A regular spoken word event in Skibbereen at the Tanyard Bar

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Trudy Hayes reads for Speakeasy

Trudy Hayes is an author, playwright, and journalist. She wrote “The Politics of Seduction”, and her last play, “Do Nothing, Say Nothing, Be Nothing” was produced by Fishamble Theatre.

Bob Shakeshaft

Bob Shakeshaft

Bob Shakeshaft has been a regular reader on the Dublin open-mic. scene since 2004. Poems appear in Riposte Broadsheet 2004/20015/ also Census Anthology 2009/2010. Agamemnon Dead 2014. New Ulster 2016/2017. NY. Lit. Magazine 2016. Live Encounters Mag.2016/2021.

Anne Walsh Donnelly reads

Anne Walsh Donnelly was recently appointed as the Poet Laureate for the town of Belmullet in Co Mayo. She describes her writing process as ‘Bungee jumping, naked, off the Cliffs of Moher.’ Her poetry is wild and wonderful, honest and brave. Her full length poetry collection, “Odd as F*ck,” was published in May 2021 by Fly on the Wall Poetry Press.


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

John W. Sexton reads for Speakeasy  

Stanley Notte reads for Speakeeasy  

Mags Wade Dark Matter video  

Fiona Bolger reads for Speakeasy  

Lynn Buckle reads for Speakeasy