Ó Bhéal November Events

  • 6, 13, 20, 25, 25 & 27 November 2017, from 8:30pm
  • The Long Valley Bar, Cork
  • Tickets: Free
  • www.obheal.ie

Ó Bhéal's November events feature Özgecan Kesici and Panchali Mukherji, Theo Dorgan, Brian Kirk, Jessamine O Connor, and the 5th Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Weekend Festival of Poetry. The night begins with a selection of poetry-films, screened between 8.30-9.30pm. The Five Words poetry challenge starts at 9.30pm. Guest poets begin around 10.00pm, for between 30-45 minutes, after which follows the usual open-mic session. Be sure to come early to get good seats!

Monday 6 November: Özgecan Kesici and Panchali Mukherji

Özgecan Kesici was born in Germany to Kazakh-Turkish parents, who now lives in Dublin’s inner city. She holds a PhD in Sociology from UCD. In 2015, she was featured as a migrant poet on Ireland’s Near FM 90.3’s Poetic Livesseries. She has contributed two poems to the All the Worlds Between Anthology with Yoda Press, New Delhi. Özgecan, a confirmed Dublin Northsider, is currently working on her debut novel.

Panchali Mukherji is a poet born in Calcutta, India who has lived and travelled globally. She has been listed in the Poetry International roster of poets worldwide. Panchali has been published by the Dedalus Press in the anthology Landing Places and by A&A Farmar in The Irish Catullus. Both books were launched at the City Hall in Dublin, Ireland. She is currently working on a collection of her poems and a script. Panchali is a communicator at heart. After obtaining two post graduate degrees, in literature and communications, she built a career in advertising, innovation research and teaching business before following her muse to write poetry. She is also a digital artist and emerging film maker. She has read her poetry and conducted sessions at various festivals and events globally, including The Cuirt Festival, Galway, The West Cork Literary Festival, Stonecoast MFA program at Howth, as well as in Shanghai and in Calcutta at the Literary Festival, Kalam 2017.

Monday 13 November: Theo Dorgan

Theo Dorgan is a poet who is also a novelist, non-fiction prose writer, editor, translator, broadcaster, librettist and documentary scriptwriter. He has published five books of poetry. His most recent collection is Nine Bright Shiners, published in 2014 by Dedalus Press. His two prose accounts of crossing the Atlantic under sail, Sailing For Home and Time on the Ocean; A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town, won wide acclaim, as has his recently published first novel, Making Way (New Island Books, 2013). He has translated two collections of poetry by the Syrian poet Maram al-Masri, Barefoot Souls (Arc Publications, 2014) and Liberty Walks Naked (Southword Editions, 2016).

His work has been widely translated: two full collections have been published in Italian and a selected poems in French. La Hija De Safo was published by Ediciones Hiperion, Madrid, in 2001. He has been editor of, among other titles, Foundation Stone, Notes Towards a Constitution for a 21st Century Republic (New Island Books 2013), Irish Poetry Since KavanaghA Book of Uncommon PrayerWhat We Found ThereWatching the River Flow and, with Gene Lambert, Leabhar Mor na hÉireann/The Great Book Of Ireland, a unique manuscript volume on vellum. He was awarded the O’Shaughnessy Prize for Poetry in 2010 and was the 2015 winner of the Irish Times Poetry Now Award for the best book of poetry published in 2014. He is a member of Aosdána.

Monday 20 November: Brian Kirk

Brian Kirk is an award winning poet and short story writer from Clondlakin in Dublin. His first poetry collection After The Fall was published by Salmon Poetry in 2017. He was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award in 2014 and 2015. He was highly commended in the iYeats International poetry competition in 2011 and 2012, shortlisted for the Fermoy Poetry Competition in 2013 and commended in the Galway University Hospital Arts Trust Poetry Competition in 2014. He won the Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Award for Poetry in 2014, the Bailieborough Poetry Prize in 2015 and the Galway RCC Poetry Award in 2016.

Brian’s poem film Red Line Haiku was featured at the Red Line Book Festival in October 2015 and was subsequently shortlisted for the Ó Bhéal Poetry Film Competition in 2016. He was awarded Creative Flow Dundalk FM Poet of the Year in 2015. In 2017 he was placed second in the Poetry On The Lake Poetry Competition, highly commended in the Robert Monteith Poetry Competition and placed third in the North West Words Poetry Competition. His poems have appeared in The Irish Times, Southword, Revival, Crannóg, Raintown Review, The Stony Thursday Book, Abridged, Skylight 47 and others. His poetry has been nominated for the Forward Prize and Pushcart Prize. His novel for 9 -12 year olds The Rising Son was published in December 2015. He is a member of the Hibernian Poetry Workshop and he blogs at briankirkwriter.com

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 November
Ó Bhéal in association with The Village Hall presents
the 5th Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Weekend Festival of Poetry. 


Ó Bhéal’s fifth Winter Warmer festival weekend will feature twenty-three poets who will read and perform over two days in its new and exciting festival home overlooking the Lee, The Village Hall, centrally situated on Patrick’s Quay, Cork city.

This year’s phenomenal line-up features poets and peformers from eight countries and around Ireland, including Adnan Al-SayeghNuala Ní DhomhnaillStephen WattsFelispeaksRody GormanCatherine Ann CullenDaniel SalgadoSophie MayerRichard LambertKeith PayneCaitríona Ní ChléirchínBrendan ClearyBilly RamsellÓrfhlaith FoyleStephen SextonJennifer MatthewsStephen James SmithNiamh PriorEdward O’DwyerFrank GoldenMary NoonanGeorge Harding and James O’Sullivan.

Monday 27 November: Jessamine O'Connor

Jessamine O Connor lives on the Sligo-Roscommon border, where she facilitates the weekly Wrong Side Of The Tracks Writers and The Hermit Collective, 2016 winners of the ‘Epic Award’ for Ireland. She was overall winner of the Poetry Ireland Butlers Café Competition 2017, and previously won both the iYeats Poetry Competition and the Francis Ledwidge Award. She was highly commended for Galway Hospital’s Poems for Patience 2017, and others incl. the Hennessy Literary Award, Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year and Bradshaw Books Manuscript Competition. She judged the New Roscommon Writing Award 2015, Roscommon Poets Prize 2017 for Strokestown Poetry Festival and she curated Roscommon events for National Poetry Day 2016 and 2017.

Jessamine’s poems are published in Ireland and abroad, by journals including:Agenda, Fifth Estate, The Stinging Fly, Abridged; Poetry NZ, Muse-Pie Press, The Stony Thursday Book; Shot Glass Journal, Skylight47, Ropes, Crannog, and New Irish Writing. Also found in the books Voices From The CaveYeats 150Relatives Remember; The Colour of Saying; and an e-book from Bogmans Canon. She was ‘Featured Poet International’ for the US publisher Muse-Pie Press from 2015 to October 2016, who nominated her for The Pushcart Prize, and she is currently working on a new collection. Her fourth chapbook Fusebox was launched in June at the Crossing The Tees Book Festival, and was published by The Black Light Engine Room Press.