John Devoy on RTE Nationwide

Local author John Devoy read from his acclaimed travel book “Quondam” which is an account of his epic bicycle journey across two continents.  RTE Nationwide have made a short interview film which airs on 16th December at 7pm. John’s Biography John Devoy grew up in the 1960’s, on the shores of Cork harbour. He studied […]


Speakeasy Feb 25th 2020

The Tanyard, Skibbereen, Tues Feb 25th at 8.00 pm. The usual exciting mix of invited speakers and open Mic performers.  Details to follow. Sign up to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out!  

Frank Connolly Conspiracy of Lies

Frank Connolly reads from A Conspiracy of Lies

Frank will perform a scene from his new novel, reading the part of Joe.  Sharing the stage with Frank will be Molly O’Halloran who will read passages from the character of Angie.  November 26th. A Conspiracy of Lies Frank Connolly April 2019 Three big bangs shook Dublin in May 1974. Angie and Joe meet in […]

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Speakeasy Session November 26th

Another stimulating and entertaining evening at Speakeasy. FREE ENTRANCE. We are doing something a little bit different at the November Speakeasy. Joining us on the night will be the author of the immensely popular ‘Irishman’s Diary’ column in the Irish Times, Frank McNally. Investigative journalist Frank Connolly will also be with us to read from […]

Daniele Serafini

Poems by Italian poet Daniele Serafini

Return to Campoformido to my father Tullio, aviator Returning to Campoformido it is as if your photo (the one in your flying jacket Your comrades close by & your face unguarded to the future) had never been taken. Returning to Campoformido it was as if, unexpectedly, you stepped from the family album to retrieve, this […]

Anton Floyd at Skibbereen Speakeasy

Six poems by multiple award winner Anton Floyd

At Lough Allua You dipped gently your hand into the lake to test the colour of the lapping water. It was the purest blue an intense ultramarine as if time had processed the world’s store of lapis and had lavished this gift this mesmerising pigment remaking this place as all encompassing as the frescoes adorning […]

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Padraig Belton introduces the Story Slam 2019

I am a journalist, and here to report that the art of storytelling is alive and thriving in West Cork.  As a reporter I am a paid storyteller, some of them, hopefully, true. We are all storytellers, in this country—telling stories, some of them true. With a charming inattention to mere facts and an unfailing […]

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Riding Against the Lizard by William Wall

ON THE NEED FOR ANGER NOW ‘Anger is the political sentiment par excellence. It brings out the qualities of the inadmissible, the intolerable. It is a refusal and a resistance that with one step goes beyond all that can be accomplished reasonably in order to open possible paths for a new negotiation of the reasonable […]

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JOHN COTTON POET (Read by Bev Cotton)

  JOHN COTTON 1925-2003 POET (Read by Bev Cotton) Obituary, The Guardian, April 2003 From “Here’s Looking At You Kid” Headland, 1992 CHERNOBYL At night the darkening maze of branches Threatens as the forest broods They heard it fidget, breathe And tried to estimate its moods Read omens as the ghost-owl mothed Its way across […]