April: A Shower of Words @ RARA Open Mic 09/04/18

 FREE OPEN MIC – FREE 5 MINUTE SLOTS @ RARA
RARA CROWD

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!
MONDAY APRIL 9 2018 7.30PM ONWARDS

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…let rip, let it go, share your creations, release the flow…at RARA!

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This month, RARA will be hosted by…DAVE DAGGERS

AND WILL FORD

Dave Daggers and Will Ford will both offer you some words of their own, as well as welcoming and introducing readers to the unique laidbackness of RARA
(shut up spell checker, laidbackness is a word, ok?)

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

www.willdeanford.com

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports/Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

PICS FROM PREVIOUS RARA NIGHTS

 

PICS FROM FUTURE RARA NIGHTS:

 

They haven’t happened yet, how could there be pics?
come, come, come, COME TO RARA!

 

 

 

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SEEKING PAID EMPLOYMENT

 

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FLAT B, 7 DESPENSER STREET, RIVERSIDE, CARDIFF, CF11 6AG

07905 163 053        willdeanford@yahoo.com        www.willdeanford.com

GOAL: Returning to workplace after some time of independently developing creative and public performance skills that subsequently helped others develop for themselves, using my own experience (of moving from agoraphobic tendencies to being able to perform at and subsequently host, organise and promote Spoken Word events) to inspire others. Seeking full time or part time role. DBS check confirmed

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT RELATED ACTIVITY

Volunteer at Grangetown Library Hyb
General assistance at library, and on a weekly basis, assisting at FAN Club (Friends and Neighbours Club, where mostly non-native English Speakers attend to improve spoken English and social skills).).

Independent Writer/Performer/Event Organiser/Host/MC
This has mostly been voluntary activity, for personal development and subsequently assisting others’ personal development, but I have given paid performances for Time To Change Wales, Oxfam, Sefyll, Journeys (Towards Recovery From Depression) in addition to many unpaid performances in support of Charities and other organisations, including Mind, Inroads and Making Minds.

Shaw Trust Volunteer
Sorting donations
Pricing/Hanging/Steaming clothes to prepare them for sale
Staffing the till
Stocking the displays
Cleaning/refuse disposal
Banking takings on the days I volunteer
Considering (and seeking to improve) efficiency of procedures/Using own initiative

SKILLS: serving the public/interacting with the public.

Previous voluntary work

Sefyll (Mental Health Related Charity)

Initially attending Progress Cymru, a theatre group formerly held in space provided by Sefyll, I directed other members in a play written by one of the members. The group offered me and (subsequently allowed me to help the group) develop:

Creative endeavours tailored to assist people in self-expression/self-discovery/mindfulness

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I then volunteered my time to Sefyll more directly where I took part in:

Committee meetings/discussions with NHS staff and third sector organisations to facilitate ensuring service users are involved in both open discussion of their own care options and seeking to improve communications between organisations and users to improve relationships and make experience of users and organisers mutually beneficial.

Committee meetings/discussions to edit/amend/approve wording on informational materials and leaflets to make them user friendly

As a result of volunteering for Sefyll I was invited to be part of the steering group debating and deciding the art content for the (then) future Mental Health unit at Llandough Hospital. This involved examining bids for commissions to produce work for permanent display. Some of my own words are also on permanent display in large metal letters , as the ‘unofficial motto’ of the unit:

WE GROW BETTER TOMORROWS WHEN WE PLANT GOOD SEEDS TODAY.

As a result of this I was invited to be on the interview panel when the position of Chief Executive of the Cardiff and Vale Health Authority was being interviewed for.

PREVIOUS JOBS

Telephone canvasser (various, cold calling)

Telephone Market Research (cold calling, UK-wide)

Admin Assistant (Benefits Agency)

Factory Work (injection Moulding)

Assistant in a Bakery.

Additional Voluntary work:

FOOD NOT BOMBS

For over three years I volunteered with FNB weekly to prepare and cook food to serve in the street for free to anyone who wanted it. Most regular clients were from the homeless community. FNB exists to promote the idea that helping people by feeding them is a better use of time and money than seeking to direct the future of the world through military means, in whatever form that takes.

QUALIFICATIONS:

A LEVEL:  English, Law, Film Studies, History

O LEVEL/GCSE: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Computer Studies,

Law, Chemistry, Physics, CDT (Craft/Design/Technology)

OTHER STUDY: Short courses in Forum Theatre (Devising and Performing), Scriptwriting, Video

Production, Radio Production, Conversational French, How To Run Workshops.

                            I am currently taking a short accredited course in Social Psychology.


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WILL FORD:  Independent Writer/Performer/Event Organiser/Host/MC

 

When Will organises/hosts a Spoken Word Event, he follows this process:

Making contact with festival organisers

Arranging a venue and time slot, negotiating weekend ticket wristbands as proxy for performer fee, or other arrangements as appropriate, such as food and drink for performers.

Contacting performers to offer festival slots

Keeping performers informed of developments, length of performance slots, etc

Hosting and introducing Megaverse events (incorporating performance of material tailored to the event to set a mood and re-direct mood as the event demands)

Organising as precisely as possible in advance and then responding to any contingencies that arise when the event takes place, such as performer absence, hecklers, performers who exceed their slot duration.

Will is a promoter/organiser/host for RARA

RARA is a monthly spoken word open mic event held for over two years at the Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff. As well as providing a platform for people to share their work with an audience, Will and his fellow organiser encourage regular attendees to act as guest co-hosts, to give them the experience of doing so and further increase their confidence (generally and in a performance environment). Partially as a result of such encouragement some attendees have gone on to set up events of their own.

As well as developing his own creativity Will actively encourages the creativity and confidence of others and has encouraged/advised/coached some now regular performers on their path getting up in front of others to share their words for the very first time. Such mentoring was a natural development from his own experience of taking up performance and encountering (and overcoming) interior and exterior obstacles along the way. His work with RARA allows him to not only encourage others to read and/or perform their words to an audience but also provide an opportunity to actually do it.

 

In addition to organising and hosting spoken word events under his MEGAVERSE banner, Will is Writer/performer of spoken word poetry/comic verse/songs/stories. In 2017 he has had work included in award nominated poetry collection (Half Moon, Otley Press) and other anthologies including several collections of work by ‘Roath Writers’ Sold hundreds of pamphlets at performances and via Amazon Kindle Sales. Involved in writing, producing, directing and filming short films, one of which was featured at The Glastonbury Festival in in 2015.

Organising events

Organising Spoken Word events, including for Hub Festival Cardiff, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 under the self-created promotional banner Megaverse. Megaverse has also presented spoken word events for International Dylan Thomas Day and Underground/Urban Art Scene, Mental Health related events, all of which he personally organised, promoted, hosted and performed at, in addition to introducing (and leading the applause for) the performers he brought together for the events.

Time To Change Wales

In association with Time To Change Wales, Will was instrumental in organising/hosting two one day festivals as part of a group called METANOIA which offered artists/poets/musicians who self-identified as Sevice Users a platform for their creative output so that their capabilities, not their potentially stigma attracting health history, was the focus for attention. The Time To Change and Time To Change Wales organisations exist to challenge societal attitudes and reduce life chance limiting prejudice directed towards people who, because of the negativity associated with mental ill health in the media and society at large that stigmatises, and potentially further harms the health of millions of people. Will’s work was, therefore, entirely in tune with the Goals of Time To Change Wales, who showed their appreciation by hiring him to perform at their AGM.

 

FREE WRITE

Monthly group where Will facilitates fellow writers discussing their needs views and experiences connected with writing and create an atmosphere where people can learn from each other’s experiences, gain confidence, find public outlets for their poetry and or spoken word performance art. As well as directing writers towards RARA, Will signposts wroters toward other spoken word events and writing workshops such as those provided by Roath Writers and Cardiff Bay Writing Group

 

ARRRR!!! RARA OPEN MIC PIRATE CHRISTMAS 18/12/17

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SAILING IN ON THE YULETIDE
IT BE THE R.A.R.A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION
AND WHAT THEME BE MORE CHRISTMASSY THAN
PIRATES  ARRRRR?

ARRRR YE COMIN’?

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So haul your Arrrrs along to The Mackintosh Sports Club
Keppoch Street, Roath Cardiff DECEMBER 11th 2017
From 7.30 PM

Bring words to share, be they about Christmas or not
Be they about Piratey shenanigans or not 

The Theme is not compulsory, anything you want to share
Or say, or perform, or sing makes RARA nights what they

ARRRRRRRRRR!!!!

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Like RARA!
RARA is FREEEEE!
THERE WILL BE CAKE!

SO PLUNDER YOUR WORD TREASURE CHEST
BRING YOUR FINEST LYRICAL BOOTY!

EAT SOME CAKE
DRINK RUM

JOIN YOUR HOSTS

LONG DAGGER DAVE

 

AND

WILD WILL NOBEARD

 

MONDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2017 from 7.30pm

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RARA CHRISTMAS Poster image by the awesome AMY DUNSTALL

COME ONE, COME ALL, COME!!!

THERE WILL BE CAKE!

www.willdeanford.com

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November…FREE WRITE…Chapter 24/11/17

 The last Friday of the month is coming, so why not come to…

FREE WRITE

CLICK HERE FOR WHEN AND WHERE

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Coming?

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

June 30 2017 meeting 10am to 1pm at The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

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Your Host

DISCLAIMER…will probably be less well dressed than this 🙂

Why should you come?

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

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As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

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Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford 

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which has met several times in Pontypridd. To keep up to date with upcoming FREE WRITE meetings in Cardiff and Pontypridd why not join the FREE WRITE FACEBOOK GROUP

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

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www.mabjones.com

www.willdeanford.com

NOVEMBER RARA OPEN MIC – FREE EVENT, THIS MONTH, IN AID OF EPILEPSY WALES

COMING SOON: November 13 2017 in aid of Epilepsy Wales

FREE OPEN MIC SPOKEN WORD EVENT

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Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…This Month your hosts are Bridget Leggy Tanner, Dave Daggers and Will Ford!

Though you can read/perform on any subject you choose, we are using the November RARA to raise awareness of issues around Epilepsy, and to raise funds if we can, either on the night or by you directly donating to EPILEPSY WALES 

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! FOR CHARITY, FFS!!!

HOSTED BY

BRIDGET LEGGY TANNER!!!

Bridget Leggy Tanner lives with Epilepsy and inspired by November being National Epilepsy Month in countries such as Australia, Canada and the USA, decided that she wanted to do her part in raising awareness of a condition that can affect anyone, of any age, of any walk of life, at any time

ALSO HOSTED BY DAVE DAGGERS!!!
DAGGERS BONES

Dave Daggers is Dave Daggers and does Dave Daggers things in a Dave Daggers way!

ALSO ALSO HOSTED BY WILL FORD
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Will will do as Will will. FREE WILL! PLEASE!

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

www.willdeanford.com

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club,
Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you all, past, present and future lovely people!

FREE SPOKEN WORD EVENT-OPEN MIC…R.A.R.A HOSTED THIS TIME BY WILL FORD AND BRIDGET LEGGY TANNER

RATHER ARTICULATELY  READING ALOUD

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH 2017

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…let rip, let it go, share your creations, release the flow…at RARA!

OpenMic

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! 

This month, RARA will be hosted by

 

 

Will Ford

and

Bridget Leggy Tanner

 

 

Bridget Leggy Tanner and Will Ford will both offer you some words of their own, as well as welcoming and introducing readers to the unique laidbackness of RARA (shut up spell checker, laidbackness is a word, ok?).

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

 

www.willdeanford.com

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

PICS FROM PREVIOUS RARA NIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUB Fest | Megaverse

A lovely review of Megaverse at HUB Festival Cardiff 2017, with some awesome pics 😀

Hi, I'm Amy Ellen ._.

The two sessions of Megaverse, a poetry/spoken word event during HUB Fest, were, for me at least, very emotional, very inspiring, and some of the poems really hit home. The term ‘yoga moments’ was thrown around and I certainly had a few moments where I was holding back the tears. It was amazing to witness the talent of local poets and those who had travelled from further afield to speak at HUB Festival. It’s always great to meet new people and talk about interesting things, and I personally really enjoyed these sessions.

I have tried to bring to light a couple of ‘feminist’ issues recently and it drives me crazy how people continue to put these problems down, brushing them off as just ‘something women go through’. Sarah’s poetry on women’s rights and LGBT experiences especially hit home and, among some other really great poems, gave me a huge sense…

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LOOKING BACK AT MEGAVERSE @ HUB Festival Cardiff 2017

 

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Megaverse organiser/host/performer Will Ford
and Megaverse Feature Poets Susan Evans & Darell Epp

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Many thanks already offered and many more go out now to Darrell and Susan for their awesome sets respectively closing the two Megaverse Sessions on the Saturday and Sunday with awesome deliveries of their unique brands of emotional poetic goodness

Click HERE to find out more about them and the other fantastic performers bringing an multi-layered range of wordy flavours featured in the explosion of pics below and others who somehow managed to not be photographed by Dave Daggers, Rachel Carney, Patrick Widdess, Matt Troy, Susan Evans or Gordon Anderson!

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MORE DETAILS ON THE PERFORMERS HERE!!!
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THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING IT A GREAT TWO DAYS OF SPOKEN WORD AS PART OF THE ANNUAL HUB MUSIC AND OTHER ARTS FESTIVAL

THANK YOU HUB FESTIVAL FOR HAVING MEGAVERSE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW! THANK YOU FOR READING THESE WORDS!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS OF ALL THE PERFORMERS FEATURED ABOVE

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HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2017 featuring MEGAVERSE!

The clock is sticking…Megaverse@Hub Festival Cardiff 2017!

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COMING COMING COMING SOON!

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The Annual August Bank Holiday Three Day Party on Womanby Street!

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FEATURING DOZENS OF MUSICIANS, VISUAL ART AND MORE

INCLUDING SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES PRESENTED BY 

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This year there will be TWO sessions of Megaverse at Hub Festival Cardiff

Hosted by Will Ford

        Where?  In the Castle Emporium, Womanby Street, Cardiff

When?

2pm to 4pm Saturday August 26

and

2pm to 4pm Sunday August 27

MEGAVERSE PERFORMERS FOR HUB 2017

SATURDAY FEATURE PERFORMER

Flying in from Canada to MEGAVERSE@HUB 2017…

DARREL EPP

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Darrell Epp, Straight Outta Canada!

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SUNDAY FEATURE PERFORMER

Travelling from Brighton to do Megaverse at  HUB 2017…

SUSAN EVANS

 Saboteur-shortlisted Best Spoken Word Performer, Susan Evans is a regular, featured artist on the UK’s performance poetry circuits, from Ronnie Scott’s and the South Bank Centre, to the garden shed. Straddling stage and page, she is also a regular contributor to…

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