6th All Ireland Poetry Slam Championship
All Ireland Live Poetry Slam | Dublin
- Target: €1000
rewards for funding this project:
Honourable Mention in the Special Edition Slam Final Chapbook of Finalists' Poems.
Honourable Mention in the Special Edition Slam Final Chapbook of Finalists' Poems and copy of publication.
a project by:
Paul Casey, Colin Dardis, Abby Oliveira, Desmond Swords, Dominick Taylor and John Walsh are six poets with a wealth of experience in organising poetry events in Cork ( Ó Bhéal), Belfast (Purely Poetry), Derry (Poetry Chicks), Dublin (Monster Truck Gallery), Limerick (On The Nail) and Galway (North Beach Poetry Nights). We are the regional organisers of the All-Ireland Live Poetry Slam Championships, now in its sixth year! Go to the Facebook links to find out more about the heats in your area.
Every year in late summer/autumn regional, open heats occur in five cities: Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Galway and Limerick, from which eight winning poets secure their place in the grand final, held to judge who of Ireland's top eight performance poets will walk away with the prestigious crown of All Ireland Poetry Slam Champion. One winner each from the Belfast and Derry heats go forward to represent Ulster in the final, whilst two each from the Dublin, Galway and Limerick heats go forward to represent Leinster, Connacht and Munster.
Founded on the idea of the old bardic circuit, the location of the final alternates each year, rotating among the four provinces, and have so far been held in 2007 Ulster (Belfast), 2008 Munster (Limerick), 2009 Connacht (Galway), 2010 Leinster (Dublin) and 2011 Ulster (Derry).
The 2012 final will be hosted by Ó Bhéal on 30 November at Cyprus Avenue in Cork, Munster. As the event has no formal funding, we are hoping to raise 1000 euro to cover prize money and expenses for travelling poets, plus the printing costs for 100 copies of a special commemorative edition chapbook of the 16-18 poems that contestants bring to the final.
The 1000 euro breaks down as follows.
€ 300 = 50 euro each for travelling expenses to the six contestants from the three non-final provinces.
Ó Bhéal are covering accommodation expense for the six non-Munster visiting finalists.
Prize money total:
€ 300 - 1st
€ 150 - 2nd
€ 75 - 3rd
€ 175 - for 100 commemorative chapbooks.
2007: Ulster: McHugh's pub Belfast - Brendan Murphy - Connacht.
2008: Munster: White House pub Limerick - Donal O' Siadhach - Munster.
2009: Connacht: Crane bar Galway - Seamus Fox - Ulster.
2010: Leinster: International bar Dublin - Colm Keegan - Leinster.
2011: Ulster: Sandino's bar Derry - Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin - Connacht.
Any assistance will be very gratefully received. C'mon and make this year the best yet.
Thanks a million!