Ó Bhéal's Feburary and March events feature UCC New Creative Writing, All the Worlds Between, Joel Deane, Hazel Hogan & Alice Kinsella, Louis Mulcahy, Patrick Stack, John Foggin, and Eleanor Cummins, Eileen Sheehan & Jessie Lendennie. 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 5 February: UCD New Creative Writing
Poets and short fiction writers from the UCC MA Creative Writingprogrammes will be presented by Leanne O’Sullivan and will read from their new work. Readers include Alison Driscoll, Allie Vugrincic, Jasmine Throckmorton, Breda Joyce, Sally Yazwinski, John Rodgers and Nora Kirkham.
Monday 12 February: All the Worlds Between
All the Worlds Between is a collaborative poetry project bringing together poets from India, Ireland and in between. Their writing partnerships resulted in four strands — poems as conversations, poems at angles to one another, poems which speak out of turn to other poems in the group and, not surprisingly, stories of friendship.
Monday 19 February: Joel Deane
Joel Deane is a poet, novelist, journalist and speechwriter. He has worked in Melbourne and San Francisco as a journalist, lectured widely on the use of public language, penned reviews and essays for Australian Book Review, and written speeches for Labor politicians such as Bill Shorten, Chris Bowen, Steve Bracks and John Brumby. Deane has published one non-fiction book, Catch and Kill: The Politics of Power (2015); two novels, The Norseman’s Song (2010) and Another (2004); three collections of poetry, Year of the Wasp (2016), Magisterium (2008) and Subterranean Radio Songs(2005); and a chapbook, £10 Poems (2008).
His poetry features in the anthologies Thirty Australian Poets (2011), Best Australian Poems 2008, Best Australian Poems 2016 and Australian Poetry Anthology 2016. He won the 2018 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the 2016 Judith Wright Calanthe Award, a finalist for the 2015 Walkley Award and the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature, and shortlisted in the 2006 Anne Elder Award. Joel Deane lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children and works as a freelance writer.
Monday 26 February: Hazel Hogan & Alice Kinsella
Hazel Hogan is a poet from Dublin. She tackles wide-ranging societal issues in her work – from the housing crisis through to mental health. She was recently featured in Episode four of Myles O’Reilly and Donal Dineen This Ain’t No Disco. Her poem Grangegorman is on the recommended list to be studied as part of the Junior Certificate English curriculum 2017. Her poetry was submitted into the Irish Poetry Reading Archive as part of the UCD digital library. She was selected to take part in the Dublin City of Literature project, Dublin: A Year in Words curated by Stephen James Smith and Linda Devlin and supported by UNESCO. She has been featured on The Ray D’arcy Show on RTE Radio 1 and published by The Irish Times, RTE Culture and the Journal.ie. Hazel is a member of the spoken word and Graffiti collective OutStraight curated by Lewis Kenny. OutStraight is a concept-based show combining spoken word theater with visual art graffiti. They recently launched their first collection of poetry with Emmet Kirwan and Maser.
Hazel has been performing for three years at various events such as Irish Literature Festival, Emmet Kirwan’s ‘Beats & Rhymes’ stage, and The Irish Times ‘Wonderlust’ stage at Body & Soul Festival, Lingo:A spoken word festival, NYF Dublin, MyNameIs Campaign, Knockanstockan, F Festival, St. Patrick Festival, First Fortnight Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Liberties Festival, Words in the Warehouse, LCQ, Under the Hammer, A-musing, The Monday Echo, PETTYCASH and Come Rhyme with Me. She was the co-founder and the currator of the variety night Words in the Warehouse that happened in the Grangegorman Squat.
Alice Kinsella was born in Dublin and raised in Mayo. She was educated in Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway. Her poetry has appeared at home and abroad, in publications such as A New Ulster, Banshee Lit, Boyne Berries, Headspace magazine, Hungry Hills Wild Atlantic Words Anthology, Icarus, Lagan Online, Live Encounters Magazine, Poethead, Poetry NI Holocaust Memorial Anthology, Skylight47, The Fem literary magazine, The Galway Review, The Irish Times, The Lonely Crowd, The Ofi Press, The Pickled Body, The Rochford Street Review, The Stony Thursday Book, and The Sunday Independent.
Her work has been listed for several competitions including Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition 2016, Jonathan Swift Awards 2016, and Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition 2017. In 2016 she was the Assistant Editor of Looking at the Stars, a limited edition anthology of Irish writing edited by Kerrie O’ Brien to raise money for the Rough Sleeper Team of the Dublin Simon Community. Her debut play The Passing was staged as a part of What’s the Story at the Liberties Festival 2016. It went on to be performed at Cruthú Arts Festival and Temple Bar Culture and Arts Festival in the same year. The Passing was also performed as a part of Little Shadow Theatre’s New Irish Playbook in May 2017. She was SICCDA Liberties Festival writer in residence for 2017 and received a John Hewitt bursary in the same year. Her first collection, Flower Press is forthcoming on February 22nd 2018 by The Onslaught Press
Monday 5 March: Seachtain na Gaeilge - Louis Mulcahy
Louis Mulcahy is a potter who writes poetry. He has been published in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Shop, Southword, Stony Thursday etc. and read on RTE1, Lyric Radio and Radio na Gaeltachta. He has three collections of Poetry one in Irish and two in English, all published by An Sagart Publications. His fourth collection is due from Doire Press in 2019. He was Founder and Director of the poetry festival An Fhéile Bheag Filíochta from 2007 to 2014. He has been Chairman of the Crafts Council of Ireland and of Samhlaíocht Chiarraí and served on the Government Task Force on Small Enterprises. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland. He is married to the tapestry artist Lisbeth Mulcahy.
Monday 12 March: Patrick Stack
Born in Limerick City in July 1958, Patrick Stack grew up in Duagh, County Kerry – George FitzMaurice country. He was educated at St. Michael’s College, Listowel, and at Trinity College, Dublin where he read French and English. He emigrated to Seville, Spain in 1988 where he taught English, and worked as a translator and interpreter. Moving back to Ireland in 1995 he settled in County Clare, where he works as a web developer, programmer, and adult education teacher. Patrick is an active member of the Poetry Collective which he joined in 2007, and runs the group’s website at www.poetrycollective.com. He has had poems published in Voicefree, Revival Poetry Journal, Crannóg, Brigid’s Fire, The Clare Champion, and Outburst!, was twice shortlisted in the Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition, and read at Electric Picnic 2011.
Patrick’s fascination with words and their sounds lead him to poetry and to other languages. He currently speaks five, writes poetry in three, and is learning Arabic and Hungarian. He has published two poetry collections – The Parting (CTLSP, 2013) and Rage (Revival Press, 2017) – and is working on his third.
Monday 19 March: John Foggin
John Foggin lives in Ossett, West Yorkshire. His work has appeared in The North, The New Writer, Prole, and The interpreters house, among others, an in anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry (2015, 2018). He publishes a poetry blog: the great fogginzo’s cobweb. His poems have won first prizes in The Plough Poetry (2013, 2014), the Camden/Lumen (2014), and McClellan (2015) competitions respectively. In 2016 he was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition judged by Billy Collins. He has had published four pamphlets/chapbooks: Running out of Space (2014) Backtracks(2015), Larach (WardWood Publications) (2015) and Outlaws and fallen angels (Calder Valley Poetry) (2016), and two collections, Much Possessed (smith|doorstop) (2016), and Gap Year, co-authored with Andy Blackford (SPM Publications, 2017). John was the joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Competition (2017), and his winning entry Advice to a traveller will be published in 2018.
Monday 26 March: Eleanor Cummins, Eileen Sheehan & Jessie Lendennie
Eleanor Cummins has published poetry in many journals and anthologies, including Dogs Singing (Salmon Poetry, 2011). She has written for the stage also; with her work performed in Prague and New York. In 2016 Commemorations her play about her Gran Aunt Nurse Margaret Kehoe was featured at events in her native Carlow. Currently she is based in Ireland and working on a first collection of poems.
Eileen Sheehan is from Scartaglen, County Kerry. She lives in Killarney. Anthology publications include Best Loved Poems: Favourite Poems from the South of Ireland (editor Gabriel Fitzmaurice with photographs by John Reidy/ Curragh Press); The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem (editors Eugene O’Connell & Pat Boran/ Dedalus Press) and TEXT: A Transition Year English Reader (editor Niall MacMonagle/ The Celtic Press), The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets (editor Joan McBreen / Salmon Poetry). Her third collection, The Narrow Way of Souls, will be published in 2018 by Salmon Poetry.
Jessie Lendennie is the founder and editor of Salmon Poetry, established in 1981. She has commissioned and edited over 500 poetry collections since that time. Her own publications include Daughter and Other Poems, Walking Here, and several non-fiction books, including Poetry: Reading it, Writing It, Publishing It. Among other anthologies, she compiled and edited Salmon: A Journey in Poetry: 25 years of Salmon Poetry, and Even the Daybreak: 35 Years of Salmon Poetry. She is currently working on a memoir To Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky.