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My Story Poems, which are available where you see me read or if you contact me to arrange to buy them…words and covers by the author…

Cupid’s Evil Twin is as his name suggests the very opposite of his brother. He wants to break your heart. In this story poem lonely Mary and Johnny are both subjected to the Evil Twin’s mockery and scorn under the light of the moon…

UPDATE: COMING SOON FOR KINDLE   Click Here

An unnamed deserter, sentenced to death during the First World War, attempts to sum up his life and his story in one night via a poem. As he watches a candle burn down, signifying the time he has left to live, everything he has ever believed in starts to melt away too.

Will be available for Kindle soon(ish)

On one foggy night in Dickensian London, the lives of a time traveller, a…

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We have a new kitchen at Wyndham Diner in Riverside & have been busy cooking for Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair!

Let’s Cook!

Food Not Bombs Cardiff /// Bwyd Nid Bomiau Caerdydd

Last week we moved into our new kitchen at the Wyndham Diner in Riverside, and are so excited to have such a great kitchen available to use!  Although our previous kitchen The Huggard were very accommodating and wonderful to us, due to opening times and the amount of volunteers we have, we decided we had to find a more suitable venue! MASSIVE thank you to The Huggard for having us, and supporting our work – it was really great!!

This week, as well as our weekly serve, we are also hosting a Food Not Bombs Cafe at the Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday (21st of February). The event is at Cathays Community Centre from 10am-5pm and will host a wide range of stalls. We will be providing a range of different foods, for free and affordable prices! All the money we raise will go to Food Not Bombs Cardiff and…

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HEARTSPOKEN (two) POETRY, SONG, OPEN MIC, CARDIFF, FEB 15th 2015

At this Valen-Time, how deep, or cheap, is your love?

The day after Valentine’s Day why not come and hear words from the heart and if you have some to share, bring yours! I will be joining in with the open mic, and there are featured artists of the poetic and musical kind at HEARTSPOKEN (two) the second of these nights organised by the engagingly wicked MAB JONES

15/02/15 The Kuku Club, Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff, 7.30pm-10.30pm

CLICK HERE for more details.

TOTALLY NAKED

TOTALLY NAKED (self promotion)

My Story Poems, which are available where you see me read or if you contact me to arrange to buy them…words and covers by the author…

Cupid’s Evil Twin is as his name suggests the very opposite of his brother. He wants to break your heart. In this story poem lonely Mary and Johnny are both subjected to the Evil Twin’s mockery and scorn under the light of the moon…

NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE   Click Here

An unnamed deserter, sentenced to death during the First World War, attempts to sum up his life and his story in one night via a poem. As he watches a candle burn down, signifying the time he has left to live, everything he has ever believed in starts to melt away too.

Will be available for Kindle soon(ish)

HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist)

On one foggy night in Dickensian London, the lives of a time traveller, a drunken police officer, a mouse, a rat, a cat, a dog a raven and a baying mob comically intersect with each other. The dark shadow of Jack the Ripper looms over the tale as large as he looms over his latest victim…Human Beings(Dickensian Twist) will be available for Kindle soon(ish)

Back cover of Cupid’s Evil Twin:

LIBRARIES DO MATTER (UPDATED)

UPDATE: The media focus created by the protest referred to below resulted in a ‘stay of execution for Cardiff Libraries. But we must be wary that this is not just a tactic to keep the issue off the agenda in the run up to elections, before resuming the policy of seeking to close libraries when the council thinks the fuss has died down.

Well, they really did for me as a kid many moons ago. Long walks from the Nantyglo Estate in Gwent to Blaina Library opened up a new world between the covers of every single book. With nothing to do and little to hope for, only imagination may have saved my individuality from being crushed under the weight of commonly shared despair. The ability to think beyond myself, beyond my surroundings, beyond my experience came from books and for families with no other option, books came from libraries.

Today, hundreds of very different individuals with one intent took part in a protest outside Cardiff Central Library to show the local decision makers that people do care if the library services are cut. Not everyone can get to the bigger library so more local ones have always been and should always be a link to a world beyond that which we can see with our eyes.

Threats of library closures are a threat to the personal and social development of many who don’t have the facilities to access the high speed modern world we keep hearing about. Libraries are there to ensure that those least able to keep pace with the speed of modernity have a chance to be a part of a world increasingly dependent on high speed communication and social networking.

Despite the comments of ignorant and out of touch politicians, Libraries are not just a middle class issue. Readers who lack resources need them. Writers who fill the shelves with their work value the chance for their work to be accessed by readers who may never otherwise try out their stories and poems, etc, because money for things like books is not a luxury everyone can afford, which is a truth those who only see the world in terms of cost analysis simply don’t seem to understand.

Losing libraries also means losing the expertise of librarians dedicated to guiding people to the materials they need to find. This crucial aspect of the reason libraries help so many people is gone forever when a library disappears. And the lack of a library to go to is a lost avenue for everyone.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Cardiff Central Library, some travelling to the city specifically to add the presence and voices gathered to demonstrate that LIBRARIES DO MATTER

The view from inside Cardiff Central Library

While the Central Library itself is not in danger of closure, and it remains a welcoming place to all who wish to use it, it is the very local accessibility of library services that make them a part of peoples lives.  Reducing the number of libraries distances people from crucial facilities and distances people from their own community and the rest of the world. Those who decide where the axe will fall in tough economic times never seem to understand that their actions affect people. And if they do have the intellect to understand this (presumably because libraries gave them the power), then it is easy to assume that they simply do not care.

Show your local library that you care that it exists. Even if you don’t personally use the facilities because you have other options for accessing what you could otherwise get from a library remember that libraries are there for those who don’t have the choices you do. They are not a luxury, they are a necessity for more people than you could ever know.

Libraries gave me larger horizons than my life would ever have. Libraries gave me the means to express myself and to write and perform. Words on pages lead to dreams, and dreams lead to better lives.

LIBRARIES DO MATTER

POETRY ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH and more…

Rhyme and Real Ale returns to the Mackintosh Sports Club, Roath, Cardiff for its regular monthly free open mic night CLICK HERE

It is my turn once more to be the MC at the event, and I extend this invitation:

Join us as RARA launches the second collection of pieces from contributors to the Rhyme and Real Ale open mic nights, Voices From The Present. The warmly received and still selling first collection, Voices From The Past Year will also be available. Come one, come all. Join us and join in.

Sunday Feb 15th sees the second of the HEARTSPOKEN event organised by the brill Mab Jones. CLICK HERE for details of the appropriately and cunningly named HEARTSPOKEN 2

The day after Valentine gifts have been swapped, why not head along to the Kuku Club (Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff), 7.30-10.30, for words and verses on matters of the heart, featuring, among others, people who look like this:

Will be joining in with the open mic section myself.

A NIGHT OF SPOKEN INDULGENCE returns to the Hydra Bookshop in Bristol, click here for details. Matt Duggan is the organiser and host, as ever, and several of the Rhyme and Real Ale regulars will be taking part. Why not come along? Could be verse!

Rowan Talbot’s regular showcase for new performance art/theatre/spoken word etc will return to Four Bars at Dempseys, Cardiff, March 29th. CLICK HERE for details of SCRATCH PLATFORM 4. I have bagged one of the sought after slots and am looking forward to delivering comic verse, at various speeds

Free entry, and unlike other performance nights, this one definitely starts at the stated start time, so be early to get a seat!

And…nah, I think that is enough for now. Keep it warm out there, folks 🙂

CHARITY COMEDY NIGHT – LAUGH FOR LIFE

Cancer Research received £200 raised as the result of an event organised by Welsh Comedian Michael Fentham, in Memory of his father. CLICK HERE Assisting with organising the event were Natasha Morgan and Jane Lewis(who also took on photographic duties for the event CLICK HERE) The slightly Lynchian curtained backdrop of the stage nicely complemented my new favourite item of clothing, my Eraserhead T-shirt.

Friday January 30th, on a cold windy night in Bridgend, Michael, Daniel ‘Yogi’ Young, Dylan Rhys Jones, Tyler D Wells and myself offered comic material to Brigend Con Club, MCd by the amusingly amusing compere Lee Rowsell. Bravery award for the night has to go to Yogi, for agreeing to undergo a very live, and very painful live onstage chest waxing, carried out by Louise, a local beautician (Belle Beauty). Ouch is the word…