FREE WRITE AT CHAPTER CWTCH 10.00-13.00 26.05.17

Come the last Friday of every month, come to…

FREEWRITEBANNER

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

MAY 26 2017 Meeting 10am to 1pm at The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

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Your Host

(DISCLAIMER…will probably be less well dressed than this 🙂 )

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

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As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

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Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford 

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which has met several times in Pontypridd. To keep up to date with upcoming FREE WRITE meetings in Cardiff and Pontypridd why not join the FREE WRITE FACEBOOK GROUP

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

FREEWRITE5

www.mabjones.com

www.willdeanford.com

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ALL ABOUT MY TITS – A PERFORMANCE -July 7-July 8 2017

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A PERFORMANCE BY ANNA SUSCHITZKY

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TITS

What are they for? Who are they for? What’s their story? 

Anna’s performance will present a 30 year saga, charting the rise, the fall, the purpose and the politics of the perennial focus of much debate, celebration, and condemnation:

TITS

There will be two chances to catch this show at Chapter Arts Centre

July 7- July 8 2017

It is a show about tits.

link to more details

 

blog by www.willdeanford.com

FREE WRITE AT CHAPTER CWTCH 10.00-13.00 28.04.17

Come the last Friday of every month, come to…

FREEWRITEBANNER

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

April 28 2017 Meeting 10am to 1pm at The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

FREEWRITE6

As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

freewrite1

Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford 

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which convened for the first time in Pontypridd Earlier this month. Keep your beady eyes on the interwebs for news on this and future Valley’s Editions, or better still, go to www.mabjones.com

and be close to the informational source!

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

FREEWRITE5

www.mabjones.com

www.willdeanford.com

MEGAVERSE at Cardiff Central Library as part of ‘MOVING ON’

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Hosted by Will Ford as part of MOVING ON, there will be an hour of poetry reading/performance at Cardiff Central Library next Thursday from 5.30pm. See below for more details of the art and creativity based activity you will find at this six day event, from Monday March 6 to Saturday March 11! From 3.30 on March 9, Will Ford will facilitate a writing workshop that runs until 5pm, and then half an hour later, it is MEGAVERSE!

    MOVING ON: FURTHER DETAILS

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THE ART OF THE MIND AT HAFAN Y COED

ADULT MENTAL HEALTH UNIT:

REGENERATION, RENEWAL, RECOVERY

 

www.willdeanford.com

RARA OPEN MIC Monday March 13 with Alternative FRILL!

 

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…

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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! FIVE MINUTE SLOTS!

This month, RARA will be hosted by the lovely FRANCESCA MURPHY and because he keeps showing up WILL FORD. Together, and in the spirit of modernity (ie crashing two words together to make one word), Fran and Will are FRILL

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Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control Fran Murphy will not be able to join us but FRAN SMITH has kindly agreed to help out, so this month RARA will be hosted by:

ALTERNATIVE FRILL

FRAN SMITH

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WILL FORD

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Fran  Murphy and Will Ford previously co-hosting RARA

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RARA looks forward to seeing Fran Murphy again soon, and much thanks offered to the calming and warm Fran Smith for returning as a RARA co-host!

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Fran, at a previous RARA with her co-host Bridget Leggy Tanner

GENERAL BLURB!

Whether you are an old hand behind the mic, a relative newbie or wondering what it might be like to share your words for the very first time, RARA will welcome you with open arms and offer open ears while listening to your opening and closing mouth. “Be as silly or as serious as you want to be, for five minutes” is the invitation RARA extends to you…

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www.willdeanford.com

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

FREE WRITE AT CHAPTER CWTCH 10.00-13.00 31.03.17

Come the last Friday of every month, come to…

FREEWRITEBANNER

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

MARCH  31 2017 MEETING: 10am to 1pm in The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

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As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

freewrite1

Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford 

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which convened for the first time in Pontypridd Earlier this month. Keep your beady eyes on the interwebs for news on this and future Valley’s Editions, or better still, go to www.mabjones.com

and be close to the informational source!

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

FREEWRITE5

www.mabjones.com

www.willdeanford.com

FREE WRITE@CHAPTER CWTCH 10.00-13.00 February 24.02.17

Very nearly the last Friday of the Month, which means very nearly time for

FREEWRITEBANNER

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

FEBRUARY 2017 MEETING: 10am to 1pm in The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

FREEWRITE6

As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

freewrite1

Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford 

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which convened for the first time in Pontypridd Earlier this month. Keep your beady eyes on the interwebs for news on this and future Valley’s Editions, or better still, go to www.mabjones.com

and be close to the informational source!

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

FREEWRITE5

www.mabjones.com

www.willdeanford.com

13.02.17 R.A.R.A SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC…GUEST HOST PATRICK WIDDESS

   FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…

OpenMic

Whether you are an old hand behind the mic, a relative newbie or wondering what it might be like to share your words for the very first time, RARA will welcome you with open arms and offer open ears while listening to your opening and closing mouth. “Be as silly or as serious as you want to be, for five minutes” is the invitation RARA extends to you…

MEET THE FEB RARA GUEST HOST: PATRICK WIDDESS

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Patrick Widdess is a poet, performer and producer/presenter of the Headstand poetry and music podcast. His published works include, Feeding the Spacemen (a collection of his poems) and Poetry Non-stop, which is an inexpensive, enthusiastic and friendly guide to unlocking the poetry within you.

A regular performer at (and previous guest host of) RARA, Patrick will soon be leaving Wales for pastures new, so I’d like to use this blog to wish him all the very best and to thank him for his presence on the spoken word scene in Cardiff (and elsewhere) and for interviewing many performers for his podcast (including myself) and giving so many people the opportunity to speak about why they do what they do and share recordings of performance and page poetry via Headstand. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FUTURE, DUDE!

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

 

COME ONE…COME ALL…COME!

www.willdeanford.com    

Stand up, Speak Out…In Solidarity With Women’s March on Washington Jan 21 2017

 HELLO THERE!

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UPDATE…

SISTER MARCH CARDIFF 

JOIN THE GROWING NUMBERS COMING ALONG TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

AND THEN ENJOY THE

SISTER MARCH CARDIFF AFTER PARTY 

Over the course of the day there will be speakers and music and song and spoken word. The exact line up will continually evolve until the day of the event, but so far we can confirm…

GWENNO DAFYDD – EVENT MC

Our MC is a Leadership and Public Speaking Coach working worldwide and Wales wide in person and by Skype. Her website: www.gwennodafydd.co.uk Gwenno has been a writer and professional performer since 1980. Her book about female stand up comedians (Stand Up & Sock it to Them Sister) was recently published by Parthian and she says #GiveTrumpTheHump

BOBBIE-JO

Bobbie, a powerful woman with a powerful voice will be showcasing her acapella skills for Sister March. Bobbi is part of an excellent local seven-piece music collective, who blend funk, soul & jazz to create their unique sound.  Check them out here: facebook.com/Bobbie-Jo-Creative-1249280091768189

 

SALA FADELALLAH

Poet Sala is the first person from Cardiff to win the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award (2014). 
Check out the winning poem here: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/poems/the-end-of-our-journey/

HANAN ISSA 

Hanan is an official writer for MuslimGirl.com and Huffjngton Post UK. She is also a poet and spoken word artist and have performed at events across the UK as well as been featured on both major Muslim networks (Islam Channel and BMTV). She’s a mixed race on-the-fence feminist and her work explores the muslim female experience. For more about Hanan or her work, check out her website www.hananissa.com

“There is a power within you that could melt the mountains if you weren’t so afraid to reach for it.” – Hanan Issa

GEMMA JUNE HOWELL

Gemma is a poet who has an excellent ear for everyday speech and captures female voices boldly in her book Rock Life: 17 Poems from the Welsh Valleys. Co-organiser of these events in Cardiff, she is passionate about working towards ensuring voices with something to say don’t go unheard  www.gemmajunehowell.co.uk

COSMO

Cardiff’s very own Mockney Scots-Hungarian folk-punk satirist joins us on a stopover from his world tour of Splott and Adamsdown. More about Cosmo on www.cosmoguitar.net

WILL FORD

Will is a spoken word performer who jumps between the very serious and the very not so serious. He may even sing at you. He likes to be satirical. His website is www.willdeanford.com He says “What the feck happened in 2016? Did the handcart finally reach Hell?” 

By Will Ford…some event specific rewording of songs…

 

STAR SPANGLED SPANNER

Oh, say, can you see by the Trump Twitter Feed

Every word is ignorant and fuelled by greed

As a way, to govern, it is not the best

He’s the damn President, he is not Kanye West

Each time Donald Tweets, I imagine his feet

Stamping like a toddler who’s been told ‘no more sweets’

No way does that Star Spangled Spanner have a clue

Throwing tantrums on the net, makes him look like a tool…

 

DEFY THIS MAN (with apologies to Tammy Wynette)

It must be hard to be a woman

In a world where men like Trump exist

On behalf o’ some of my gender

I say shove his dumb agenda

Somewhere the sun does not persist

If you believe what he is saying

I can’t believe you’ve though it through

Without a thing called immigration

There’d be no U.S nation

As advertised to me and you

 

Defy this man, don’t let this moron linger

Put his words through the wringer

Show him your mid-dle finger

Defy this man, for all you’re worth, I swear it

Is not his Earth, we share it

That’s the circle, so let’s square it….

Defy this man

And show the world you mean it

In every single way you can…

Defy this man.

ORIGINAL BLOG…

I have been asked if I know any poets, of whatever gender, who would like to read work about Women’s Rights and/or Austerity as part of a march being organised to show solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, Jan 21 2017.

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Well, do I know any such poets? Follow the link, join the group, CARDIFF SISTERS OF SOLIDARITY, to get into the discussion. Grind your syllables to scalpel sharpness…share this blog if you you would be kind. Spread the word, let your voices be heard.

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CARDIFF SISTERS OF SOLIDARITY

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FREE WRITE@CHAPTER CWTCH 10.00-13.00 November 25 2016

Nearly the last Friday of the Month, which means nearly time for

FREEWRITEBANNER

Probably the last FREE WRITE of 2016, so come along, muse on what the writing year has brought you, and what you hope to be doing with the days of 2017!

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life

NOVEMBER 25th MEETING: 10am to 1pm in The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

FREEWRITE6

As with all things creative, the trick is about getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

freewrite1

Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted by Will Ford 

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

FREEWRITE5

www.mabjones.com

www.willdeanford.com