Looking Back: Megaverse @HUB festival Cardiff 2019

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Thank you Hub Festival Cardiff 2019 for once again providing stages for all kinds of art and performance, including visual arts, music, comedy and various spoken word shows, including two from MEGAVERSE at this lovely place…

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WHAT IS MEGAVERSE?

Clicking above will tell you more about Megaverse
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FOR MORE INFO ON EVERYONE IN THIS BLOG
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SATURDAY MEGAVERSE
UPSTAIRS AT BEELZEBUBS
FEATURE PERFORMER – GARETH DAVIES

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Organiser/Host – WILL FORD
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OPENING/CLOSING PROCEEDINGS:
SATURDAY HEADLINER

GARETH DAVIES
He’ll reel you in with story hooks, go HERE and buy his book!
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BRYAN MARSHALL
He’ll whisper, he’ll shout, he’ll feel every emotion and turn them into words

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FRANCESS
Faith in the light, even in the darkest times
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BRIDGET LEGGY TANNER

Soft on the surface, strong inside, is that chocolate? Mmmm…open wide!

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LINDA RHINEHART
Prior moving to Arizona, giving out considered, evocative words
before leaving on that jet plane…

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THE JACK TEDDINGTON SHOW
The public face of a jolly TV host starts to crack…performed by Gordon Anderson
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HILDE JORGENSEN
Traversing the ever crossing undercurrents of the individual psyche that as with many of us have us pleased with life and somehow also frustrated by it
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JOHNNY GILES
Self revealing, ever searching for the right words, somehow never quite at rest

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DES MANNAY
Left wing and loud about it, The Hooligan Poet stands up for himself and others

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ALIX EDWARDS
cutting, sometimes electrifying words…
At the time of writing, Alix has a exhibition of her art going on…LINK
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GARETH TWAMLEY
Satirical, self questioning, will give you advice on ‘trips’
Firmly in the camp that believes Boris is a Johnson
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ADDE JONZE
When there is so much fear to conquer…people bang on about CAKE???


GARETH DAVIES RETURNS
More expansive and uplifting words to bring matters to a finish!

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Phew! Thank you all, and thank you Gareth…but it’s not over yet…

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…the very next day…

SUNDAY MEGAVERSE
DOWNSTAIRS AT BEELZEBUBS
HEADLINER
AMELIA UNITY
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Opening proceedings…Host WILL FORD
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MAT TROY
Prolific producer of stories and rhymes including

strangely funny creepy valentines
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MAGGIE NASH
Confidence behind the mic befitting her words of struggle towards self-discovery,

acceptance and the strength gained on the journey
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BECKY CEE
Wants you to stop rating everything online and really live among fellow humans

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CULT OF DORIS
Surrender to the cult, of comedic self assertion and ‘do not mess’ attitude

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FRANCESCA MURPHY
Soulful acapela song, spoken word, consummate performer

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CLIVE OSEMAN
Straight outta Swindon, with comedic high speed delivery, for this event, anyway, he does many, and words that cut as deep as life are often his jam

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LIZ MARSH
After accidentally photo bombing Clive Oseman, dropping words often borne of personal growth, and like so many of us, finding self and strength through the spoken word

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DAVE DAGGERS
French love songs, going to the moon, cannibalism, Daggers strikes!

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Host Will Ford…It’s BOOTY SONG TIME!

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ROSIE BUF
Swansea Slam 2019 Champion performing after running a half marathon!
Full respect!
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AMELIA UNITY
Realities of the process of, motherhood, loss, sharing joys and her spotlight.

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AMELIA UNITY DUETS
WITH FRANCESCA MURPHY
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WITH LOUISE BAMFORD

Then, after 2 days of all kinds of gently intoned and merrily bellowed and soulfully sung and angrily expressed and humorously hollered wordscapes, when Amelia was finished, so was MEGAVERSE at HUB Festival 2019

FOR MORE INFO ON PERFORMERS IN THIS BLOG
PLEASE CLICK HERE

The event pictures above come courtesy of

Dave Daggers, Bridget Tanner, Francess, Hilde Jorgensen and Will Ford.
For specific photo credits, SCROLL DOWN TO PHOTO CREDITS

THANK YOU EVERYONE…LOOKING FORWARD TO 2020!

Much love from me, Will Ford! For every one of you involved with HUB in any way, performers, organisers, audiences, venues, bar staff, sound engineers, poster makers, promoters, anyone not covered by that list, a big hand!!!

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WHAT IS MEGAVERSE?

PHOTO CREDITS

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HUB festival Cardiff 2019: MEGAVERSE RETURNS…upstairs and downstairs…PERFORMER DETAILS

HUB FESTIVAL 2019    AUG 23-25
12 STAGES – 200 ACTS

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HUB festival Cardiff 2019, 23-25 August

Womanby Street, Cardiff…and beyond..12 venues, over 200 acts! The annual August Bank Holiday festival of the (mostly) performance arts returns to fill you full of fun times and frivolous frolics. Featuring furious and friendly tunes, visual arts, all the the bevvies you can responsibly handle and various spoken word events including MEGAVERSE 

What is MEGAVERSE?
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Featuring many readers, reciters, raucous verbal chicanery from an eclectic range of performers and styles, including two feature artists…

AMELIA UNITY

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GARETH DAVIES
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Plus additional words from MEGAVERSE organiser and host

WILL FORD
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Keep on scrolling and reading for lots more performer pics and details…

Megaverse at Hub festival Cardiff 2019…WHERE?
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17-19 Church St, Cardiff CF10 1BG

WHEN?
Saturday August 24 (2.00-4.00pm) UPSTAIRS

Sunday August 25 (2.00-4.00pm)DOWNSTAIRS

SATURDAY HEADLINER – GARETH DAVIES
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Before he jets off to Japan for work and creative reasons, Gareth (international storyteller and author of novel HUMANS, BEING) joins us for a session of tale telling and mirth making. His novel is in the running for the Not The Booker Prize!
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SUNDAY HEADLINER – AMELIA UNITY

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By the time Amelia joins us, she will have already performed as part of LADIES OF RAGE the previous day. But it is not all about ‘rage’ it is about asserting the right to express, with hints of the street, hints of family life, exploring sometimes hard truths with passion and honesty with increasing presence as a performer as stage experience racks up.
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OTHER FEATURED MEGAVERSE PERFORMERS
IN GLORIOUS ALPHABETICAL ORDER
COME TO MEGAVERSE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
IF YOU WANNA CATCH ‘EM ALL

GORDON ANDERSON
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Often having thoughts exploring the contending views of what is meant by the word ‘Man’ you can expect quizzical words from Gordon with hints of sweet and dark. He has seen things you people wouldn’t believe. He may tell a tall tale of the creator of Cillit Bang…or demonstrate a banana protection device…He also regularly organises and hosts Open Space for Cardiff Central Library  HUB, featuring a plethora of poets and novelists launching their books and offering their back catalogues of wordy wares. Gordon has performed at many events, including Where I’m Coming From Open Mic

ROSIE BUF
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Swansea Poetry Slam Winner 2019 and part of Ladies of Rage, Rosie brings Megaverse words of empathy for the struggles of others and exploration of what it means to be human and be in search of identity and balance in life. Humility itself in person, and powerful on the page and stage. LEARN MORE  

post megaverse update…the morning before Sunday Megaverse, Rosie Buf RAN A FREAKING HALF MARATHON…many kudos points, hope you weren’t
in sunburn pain!

BECKY CEE
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Introduced to Megaverse by Sunday Headliner Amelia Unity, Becky Cee is an upcoming performer, her verbal landscape includes frowning at people for being adidicted to rating things online and seeming to forget real people exist to connect with…and celebrating the capacity of imagination to offer a whole universe to escape into, meld with, learn from…She, will like all the other peformers bring her personal universe along, and that is the whole point of megaverse, everyone brings their universe and together these realms combine into a…yes…Megaverse!

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Judy Price is Cult of Doris, a spoken word artist and Electronic Music Producer / Artist. Jude is also part of the Cardiff collective Ladies of Rage and Cardiff Electronic Producers Network. Cult of Doris creative content , is influenced by her lived experience of daily life and uses humour with a little dash of sarcasm to convey her stories in spoken word and song. Cult of Doris, as a live music artist incorporates Music Technology, Ableton Live and recorded Instrumentation to produce and perform live music that is influenced by everything from early jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop to current day pop trends. Doris is always busy creating soundscapes, tracks for artists, recording in the studio and collaborating with other artists. Currently working on producing her second album.
Cult of Doris:    Twitter       Website 

DAVE DAGGERS
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Dave is his own enthusiastic creation, a freewheeling, free spirited artist, photographer, poet and (mostly) comic songwriter.  Irreverent, irrepressible and individual, generous of soul and encourager of all types of creative expression. Spell check says encourager is not a word. Screw you spell check, it should be a noun, and more people need to be that noun to help make a better world! Be like Dave, be an encourager.

ALIX EDWARDS

Artist, photographer, writer, performer and creator/host of Cardiff open mic night Company of Words. Alix delivers uncompromising, hard hitting tales of female experience, a theme that influences some of her creative projects. She has a solo four week exhibition of her art at Cwtsh, Stow Hill, Newport, from Sep 1 to Sep 29 2019

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Prolific and edgy, devourer of poetry books and ever seeking the best way to let out his flow, Johnny’s book Chalk Outlines provides a way in to the world of his words which he performs with a curious mix of modesty and nervously energetic assertiveness.

ADDE JONZE
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The creative mind behind musical act Excellent Skeleton, Adde is an intense presence with strong words to share, not only those powered by the need for feelings to find expression as an existential necessity, but sometimes hilarious consternation about the (to him) less essential nature of the apparent obsessions of others, such as cake. More specifically, Lemon Sponge. Would be awesome to hear that one again, Adde!

HILDE JORGENSEN
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Multi-lingual Hilde spends much of her time translating/subtitling TV shows while concurrently taking care of her writing goals, partially via writing groups in Cardiff and sharing words that are often a river with many undercurrents of lightness and intensity.

DES MANNAY
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Des, self-styled Hooligan Poet, displays various intensities of raging against the machine, social injustice, the complexities and perplexities of seeking to remain a decent human being in a world seemingly increasingly beset by the inequities of the evil men of power.
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MARIO
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A sunny disposition in person, as a poet Mario delivers surreal and complex imagery with words hewn from the granite harsh trials of life and arranged to his design

ELIZABETH MARSH
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The owner of a questing and inquiring mind connected to a restless, rarely still pen, Liz found her courage and a whole new life to live at least partially after finally finding a freedom to express herself via words that was denied to her in any other way. A live wire of a human, with words that will either be flights of imagination or heart-stoppingly, almost brutally, real

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Former teacher and  currently creator/curator of weekly Cardiff writing group Bryan’s Angels, Bryan Marshall has an infinite capacity to explore poetic forms and a vocal range that sometimes gently invites you to lean in for a closer listen, sometimes suddenly climbs to a roar that may rock you back into your seat and probably sometimes wakes the dead…

FRANCESCA MURPHY

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Bringing a mix of spoken poetry and acapella renditions self-written songs to Megaverse, Ladies of Rage and numerous other stages, Francesca Murphy delivers whole-heartedly, bringing smiles to faces including her own, passion flows strongly from this performer! One of several Ladies of Rage taking part at Megaverse this year

MAGGIE NASH
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Appearances can be deceptive, for while Maggie Nash has a ready smile and calm demeanour, she is absolutely assured behind the mic and the causes dear to her heart are pursued with unstinting passion and fire. Or she may deliver words borne of self exploration, discovering a place in the world, learning to set self free from the thing that often holds it back, the self itself and the fear and doubt it can create in any of us! Whatever she brings, it will be brought with utter conviction and without apology!

CLIVE OSEMAN
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Seen up and down the UK in spoken word nights and slams, Clive has published collections including LIFE. Wry, defiant, self-revealing, Clive loves his hometown Birmingham more than Swindon, although with Nick Lovell has set up  a now well established regular spoken word event in Swindon called OOOOH BEEHIVE so helps create spoken word buzz where he lives as well as buzzing around the UK to perform!

LINDA RHINEHART
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Understated, softly spoken, dry of wit, the ostensibly calmly centred  Linda Rhinehart perceives the world with laser sharp eyes and refined senses and fashions the ideas, emotions and images her perception collects into pristinely crafted lines that convey a worldview of yearning for the beautiful, sometimes suggesting that it might be elusive, even nowhere to be found, but finding it often enough to keep the inner spark dancing

FRANCESS
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Kinesiology practitioner and Therapist Francess is a living embodiment of the principles of her work and spirituality, consistently asserting a vision for humanity you could say is a gently presented version of the plaintive demand from Dylan Thomas to rage against the dying of the light. Love, in the generalised sense of love for life and existence itself…if that is what eventually saves us all from what often seems to be a very dark world, Fran will have been one of those who has spread a message of love as a healer without equal, without doubt.

BRIDGET LEGGY TANNER
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Sweet and self-effacing, Bridget Leggy Tanner has previously written with multiple double entendres about chocolate, delved into pieces reflecting her personal life trials and tribulations. A mix of light and fluffy with inner steel revealed to those who know her best, or treat her worst…

MAT TROY
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Curious, curiouser, more curious still, the more you hear of the words of Mat Troy, the more you will be exposed to an almost feverish level of quirkiness and infinite armies of characters in recognisable yet surreal scenarios waiting to be released onto the page and and stage. Mat operates as a spoken word performer, comedian, writer of stories, scripts and plays, a connoisseur of the absurd that can be observed in reality and the absurd that only the imagination can dream up

GARETH TWAMLEY
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Trained actor and deliverer of poetry that ranges from personal to satirical, Gareth ‘Twammers’ Twamley is a man on a mission to facilitate expression, his own and that of others. His open Mic night LYRICAL MIRACLES regularly pulls in the punters and their poetic patter across the river from the Principality Stadium (which, as Han Solo would agree, was much cooler when it had the word Millennium in its name). Also a performer with musical/spoken word ‘family’ The Pride, Gareth is a whirlwind of energy given freely to wordy folk and fans of such folk and occasions.

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A literal Doctor of Literature, Thomas Tyrrell has a particular fondness for verses telling tales of sea faring scurvy dogs, historical and fictional. Intense of presence, impressive of beard, with a resonant and rich voice for deploying in the name of delivering his verse.

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You…Are…Invited!

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Will Ford, in the process of winning a Slam!

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Exhibition featuring work by inspired by Will Ford’s words

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Will pictured at end of 35 minute set, the first ever performance at new Cardiff Monthly event, LISTEN. LISTEN features two performers each month LISTEN 3 will be at Gentileza, Sep 05 2019, featuring Christina Thatcher and Byrony Sier

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Will, crouching in an award winning garden at RHS Cardiff 2019, inspired by his words,
WE GROW BETTER TOMORROWS WHEN WE PLANT GOOD SEEDS TODAY

These words have been on permanent, prominent display in the reception area of the Mental Health Unit at Llandough Hospital Cardiff since it opened in 2017.

If you are still reading, congratulations, you have not had your attention span ruined by the over stimulating bullshit storm of the modern age!

Stop reading now, and make sure you come along to the many events you will find over the August Bank Holiday HUB FESTIVAL 2019

See you at Beelzebubs Aug 24 and 25, 2-4pm both days, for MEGAVERSE!

New Cardiff Performance Event (LISTEN)

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 will be launched July 4 2019 at Gentileza

LAUNCH EVENT – (LISTEN) 1

WHAT IS (LISTEN)?

Each (LISTEN) event will offer featured performers a chance to deliver an extended set in the intimate surroundings of Gentileza. No microphones. Just a welcoming space for the performers to be heard by an audience that truly wants to listen

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After each performance has been heard, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. The Q&A will be overseen by event creator, organiser and host Steven Kenward, himself a musician, songwriter and performer.

As an appreciator of all kinds of performance, Steven formerly organised and hosted the open mic event WHAT YA GOT? This offered performers slots of up to ten minutes but (LISTEN) is not an open mic event.

Via (LISTEN) Steven hopes that the audience and the different featured performers at each event  will benefit from people being given more time to show more of what they are capable of.

Every (LISTEN) will be different from every other (LISTEN)

There is no entry fee. But you are free to show your appreciation on a donation basis, if what you hear moves, excites, amuses you or simply, for whatever reason, makes you feel glad you decided to drop by at Gentileza and lend your ears to (LISTEN).

 

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MEGAVERSE (CARDIFF) Spoken Word Festival Event

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       SPECIAL MENTION IN BEST LITERARY FESTIVAL EVENT CATEGORY
                    SABOTEUR AWARDS 2019 SHORTLISTING PROCESS

MEGAVERSE was born at the annual HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF in August 2014, bringing performance poetry, page poetry reading, spoken and sung word performance to a yearly three day celebration of arts of all kinds in and outside the venues of Womanby Street, in Central Cardiff.

Returning every August since and looking forward to HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2019, MEGAVERSE is organised and hosted by spoken word performer Will Ford. When Will created MEGAVERSE he was looking for a ‘brand name’ that implies each performer creates their own word universe and these word universes exist in parallel to each other. And that is the ethos MEGAVERSE operates under.

The aim of MEGAVERSE is to showcase an eclectic range of page and performance styles to the audience…

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THE ART OF THE MIND, AT HAFAN Y COED ADULT MENTAL HEALTH UNIT:REGENERATION, RENEWAL, RECOVERY

We Grow Better Tomorrows When We Plant Good Seeds Today. True then. True now. True alwats

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Hafan y Coed was officially opened Thursday, March 17th 2016…

Here is a little look back over my involvement with this project and the work of many people along the way…

March 11th was a proud and, in various ways, humbling day for me, and marked tangible recognition of the role of the arts in the search for and maintenance of good mental health. Just six days before the official opening of Hafan y Coed came the ‘private view’ of the art that will be on permanent display to promote and help sustain the ethos of the new facility that I personally sum up as Regeneration, Renewal, Recovery

Many months, many people and much work went into making this permanent exhibition  happen, and long may the spirit of this project be continued into the work that goes on at Hafan y Coed.

WORDS UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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My words in the process…

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POLITICS MAKES ME CHUCK UP

What good’ll come of saying

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makes me chuck up?

What good’ll come of saying

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was a fuck up?

What good’ll come of saying that

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is a prick?

What good’ll come of saying

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is a dick?

What good’ll come of saying

FUCK DOMINIC RAAB?
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What good’ll come of saying

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What good’ll come of saying that none of these bleeders

Make me wanna say yeah, I want you as my leader

On the road to equality, freedom, prosperity

Cos you think I’m just a peasant

With unpleasant temerity

Going off at the mouth, spittin’ out the frustration

Seeing you Muppet Show Muthas
Pissin’ over the nation

Like people are nothing
Once their votes have been courted

Then it’s back to your game of thrones
To see your enemies thwarted

Like

EMPEROR PALPATINE
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wanting UNLIMITED POWER

But if someone’s got a

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then you run, hide and cower

 
Don’t get the wrong message

This aint a whinge from the left

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He’s lost a lot of his heft


So who do I follow, I ask from the mic

When I feel I like wanna see
ALL of your heads on a spike

What do I do now, lose heart?
Get depressed?

Guess I’m just spillin’ words
To get this shit off my chest
 
But what good’ll come of saying

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makes me chuck up?

What good’ll come of saying

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was a fuck up?


What good’ll come of saying that

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is a prick?

What good’ll come of saying

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is a dick?

What good’ll come of saying

FUCK DOMINIC RAAB?
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What good’ll come of saying

BORIS JOHNSON’S A NOB?
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What good’ll come of it
in the final analysis

If the future is a patient
Too far gone for dialysis?

What good’ll come of keepin’ on
Fightin’ and workin’

If the future is y’all
Circle jerkin’ while

BORIS IS TWERKIN’
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Hurtin’

ANGELA MERKEL’S SAD TEARFUL SOUL
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She don’t wanna see that

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Being shoved in your hole

This verse is better than
All of you fools
Trying to get to the top


Unlike your self-serving bullshit
At least it comes to a stop.

MEGAVERSE (CARDIFF) Spoken Word Festival Event

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MEGAVERSE was born at the annual HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF in August 2014, bringing performance poetry, page poetry reading, spoken and sung word performance to a yearly three day celebration of arts of all kinds in and outside the venues of Womanby Street, in Central Cardiff.

 

 

 

 

Returning every August since and looking forward to HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2019, MEGAVERSE is organised and hosted by spoken word performer Will Ford. When Will created MEGAVERSE he was looking for a ‘brand name’ that implies each performer creates their own word universe and these word universes exist in parallel to each other. And that is the ethos MEGAVERSE operates under.

 

 

The aim of MEGAVERSE is to showcase an eclectic range of page and performance styles to the audience and a platform for those taking part to reach that audience.

 

 

In the last couple of years the previously single 4 hour + MEGAVERSE bonanza at HUB has been split over two days to double the opportunities for festival goers to look in on spoken word.  The two sessions of MEGAVERSE each offer over two hours of performances comprised of a dozen or more short sets, closing with a longer set by feature poets.

 

 


That’s over four hours of words from up to 30 different performers, variously offering you their literary, personal, political, love struck, lovelorn, joyful, angry, hilarious, heart breaking, raw, real, surreal, socially conscious, zeitgeist reflecting, formal, free form, gentle, punchy, seductive, whispered, shouted, sung work.

MEGAVERSE seeks to encourage those relatively new to performing to experience a festival atmosphere along with more professionally tested performers so that everyone supports and inspires each other to give their best and grow as performers in the process.

 

 

MEGAVERSE has become a firm annual fixture in the heart of Central Cardiff, attracting local and nearby talent and also drawing in performers from further flung places such as Brighton, Southampton, Swindon and Canada!

In addition to its annual existence as a festival event, MEGAVERSE has also landed in other circumstances both in and outdoors, to celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day, In support of OXJAM, in association with BBC WALES TV talent Project IT’S MY SHOUT and in ‘underground culture’ as part of a Cardiff TAA (Temporary Autonomous Art) in a disused office building ‘temporarily occupied’ for a week-long festival of visual art, poetry and music.

 

 

Will Ford also organised and hosted a MEGAVERSE with local NHS Mental Health Unit Whitchurch during the period of transition of its services to a new location in Llandough Hospital. And when the new mental health unit opened, some words from Will went on permanent display in the entrance area to encourage anyone who sees them to envisage a better future for themselves, whether in terms of mental health, career, creativity or any other aspect of life:
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WE GROW BETTER TOMORROWS WHEN WE PLANT GOOD SEEDS TODAY

Formerly almost completely agoraphobic, Will Ford found himself via spoken word performance, overcoming his very worst fears in order to be able to try and share his words. The more he planted those seeds of possibility, the more he found he could do. Initial musings. He has continued on this path ever since, exploring his own creativity and encouraging others to do the same. Being grateful for being heard and how much that set him free was the seed from which MEGAVERSE went on to grow.

For four years, until January 2019, Will co-hosted RARA, a monthly spoken word open mic where some of the MEGAVERSE contributors took their first ever chance on their own words and shared them with an audience. Will and co-conspirator Dave Daggers took on RARA from its creator Julie Pritchard when she wished to move on to other projects. In the years that followed hundreds of open mic spots were filled by nervous new performers and relaxed regulars.
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Will Ford and Dave Daggers at MEGAVERSE @ HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2018

THANK YOU EVERYBODY WHO HAS ATTENDED A MEGAVERSE
FOR YOUR WONDERFUL WORDS AND YOUR LISTENING EARS
HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!

SPECIAL THANKS TO FEATURE PERFORMERS

SUSAN EVANS (DAY 1 HEADLINER 2017 AND 2018)
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RUFUS MUFASA (DAY 2 HEADLINER 2018)
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DARRELL EPP (DAY TWO HEADLINER 2017)
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MANY THANKS ALL FROM THE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL
WILL FORD
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HEY, CARDIFF! SHARE YOUR WORDS AT RARA!

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Tuesday, October 9th 2018, come and hear and share spoken word at our laid back open mic event. The event is free, if you are free, come and express yourself freely   
at RARA, this coming Tuesday and the second Tuesday of every month!

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October RARA Hosts
WILL FORD & DAVE DAGGERS
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Will and Dave at HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2018 during MEGAVERSE!

Whether you have never shared your words before or are an experienced performer you are warmly invited to join us and experience the welcome, the attention, the encouragement and the appreciation of RARA.
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An especially successful RARA!

Every RARA is a different experience, semi-regularly hosted by guest hosts from RARA regulars who after being warmly received often end up wondering what it might be like to act as compere, and we say, if you want to find out, give it a try and we will be there with you to offer all the support, advice and encouragement you need!

The kind management of the Mackintosh Sports Club, Roath, Cardiff generously allow us this monthly platform so that writers from Cardiff and beyond can showcase five minutes of anything they wish as long as it is made of words!

Come, be moved, be amused, be surprised!
Come, move, amuse or surprise others!

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Between them, Dave and Will, with the generosity of the Mackintosh Sports Social Club keep RARA running and the door open to all.

COME TO RARA! Enter the world of Spoken Word!
See where you can take it!
See where it can take you!

Second Tuesday every month, Arrive at the Mackintosh Sports Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff from 7.30pm for approx 8pm start. RARA.

SOME OTHER WORDS NOW FOLLOW

Both Dave and Will like to experiment with different forms of creativity and are very serious about what they do, even if what they do is not always about being serious. On the serious side, Dave has used his photographic skills to help thousands of students celebrate their graduation days and help the work/raise the profile of Touch Trust. And will has just been made Featured Artist of The Week on the Arts For Health and Wellbeing blog  for his work with Cardiff University Health Board.

Freedom to be either serious or silly and for both to be equally welcomed is at the heart of RARA, where what YOU want to say, however you wish to say it, is the most important thing. Dave and Will both embody this ‘ethos’ and love to amuse, but also both have had their more serious sides showcased in exhibitions, in fact, Will’s words (and those of Hilary Griffiths) have been used as inspiration by artists at Cardiff Print Workshop for an exhibition of dozens of pieces of work at an exhibition that happened recently Dave Daggers, a longtime professional photographer, generously visited to take these pics. 

Dave’s work has been featured in many more exhibitions than Will’s