COME! COME! COME!

Are you coming?

So, then, are you coming?

To go along with other pieces I will deliver while hosting this I completed a new spoken word bit yesterday in Chapter at FREE WRITE (Monthly writing drop in, last Friday of each month, organised by Mab Jones).

Tried out the piece at the last ‘An Evening of Spoken Indulgence’ at the Hydra bookshop in Bristol last night. The piece was inspired by the 2001 A Space Odyssey style name I have given this event. It stars T.O.B.E.V.O.L (my addition to the pantheon of characters in the tradition of H.A.L from the movie). Lovebot, spelled backwards.

T.O.B.E.V.O.L stands for Technology Offering Bliss-Every Viable Option Loaded

EVENT

HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2015

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WHAT IS MEGAVERSE

LAST MIC STANDING: NOT ME IN THE END BUT GOT THIS REACTION TO MY PERFORMANCE!!!

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Many thanks to Philosophical Body Poet Fran Smith for filming this, my performance at the final of LAST MIC STANDING 2015

It begins with time travel, a wave of my hand taking everyone to A Very Morrissey Christmas, then back to the present the event took place in (14/08/15). Priestly Boys and The Booty Song are among the featured comic pieces.

Evan William Graham’s Fingerstyle Guitar polled highest in a very close vote between Evan, Me, Liz The Ukelady and the band Curious Orange. Very different acts one and all!

Obviously it feels better to win but I could hardly complain about the reception my material received 😀

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OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER PRESENTS…MEGAVERSE @ MILGI 3-8pm, Sunday 16/08/15 MUSIC and Poetry and OPEN MIC

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Born at Cardiff HUB Festival 2014 and returning there for HUB 2015, MEGAVERSE is coming to Milgi, in Roath, in Cardiff.

OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER PRESENTS MEGAVERSE  features music and spoken word poetry performance. Aled Rheon and Nyx will be providing the tunes and I will be your host for the whole shebang. My name is Will Ford

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Photo by Yvette Robertson Photography, taken during my performance at Scratch Platform. My Website will tell you more about me, link to silly little films I have been a part of, let you know about my ebooks and more. Without further ado…

FEATURED SPOKEN WORD PERFORMERS FOR THE COMING MEGAVERSE…

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Neil Davies, rattler of high speed amusing rhymes about the little things and big things of life. Do try to keep up!

Neil Davies is a fifty six year old Carmarthen born poet and stand up comedian, now living in Cardiff. He performs stand up about the funny side of having Parkinson’s disease proving that, yes,  there is a funny side to everything if you look for it. He writes about anything and everything, mostly with a humorous slant and occasionally some serious themes.  If you ask he will write you a personalised poem, just give him a few details and away he’ll  go!

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Mark Curtis, performing at MAKING MINDS, GIVING VOICES

Mark Curtis has a store of poems hundreds strong to dip into, often to be seen delivering horror tinged humour, equally likely to be seen sharing more intensely personal material relating to struggles with depression many of us can relate to and as enthusiastic about enjoying the work others as offering his own. Quite a gent!

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Ffion Wyn, performing at MEGAVERSE at TAA CARDIFF Radical Arts Extravaganza. Expect powerful words of strength and vulnerability to be uttered with possible occasional bursts of acapella!

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Jill Berret, reading at a MADE IN ROATH street festival

Jill Berret is a writer of poetry, prose, in particular, memoir and is currently working on a semi-autobiographical surreal book. She is a member of the Roath Writers Group and through her writing is in the process of excavating her life, discovering what is hidden away.

Skin 1  – by Jill Berrett

In my hall mirror I catch your glance

as I brush soft powder on my face,

smudge eyelids smoky grey. You

look back with lips deep red and pursed.

Six decades of not being you,

no protection of solemn vows exchanged,

no pink for a girl you never knew.

(I have kept my promises to myself)

I read my lines like tea leaves, see years

taken hostage by illness now returning to me.

Your choice of safety net was not for me

but I thank you for my skin,

only wishing it had been a little thicker.

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Steven Kenward, wistful voiced poetry dude. This is a cartoon but he is the real thing!.

Fran Smith, reading at Ye Olde Murenger in Newport

Fran Smith, reading at Ye Olde Murenger in Newport

Fran Smith, philosophical body poet.  Published in London poetry Grip, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Angry Manifesto, RARA Anthologies and also read on radio.  After 30 years working as a holistic therapist, Fran writes about emotional links between mind, body and spirit. Fran conveys ideas with an appreciation and love for all creation, in particular the miracle of life in the human body. Fran advocates for animal welfare, protection of environment, nature, seeds and trees, abuse and social justice, stress and social welfare with the healing power of  positive love for a more empathic world with peace.  www.francessmithwilliams.co.uk

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Vincent Thomas

Vincent Thomas  a poet as serious as this portrait, except when he isn’t being so serious…relatively new to spoken word performance but a stronger presence than last time each time he takes the stage. Expect to be amused but here’s a sample of his serious side…

Horrors of modernity  -by Vincent Thomas
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Thus I invite the candour of a lost coastal past,
A rippling of enchantment by the countryside sea.
An adrift satisfaction; now a memory miscast.
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In cutthroat society, serenity has long passed,
No calm in enthusiasm, that false ecstasy.
Thus I invite the candour of a lost coastal past.

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Des Mannay, social conscience looming large at Ye Olde Murenger, with his softer side side peeking through from time to time

Des Mannay: Winner of the ‘Rethinkyourmind’ poetry competition 2015, 2nd in the Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition 2015 and Finalist in the Creative Future Literary Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize 2015. Shortlisted in the Welsh Poetry Competition 2015. ‘Focused on hard-hitting social issues…poems which made a statement’ (Sabotage Reviews). Has poems published or accepted for publication in 7 different poetry anthologies so far this year. Has several poems in the  ‘I Am Not A Silent Poet’ online poetry journal and you can find him on Facebook

The Remote Console  -by Des Mannay

Sometimes I look at you
And think –
Just dreaming really….
Then I listen
And start to sink
When you pour out your troubles
I want to drink your heart
But that’s kept away
With the silver wear
And crockery
For special occasions
And special people
Not me….
I’m the invisible man
In your estimation
But I’m real
And I’m here
And I care
When things are fine
You run straight past me
To greet a lover
But when things fall apart
And there is no other
You can find me
Tired and alone…
The remote console

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This event has the Maggie Nash seal of approval and will feature many of her reflective and moving words!

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Dave Daggers, photographer, musician, poet and general all round good egg. Be amused. Be very amused!

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Writer, performer, aspiring Victorian gentleman. She has a daily battle with what accessories to wear. Interested in sex, honesty, identity, toast and boundaries, prepare to have your boundaries challenged

EXTRA GUEST POET ALERT!!!

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Leon ‘Laz’ Lazarus, sometimes sweet, sometimes dark, negotiating the mysteries of life, loneliness, love, finding pearls in the cracks of the pavements of the roads of life’s travels/travails

Join us at Milgi, from 3-8pm on Sunday August 16. Have a good time, for a good cause!

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SPOKEN WORD POETS AT KAYA FESTIVAL 2015 (MARGAM PARK 7-9 August) And a Busy Week Ahead!!!

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Glyn Roberts, Jacks Lyndon, Fran Smith and me! Hours to go before the gig on the Manor Stage inside that little building behind us…Margam Castle, a hell of a venue.

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Jacks Lyndon, serving up humorous, self deprecating poetry about body parts!

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Glyn Roberts, the only Manc in the village of Ystalyfera…wry, dry, humorous observations and musings

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Fran Smith, Philosophical Body Poet, bringing positivity and humanity, exploring the stuff of existence, taking in all levels, from the molecular to the cosmic. Why absorb the negative when you can choose where you place your focus?

MCing, impressions of a tiger and a Wookie, 100% committed, 73.831776% Bullshit (the latter is one of my titles, not a bad review!)

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Many thanks KAYA, a really diverse festival with sounds and dance and words from around the world! Big ups to Mab Jones for doing the hard work of getting us on the bill, and then sadly not being able to be there on the stage due to unforeseen schedule clash 😦

And thank you Debi Jones-Beere, KAYA Artist Liasion Manager for all your hard work and keeping us well up to speed with everything we needed to know. Was nice to meet you, be cool to work with you again!

Before summarising a busy week to come here are some more pics from KAYA…

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A BUSY WEEK…

Tonight at The Mackintosh (10/08/15) I will be your host for the free monthly open mic in Cardiff at the Mackintosh Sports Club, RHYME AND REAL ALE where you can come, listen to words said, rapped, sung, and if you have something to share, sign up for free for a five minute slot! Regular faces will be welcomed back, new voices always find receptive ears, come one, come all! 

Last Mic Standing semi final

Last Mic Standing semi final…got through and the final is coming soon, Friday August 14th 2015, featuring performances from previous winners, including the very funny character comedienne…Karen Sherrard!

Final showdown for me and three others at LAST MIC STANDING  on Friday, but Wednesday August 12 will be WHAT YA GOT, a twice a month open mic night at Ten Feet Tall in Cardiff, where I will be giving my LMS set a practice run and will upload footage of that 🙂

If that wasn’t enough, under my ‘event banner’ Megaverse I will be hosting OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER PRESENTS MEGAVERSE at Milgi in Cardiff from 3-8pm, featuring a diverse variety of spoken word styles and music!

Maybe see you somewhere soon 🙂

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HEADSTAND RADIO PODCAST! PATRICK WIDDESS INTERVIEWS POET AND BODY THERAPIST FRAN SMITH

HEADSTAND Returns to your podcast listening facilities with another warm conversational feature on poetry, performance and writing practise and inspiration. Join Patrick Widdess and Fran Smith to hear some readings from Fran’s compassionate and healing work that speicifically aims to add to the good feelings in the world, not merely describe the bad

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Fran Smith: Philosophical Body Poet

Fran  is relatively new to the performance poetry scene but has come on in leaps and bounds and can be seen at the KAYA 2015 festival on the Manor Stage this coming Saturday August 8th! The festival will be offering music, literary things, games, food and more from Friday August 7th until The end of Sunday August 9th.

For Fran, her poetry is ‘holistic’ and by that she means it is a part of her general approach to life and her therapeutic work which seeks to heal mind and body by any means available via physical therapy and words that create positive thoughts about life rather than reinforce the negative and the toxic flow of information coming at people from the world at large, and the media in particular!

Before you head off to HEADSTAND to bask in Fran’s warmth, may I be so bold as to link to a previous blog containing links to other podcasts in this series, featuring Costa Prize Winner Jonathan Edwards, the legendary Mab Jones, and more! 

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