RHYME, TREASON, SINGING, RATHER PLEASING

The evening of Thursday September 24th 2015 at the Andrew Buchan pub, Roath, Cardiff looked a little something like this pic taken by the organiser and host…

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Lots to enjoy at Rhyme and Treason, organised and hosted by Dave Daggers, featuring perfomances by Dave, Will Ford (me!), Christina Thatcher, Special Guest author and comic gentleman Mark Blayney and Special Musical Guest Bel Blue (accompanied by Andy Constable). Sadly, a much anticipated contribution by the brill Karen Sherrard was not to be, due to a pesky back related situation, but keep your eyes open for her, and catch her if you can, because she is a rather funny lady, in all the best ways that could be meant!

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A pictorial record of the Rhyme and Treason, courtesy of the keen eyed camera of Paula Hughes will now begin (ending with ‘a slightly alternative reaction to Rhyme and Treason starring a dog’)

Dave Daggers, serenading the ears and funny bones with French Love Songs and Cannibals On Cannabis

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Dave, Poetry For Dummies on the music stand, shooting out a verse about a trip to the Moon and The Best Poem Ever Written…

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Dave, reflected in the ceiling mirror…

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Having got the night of to a warm and funny start, Mr Daggers introduced Will Ford…

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Offering mostly silly verse, featuring the love-bot T.O.B.E.V.O.L, Batman doing open mic poetry, five little piggies and including a more seriously tinged verse on the subject of depression, Snowflakes From Your Eyes…For the sake of voice protection, the Christian Bale style Bat-Voice was shouty-growled at the audience at the end of the set…

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Will on the ceiling…Two heads are better than one, add both together for the amount of hair he used to have…

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After the first break, Dave called up Christina Thatcher, who as always, brought dignity and authority to her delivery of very personal work about her love for her husband to be, which followed equally personal work about the loss of her father from a collection of poems about that experience and more…

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Ever enthusiastic about one thing above all others in her work and teaching, Christina embodies the idea of the transformative power of writing about experiences and feelings which would otherwise get stored up inside and do nothing but hurt us…

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Spell check just tried to tell me ‘transformative’ is not actually a word. But it is the best non-word to use for the ethos Christina both espouses and practices…And since it has become a motif for this blog: Christina, reflected in the Andrew Buchan ceiling mirror…

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Next up came a very welcome special guest…As well as being a truly gifted comic performer, Mark Blayney is an award-winning author, whose new collection Doppelgangers can be found (and bought if you wish) if you click on this link to his website

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Mark raised the profanity bar comedically high as he addressed the audience as though everyone present was part of the mythical group he was standing before, a gathering of the members of the society for saying the first thing that comes into your head, with Prince Philip as the patron of the unfiltered, unguarded remark (who else could it be? And who will the society find to succeed him, given his age and proximity to the grave?)

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Mark, reflected by the ceiling mirror as he portrayed a character certainly not taking the time to reflect before speaking…

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After the second break, the last act of the evening came in the soulful-folk form of Bel Blue and her percussionist, husband, surfer and creator of BongaBoard, Andy Constable…

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Whether playing solo, with Andy, or additional musicians, Bel’s songs encapsulate both frailty and strength and this thirty minute set certainly had heart…

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It also had a Wild Dog Rose, a River of Dreams and more…

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2016 will see the release of an E.P of songs from Bel Blue…

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And you can find out more about Bel here

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After an emotional set, Dave Daggers demands an encore, and joins in on ukulele for a harder, rockier closing song that revealed the steel under the soul of the music offered by Bel and Andy..

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Cue much applause and warm thanks offered by Dave for all who came to share their work and the audience who came to listen and watch and enjoy…

But…

Not everyone loves poetry, and here is the view of the occasion from our canine correspondent…a silly experiment in caption writing by the bloke behind this blog…Hey, dog, do you like poetry!!!

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Did someone say ‘poetry’?
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Save me from poetry, Mummy

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Poetry…AAAAAAHHH!!!
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Will there be walkies in Heaven? Poetry, you killed me…

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Thank you Paula Hughes for the pics and these smiles from you and Christina!

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Cheers Dave Daggers, for Rhyme And Treason!

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STOP BEING AN ARROGANT DICK!!!

My wordy response to a Facebook Post by the caring/sharing/inspiring Cathy Presland of authorunlimited.com about revealing something of self to create a connection with a reader…Pics are for illustration purposes only 😉

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I despise you, little people

It can be a two way thing, revealing something about yourself and/or audience/reader finding/feeling you reveal/uncover/understand/ something about them. The discovery/sharing of self/experience forms the basis of all human connection.

Holding out a hand so they come to you is you/I/we lowering our defences and showing vulnerability, which requires strength. The risk opens us up to and inspires potential connection on a human level, which others can respond to or shy away from. We can’t connect with everybody but shields must come down if we are to connect with anybody.

Richard Dawkins, giving Atheism a bad name by being as fundamentalist and and stubborn as those he chooses to scorn, mock and seeks to humiliate/browbeat into sharing his world view while showing so little self awareness of this that he proves being clever is not by the self the path to anywhere but trying to destroy that which is different

If we are showing off our cleverness with what we do, people are soon turned off if we don’t connect on some other level.

Unknowingly mostly, if we are basically trying to prove how clever we are and to deny any kind of human frailty we can look like we are trying to prove we are SUPERIOR to other people. And that would be itself revealing something: the lack of personal humility in our arrogant dickness.

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Wot you lookin’ at?

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RHYME AND TREASON

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For a variety of spoken and sung, serious and comic words, come to RHYME AND TREASON, Thursday, September 24, 8pm, Andrew Buchan Bar, Roath, Cardiff

Featuring…Dave Daggers…Christina Thatcher…me (poetry/spoken word) Karen Sherrard (professional humour maker and character comedian) Mark Blayney (word wrangler of extraordinary skill in aiming for the heart and the funny bone)

PLUS SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST…BEL BLUE

I may, or may not, include this slight antidote to my sillier stuff such as Do Not Go Gentle Into That Dark Knight.

A song. To be sung without accompaniment. Very Depeche Mode-esque, in tone and tune, but words and tune by me…

THE BITTEREST PILL
Now, I am only human
And I’m not infallible
And the race to save face from disgrace
Causes most of our trouble
Denial’s wall will be torn down
Reduced to rubble
Ego helps you out at first
Then bursts your bubble

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Chorus
The bitterest pill, the bitterest pill
Forms on the inside
The bitterest pill, the bitterest will
Never swallow their pride
The bitterest pill, the bitterest pill
The bitterest pill…

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Lies, evasions, excuses
To cover our mistakes
Only ends up making things worse
For the Human Race
The mirror will frown back at you
If you avert your gaze
But you’ll have to look yourself
Right in the eye one of these days

REPEAT CHORUS

Now, I am only human
And I’m not infallible
And the race to save face from disgrace
Causes most of our trouble
Denial’s wall will be torn down
Reduced to rubble
Ego helps you out at first
Then bursts your bubble

REPEAT CHORUS

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ROATH WRITERS ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH AT R.A.R.A!!!

Once again Rhyme and Real Ale Returned to the Mackintosh Sports Club to fill the air with poetic syllables of spoken word and song. As usual, the eclectic nature of the performances and words brought the funny, the sad, the moving, the thoughtful, the daring and the delightful but it was an extra special night because of…this….

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Three years ago Christina Thatcher formed Roath Writers to offer a creative and contemplative space for writers of all levels of experience to meet and inspire each other. Many R.A.R.A regulars have been sparked in new creative directions by Roath Writers and some even feature in the third anniversary anthology, To the Pub and Back Again, edited by Christina (supported in this process by Rebecca Roy and Renn Hubbuck). Cover image by the multi-skilled performer and artist Simon L. Read.

The September R.A.R.A ended up being both what it always is (a night where anybody can share their words with a welcoming audience) and a night to celebrate creativity itself! In book form!

Thanks to the photographic skills of Paula Hughes, here is a pictorial record of the night!

Co-hosting with Christina Thatcher, Dave Daggers gets the ball rolling and the smiles smiling

The effervescent co-host Dave Daggers setting the ball (and smiles) rolling as the humble as ever Christina Thatcher looks on…

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Author of Ssh! John Eliot, immune to the common fear of being first up, being first up!

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Seemingly slightly overwhelmed by the goodwill in the room, Christina thanks everybody for coming, both those in the anthology and those not, who have come to share their words, before she and Daggers share the duties of introducing…

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The ever growing confidence behind the mic of Vincent Thomas, delivering his contributions to To The Pub and Back Again…

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Angela Lester, offering a striking extract from a short story…

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Bryan Marshall, always softly spoken but keen observations and biting words…

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Bridget Leggy Tanner, ever alive to the fun to be found in rhyme…

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Sean Wolfendale, unfazed by being photographed from both sides at once, giving the night a piece of his mind from the anthology…

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Jill Berrett, genteel strength in her words so often needed in her life…Not reading directly from the book being launched, but most definitely to be found between its pages…

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During the first break, punters and poets shoot the breeze. Luckily it doesn’t shoot back…

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Christina Thatcher and Simon L. Read plot world domination, cpatured by Paula Hughes (they may not have been plotting world domination, it may have been just a nice chat, but who can tell from a photograph, eh?)

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After the break, the night resumes with a lovely new song from The Talented Bel Blue, always a ray of heartfelt sunshine at R.A.R.A

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Mark Curtis, once again going places both deeply personal and highly playful…

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Fran Murphy, who despite feeling some nerves at the start of the night burst forth with a flawlessly delivered acapella version of one of her songs included in the anthology. She is not new to the mic by any means but was very pleased to declare herself no longer a R.A.R.A virgin!

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David Hanlon, adding his presence and performance to an already pretty pleasing promenade of penmanship put before the public…

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Not only new to R.A.R.A but also to Cardiff, via Manchester, Jaquee Rob recited and sang powerfully during her slot, making a great impression on the evening…

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Christian Searle, returning once again to R.A.R.A with playful wit and intellectual gymnastics for the Mackintosh Bar clientele…

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Poet and podcaster Patrick Widdess warmly serving up his contribution to the anthology being launched. If you have the chance, Google Headstand Radio to find his series of poetry and music themed podcasts…
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Simon L. Read, anthology cover artist, slightly more serious than usual in his performance with his word based contribution to To the Pub and Back Again…a unique and unusual collection of talents in the head above those shoulders…

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Post second break, Dave Daggers was another being slightly more serious than normal in performance, delivering a poetic plea for a future in which the refugee crisis (currently so spoken of, often unkindly) will be history…

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Will Ford (me) opting not to read Slushy The Snowman from the anthology (too long, too Christmassy) and instead introducing T.O.B.E.V.O.L (Technology Offering Bliss, Every Viable Option Loaded) and being very pleased with how it went down…

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Johnny Giles, a heart on the sleeve of poetry, prolific and powerful…

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Gordon Anderson, taking a moment to promote a National Poetry Day event he is organising at Cardiff Central Library…

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Before sharing words including a sad and haunting piece quite unlike what might be expected if you only happened to know Gordon’s writing from overtly humorous pieces like BananaGuard

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The legend that is Mab Jones, teasing her way around, then taking a firm grip on the hard topic of her poem…

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The more photogenic than he seems to believe Steven Kenward slightly (but unjustifiably) bashfully shares his To The Pub and Back Again words…

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Frank Thomas, finishing off the readings with a sigh of a poem, slightly lamenting the lapsing of youthful dreams of bigger things in life but certainly not lamenting the finding of love and contentment that for so many, is the biggest dream of all…

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Who’s that with Christian? T’is Paula Hughes, kind supplier of pics for this blog, and massive Back To the Future Fan!!! Someone tell her that’s not Doc Brown! (Kidding, Paula!)

This next pic is by co-host for the night Dave Daggers, thanks to him for his efforts to keep all things R.A.R.A on the road and rolling along nicely…Words from Dave and from many others so far unmentioned can be found in To the Pub and Back Again…

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Thanks Christina, Dave, Simon, everybody else who came, saw and (I hope) concurred it was a lovely and warm atmosphere for all who gave their time and creativity. More R.A.R.A next month. Thank you for reading this, and before you go…a reprise of the opening pic (by me) with some added words!

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To the Pub and Back Again will be available soon on KINDLE

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POET, PRESENTER AND PODCAST PRODUCER PATRICK WIDDESS IN CONVERSATION WITH POET REUBEN WOOLEY

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Poet Reuben Woolley talks about his writing and why his ambition is to close down his popular online magazine I am not a silent poet – www.iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com

He reads a selection of poems and invites listeners to write a poem on the subject of abuse. Some of the poems feature strong language and graphic imagery which, while suitable for the hard-hitting subject matter, may not be suitable for all audiences.

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Patrick Widdess is a generous champion of the work of others as well as perfomer of his own clever, often humorous poetic work, some of which you can read in your own sweet time if you buy Feeding The Spacemen, available as physical pages or on KINDLE

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THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MEGAVERSE@HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2015

Many thanks to all who took part in and attended MEGAVERSE@HUB Festival CARDIFF 2015 (A Spoken Word Oddysey). After all the organising and fretting it was a (sometimes tricky) pleasure to finally host the event and the pics are in…

Thanks to Katherine Whittington of Cardiff Events Newspaper The CDF for THIS!

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The following images are by (in alphabetical order) Dave Daggers, Will Ford, Terri Hoskings and Bridget Leggy Tanner

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Thanks again everyone, Thanks HUB, thanks Urban Tap House, we came, we saw, we concurred!

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