A regular spoken word event in Skibbereen at the Tanyard Bar

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The latest online performances and writing from our contributors and performers

Margaret O’Driscoll Reads

Margaret O’Driscoll lives in West Cork, and is a busy mother of seven and grandmother to thirteen. In 2016 she published her first collection of poetry and since then her work has been published worldwide and translated into many different languages.

Three poems: Daniel Wade

Daniel Wade is a poet and playwright from Dublin. Daniel was the Hennessy New Irish Writing winner for April 2015 in The Irish Times, and his poetry and short fiction have appeared in over two dozen publications since 2012.

Rachel Coventry reads for Speakeasy

Rachel Coventry’s poems appear in The North, The Moth, Abridged, Poetry Ireland Review, Stand, The Irish Times, and The Shop. Her debut collection Afternoon Drinking in the Jolly Butchers (2018) is published by Salmon Poetry.

Gerard Beirne reads for Speakeasy

Gerard Beirne has published two collections of poetry and 4 books of prose. Hennessy Award winner, shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Bord Gais Irish Book Awards, and Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. He lectures on the BA Writing and Literature Program, IT Sligo.

Moya Roddy reads for Speakeasy

. Her poems have appeared in the Irish Times, Crannog, Stoney Thursday, Stinging Fly, Boyne Berries among others. Moya’s novel The Long Way Home was described as “simply brilliant” in Irish Times; her short story collection Other People was nominated for Frank O’Connor Award. Her new novel A Wiser Girl was described by Ruth McKee in the Irish Times as a “blast of Italian sunshine, a sparkling glass of wine for these chilly and uncertain times”.


The Speakeasy Sessions are a spoken word event


Last Tuesday of each month 8.00pm til 11pm


The Tanyard, Main Street, Skibbereen   


Spoken word performers of every kind are welcome. Whether you are a poet, a rapper, a story-teller, a writer, actor, puppeteer, a giver of speeches, a comedian – or just someone with something interesting to say, a warm welcome awaits you.How? To reserve a slot at one of our gigs, please complete the booking form here.

Spoken word in Skibbereen


Previously, in no particular order

Emer Martin reads from The Cruelty Men  

Margaret O’Driscoll reads her poetry for Speakeasy  

Paddy Cullivan talks to Skibbereen Speakeasy  

Jim by Philomena Barry

Jim- a poem by Philomena Barry  

Una Mannion reads for Speakeasy  

Brian Kirk reads for Speakeasy

Brian Kirk reads for Speakeasy