debut novel,.. The Case-Book of Inspector Mylls.. , was published by Zakharov Books (Moscow) in 2008.. Among his other publications are seven collections of his Russian poems, two novellas and a number of short stories.. In 2006 he founded the Irish Haiku Society, of which he is chairman.. He is also editor of.. Shamrock Haiku Journal.. Among his awards are the Capoliveri Premio Internazionale di Poesia (Italy, 2007) and the Suruga Baika Prize of Excellence (Japan, 2008).. His poems appeared in magazines nationally and internationally, and have been translated into twelve languages.. Anthony will also be holding a.. workshop.. entitled.. 30pm at Ó Bhéal.. For more details click.. in association with.. presents.. Children’s writer, poet, lecturer and workshop coordinator, Tipperary-born.. has had eighteen children’s books published by various publishers as well as four collections of poetry for adults, including:.. An Chéim Bhriste.. (Coiscéim, 1984);.. Gardín Pharthais.. (Coiscéim, 1988) and.. Deora Nár Caoineadh/Unshed Tears.. (The Dedalus Press/ Coiscéim, 1996).. She lives in Dublin.. Ní Ghlinn spent several years working as a journalist Clár Reachtaire with Raidió na Gaeltachta RTE and a number of years lecturing in DCU.. She has written occasional scripts for TG4’s.. Ros na Rún.. and now works on creative writing projects in gaelscoileanna in the Dublin area (under a scheme funded by Foras na Gaeilge) as well as lecturing part-time in CICE, Rathmines.. She has received several bursaries from Clár na Leabhar Gaeilge/Foras na Gaeilge and the Arts Council and has won many awards for both poetry and children’s books.. The most recent include Oireachtas awards for the novels.. Fuadach, Tromluí.. Úbalonga.. Her collection of poetry for young readers.. Brionglóidí.. was shortlisted for the 2009 Bisto awards and was included on the 2010 iBbY honour list.. Her most recent publications are.. Bronntanais agus Féiríní Eile.. (a collection of poetry for children, published by Cló Mhaigh Eo, 2010) and.. Thar an Trasnán.. (O’Brien Press, 2011).. 30th July.. was born in Dublin in 1952, but has travelled widely in Africa and Asia, as well as more recently in Europe.. He won the Patrick Kavanagh award in 1981 and has been the recipient of fellowships in Germany, France, the United States and Australia.. He has published nine collections of poems, including his Selected Poems.. They are:.. The Walls of Carthage.. (The Gallery Press, 1977);.. Office of the Salt Merchant.. (The Gallery Press, 1979);.. Comparative Lives.. (The Gallery Press, 1982);.. The Liberal Cage.. (The Gallery Press, 1988);.. The Desert Route Selected Poems 1973-1988.. (The Gallery Press and Bloodaxe Books 1992), which was a London Poetry Book Society Recommendation;.. Night Train through the Brenner.. (The Gallery Press, 1999);.. God in France.. (Dublin, Metre, 2003);.. Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks, 1994-2004.. (Wake Forest University Press, 2007) and his latest collection from Bloodaxe Books (in Britain) and Wake Forest University Press (in the USA),.. The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass.. (2012).. On the Spine of Italy.. , his prose study of an Abruzzese mountain community, was published by Macmillan in 1999.. A collection of his short fiction.. Berkeley’s Telephone.. appeared from Lilliput Press in 2000.. His collection.. Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004.. won the Irish Times Poetry Now award.. He has taught in Bremen and Bordeaux universities, as well as Trinity College and University College Dublin.. He returned to Ireland in 2004 and is currently Ireland Professor of Poetry.. At once a reckoning with a lost political legacy, a meditation on love, marriage and middle age, and a reaching back into foreign ancestry,.. is Harry Clifton s fullest and most ambitious attempt so far to bring together, in a single book, the discordant elements of an evolving Ireland, as it discovers itself, through public and private destinies, in the 21st century.. There is so much history in Harry Clifton s poems, so much geography, landscape, cityscape, repeopled precincts of the imagination, so much human drama and comedy; so many people, mythic, unlikely and hauntingly real.. And all of it is limned with a masterful formal dexterity and an apparently limitless cultural curiosity.. – C.. K.. Williams.. His dazzlingly accomplished book is arguably the first great work of Irish poetic post-modernism… His is a universe of aftermaths, hauntings and returns, in which even God…dreams of becoming flesh again… an Irish voice that is utterly contemporary in its restless movement through time and space.. – Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times on.. Secular Eden..

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    Descriptive info: At Ó Bhéal s 238th open-mic, after a magnificent reading by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and musical performance by John Sampson, all sixty-five minutes of which had to remain live for copyright reasons, we managed to record the poets from the open-mic.. Here they are.. Colm Scully.. Santa Please Stop Here.. Joe Sweeney.. Ku.. IMFed.. Peroxide Mermaid.. Mary O Connell.. Moribund Species.. Patrick Cotter.. A Pity of Dogs.. Rosalyn Blue.. Deaf Culture.. Seamus Harrington.. God s Gable End.. Patricia Walsh.. Christianity.. Simon Deasy.. The Diary Entry of  ...   Ciarán MacArtain.. Morning s Darkness.. Sue Cosgrave.. Relative Bearing.. George Harding reads John Liddy.. Scarecrow.. Carol Ann Duffy @ Ó Bhéal.. Ó Bhéal Opening Night.. Ó Bhéal Open-Mic on Video.. In Sight of Raftery 2007.. In Sight of Raftery 2008.. All-Ireland 2007 Videos.. Ó Bhéal One Year In.. Derry Féile Poetry Slam.. DOGHOUSE books showcase.. Dublin Poetry Slam videos.. Féile Bheag Filíochta 08.. I am a Lagan Tour Ó Bhéal.. Jazz meets Poetry.. Patrick Kavanagh Celebration.. Poetry from the Corrib.. Poetry in Carraroe.. Revival 7.. Solstice Poetry at Tara..

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