Every Monday from 9.30pm in the Hayloft at the Long Valley Pub, Winthrop St, Cork.
As Cork’s weekly poetry event, featuring guest poets and an open-mic, Ó Bhéal has become a prominent, thriving feature in the cultural landscape of Cork arts. We have been active for fifty successive Mondays per year since April 2007 and begin each evening with a poetry challenge known as The Five Word McNamara Slam. This is followed by a guest poet reading and an open-mic session ends the proceedings.
Ó Bhéal (Irish for by word of mouth) creates an original platform for established and non-established poets alike, allowing the public access to contemporary, living poetry. Many as a result have engaged with the art form for the first time, and a number of these have remained actively writing. The event is held upstairs in The Hayloft bar, above The Long Valley, one of Cork’s favourite and most established poetry venues. It is inclusive of all poetry styles and adult demographics. Guest poets offer workshops from time to time.