CALIFORNIA SCHEMING: CLARE FERGUSON WALKER ON THE FESTIVAL FRINGES OF EDINBURGH

Performer, poet, artist, mother. Not necessarily in that order. Presenting to you…

Clare Ferguson Walker

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CARDIFF TALENT! LAST MIC STANDING! THE FINAL! VOTE FOR ME!

Or vote for whoever else is your favourite at LAST MIC STANDING 2015 FINAL, FRIDAY AUGUST 14th

There will be music and comedy and more at A Shot in the Dark, arrive from 7.30pm to be sure of a good seat at the event, starting around 8.00pm. Just £3 to get in and enjoy four very different acts doing their best to please you! PLUS GUEST APPEARANCES BY FORMER LAST MIC STANDING WINNERS

I will do comic verse and acapella comedy stuff, featuring THE BOOTY SONG and WHAT CATHOLICISM SOUNDS LIKE TO ME11800244_10153471970986031_6446135508206733374_n

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Be there. Or not. Your choice. Obviously 😀

NAKED SELF PROMOTION:KINDLING THE E-BOOK FLAMES!!! HUMAN BEINGS (DICKENSIAN TWIST)


My third e-book…

HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist)

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It was a dark, dark, night…Dark, dark things were happening…

Like Cupid’s Evil Twin and The Coward, HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist) is a story told in poem form. All three began their lives as performance pieces that became booklets when audiences asked if they were available for sale. All three are now available for Kindle, published by AXIOM and each costs a lot less than the price of of a pint. 

HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist) tells a story built up from various styles and approaches to poetry and prose…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 to tell her what he thinks of her and the poverty stricken lower class of people she sprung from…

Uncaring attitudes towards the poor that existed back then and still do are explored and the question is asked, are Human Beings ever going to get any better at treating other Human Beings like Human Beings? What are people who are not poor really thinking when they deny the status of Human Being to those less well off than them? Are they the spiritual descendants of Jack The Ripper in their hatred of those they feel are beneath them?

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Down every street and alley, the miasma sought the folk…

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Cupid’s Evil Twin fires poison tipped arrows, into the hearts of the the lonely…

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How long will it take for a bullet to kill me? Will there be time to cry out?

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UPDATED WITH ADDED PHOTOS!!! RHYME AND REAL ALE OPEN MIC NIGHT RETURNS, HOSTED BY POET, PODCAST PRESENTER AND PRODUCER PATRICK WIDDES featuring JULIE CROAD POETRY BOOK LAUNCH! PLUS SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST CERI SIAN DESTEFANO!

Rhyme and Real Ale Returned to the Mackinstosh Sports Club Monday July 13 2015.  7.30pm  hosted by this man:

Patrick Widdess is a champion of the wonderfully woven word and those that make it happen live onstage, or come to life on the page. His Headstand Radio series of blogs about poetry and music can be checked out HERE The latest featured poet is Costa Poetry Prize Winning Jonathan Edwards!

Patrick came within a point of winning the recent poetry slam at the Made in Roath Summer Poetry Festival and is truly generous in spirit, and an enjoyably friendly MC, opening the evening with a droll parody of over cautious attitudes to safety awareness

He offered us more of his own well chosen words as he guided us through another great night at RARA with regular faces and new voices offered five minutes to share words, song, a short story, or whatever they had brought.

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20150713_201940 Bridget Leggy Tanner’s sore throat meant that her comic collaboration with Anna Ward will have to happen another time but here they are watching Dave the Rave fight the process of ageing with playful defiance

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Julie Croad launching her poetry book “The Important Things In Life”, opening with a naughtily delivered ode to the juiciness of Beetroot!

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Yvonne, (a friend brought along by Julie Croad) read one piece from her book of 12 poems (one for each month of the year), nicely observed details adding up to epic imagery

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Chris Norris, chucking words at us considerably more considered than my pun on the ‘Chuck Norris’ association his name brings to some minds!

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Dave Daggers, in confessionally comic mood, and his props for Hell’s Bells related japery with the bells reimagined as doorbells!

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Mark Curtis, speaking up for the weakest in society who get so squeezed by those at the top of the tree

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Leon ‘Laz’ Lazarus bringing the shadows into the light and delivering a piece written for a friend’s birthday in his own inimitable edgy/spooky style

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Des Mannay, in the habit now of being shortlisted and winning word related prizes sharing, among other pieces, a troubled personal perspective on the events known as 7/7, completed and first shared publicly on the ten year anniversary of that horrible day in London

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Greg in spiky mood, tackling injustice!

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A return to the mic for Julie Croad, offering more from her mostly humorous, sometimes serious poetry book

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Ellie Powell returning to delight RARA again!

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Bryan Marshall, as ever, slightly bashful about his often very forthright words

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Vincent Thomas, delivery and presence getting stronger by the reading exploring the idea of the comedown, and how love and ecstasy don’t necessarily mesh together well…

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Maggie Nash, sharing mostly sweetly remembered childhood related words

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Ceri Sian DeStefano, our special musical guest was another RARA regular with sore throated voice impairment issues, so she wasn’t able to sing. She asked whether she wanted poetry or a little bit of instrumental play. I ‘helpfully’ called out “Both” and both were both delivered

Before Patrick wrapped up another successful and wide ranging RARA Night Chris Norris took his chance to deliver another piece he wished to share and then RARA was over for another month. See you next time. Oh, in true Columbo style, one more thing…

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Because I was too focused on being about to perform that I forgot to ask anyone to take pics for us, this was taken at the end of the night, Fran Smith and I did part of our collaboration on the theme of Compassion, and we got great feedback, about our words and our contrasting styles.

Come to RARA :-), Come, Listen, Connect! Come one, come all!

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HEADSTAND RADIO: COSTA PRIZE WINNING POET JONATHAN EDWARDS INTERVIEWED BY PATRICK WIDDESS

Poetry collection My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards won the 2014 Costa Poetry Prize.

Thrust into the limelight by the success of his first collection after years of writing, he explains to Patrick how lucky he feels and gives insight into how he approaches writing. Also a schoolteacher, he tries to close the gap between the grand mystique the idea of poetry often conjures up and the real life experience of his students.

Jonathan delivers a few of his poems during the chat, Patrick reads his own piece inspired by ‘Japan’ (the prompt for poetry offered by previous guest Mab Jones) and I had the unexpected pleasure of hearing my response to ‘Japan’  being read out by Jonathan 🙂

I’m sorry Takeshi Kitano, please don’t hurt me (I promise that will make sense if you listen 🙂 )

Looking forward to more Headstand Podcasts in the not too distant future, and if you enjoy hearing this one, why not check out the archive. Not that I’m a past guest or anything, Ahem…

Anyway, listen to the new show, then off you go to the archive and immerse yourself in Mab Jones, Julie Pritchard, a poem by Fran Smith and check out more of the Headstand Radio past then keep going back for more for as long as Patrick keeps doing his podcasting thang!

If you want it electric, keep it eclectic, with Headstand Radio

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