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.
RARA CROWD
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

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11.09.18 Share your words at RARA!

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Tuesday, September 11th 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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September 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.
RARA CROWD
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!

bobm
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.

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 is happening right now and runs until Sept 28 2018! Dave Daggers, a longtime professional photographer, generously visited to take these pics

 

MEGAVERSE@HUB festival Cardiff 2018: Looking Back

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The dust has settled and HUB Festival Cardiff has come and gone for another year. Over HUB weekend endless talent was showcased at The Moon, Club Ifor Bach, Fuel, Tiny Rebel, City Arms, Sully’s Café and other nearby venues including the Angel Hotel, even Womanby Street itself acted as a stage for music, spoken word rap, breakdancing and more. Three solid afternoons and nights of performances and partying for everyone who made HUB their August Bank Holiday destination!

Much love to all who stopped off at Tiny Rebel for the Megaverse afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday to witness the poetic, comedic, heart rending and the occasionally alarming words spoken, chanted, ranted and sung by all who stepped behind the mic. Thank you Saturday and Sunday Headliners Susan Evans and Rufus Mufasa

The two sessions of Megaverse featured several loud incursions from bands playing at HUB upstairs at Tiny Rebel and passing drummers outside at one point…But a festival is a festival and sometimes cultural melting pots get noisy! So there’ll be no whinging about it! Well, other than hoping for acoustic music upstairs in future 😉

Here’s a look back at how it all went down…Featuring pics by Susan Evans, Fran Smith, Dave Daggers, Patrick Widdess, Karolina and me, Will Ford (Megaverse organiser and host)…

MEGAVERSE…SATURDAY SESSION
HEADLINER: SUSAN EVANS
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Welcoming everyone after an (unavoidably) late start I let some words loose

Opting for ‘loud, raucous and silly’ then ‘quiet and reflective’ my aim was to say from the outset ‘expect changes of tone at this event.’ Then came the impressively poised recitations of actual Doctor of Literature THOMAS TYRRELL
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Delivering impassioned humorous (and tragic) Pirate Themed ballad poetry from his expansive and expanding word medicine chest, Dr Thomas Tyrrell revelled in commanding the ship until his voyage was done and it was time for the ever increasingly impressive presence of ROSIE BUF
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Conveying strength borne of surviving the trials of life and clearly wishing to encourage the same strength in others
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Rosie accepted her deserved applause humbly and left the mood of the room open for the soul baring poetry of MARK CURTIS
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Mark has truly found a home in performing his words, as catharsis for himself and to reach out to anyone who feels like a lost soul to let them know they do not struggle alone, that life itself is the light to look towards.
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Speaking of light, next to perform was FRAN SMITH
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Reading from her book Parousia, Fran is an avid believer in the healing light than can be sought out around us and generated from within, where, left untended, that which is dark can prevent us operating at our best and even be the cause of physical ailments.
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Her words and her work as a therapist complement each other and holistically express her life mission!  Another poetic eye looking for pearls in the ocean of life’s torment followed Fran, in the form of LAZ LAZARUS
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Returning to performing after taking a time out, Laz was as striking a presence as ever, and though not on the bill originally wished to read after not doing so in a while and it was possible to fit him in (sadly because some readers unfortunately not being able to make it). Laz made the room his own for the duration of his stint. As did JOHNNY GILES


Prolific with the pen, voracious in reading all the poets he can, and unsparing in self-examination, Johnny brought his multi-layered passion for the art of poetry to the mic once again and among his pieces read the title piece from one of his books, ‘Chalk Outlines’ raging against the industrial machinery of war. This political tone continued with the next performer, DES MANNAY

Self-styled as ‘The Hooligan Poet’ Des regularly seeks to eviscerate those that run/ruin society to benefit almost none of us, at the expense of almost all of us. The angst of the working class as usual emanated from him as a palpable nervous energy and determination that he will say what he must say. Contrasting tonally totally with Des was the next performer, his very young son, WILL MANNAY
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Very young Will has accompanied his father to many gigs and finds the whole shebang cool fun and has started taking to the mic himself and was very comfortable there. Quite the double act with his dad! Less laid back delivery came next, from ADRIAN JONES

Adrian told anyone likely to offer small talk about baking to offer it to someone else by humorously bellowing  frustration at hearing people talk of ‘Lemon Sponge’ He wasn’t all about the cake conversation hate though, also reciting pieces including Dear Fear (which in his other guise as Ade Skeleton, he sang as a song as part of another HUB gig the next day). He also name-checked his friend and mine, the next performer DAVE DAGGERS.

But…

Before I could introduce Dave an audience member asked if I would please do a piece (I had said earlier forget about my stuff time is tightening up, due to late start so let’s get on but I agreed to the request). I went for satire, acapella singing ‘The Circle of Death (Goes Round and Round)
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People clapped along, joined in with the refrain of ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb’ and partway through ukulele accompaniment arrived from Dave, who continued with the good natured strumming, to his own mostly comic ditties, including French Love Songs!

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And next up…

LOOK! IT’S GEMMA JUNE HOWELL!
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Gemma grabbed Megaverse by the scruff of the neck and told it what’s what as she read from her book ‘Rock Life: 17 Poems from the Welsh Valleys’ (taking great joy in pointing out an editor had once told her it was ‘too valleys’ to be considered for publication…by literally pointing out the editor who was in the audience, taking it all rather well that he had been wrong on this one, and (my assessment) had almost done the equivalent of turning down Irvine Welsh for being ‘Too Scottish’).
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In the idiom of the voices she grew up surrounded by, Gemma told tales of basically, forgotten/ignored women bantering their way through their forgotten/ignored lives, both viciously and lovingly, having to be forces of nature to survive, taking no guff, taking no prisoners. Which pretty much sums up Gemma’s performance…

…swiftly followed by the headline act, SUSAN EVANS
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Susan stormed it again at MEGAVERSE after travelling all the way from Brighton to HUB for the second year running. Fulsome in her praise for the other performers on the bill, she once again combined strident and gentler emotions with a disarming air of truly believing that it is a privilege to have an audience to perform for.
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As mentioned earlier, the schedule had gotten tight. Generously, Susan had offered to cut her set shorter, offering me a little extra performance time but when she asked “What would help?” I said “What would help is if you go out there and just rip it up.” So she did, with passionate and rousing renditions including ‘Brighton,’ ‘Doorways,’ ‘Pride,’ ‘Murder on the Gatwick Express,’ and ‘Moon on a Stick’
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Susan’s work/words/performances navigate a path through life in all its aspects and emotions, issues, people and places.  Her collection ‘Shift Happens’ is in the pipeline and has a cover that will look like this:
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And thusly ended the first of the two MEGAVERSE sessions at HUB Festival Cardiff 2018. Thank you everyone for your words, your performances, and your goodwill, which has been always been so crucial to me being able to organise MEGAVERSE events. And now…

MEGAVERSE: SUNDAY SESSION
HEADLINER – RUFUS MUFASA
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With a wholly different line up (other than me), MEGAVERSE returned to Tiny Rebel less than 24 hrs later.

With apologies to Tammy Wynette, my ‘warm up the room pieces’ for the Sunday MEGAVERSE session included Trump parody ‘Defy This Man’. Donald Trump is, after all, the satirist’s gift that keeps on giving. Having introduced ‘fight the power’ flavoured words to the session, I called up someone very well-schooled in more ‘officially recognised’ poetic forms, traditional and obscure, BRYAN MARSHALL

40103481_10156571623746241_4147757657001820160_nBryan Marshall has had many a sonnet, triolet, haiku and golden shovel (yes that’s a real poetic form!) flow from his pen. At MEGAVERSE we were treated to his gentler side exploring love and sad losses, as well as his element of surprise, on this occasion a forcefully delivered ‘sound poem’  could be read to convey anger or despair or any other feeling with merely a change of intonation because it contains nothing I recognised as any actual words!

When Bryan was done, up stepped the effortlessly cool behind the mic, the wise, the calm, the apparently born to do this sort of thing wordsmith MAGGIE NASH
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And next came a singer whose songs and vocals suggest she could if she chose, be either the next Tracey Thorn (of Everything But the Girl) or the next Victoria Wood, instead of which she has chosen the best option, to be who she is, CATRIN DAVIES
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Catrin managed, in the space of three songs to depict three very different female experiences, each complete in its own crystallised form and as humorous/heartfelt/lovelorn as the subject matter and her chosen perspective on it demanded. Very happy that Catrin, until recently a Cardiff resident was able to be back for MEGAVERSE! Next up, MAT TROY
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Mat explores many forms, stories, stand up and poetry, in often simultaneously intellectually arch and surreal ways and I may or may not recall him tell of working on a project based around The Mandela Effect. On this occasion, Mat regaled the room with ‘Bromeo’.

And then Mat was followed behind the MEGAVERSE microphone by Brecon based and regular reader at Cardiff poetry nights, GARETH WRITER-DAVIES
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Yes, he really is a writer with the word ‘Writer’ as part of his name and yes, that is his real name. And his two books ‘Bodies’ and ‘Cry Baby are real books, containing mostly brief, laconic poems that can either tease a smile while hinting at inner wounds, or apparently be describing inner wounds in a manner that makes you smile.
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Gareth has been accused of looking like Jeffrey Rush and Griff Rhys-Jones. Neither accusation has been levelled at the reader who came next, PATRICK WIDDESS
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Former Newport resident/Cardiff spoken word scene regular, Patrick now has to travel from Norwich to read in Cardiff and it was good to see him do so. Previously he has railed against the notion of reading poetry from phones, but this time he opened with an assertion of who he is, where he is coming from and exactly how his name should (and should not) be pronounced. Often cutely surreal in his approach to a poem, see his book ‘Feeding the Spacemen’ for solid evidence of that and many approaches to writing poetry in his guide to writing 30 poems in 30 days ‘Poetry Non Stop’. Patrick did not perform non stop, he amused and created wonder and mystery for a while and then was followed by GARETH TWAMLEY
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Among his pieces for MEGAVERSE was Gareth’s pharmaceutically humorous Trip Advisor, narrating the highs available from various non legal concoctions. But…STOP THE PRESS just over a year ago, he was being hailed for a personal best of 92m in the art of stone skipping, with his sights on the world record of 107m…which though true, sounds very much like the kind of thing that might come up in conversation if one happened to be tripping one’s box off, as one may well be if following the guidance of Trip Advisor! A man of many talents and interests! Next up was KATY EVANS-BUSH
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Illness and other irksome aspects of life kept a few planned readers away on the day, but the performers present filled in some of the space that had opened up and waiting in the audience, willing to read but hoping for (and getting) a pause in the music from upstairs was the author of ‘Forgive the Language,’ ‘Me and the Dead’ and ‘Egg Printing Explained,’

Katy(thank you for stepping up and sharing your work!)  was then followed dressed like, but not actually a scientist or doctor…GORDON ANDERSON
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Gordon has been known to don costume before, but this is the first time he has looked like this, adding the air of detached scientist to his observations, notably a piece entirely constructed from odd things he once overheard other people saying while on a short walk, which he originally vocally recorded while what he heard was fresh in his mind, before converting it to a piece he could deliver to an audience. Wry and sometimes dark humour, and also exploring the contradictions of what is supposed to be meant by the word ‘Man’ crop up in Gordon’s words and work.

Next up, despite her unplanned absence from the event came an acapella rendition of ‘Wild Dog Rose’ by BEL BLUE
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I did my best to do justice to the song, though I had to sing it louder than planned due to sound from upstairs. But the song is a clarion call from the soul to be true to yourself, to grow strong like a Wild Dog Rose, whatever ground you find yourself in and the circumstances certainly fitted the sentiment the song expresses. MEGAVERSE missed having Bel physically there, but it was an honour to be trusted to sing one of her songs, which grow from her personal experiences and are pieces of her very soul.

And also drawing deeply from the wellspring within was the next performer, having travelled all the way from Southampton to be at HUB Megaverse, up stepped…

ISSA LOYAAN FARRAH
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 The music from upstairs stood no chance against Issa’s booming delivery, causing something of a disjuncture between the domineering presence of the man and the questions within his soul, that find no easy answers in this world

Finally, MEGAVERSE at HUB was drawn to its conclusion
by a truly awesome performance from RUFUS MUFASA
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Rufus had performed songs the day before at HUB at the City Arms, was programmed to perform again later the same HUB Sunday at the Angel Hotel and was about to embark on a week of creating/rehearsing with dance group Joon Dance to produce the latest of a series of performances in a project called TONGUES that fuse dance/music/spoken word into a cohesive whole, offering young people various paths for self-expression!
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Giving everything she has to everything she does, RUFUS certainly delivered the passion for MEGAVERSE, leaning into and working with the music from upstairs, raising her voice to be heard above all else that would otherwise drown it out, asserting and being herself against all challenges. I worded it that way because it totally gels with the piece Rufus roared out about the joys and challenges associated with becoming a parent, the responsibility to curate the future for the young while seeking to keep some sense of being an independent person and keep being creative.
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If you didn’t already know, hip-hop is another field in which Rufus has long been sowing creative seeds, so in addition to thanking her for her emotional and emotion inducing performance at MEGAVERSE I would like to say hey you, why not by the album ‘Fur Coats From the Lion’s Den’ by Rufus Mufasa! It has a cover that looks like this:

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PS, because of the time it took for me to fit in writing this blog, I did go to see the Dance/Music/Spoken Word Fusion performance ‘Tongues’ at Chapter Arts Centre and can report it was awesome, and you should keep an eye out for any future performances from the project! Thank you once again, Rufus Mufasa!

 

PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL!
THANK YOU HUB FESTIVAL!

THANK YOU TINY REBEL!
THANK YOU PERFORMERS AND FEATURE PERFORMERS!
THANKS ALL WHO CAME TO WATCH THE PERFORMERS PERFORM!
THANK YOU ALL WHO TOOK PICTURES
THANK YOU TINY MINORITY WHO READ EVERY WORD OF VERY LONG BLOGS!

Like James Bond…MEGAVERSE WILL RETURN…

RARA RETURNS TUESDAY 14.08.18 FREE 5 MINUTE SPOKEN WORD SLOTS

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Tuesday, Aug 14 2018, come and hear and share spoken word at our laid back open mic event. The event is free, performance slots are free, the booze is not free, but if you are free, come and express yourself freely and set your words free…at RARA, this coming Tuesday and the second Tuesday of every month!
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Whether you have never shared your words before or are an experienced performer you are warmly invited to join and experience the welcome, the attention, the encouragement and the appreciation of 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!

Come! Join us! Join in!

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 anything they wish as long as it is made of words! Come, be moved, be amused, be surprised! Come, move, amuse or surprise others!

Dave Daggers           &            Will Ford

 Between them, Dave and Will keep RARA running and the door open to all, whether they are new to spoken word, or wish to use a five minute slot to try out new work for their sets or just simply engage with an audience who are ready to listen. 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. 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.

So come along, to RARA, beloved by many, including by lots of the folk you will see on the promo pic at the end of these words for MEGAVERSE at Cardiff Hub Festival 2018. COME TO RARA! Enter the world of Spoken Word! Speak! Listen! Enjoy!

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Festivals are tough, and some got tough enough for them, at RARA!!!!

MEGAVERSE@HUB Festival Cardiff 2018 with special guests SUSAN EVANS and RUFUS MUFASA

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Saturday August 25 2018 2-4pm featuring SUSAN EVANS
Sunday August 26 2018 2-4pm featuring RUFUS MUFASA
at TINY REBEL Womanby Street, Cardiff…come one, come all to

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HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2018

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The August Bank Holiday weekend is coming, and once again, near Cardiff Castle, Womanby Street will be overflowing with musicians, artists and spoken word performers offering dozens upon dozens of performances, especially for YOU
Three days of shows, at Womanby Street venues, day and weekend wristbands available, unlike flattery, they WILL get you everywhere,
INCLUDING ENTRY TO MEGAVERSE!

KEEP READING!

Over 20 performers at MEGAVERSE
plus SPECIAL GUESTS

Saturday Aug 25th…SUSAN EVANS

 

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Nominated for Saboteur Awards best spoken performer this year and last year, and author of Shift Happens, Susan is returning to feature again at Megaverse after travelling all the way from Brighton for an amazing set at Hub in 2017! Not to be trifled with, Susan, in performance, will smile and wink one moment, and sever the heads of hypocrisy and injustice the next. Traversing the personal and the political via the expression of hurts and hilarities, Susan Evans is a warm presence, welcoming audiences and other performers alike into her world, where everybody who gets up to perform is to be celebrated for their heart and their art! Verbally adept and disarmingly humble, truly appreciating the ears of the audience, Susan will headline the August 26 Megaverse at Tiny Rebel with gracefully sharp words. 

Sunday Aug 26…RUFUS MUFASA

 

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Poet, singer, rapper, creative writing tutor and more, Rufus ended last year with the release of her outstanding album Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den which showcased only some of her range as a performer and collaborator. A singular voice that is more than willing to combine with the creative visions and sounds of others, Rufus brings a defiant strength and a willingness to reveal frailty to her multi-faceted onstage persona. At any moment she may reach out to the audience quietly or with a roar of song (accompanied or acapella), that makes her performances a combination of accomplished work in advance rehearsals and also explorations of the moment she finds herself in. A creator of good energies and like all the most wide ranging talents, full of gratitude for the response of audiences who are left in no doubt that they have just seen a fearless performer!

August 26 Megaverse at Tiny Rebel will feature completely different performers to the day before, so come both days and get two different experiences, each headlined by very different kinds of stage presence and performance virtuosity from Susan Evans and Rufus Mufasa

MEGAVERSE Organiser/Host…WILL FORD

 

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In the words of one of his more archly self-deprecating pieces, self promotion makes Will Ford queasy, but he can just about manage to do it in the 3rd person. Seeking to surprise himself with what he writes, whether with amusement or total seriousness, that element of surprise repeatedly belies a rather unassuming and non imposing first impression people may get of him. He has been doing this sort of thing a long time and this is the fifth time he has organised the spoken word for HUB festival Cardiff. He’ll throw in a few pieces here and there but his priority when presenting a MEGAVERSE is to make every performer feel welcomed, appreciated and lead the applause!

IT’S GONNA BE LIKE POETRY POKEMON – CAN YOU CATCH ‘EM ALL?

Susan and Rufus will be our headliners, and over the course of two slammin’ sessions of spoken superlatives at TINY REBEL during HUB Festival, you will be able to see many more verbal vocalisers aiming for your heart, your soul and sometimes your funny bone. Mostly spoken, sometimes sung, many words will be flung in your direction by those above and those below…presented to you now in GLORIOUS ALPHABETICAL ORDER

 

Gordon Anderson

 


Bel Blue

 


Rosie Buf

 


Mark Curtis

 


Dave Daggers

 


Catrin Davies

 

Gareth Davies
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Issa Loyaan Farrah

Johnny Giles

Gemma June Howell

Adde Jonze

Des Mannay (& Son, Will Mannay,  not pictured)

Liz Marsh

 

Bryan Marshall

 

Francesca Murphy

 

Maggie Nash

 

Alex Proctor

 

Fran Smith


Mat Troy

 

Gareth ‘Twammers’ Twamley

 

Thomas Tyrrell

 

Patrick Widdess

 

Gareth Writer-Davies

 

COME TO HUB! COME TO MEGAVERSE! THIS AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND! COME!!!

And…just a random thought to finish…

ONE DAY THE PREDATORS WILL BE THE PREY
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Until then…sadly…

HERD OF PREY
We are the members
Of the herd of prey
When lions come
We run away

So we are not
The one who
Gets eaten

The herd of prey
Us, we’re already
Beaten

We are so many
That we should say
When we see lions
We don’t run away

We turn towards lions
Waiting to strike
All eyes upon them
The lions don’t like

Us, all running towards them
Lions like even less
So why don’t we do this?
It’s easy to guess

We don’t trust each other
As much as we could
To stand together
And so we are food.

With Dr Thomas Tyrrell…RARA OPEN MIC 09/07/18

FREE OPEN MIC EVENT!

Come share your poems or short stories, or even a song, at RARA, Mon July 9
at the Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street Roath, Cardiff
7.30pm doors open, come, sign up for 8.00pm start!

Soon to be moving to the second Tuesday each month, this will be the final Monday Night RARA and your guest host for July RARA will be
DOCTOR THOMAS TYRRELL

 

A Doctor of Letters (and also entire words), Thomas Tyrrell delivers various flavours of poetry and verse with a bold resonant voice that drifts into pirate sounding territory when choosing to deliver tales of dastardly doings by seafaring criminals! As well as regaling you with his regal stage presence over the course of the evening he will be calling up those who wish to share their own words of wit, wisdom, woe, and wonder!

 

RARA is a welcoming and warm space for regular and new readers/performers to share their creative souls and after years of being a Monday night affair, from August will become a Tuesday night fixture. Join us for our final Monday!

If you have tales to tell, words to share, RARA will applaud you for sharing them there! If you are timid at the thought of public reading, be bold, come and try it, it’s RARA you’re needing! Come, one, come, come all, weave us your word spells, and join in this night with Thomas Tyrrell

 

RARA! Dylan Thomas Day and fundraising for PAPYRUS – With Alix Edwards & Dave Daggers

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RARA RETURNS MONDAY 14/05/18…FREE SPOKEN WORD…OPEN MIC
FIVE MINUTE SLOTS AT MACKINTOSH SPORTS CLUB, ROATH, CARDIFF
FROM 7.30PM

 

 

 

Guest co-host Alix Edwards will be helping us out this month, when RARA celebrates International Dylan Thomas Day 2018 and also raises funds for PAPYRUS, a charity that works with young people to help foster hope for the future and suicide prevention. As always, RARA is a free open mic event and every reader will get a five minute slot to express themselves as they see fit. Engagement with the themes of this particular RARA is welcomed, but not compulsory, because RARA exists for you to to express yourself.

Donating to PAPYRUS is not compulsory, but anything you can spare will be gratefully received and go towards giving vulnerable young people hope for the future
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ABOUT PAPYRUS

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS DAY

ABOUT ALIX EDWARDS
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Alix Edwards is a writer, artist, photographer, parent and has also recently created COMPANY OF WORDS, her own open mic spoken word event in Cardiff, after becoming a RARA regular who is delighted to hear what people have to say for themselves from behind a mic, in the form of stories, songs, poems, monologues, anything you write! so come along just to listen, come to sign up for a free slot and read, come along, enjoy!

Self expression, however you do it, is an act of self emancipation, a declaration of intent, actively stating ‘This is me and what I do and who I am. I am here, I exist! Celebrate Dylan Thomas Day with us by reading his words, or your words inspired by his words, or anything you have written that you damn well please, because open mic means your free five minute slot is yours, and RARA will listen to you!

SPECIAL FEATURE:
ABOUT RARA

RARA was originally created by poet Julie Pritchard, but for most of its existence has been run, hosted and promoted by the dedicated duo of Dave Daggers and Will Ford. As of April 2018 the team has expanded to include the additional energy, creativity of:

Liz Marsh, Ria Kodosaki and Bryan Marshall

PHOTOS OF THE RARA TEAM COMING SOON

The team is made up of RARA enthusiasts who simply kept showing up to read their own stuff and support other readers because they love it so much!

But why do they love RARA?

RARA gives every reader a five minute slot, whether they have never read their work publicly ever before or they are published old hands at working a crowd.

New voices are especially welcome and some of those reading at RARA for the first time ever have gone on to become regular readers and performers at RARA and several other spoken word events in Cardiff that have arrived in the last few years, including JUKE, COMPANY OF WORDS and the recently birthed MILD EXTRAVAGANZA (look ’em up on Facebook, this blog can’t do everything for you!)

GUEST HOSTS
For over three years Dave and Will have mixed things up a little compared to most other open mic nights by inviting any regular attendee to act as guest host or co-host if they please and many have taken on this challenge and most have loved every minute of it. Some have loved it less, admittedly, but they might never have dared to even try if it weren’t for the welcoming and nurturing atmosphere RARA consciously creates, which encourages people to try things they might never dare at other events.

SUPPORTING CHARITIES
RARA has occasionally dedicated an evening to a particular charity, although this is not a stated aim for RARA. However, RARA is an event that is open to suggestions from attendees, so that in addition to being a place where people can express themselves, it can seek to help a little here and there. If you have read this far, you will already know that the RARA for May will be asking for support for PAPYRUS, although we do not demand that support in order to take part. RARA has always been a free to attend, free to take part event and that is how it will remain for the foreseeable future.

BOOK LAUNCHES
Many RARA attendees have been published, whether traditionally or by more modern routes and RARA is very open to promoting the work of its attendees because at all stages of the path writers are on encouragement and support is still needed and various pamphlets, booklets, full collections, whether poetry or novels have been launched/promoted as part of a book tour at RARA.

We would usually ask people to come along a few times at least before launching something so friends and connections can be made and word can get about that work will be offered for sale, because this helps us to help you get the most out of offering your wares at a long running monthly event where there is no affiliation to a particular publisher, no entry fee, no grants or other outside funding, an event that exists and continues purely because the team and those who attend make it possible.

Many RARA regulars also attend the regular writing workshop ROATH WRITERS and have work featured in the annual anthology of ROATH WRITERS that is a very popular publication filled with writers who may not always be from Roath, but come to write, read, perform in the many events and festivals that take place in the lovely Roath.

RARA is THE most regular reading/performing spoken open mic opportunity in Roath, happening on the second Monday of every single month of the year, culminating in a Special Edition in December (in 2017, with the theme of PIRATE CHRISTMAS)

RARA is here for you to show what you can do, and who you are. How you do it at RARA is up to you, as long as you do it using words, for RARA is about using your words to speak your truth or tell your story, whether it is literally your own tale or the magical weavings of your imagination.

RARA is also here to challenge you to entertain us all, if that is how you use your words. Make us laugh, make us feel what you feel, see the world as you see it, let us into your world at RARA Where you are also invited into the worlds within every reader or performer, for the more of ourselves we can share, the more we become a community, a melting pot of ideas and perspectives, all sharing the same space and all listening to each other, not just waiting for our turn to speak. Applause for you is guaranteed, whether you reveal your heart and soul or attempt to tickle every available funny bone.
As serious or as not so serious as you wish is what RARA invites you to be.

IF YOU HAVE WORDS, RARA WANTS TO HEAR THEM

 

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Still reading?

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Come to RARA, join us, join Dave Daggers and Alix Edwards, support PAPYRUS if you wish, celebrate May 14 2018 as INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS DAY if you desire, bring your words of whatever kind, if you prefer. We will be happy to see you, and you’ll be glad you came!

April: A Shower of Words @ RARA Open Mic 09/04/18

 FREE OPEN MIC – FREE 5 MINUTE SLOTS @ RARA
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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!
MONDAY APRIL 9 2018 7.30PM ONWARDS

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…let rip, let it go, share your creations, release the flow…at RARA!

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This month, RARA will be hosted by…DAVE DAGGERS

AND WILL FORD

Dave Daggers and Will Ford will both offer you some words of their own, as well as welcoming and introducing readers to the unique laidbackness of RARA
(shut up spell checker, laidbackness is a word, ok?)

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

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RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports/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

PICS FROM PREVIOUS RARA NIGHTS

 

PICS FROM FUTURE RARA NIGHTS:

 

They haven’t happened yet, how could there be pics?
come, come, come, COME TO RARA!

 

 

 

SEEKING PAID EMPLOYMENT

 

21077678_10155602780661241_613825490604354732_nWILLIAM DEAN FORD

FLAT B, 7 DESPENSER STREET, RIVERSIDE, CARDIFF, CF11 6AG

07905 163 053        willdeanford@yahoo.com        www.willdeanford.com

GOAL: Returning to workplace after some time of independently developing creative and public performance skills that subsequently helped others develop for themselves, using my own experience (of moving from agoraphobic tendencies to being able to perform at and subsequently host, organise and promote Spoken Word events) to inspire others. Seeking full time or part time role. DBS check confirmed

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT RELATED ACTIVITY

Volunteer at Grangetown Library Hyb
General assistance at library, and on a weekly basis, assisting at FAN Club (Friends and Neighbours Club, where mostly non-native English Speakers attend to improve spoken English and social skills).).

Independent Writer/Performer/Event Organiser/Host/MC
This has mostly been voluntary activity, for personal development and subsequently assisting others’ personal development, but I have given paid performances for Time To Change Wales, Oxfam, Sefyll, Journeys (Towards Recovery From Depression) in addition to many unpaid performances in support of Charities and other organisations, including Mind, Inroads and Making Minds.

Shaw Trust Volunteer
Sorting donations
Pricing/Hanging/Steaming clothes to prepare them for sale
Staffing the till
Stocking the displays
Cleaning/refuse disposal
Banking takings on the days I volunteer
Considering (and seeking to improve) efficiency of procedures/Using own initiative

SKILLS: serving the public/interacting with the public.

Previous voluntary work

Sefyll (Mental Health Related Charity)

Initially attending Progress Cymru, a theatre group formerly held in space provided by Sefyll, I directed other members in a play written by one of the members. The group offered me and (subsequently allowed me to help the group) develop:

Creative endeavours tailored to assist people in self-expression/self-discovery/mindfulness

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I then volunteered my time to Sefyll more directly where I took part in:

Committee meetings/discussions with NHS staff and third sector organisations to facilitate ensuring service users are involved in both open discussion of their own care options and seeking to improve communications between organisations and users to improve relationships and make experience of users and organisers mutually beneficial.

Committee meetings/discussions to edit/amend/approve wording on informational materials and leaflets to make them user friendly

As a result of volunteering for Sefyll I was invited to be part of the steering group debating and deciding the art content for the (then) future Mental Health unit at Llandough Hospital. This involved examining bids for commissions to produce work for permanent display. Some of my own words are also on permanent display in large metal letters , as the ‘unofficial motto’ of the unit:

WE GROW BETTER TOMORROWS WHEN WE PLANT GOOD SEEDS TODAY.

As a result of this I was invited to be on the interview panel when the position of Chief Executive of the Cardiff and Vale Health Authority was being interviewed for.

PREVIOUS JOBS

Telephone canvasser (various, cold calling)

Telephone Market Research (cold calling, UK-wide)

Admin Assistant (Benefits Agency)

Factory Work (injection Moulding)

Assistant in a Bakery.

Additional Voluntary work:

FOOD NOT BOMBS

For over three years I volunteered with FNB weekly to prepare and cook food to serve in the street for free to anyone who wanted it. Most regular clients were from the homeless community. FNB exists to promote the idea that helping people by feeding them is a better use of time and money than seeking to direct the future of the world through military means, in whatever form that takes.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A LEVEL:  English, Law, Film Studies, History

O LEVEL/GCSE: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Computer Studies,

Law, Chemistry, Physics, CDT (Craft/Design/Technology)

OTHER STUDY: Short courses in Forum Theatre (Devising and Performing), Scriptwriting, Video

Production, Radio Production, Conversational French, How To Run Workshops.

                            I am currently taking a short accredited course in Social Psychology.


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WILL FORD:  Independent Writer/Performer/Event Organiser/Host/MC

 

When Will organises/hosts a Spoken Word Event, he follows this process:

Making contact with festival organisers

Arranging a venue and time slot, negotiating weekend ticket wristbands as proxy for performer fee, or other arrangements as appropriate, such as food and drink for performers.

Contacting performers to offer festival slots

Keeping performers informed of developments, length of performance slots, etc

Hosting and introducing Megaverse events (incorporating performance of material tailored to the event to set a mood and re-direct mood as the event demands)

Organising as precisely as possible in advance and then responding to any contingencies that arise when the event takes place, such as performer absence, hecklers, performers who exceed their slot duration.

Will is a promoter/organiser/host for RARA

RARA is a monthly spoken word open mic event held for over two years at the Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff. As well as providing a platform for people to share their work with an audience, Will and his fellow organiser encourage regular attendees to act as guest co-hosts, to give them the experience of doing so and further increase their confidence (generally and in a performance environment). Partially as a result of such encouragement some attendees have gone on to set up events of their own.

As well as developing his own creativity Will actively encourages the creativity and confidence of others and has encouraged/advised/coached some now regular performers on their path getting up in front of others to share their words for the very first time. Such mentoring was a natural development from his own experience of taking up performance and encountering (and overcoming) interior and exterior obstacles along the way. His work with RARA allows him to not only encourage others to read and/or perform their words to an audience but also provide an opportunity to actually do it.

 

In addition to organising and hosting spoken word events under his MEGAVERSE banner, Will is Writer/performer of spoken word poetry/comic verse/songs/stories. In 2017 he has had work included in award nominated poetry collection (Half Moon, Otley Press) and other anthologies including several collections of work by ‘Roath Writers’ Sold hundreds of pamphlets at performances and via Amazon Kindle Sales. Involved in writing, producing, directing and filming short films, one of which was featured at The Glastonbury Festival in in 2015.

Organising events

Organising Spoken Word events, including for Hub Festival Cardiff, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 under the self-created promotional banner Megaverse. Megaverse has also presented spoken word events for International Dylan Thomas Day and Underground/Urban Art Scene, Mental Health related events, all of which he personally organised, promoted, hosted and performed at, in addition to introducing (and leading the applause for) the performers he brought together for the events.

Time To Change Wales

In association with Time To Change Wales, Will was instrumental in organising/hosting two one day festivals as part of a group called METANOIA which offered artists/poets/musicians who self-identified as Sevice Users a platform for their creative output so that their capabilities, not their potentially stigma attracting health history, was the focus for attention. The Time To Change and Time To Change Wales organisations exist to challenge societal attitudes and reduce life chance limiting prejudice directed towards people who, because of the negativity associated with mental ill health in the media and society at large that stigmatises, and potentially further harms the health of millions of people. Will’s work was, therefore, entirely in tune with the Goals of Time To Change Wales, who showed their appreciation by hiring him to perform at their AGM.

 

FREE WRITE

Monthly group where Will facilitates fellow writers discussing their needs views and experiences connected with writing and create an atmosphere where people can learn from each other’s experiences, gain confidence, find public outlets for their poetry and or spoken word performance art. As well as directing writers towards RARA, Will signposts wroters toward other spoken word events and writing workshops such as those provided by Roath Writers and Cardiff Bay Writing Group