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.

Pictorial record… 20150713_201513Christian Searle, as gently cuttingly sharp as always

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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