RHYME AND REAL ALE…OPEN MIC…SPOKEN WORD…FREE EVENT…HOSTED BY WILL FORD…08/02/2016

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RHYME AND REAL ALE returns to the Mackintosh Sports Club, next Monday (Feb 8th, 2016) where you can be sure you will be experiencing a dazzling array of approaches to the spoken word art form, from 7.30pm, hosted this time by Will Ford (me)

WANT TO WATCH AND LISTEN? You can, and it’s FREE!

WANT TO TAKE PART? You can, and it’s FREE! Simply sign up for a five minute slot and whether you’re an old hand or a new voice, whether you’ve done this for years or you have never shared your words with any audience, COME ALONG and be warmly welcomed!

Below you will find many pics from previous RARA Nights where there has been poetry, rap, song, comedy, and short stories, basically, if it can be produced by the human larynx and lasts around five minutes, it will find a warm welcome at RARA, at The Mackintosh

Thanks to Paula Hughes, who took the majority of the pics below, and hey, you! Come to RARA! Come one, come all! COME!!!

 

 

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HEY, JUKE…19/01/2016…Spoken word night with some tributes to The Thin White Duke

“It was a reasonable request

From Renn, who’s flamboyantly dressed

Bring a tribute to David B

For this evening at J, U, K E…”

With this affectionate (and slightly cheesy) reworking of the opening of Life On Mars I began my slot during the open mic at…

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Will say more about my own Bowie tribute  after the following…

JUKE is a free monthly open mic spoken word event organised and hosted by Renn…

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Via JUKE (held at The Little Man Coffee C0, third Tuesday every month), Renn aims to provide a showcase for spoken word performance and poetry that explores, stretches and even sometimes breaks the boundaries and delivers the unexpected to the impressive audience numbers JUKE attracts…

Much of the evening is open mic but there are always feature performers and this month they were…

Gemma June Howell, author of ROCK LIFE

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Beatbox Hann

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Gemma’s reading, mostly from Rock Life, played with, argued with and embraced the stereotypical images often portrayed of people from the valleys, filling her words with the realities of life as lived by people who are more often than not mocked for merely existing and being poor. As a council estate born kid who ended being taken into care along with my sisters, I certainly appreciated the humour and fire of poems demanding people consider that there might possibly be more to people from whatever their circumstances are than meets the headlines of our national press

Beatbox Hann, as his name suggests, produced simultaneous sounds from what seemed to be his entire body  assembling grimy heavy beats element by element until there was so much going on at once that the audience reaction can only be summed up as ‘Holy Shit!’

Not only did features set up the mood for the open mic sections, they also returned at the end to combine their talents, with Hann providing the backing for some soulful singing from Gemma…

Gemma and Hann created the frame for the evening and now it is time to fill in the rest of the picture…firstly, given the Bowie tribute theme of the evening, special mention must go to…Fran Smith

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A lifelong fan of Bowie, Fran turned up having gone ‘The Full Ziggy’ make-up wise and backed up her costume, as did Renn when she opened the night, with poetry constructed from references to classic Bowie hits. Renn and Fran, each of them a Star, Man 🙂

And now, with pictures from Fran and me, an overview of the evening…

Memorable in some ways you had to be there to truly appreciate, Renn’s January  JUKE welcomed a head spinning variety of approaches to the written and spoken word from the warm, to the icy, the intellectual, to the surreal, moments of edginess, hilarity and drama in the verbal selection box that is JUKE. Many thanks to Renn and the venue for what has become a very popular night out!

JUKE will be back in February at The Little Man Coffee Co…

ADDENDUM: My own Bowie Tribute…

Being not the flamboyant type generally, I pushed the boat out according to the parameters of my rather self-conscious personality and deliberately, recklessly wore…

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Odd Socks…

Having got a (small) laugh from the audience out of that, in response to the death of Bowie I mused on mortality with Post Mortem Blues and put out hope that people don’t merely aspire to be like their icon of choice, but work to complete the picture of themselves, for themselves, with All Stars Will One Day Die

Then, at severe risk to my dignity, I attempted theatricality,  asking the audience to pretend I was capable of communing with the departed Thin White Duke  and through me he would sing my attempted Bowie style tribute to…

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Odd Socks

No pair

Mismatched

Together…

Beneath a

Suit so sharp

That it severs…

Persona, conceal you

Peel back surface, reveal you

You got no one, you got no one

You got no one but each other…

Odd socks, odd socks,

We’re all

Odd socks, odd socks…

We got no one, We got no one

We got no one but each other…

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DEAF AS A HOST…MEGAVERSE@THE FULL MOON JAN.03.16

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The first MEGAVERSE of 2016 took place in The Full Moon (Womanby Sreet, Cardiff), as part of the 2016 FREE FOR ALL festival. All photos by Paula Hughes. Sketches by Pauline Williams

The seventh of these  poetry/spoken word events  I have organised, hosted and performed at presented a slightly uncomfortable challenge…a seasonal Christmas bout of cold/flu/lurgy/ear infections had left me more than slightly deaf…meaning I might HAVE had some trouble MODULATING the tone of my VOICE!!!

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Despite my difficulties, the evening proved to be a great mix of the heartfelt, the honest, the entertaining and the just plain daft as the performers each brought their own unique way with words to the stage, and after a silly rap parody opening from me came…

Julie Pritchard

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Preferring to perform without the  microphone, ‘The Walking Poet’ offered up her soul in word form, her poems taking in the nature she observes joyfully and the world wide conflicts that break her heart.  A published poet with a new collection due in 2016, Julie also runs a regular open mic event, and started the R.A.R.A open mic night that meets on the second Monday each month at the Mackintosh Sports Club Bar in Cardiff. Next to the stage came…

Sheila Hart

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Playful at times, with a degree of venom lurking beneath the the surface, Sheila held the attention of the room effortlessly. Next, with a mix of the bawdy and the personal came…

Fritz O’Skennick

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Equally at home covering the questions within the mind in turmoil and playfully rhyming his way through cheeky takes on the masculine life experience gone wrong,  Fritz was a welcome voice on a rainy night night.

This summary of the evening  will continue after these sketches of several performers made during the event by Pauline Williams, featuring Sheila Hart, Fritz O’Skennick, Paula Hughes, Gordon Anderson and Clive Oseman…12512031_10154624111563975_1705991520_n12540380_10154624102613975_679445978_nFritz O’Skennick was followed by a very different kind of performance from…

Paula Hughes

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As a very young Gary Numan fan, Paula wrote a poem about her hero, hoping to get it published by his fan club magazine. Young Paula was left sadly disappointed, but today her youthful words about Gary, his hair and music provide a time machine in words revealing how funny and sweet what we do and say can be looked back on years later! And with a powerful voice she followed up on exploring youthful passions with a more current driving strong desire to see a dream of hers come to  be…The Green Mile has no official Musical adaptation thus far, but Paula has  embarked upon creating one!

Following Paula, came…

Gordon Anderson

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Normally more cheerful looking than this snap suggests, Gordon was playing a character at the time…Slightly morally askew character monologues are a feature of Gordon’s performance pieces and those of us with memories of  of the adverts featuring Barry Scott for Cillit BANG chuckled along to a  twisted surrreal(ish) reimagining of the screen persona fronting the ads in question…Next,  Straight Outta Swindon came…

Clive Oseman

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At times, Clive feels compelled by the reaction to certain of his pieces to point out they reflect neither his real life history nor his personal desires and there are, in fact, acts of creative writing involved…irony and imagination may in short supply in some people but definitely  no such drought in Clive’s lines…next, with observational humour and and also occasionally revealing the contents of her life and heart, came…

Bridget Leggy Tanner

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The behaviour at office parties, contraceptives discarded in car parks, the proximity of rugby players faces to each other’s bums in scrums and honest reflections on some of the aspects of her life she would rather have done without are likely to be encountered upon listening to BLT perform…next came…

Patrick Widdess

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Poet and Podcater, Patrick weaves a little surrealism into his world of words, where  nightmarish encounter with a giant moth might be matched up with a tale of purchasing excuses or with passionate plea that people not read their poems off their bloody phone. Check out his warm and insightful interviews with fellow poets on Headstand

Then, not doing headstands, but waving his arms at me to call me to join him at the mic when my rather deaf ears missed the verbal invitation, came…

Dave Daggers

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A lover of life with a heart of gold, Dave had decided my stage costume, an Ace of Spades T-shirt needed replacing, so he handed me a card he had got poets to sign during the night to thank me for organising Megaverse events and a new Ace of Spades T-shirt.  Then he performed Ace Of Spades, accompanying himself on electric ukulele with a built in drum machine…would Lemmy have been honoured or horrified? Who can tell? With typically enthusiastic abandon Mr Daggers threw himself around the stage during a tribute performance that was as truly unique as his approach to the poetry he also lobbed in the general direction of the audience! Then came…

Renn  

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Those who have heard Renn perform never know if she will bring her joyfully outrageous side or her more calm and considered elements to her performance and keeping people on their toes seems to be a definite aim from this performance artist who recently incepted JUKE, a monthly free open mic night she hosts, welcoming all kinds of spoken word performance. Click here to find out about the next JUKE (the first since the death of David Bowie, so expect tributes, including one from me). After Renn at Megaverse came…

Gareth Davies

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Often aiming for the funny bone with brief pieces, Gareth didn’t disappoint the audience at Megaverse, so I will have to trust the reception he got as a big thumbs up, since my pesky ears were failing me again…thanks for putting yourself forward to perform on the night, and hear you better soon!

After Gareth, I called to the stage…

 Francesca Murphy

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Warm, inventive, friendly and as likely to sing as recite or read, Francesca once again delivered the goods with her presence and enjoyment of what she does adding extra levels to already polished performance skills! And when she was done, along came…

Fran Smith

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Fran, Philosphical Body Poet, delivers words that reflect her work and her attitude to life, seeking to promote physical and psychic healing through promotion of postivity and compassion in her writing and therapeutically with her practice of kinesiology, aiming to  treat the mind and the body and explore the effect of one on the other…the mad rush and novelty addiction of the modern world have a lot to answer for, according to Fran’s words!

And Fran’s words would have been the final ones from the poets and performers I was introducing, had it not been for…

Jacque Croupier

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Jacque was an unexpected and very welcome addition to the list of performers at the Megaverse at the Full Moon, stepping up from serving drinks behind the bar to deliver lines behind the mic. Influenced by hip hop, he is no stranger to performing his work and introducing that of others in his non bar work life via Left Suit Events who will be putting on a benefit gig in memory of David Bowie (SOLD OUT, I’m afraid, I didn’t get a ticket in time, either).

The words of Ssh author John Eliot also featured in Megaverse 7, though he became unable to  make the event in person so I read out two pieces on his behalf, Autumn and Divorce…

I wrapped up proceedings with The Booty Song and the seventh Megaverse was done, just want to thank everyone who agreed in advance to perform, and Gareth and Jacque for joining the event on the night. Info on Megaverse and pics from previous events can be found here

And look, a mosaic montage of the night….thanks again for the pictures, Paula Hughes, and if you look at them, you’ll be able to spot Pauline Williams, Sketchbook in hand!

Spot lit microphone and stand on an empty stage

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A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS? NO, IT’S NOVEMBER R.A.R.A. WITH GUEST HOSTS CERI SIAN AND MARK CURTIS. plus REVENGE!

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Second Monday, every month…RARA! 

 

For me, the November RARA was partly about a sweet, yet mild and playful, serving of…REVENGE!!!

More on that later, here is the now regular monthly report from Rhyme and Real Ale, Cardiff’s monthly spoken word and poetry open mic night, words by me, pics by Paula Hughes…

Meet your hosts…

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Mark Curtis and Ceri Sian, regular faces and voices at RARA and now the latest in a series of Guest Hosts…

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Dave Daggers (co-host with me last month (and main organiser of RARA) introduces Mark and Ceri to the audience and here comes Mark to kick things off…

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…With a piece called Almost Late, and highly appropriate, given Mark was himself almost late to the event…Next Mark called up…

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Christian Searle, who read a piece he wrote around thoughts about the open mic nights at RARA, which, he explained got more vulgar the more he wrote. Thank you for the sweetly delivered filth in the lines of 147 Candy Floss Trollops, Christian, eye twinkle of yours present and correct as always! Next Mark welcomed a new face to Rara…

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Liz read a poem formed from a conversation between her and her daughter, a fraught debate over the sincerity of the daughter’s apology in the context of behaviour related to addiction issues. She followed with a wry confessional piece about her own ‘seven deadly sins’ according to the rules of the slimming program she was rebelling against  🙂 Then Mark invited up…

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David Foster-Morgan, who read from his book Masculine Happiness, recently published by Seren. He has a way he checks out the poetry books of other new writers, he reads the title poem, and the first and last pieces. He applied that to giving us a taste of his own book…as ever, David brought wry intelligence and the calm authority of his reading style to RARA…

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Then  Eric Ngalle Charles from Cameroon sent out vibes of humanity, partially viewed through sadness at the inhumanity mankind is capable of, a welcome new voice at RARA!

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David Hanlon dleivered a delightful piece about domestic trauma caused by the presence of a mouse that moved from revulsion to growing admiration of ‘George’ seeing the furry one develop inthe narrator’s mind from domestic plunderer to a mouse among the greats, such as Danger Mouse, Jerry and Mickey!

Before announcing the first break Mark Curtis read a poem asking us to never let go of our dreams, no matter how long it takes to make them real.

After minutes of toilet breaks, drink purchases and chats…

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Ceri Sian assumed host duties and welcomed to the mic…

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John Eliot, author of Ssh! This time John read from his work included in Kaleidoscope before momentarily usurping host duties to introduce fellow contributor…

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Mario Uberto Fiorillo whose piece Port of Entry evoked the plight of immigrants seeking saftey, some only finding mud and rocks and shipwrecks…After Mario, Ceri called up…

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Poet, singer (and photographer for these blogs about RARA) Paula Hughes, who sang two songs, one about her pre-Aspergers diagnosis experience of feeling a sort of loneliness in a world where other people seemed far more organised about their lives than her. Then, in strong soulful and bluesy voice, she sang a song harking back to the childhood of John Coffey (the tragic prisoner on death row portrayed in The Green Mile). In Paula’s song John was a gentle giant of a child to his mother.

Next, Ceri introduced…

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Bridget Leggy Tanner who did to contrasting pieces conveying fear. The first from the point of view of a little girl being kidnapped in to slavery, the second more humorously, from the perspective of a narrator suddenly surrounded by cows and a bull!

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Dave Daggers, humorist, poet, musician, artist, photographer and world class git unaware of my impending REVENGE for his prank on me during our co-hosting last month… in fun pun mode, Dave lamented his time spent living on Writer’s Block 🙂

Then Ceri welcomed…
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Melinda, who read a poem called Phoenix about a sad time in her life when renewal and regeneration were badly needed. Then she explained how she believes in being  good neighbour to all…except a badly behaved neighbour who inspired Crossing Bondaries, a true tale of obnoxiousness and transgressions regarding foliage dividing properties…

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Ceri stepped up, readdy to give us  us some of her own words…and this would have been the end of the second section had the need to get public transport made a RARA regular have to ask if he could do his thing before leaving…

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Patrick Widdess, poet and podcaster gave us three mini masterpieces, including Legend of Rain, creating a wry and pithy series of literary pictures of a thirsty landscape where little girls are not automatically believed if they say they have seen a raindrop. Then the presenter and producer of Headstand disappeared into the night…

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And Ceri closed the second section of the evening  with her considered words, partially reacting to life’s hardships and losses delivered with a sense of sighed resignation that makes the turmoil often within the lines take on a sense of unassuming beauty….

Returning for November RARA  part three, Ceri read again, intensity never far from the surface of her deceptively gentle style, and Mark delivered a lovely poem, The Dawn of Peace, before introducing…

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Me! I did one of the pieces I wrote for Fran Smith’s event for Anti-Slavery Day (Customer Care Line For Slave Owners), Then came…REVENGE!!!

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Well, to be honest REVENGE is putting it too strongly, I might have been mortified at first by Dave Daggers playfully mocking my Booty Song (and my Ace of Spades shirt) last month but REVENGE isn’t really my style, I opted to do one of Dave’s pieces but as genuinely in spirit as I could, and he had a grin on  his face the whole time at the laughter caused by words he had written 🙂 And some extra gags I added 😉

Partial recording of mild, playful REVENGE as I do my own version of French Love Songs by Dave Daggers

Thanks Bridget Leggy Tanner for filming the REVENGE!!!

After my silliness, the rest of the evening finished strongly with…

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Fran Murphy, who has sung very sweetly previously at RARA but this time semi rapped her way through Beautiful Thief, dramatically depicting the grace of the bird and the voracity of the thievery…then a sensually delivered piece that kept it’s secret to the end, that the adventures explored, were those of an everyman character (more precisely and everybook character, testifying to the possibilities for the imagination unlocked by reading).  Then…

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Ben Meadon read a piece borne of a prompt at the ever popular ever popular Roath Writers group, the prompt being I Am. Ben’s piece was a personal one, telling of his experience of his own body conspiring against him to make his life difficult…

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Bryan Marshall stormed out the words of an anti-war sonnet,  called Please Stop, before dropping into an accent in order to proclaim and celebrate and demand respect for the fine nature of his own Booty!0004

Fran Smith jokingly offered a slightly belated Halloween themed piece, before impressing us all immensely with her percussive use of the letter P in a high speed sonnet with a strong anti war message

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Finally, came the last performer of the night, Laz Lazarus, the Prince of Darkness of Cardiif poetry rapped for us and his often vulnerable appearing stage persona revealed to those who hadn’t seen it before a new facet to his normally semi-dreamy, semi bemused by the harshness of loneliness style!

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Ceri and Mark then sent us on our way, with thans for being a good audience and we in turn thanked them for being such lovely and warm hosts 🙂 Nice one both, nice one everyone!!!

More RARA, coming like, and just in time for, CHRISTMAS!!

Bring yourself, and your words, Christmas themed or not, Come all ye Faithfull, Come all ye Faithless, Come to read, Come to listen, Come to RARA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL at the Mackintosh Sports Club, Monday December 14th, 7.30pm

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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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!

But what IS Megaverse? info HERE

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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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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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!

03

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

04

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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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 😀