HUB festival Cardiff 2019: MEGAVERSE RETURNS…upstairs and downstairs…PERFORMER DETAILS

HUB FESTIVAL 2019    AUG 23-25
12 STAGES – 200 ACTS

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HUB festival Cardiff 2019, 23-25 August

Womanby Street, Cardiff…and beyond..12 venues, over 200 acts! The annual August Bank Holiday festival of the (mostly) performance arts returns to fill you full of fun times and frivolous frolics. Featuring furious and friendly tunes, visual arts, all the the bevvies you can responsibly handle and various spoken word events including MEGAVERSE 

What is MEGAVERSE?
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Featuring many readers, reciters, raucous verbal chicanery from an eclectic range of performers and styles, including two feature artists…

AMELIA UNITY

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GARETH DAVIES
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Plus additional words from MEGAVERSE organiser and host

WILL FORD
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Keep on scrolling and reading for lots more performer pics and details…

Megaverse at Hub festival Cardiff 2019…WHERE?
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17-19 Church St, Cardiff CF10 1BG

WHEN?
Saturday August 24 (2.00-4.00pm) UPSTAIRS

Sunday August 25 (2.00-4.00pm)DOWNSTAIRS

SATURDAY HEADLINER – GARETH DAVIES
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Before he jets off to Japan for work and creative reasons, Gareth (international storyteller and author of novel HUMANS, BEING) joins us for a session of tale telling and mirth making. His novel is in the running for the Not The Booker Prize!
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SUNDAY HEADLINER – AMELIA UNITY

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By the time Amelia joins us, she will have already performed as part of LADIES OF RAGE the previous day. But it is not all about ‘rage’ it is about asserting the right to express, with hints of the street, hints of family life, exploring sometimes hard truths with passion and honesty with increasing presence as a performer as stage experience racks up.
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OTHER FEATURED MEGAVERSE PERFORMERS
IN GLORIOUS ALPHABETICAL ORDER
COME TO MEGAVERSE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
IF YOU WANNA CATCH ‘EM ALL

GORDON ANDERSON
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Often having thoughts exploring the contending views of what is meant by the word ‘Man’ you can expect quizzical words from Gordon with hints of sweet and dark. He has seen things you people wouldn’t believe. He may tell a tall tale of the creator of Cillit Bang…or demonstrate a banana protection device…He also regularly organises and hosts Open Space for Cardiff Central Library  HUB, featuring a plethora of poets and novelists launching their books and offering their back catalogues of wordy wares. Gordon has performed at many events, including Where I’m Coming From Open Mic

ROSIE BUF
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Swansea Poetry Slam Winner 2019 and part of Ladies of Rage, Rosie brings Megaverse words of empathy for the struggles of others and exploration of what it means to be human and be in search of identity and balance in life. Humility itself in person, and powerful on the page and stage. LEARN MORE  

post megaverse update…the morning before Sunday Megaverse, Rosie Buf RAN A FREAKING HALF MARATHON…many kudos points, hope you weren’t
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BECKY CEE
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Introduced to Megaverse by Sunday Headliner Amelia Unity, Becky Cee is an upcoming performer, her verbal landscape includes frowning at people for being adidicted to rating things online and seeming to forget real people exist to connect with…and celebrating the capacity of imagination to offer a whole universe to escape into, meld with, learn from…She, will like all the other peformers bring her personal universe along, and that is the whole point of megaverse, everyone brings their universe and together these realms combine into a…yes…Megaverse!

CULT OF DORIS
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Judy Price is Cult of Doris, a spoken word artist and Electronic Music Producer / Artist. Jude is also part of the Cardiff collective Ladies of Rage and Cardiff Electronic Producers Network. Cult of Doris creative content , is influenced by her lived experience of daily life and uses humour with a little dash of sarcasm to convey her stories in spoken word and song. Cult of Doris, as a live music artist incorporates Music Technology, Ableton Live and recorded Instrumentation to produce and perform live music that is influenced by everything from early jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop to current day pop trends. Doris is always busy creating soundscapes, tracks for artists, recording in the studio and collaborating with other artists. Currently working on producing her second album.
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DAVE DAGGERS
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Dave is his own enthusiastic creation, a freewheeling, free spirited artist, photographer, poet and (mostly) comic songwriter.  Irreverent, irrepressible and individual, generous of soul and encourager of all types of creative expression. Spell check says encourager is not a word. Screw you spell check, it should be a noun, and more people need to be that noun to help make a better world! Be like Dave, be an encourager.

ALIX EDWARDS

Artist, photographer, writer, performer and creator/host of Cardiff open mic night Company of Words. Alix delivers uncompromising, hard hitting tales of female experience, a theme that influences some of her creative projects. She has a solo four week exhibition of her art at Cwtsh, Stow Hill, Newport, from Sep 1 to Sep 29 2019

JOHNNY GILES
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Prolific and edgy, devourer of poetry books and ever seeking the best way to let out his flow, Johnny’s book Chalk Outlines provides a way in to the world of his words which he performs with a curious mix of modesty and nervously energetic assertiveness.

ADDE JONZE
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The creative mind behind musical act Excellent Skeleton, Adde is an intense presence with strong words to share, not only those powered by the need for feelings to find expression as an existential necessity, but sometimes hilarious consternation about the (to him) less essential nature of the apparent obsessions of others, such as cake. More specifically, Lemon Sponge. Would be awesome to hear that one again, Adde!

HILDE JORGENSEN
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Multi-lingual Hilde spends much of her time translating/subtitling TV shows while concurrently taking care of her writing goals, partially via writing groups in Cardiff and sharing words that are often a river with many undercurrents of lightness and intensity.

DES MANNAY
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Des, self-styled Hooligan Poet, displays various intensities of raging against the machine, social injustice, the complexities and perplexities of seeking to remain a decent human being in a world seemingly increasingly beset by the inequities of the evil men of power.
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MARIO
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A sunny disposition in person, as a poet Mario delivers surreal and complex imagery with words hewn from the granite harsh trials of life and arranged to his design

ELIZABETH MARSH
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The owner of a questing and inquiring mind connected to a restless, rarely still pen, Liz found her courage and a whole new life to live at least partially after finally finding a freedom to express herself via words that was denied to her in any other way. A live wire of a human, with words that will either be flights of imagination or heart-stoppingly, almost brutally, real

BRYAN MARSHALL
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Former teacher and  currently creator/curator of weekly Cardiff writing group Bryan’s Angels, Bryan Marshall has an infinite capacity to explore poetic forms and a vocal range that sometimes gently invites you to lean in for a closer listen, sometimes suddenly climbs to a roar that may rock you back into your seat and probably sometimes wakes the dead…

FRANCESCA MURPHY

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Bringing a mix of spoken poetry and acapella renditions self-written songs to Megaverse, Ladies of Rage and numerous other stages, Francesca Murphy delivers whole-heartedly, bringing smiles to faces including her own, passion flows strongly from this performer! One of several Ladies of Rage taking part at Megaverse this year

MAGGIE NASH
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Appearances can be deceptive, for while Maggie Nash has a ready smile and calm demeanour, she is absolutely assured behind the mic and the causes dear to her heart are pursued with unstinting passion and fire. Or she may deliver words borne of self exploration, discovering a place in the world, learning to set self free from the thing that often holds it back, the self itself and the fear and doubt it can create in any of us! Whatever she brings, it will be brought with utter conviction and without apology!

CLIVE OSEMAN
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Seen up and down the UK in spoken word nights and slams, Clive has published collections including LIFE. Wry, defiant, self-revealing, Clive loves his hometown Birmingham more than Swindon, although with Nick Lovell has set up  a now well established regular spoken word event in Swindon called OOOOH BEEHIVE so helps create spoken word buzz where he lives as well as buzzing around the UK to perform!

LINDA RHINEHART
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Understated, softly spoken, dry of wit, the ostensibly calmly centred  Linda Rhinehart perceives the world with laser sharp eyes and refined senses and fashions the ideas, emotions and images her perception collects into pristinely crafted lines that convey a worldview of yearning for the beautiful, sometimes suggesting that it might be elusive, even nowhere to be found, but finding it often enough to keep the inner spark dancing

FRANCESS
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Kinesiology practitioner and Therapist Francess is a living embodiment of the principles of her work and spirituality, consistently asserting a vision for humanity you could say is a gently presented version of the plaintive demand from Dylan Thomas to rage against the dying of the light. Love, in the generalised sense of love for life and existence itself…if that is what eventually saves us all from what often seems to be a very dark world, Fran will have been one of those who has spread a message of love as a healer without equal, without doubt.

BRIDGET LEGGY TANNER
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Sweet and self-effacing, Bridget Leggy Tanner has previously written with multiple double entendres about chocolate, delved into pieces reflecting her personal life trials and tribulations. A mix of light and fluffy with inner steel revealed to those who know her best, or treat her worst…

MAT TROY
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Curious, curiouser, more curious still, the more you hear of the words of Mat Troy, the more you will be exposed to an almost feverish level of quirkiness and infinite armies of characters in recognisable yet surreal scenarios waiting to be released onto the page and and stage. Mat operates as a spoken word performer, comedian, writer of stories, scripts and plays, a connoisseur of the absurd that can be observed in reality and the absurd that only the imagination can dream up

GARETH TWAMLEY
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Trained actor and deliverer of poetry that ranges from personal to satirical, Gareth ‘Twammers’ Twamley is a man on a mission to facilitate expression, his own and that of others. His open Mic night LYRICAL MIRACLES regularly pulls in the punters and their poetic patter across the river from the Principality Stadium (which, as Han Solo would agree, was much cooler when it had the word Millennium in its name). Also a performer with musical/spoken word ‘family’ The Pride, Gareth is a whirlwind of energy given freely to wordy folk and fans of such folk and occasions.

THOMAS TYRRELL
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A literal Doctor of Literature, Thomas Tyrrell has a particular fondness for verses telling tales of sea faring scurvy dogs, historical and fictional. Intense of presence, impressive of beard, with a resonant and rich voice for deploying in the name of delivering his verse.

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You…Are…Invited!

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Will Ford, in the process of winning a Slam!

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Exhibition featuring work by inspired by Will Ford’s words

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Will pictured at end of 35 minute set, the first ever performance at new Cardiff Monthly event, LISTEN. LISTEN features two performers each month LISTEN 3 will be at Gentileza, Sep 05 2019, featuring Christina Thatcher and Byrony Sier

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Will, crouching in an award winning garden at RHS Cardiff 2019, inspired by his words,
WE GROW BETTER TOMORROWS WHEN WE PLANT GOOD SEEDS TODAY

These words have been on permanent, prominent display in the reception area of the Mental Health Unit at Llandough Hospital Cardiff since it opened in 2017.

If you are still reading, congratulations, you have not had your attention span ruined by the over stimulating bullshit storm of the modern age!

Stop reading now, and make sure you come along to the many events you will find over the August Bank Holiday HUB FESTIVAL 2019

See you at Beelzebubs Aug 24 and 25, 2-4pm both days, for MEGAVERSE!

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MEGAVERSE@HUB festival Cardiff 2018: Looking Back

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The dust has settled and HUB Festival Cardiff has come and gone for another year. Over HUB weekend endless talent was showcased at The Moon, Club Ifor Bach, Fuel, Tiny Rebel, City Arms, Sully’s Café and other nearby venues including the Angel Hotel, even Womanby Street itself acted as a stage for music, spoken word rap, breakdancing and more. Three solid afternoons and nights of performances and partying for everyone who made HUB their August Bank Holiday destination!

Much love to all who stopped off at Tiny Rebel for the Megaverse afternoon sessions on Saturday and Sunday to witness the poetic, comedic, heart rending and the occasionally alarming words spoken, chanted, ranted and sung by all who stepped behind the mic. Thank you Saturday and Sunday Headliners Susan Evans and Rufus Mufasa

The two sessions of Megaverse featured several loud incursions from bands playing at HUB upstairs at Tiny Rebel and passing drummers outside at one point…But a festival is a festival and sometimes cultural melting pots get noisy! So there’ll be no whinging about it! Well, other than hoping for acoustic music upstairs in future 😉

Here’s a look back at how it all went down…Featuring pics by Susan Evans, Fran Smith, Dave Daggers, Patrick Widdess, Karolina and me, Will Ford (Megaverse organiser and host)…

MEGAVERSE…SATURDAY SESSION
HEADLINER: SUSAN EVANS
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Welcoming everyone after an (unavoidably) late start I let some words loose

Opting for ‘loud, raucous and silly’ then ‘quiet and reflective’ my aim was to say from the outset ‘expect changes of tone at this event.’ Then came the impressively poised recitations of actual Doctor of Literature THOMAS TYRRELL
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Delivering impassioned humorous (and tragic) Pirate Themed ballad poetry from his expansive and expanding word medicine chest, Dr Thomas Tyrrell revelled in commanding the ship until his voyage was done and it was time for the ever increasingly impressive presence of ROSIE BUF
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Conveying strength borne of surviving the trials of life and clearly wishing to encourage the same strength in others
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Rosie accepted her deserved applause humbly and left the mood of the room open for the soul baring poetry of MARK CURTIS
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Mark has truly found a home in performing his words, as catharsis for himself and to reach out to anyone who feels like a lost soul to let them know they do not struggle alone, that life itself is the light to look towards.
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Speaking of light, next to perform was FRAN SMITH
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Reading from her book Parousia, Fran is an avid believer in the healing light than can be sought out around us and generated from within, where, left untended, that which is dark can prevent us operating at our best and even be the cause of physical ailments.
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Her words and her work as a therapist complement each other and holistically express her life mission!  Another poetic eye looking for pearls in the ocean of life’s torment followed Fran, in the form of LAZ LAZARUS
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Returning to performing after taking a time out, Laz was as striking a presence as ever, and though not on the bill originally wished to read after not doing so in a while and it was possible to fit him in (sadly because some readers unfortunately not being able to make it). Laz made the room his own for the duration of his stint. As did JOHNNY GILES


Prolific with the pen, voracious in reading all the poets he can, and unsparing in self-examination, Johnny brought his multi-layered passion for the art of poetry to the mic once again and among his pieces read the title piece from one of his books, ‘Chalk Outlines’ raging against the industrial machinery of war. This political tone continued with the next performer, DES MANNAY

Self-styled as ‘The Hooligan Poet’ Des regularly seeks to eviscerate those that run/ruin society to benefit almost none of us, at the expense of almost all of us. The angst of the working class as usual emanated from him as a palpable nervous energy and determination that he will say what he must say. Contrasting tonally totally with Des was the next performer, his very young son, WILL MANNAY
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Very young Will has accompanied his father to many gigs and finds the whole shebang cool fun and has started taking to the mic himself and was very comfortable there. Quite the double act with his dad! Less laid back delivery came next, from ADRIAN JONES

Adrian told anyone likely to offer small talk about baking to offer it to someone else by humorously bellowing  frustration at hearing people talk of ‘Lemon Sponge’ He wasn’t all about the cake conversation hate though, also reciting pieces including Dear Fear (which in his other guise as Ade Skeleton, he sang as a song as part of another HUB gig the next day). He also name-checked his friend and mine, the next performer DAVE DAGGERS.

But…

Before I could introduce Dave an audience member asked if I would please do a piece (I had said earlier forget about my stuff time is tightening up, due to late start so let’s get on but I agreed to the request). I went for satire, acapella singing ‘The Circle of Death (Goes Round and Round)
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People clapped along, joined in with the refrain of ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb’ and partway through ukulele accompaniment arrived from Dave, who continued with the good natured strumming, to his own mostly comic ditties, including French Love Songs!

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And next up…

LOOK! IT’S GEMMA JUNE HOWELL!
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Gemma grabbed Megaverse by the scruff of the neck and told it what’s what as she read from her book ‘Rock Life: 17 Poems from the Welsh Valleys’ (taking great joy in pointing out an editor had once told her it was ‘too valleys’ to be considered for publication…by literally pointing out the editor who was in the audience, taking it all rather well that he had been wrong on this one, and (my assessment) had almost done the equivalent of turning down Irvine Welsh for being ‘Too Scottish’).
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In the idiom of the voices she grew up surrounded by, Gemma told tales of basically, forgotten/ignored women bantering their way through their forgotten/ignored lives, both viciously and lovingly, having to be forces of nature to survive, taking no guff, taking no prisoners. Which pretty much sums up Gemma’s performance…

…swiftly followed by the headline act, SUSAN EVANS
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Susan stormed it again at MEGAVERSE after travelling all the way from Brighton to HUB for the second year running. Fulsome in her praise for the other performers on the bill, she once again combined strident and gentler emotions with a disarming air of truly believing that it is a privilege to have an audience to perform for.
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As mentioned earlier, the schedule had gotten tight. Generously, Susan had offered to cut her set shorter, offering me a little extra performance time but when she asked “What would help?” I said “What would help is if you go out there and just rip it up.” So she did, with passionate and rousing renditions including ‘Brighton,’ ‘Doorways,’ ‘Pride,’ ‘Murder on the Gatwick Express,’ and ‘Moon on a Stick’
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Susan’s work/words/performances navigate a path through life in all its aspects and emotions, issues, people and places.  Her collection ‘Shift Happens’ is in the pipeline and has a cover that will look like this:
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And thusly ended the first of the two MEGAVERSE sessions at HUB Festival Cardiff 2018. Thank you everyone for your words, your performances, and your goodwill, which has been always been so crucial to me being able to organise MEGAVERSE events. And now…

MEGAVERSE: SUNDAY SESSION
HEADLINER – RUFUS MUFASA
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With a wholly different line up (other than me), MEGAVERSE returned to Tiny Rebel less than 24 hrs later.

With apologies to Tammy Wynette, my ‘warm up the room pieces’ for the Sunday MEGAVERSE session included Trump parody ‘Defy This Man’. Donald Trump is, after all, the satirist’s gift that keeps on giving. Having introduced ‘fight the power’ flavoured words to the session, I called up someone very well-schooled in more ‘officially recognised’ poetic forms, traditional and obscure, BRYAN MARSHALL

40103481_10156571623746241_4147757657001820160_nBryan Marshall has had many a sonnet, triolet, haiku and golden shovel (yes that’s a real poetic form!) flow from his pen. At MEGAVERSE we were treated to his gentler side exploring love and sad losses, as well as his element of surprise, on this occasion a forcefully delivered ‘sound poem’  could be read to convey anger or despair or any other feeling with merely a change of intonation because it contains nothing I recognised as any actual words!

When Bryan was done, up stepped the effortlessly cool behind the mic, the wise, the calm, the apparently born to do this sort of thing wordsmith MAGGIE NASH
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And next came a singer whose songs and vocals suggest she could if she chose, be either the next Tracey Thorn (of Everything But the Girl) or the next Victoria Wood, instead of which she has chosen the best option, to be who she is, CATRIN DAVIES
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Catrin managed, in the space of three songs to depict three very different female experiences, each complete in its own crystallised form and as humorous/heartfelt/lovelorn as the subject matter and her chosen perspective on it demanded. Very happy that Catrin, until recently a Cardiff resident was able to be back for MEGAVERSE! Next up, MAT TROY
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Mat explores many forms, stories, stand up and poetry, in often simultaneously intellectually arch and surreal ways and I may or may not recall him tell of working on a project based around The Mandela Effect. On this occasion, Mat regaled the room with ‘Bromeo’.

And then Mat was followed behind the MEGAVERSE microphone by Brecon based and regular reader at Cardiff poetry nights, GARETH WRITER-DAVIES
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Yes, he really is a writer with the word ‘Writer’ as part of his name and yes, that is his real name. And his two books ‘Bodies’ and ‘Cry Baby are real books, containing mostly brief, laconic poems that can either tease a smile while hinting at inner wounds, or apparently be describing inner wounds in a manner that makes you smile.
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Gareth has been accused of looking like Jeffrey Rush and Griff Rhys-Jones. Neither accusation has been levelled at the reader who came next, PATRICK WIDDESS
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Former Newport resident/Cardiff spoken word scene regular, Patrick now has to travel from Norwich to read in Cardiff and it was good to see him do so. Previously he has railed against the notion of reading poetry from phones, but this time he opened with an assertion of who he is, where he is coming from and exactly how his name should (and should not) be pronounced. Often cutely surreal in his approach to a poem, see his book ‘Feeding the Spacemen’ for solid evidence of that and many approaches to writing poetry in his guide to writing 30 poems in 30 days ‘Poetry Non Stop’. Patrick did not perform non stop, he amused and created wonder and mystery for a while and then was followed by GARETH TWAMLEY
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Among his pieces for MEGAVERSE was Gareth’s pharmaceutically humorous Trip Advisor, narrating the highs available from various non legal concoctions. But…STOP THE PRESS just over a year ago, he was being hailed for a personal best of 92m in the art of stone skipping, with his sights on the world record of 107m…which though true, sounds very much like the kind of thing that might come up in conversation if one happened to be tripping one’s box off, as one may well be if following the guidance of Trip Advisor! A man of many talents and interests! Next up was KATY EVANS-BUSH
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Illness and other irksome aspects of life kept a few planned readers away on the day, but the performers present filled in some of the space that had opened up and waiting in the audience, willing to read but hoping for (and getting) a pause in the music from upstairs was the author of ‘Forgive the Language,’ ‘Me and the Dead’ and ‘Egg Printing Explained,’

Katy(thank you for stepping up and sharing your work!)  was then followed dressed like, but not actually a scientist or doctor…GORDON ANDERSON
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Gordon has been known to don costume before, but this is the first time he has looked like this, adding the air of detached scientist to his observations, notably a piece entirely constructed from odd things he once overheard other people saying while on a short walk, which he originally vocally recorded while what he heard was fresh in his mind, before converting it to a piece he could deliver to an audience. Wry and sometimes dark humour, and also exploring the contradictions of what is supposed to be meant by the word ‘Man’ crop up in Gordon’s words and work.

Next up, despite her unplanned absence from the event came an acapella rendition of ‘Wild Dog Rose’ by BEL BLUE
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I did my best to do justice to the song, though I had to sing it louder than planned due to sound from upstairs. But the song is a clarion call from the soul to be true to yourself, to grow strong like a Wild Dog Rose, whatever ground you find yourself in and the circumstances certainly fitted the sentiment the song expresses. MEGAVERSE missed having Bel physically there, but it was an honour to be trusted to sing one of her songs, which grow from her personal experiences and are pieces of her very soul.

And also drawing deeply from the wellspring within was the next performer, having travelled all the way from Southampton to be at HUB Megaverse, up stepped…

ISSA LOYAAN FARRAH
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 The music from upstairs stood no chance against Issa’s booming delivery, causing something of a disjuncture between the domineering presence of the man and the questions within his soul, that find no easy answers in this world

Finally, MEGAVERSE at HUB was drawn to its conclusion
by a truly awesome performance from RUFUS MUFASA
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Rufus had performed songs the day before at HUB at the City Arms, was programmed to perform again later the same HUB Sunday at the Angel Hotel and was about to embark on a week of creating/rehearsing with dance group Joon Dance to produce the latest of a series of performances in a project called TONGUES that fuse dance/music/spoken word into a cohesive whole, offering young people various paths for self-expression!
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Giving everything she has to everything she does, RUFUS certainly delivered the passion for MEGAVERSE, leaning into and working with the music from upstairs, raising her voice to be heard above all else that would otherwise drown it out, asserting and being herself against all challenges. I worded it that way because it totally gels with the piece Rufus roared out about the joys and challenges associated with becoming a parent, the responsibility to curate the future for the young while seeking to keep some sense of being an independent person and keep being creative.
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If you didn’t already know, hip-hop is another field in which Rufus has long been sowing creative seeds, so in addition to thanking her for her emotional and emotion inducing performance at MEGAVERSE I would like to say hey you, why not by the album ‘Fur Coats From the Lion’s Den’ by Rufus Mufasa! It has a cover that looks like this:

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PS, because of the time it took for me to fit in writing this blog, I did go to see the Dance/Music/Spoken Word Fusion performance ‘Tongues’ at Chapter Arts Centre and can report it was awesome, and you should keep an eye out for any future performances from the project! Thank you once again, Rufus Mufasa!

 

PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL!
THANK YOU HUB FESTIVAL!

THANK YOU TINY REBEL!
THANK YOU PERFORMERS AND FEATURE PERFORMERS!
THANKS ALL WHO CAME TO WATCH THE PERFORMERS PERFORM!
THANK YOU ALL WHO TOOK PICTURES
THANK YOU TINY MINORITY WHO READ EVERY WORD OF VERY LONG BLOGS!

Like James Bond…MEGAVERSE WILL RETURN…

VERY MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS BASH, R.A.R.A OPEN MIC 05/12/16

 

Normally RARA happens on the second Monday of the month, but the RARA OPEN MIC CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION is coming slightly sooner than usual, on the first Monday of DECEMBER, but despite re-arranged date still at the same time, same place…

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The festivities will be co-hosted by Dave Daggers and Will Ford (me)  and there will be stories, poems, songs, humour, possibly darker spins on Christmas themes…

it’s free,  come and watch, join in the shenanigans if you have something you would like to read or perform, a free five minute slot is yours!

It’ll be a blast, but more of a blast if YOU come too!

CHRISTMAS THEMED MATERIAL VERY WARMLY WELCOMED

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A LOOK BACK AT RARA @ CHRISTMAS 2015

(pics by Paula Hughes)

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The inducement of free cakes brought many enthusiastic faces to RARA on a most un-Christmassy rainy night in December, including The Invisible Man, trying and failing to photobomb from the blue seat at the front…

Christmas co-hosts Dave Daggers and Will Ford started proceedings off… with a  cover of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, raucous, rough, and if not totally raw, maybe a tad undercooked…

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Then,  with our joyfully artless musical intro having mercilessly tortured a poor defenceless, innocent Christmas song, the readings for the evening began……

David Foster Morgan

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Nick Fisk

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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Christian Searle

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Patrick Widdess

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John Eliot

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Jacquee Robb and John

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Jill Berrett

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Sarah Younan

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Eric Ngalle Charles

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Paula Hughes

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Liz Blackburn

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Belinda Favager

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                                                                    Laz Lazarus

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David Hanlon

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Bryan Marshall

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Francesca Murphy

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Ben Meadon

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COME ONE, COME ALL

COME FOR CHRISTMAS!

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RARA RETURNS…OPEN MIC…MONDAY 14/11/2016

 

The second Monday of the month is very nearly here, meaning it’s time for…

NOVEMBER RARA

Hosts for NOVEMBER 14 2016: LIZ FARRELL and RACHEL CARNEY

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Will be your hosts for an eclectic evening of spoken word…poetry…songs…stories…free to enter…free to watch…free to take part…every reader gets five minutes…experienced or first timers welcomed warmly…many regular performers have taken their first steps in spoken word performance at RARA…Dave Daggers (mostly) and Will Ford (partially) keep the wheels on the RARA wagon, and remain proud to do so!

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! COME ONE, COME ALL 

Recently (ish) Liz Farrell performed HERE

Slightly less recently Rachel Carney performed HERE

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Liz and Rachel at a previous RARA See them, and many others at NOVEMBER RARA!

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FREE OPEN MIC….R.A.R.A RETURNS MONDAY 11/07/16

The second Monday of the month is here, meaning it’s time for…

JULY R.A.R.A

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Meet Your Hosts for June…

Paula Hughes

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Regularly bringing songs and comic interludes to nights like R.A.R.A, Paula has an enthusiasm that is totally contagious, a smile that is never far away, and a camera that is responsible for the highlights from the June R.A.R.A you will find if you scroll further down…Now, for the other July Host:

Gareth Davies

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A storyteller, performer, maker of mirth and general non-bad egg, Gareth will bring the authority of his previous experience as an English teacher to his host duties, so pay attention…are you listening at the back?

Paula and Gareth will guide us all through another evening of wide ranging styles of verse and performance, some will make you smile, some will make you think, all will make you feel…Free to enter, free to have a five minute slot…

Come and watch and be our audience, come and share your words/songs/comic stylings, by simply adding your name to the list, regulars warmly welcomed back and new voices actively encouraged, many people have read in front of an audience for the first time ever at R.A.R.A and we have seen them bloom from nervous first step makers to confident risk takers over and over again, so July 11th 2016, Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, from 7.30 pm come one, come all, COME!

JUNE R.A.R.A…Hosted by Francesca Murphy and Will Ford…

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FRILL (Fran and Will) brought their individual styles of comic and heartfelt verse and song to the proceedings and  introduced performers with these names…

Dave Daggers…Gordon Anderson…Kat Davies…Bryan Marshall…Rachel Noelle…Patrick Widdess…Elizabeth Jane Williams…Gareth Davies…John Brooks…Liz Farrell…Bridget Leggy Tanner…Charley Rogers…Anna Shaw…Fritz O’Skennick…Ben Meadon…Rachel Carney…Fran Smith…Richie Livingood…Gruff Russell Jones

Thanks to the camera of July co-host Paula Hughes, here are their faces…

R.A.R.A  is brought to you by Dave Daggers (assisted by Will Ford), and is powered by the sun, the moon, the stars, the words of the performers and held together almost entirely by the vast number of friendly insults Dave can throw at Will on stage, in person and via all available electronic and non-electronic media, including during this Headstand Podcast in which Dave is interviewed by Patrick Widdess

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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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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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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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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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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! 

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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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BUSY CARDIFF RARA! WHAT Ya Got? LAST MIC STANDING! HEARTSPOKEN

MONDAY 08/06/15  FROM 7.30pm    RHYME AND REAL ALE

Affectionately known as RARA, this come one come all open mic event at the Mackintosh Sports Club in Roath offers you an eclectic range of poets, storytellers and spoken word performers for FREE. If you have something you can do in five minutes and want to share it with a welcoming audience come along and do so, it’s FREE! Beer and other beverages NOT FREE. Second Monday, every month, RARA!!! This month, your hosts will be Fran Smith and Bridget Leggy Tanner…

WEDNESDAY  10/06/15 FROM 7.30pm   WHAT YA GOT?

As it says on the pic, second and fourth Wednesday of every month, come and show organiser Owain and the audience at Ten Feet Tall what you do! Turning up early is recommended to ensure all the slots aren’t snapped up before you get there, and I will be nabbing one myself to read The Coward, a story poem of mine that is coming out for Kindle next Monday Expect a variety of performance styles and experiences if you come to show what ya got, or simply come to see what the performers have got! Upstairs at Ten Feet Stall, the bit with the stage in it, entry to watch or perform is FREEEEE!!!,

FRIDAY 12/06/15  8.00pm  LAST MIC STANDING @ A Shot in the Dark 

The last heat, and the heat is on at A Shot in the Dark where you can eat, drink, and be entertained as musicians, comedians and poets offer themselves up for your perusal and your vote. One pound entry to the event, way more than a hundred pennies worth of entertainment! Um, please vote for me? ; -)

SUNDAY 14/06/15  7.30 pm HEARTSPOKEN (four) with special guest CANDY ROYALLE 

Heartspoken will be happening for the fourth time at Kuku Club at the Park Plaza Hotel. BUT WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR FIVE POUNDS IF YOU VENTURE OUT ON SUNDY EVENING?

Mab Jones presents, and hosts a night of words delivered from the heart, be they happy, sad, amused, enraged, or anything else they could be. Sign up to take part in the open mic to get a pound off the entry fee or pay the whole fiver and simply enjoy the variety of spoken word voices and styles you will encounter. If you have a heart, bring it along, pal, hear words beating fast  and Candy Royalle!!

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Yet Another Busy Bleary Eyed Blog…

Bit bleary eyed after bringing spoken word/comic verse/rap parody type stuff to The Coach, a Bridgend pub with an open mic night, last Thursday of each month. Since it was mostly music I think people were a bit bemused at first but then they got into it, joining in with the Amen! part of Priestly Boys and the chorus of The Booty Song.

Yesterday morning, barely awake, got a text from Mab Jones asking if I would join her to go on Radio Cardiff to talk of performance poetry and spoken word, in general terms and in terms of upcoming events.Here’s a photo from the studio, featuring a big smile from Mab and me at my most alert…

My first time on the radio ever, recited some rhymes as did Mab and we talked of performance poetry and upcoming events as well as Mab plugging the Letter to an Unknown Soldier project. I had intended to submit a letter anyway, but have to make sure I do after saying I will during this hour that gave me a small amount of respect for presenters (keeping talking to avoid dead air is harder than it seems and I don’t claim to have knocked it out of the park)

And now, a list of upcoming events:

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August 11th from about 7.30pm RHYME AND REAL ALE Julie Pritchard’s come one, come all, no favouritism free open mic event at The Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street Cardiff reaches it’s first anniversary. An anthology of RARA poets work will be launched and will be for sale. First priority for proceeds is for RARA to have it’s own PA equipment to ease the pressure on poor Dave Daggers (who doesn’t know at this point the booklet has a  cover image, by me using two photos Dave took at diffrerent RARA nights. The other cover image was supplied by Bex Marriott. RARA is held second Monday of every month

August 14th WORD4WORD a National Theatre Wales TEAM event of verse and spoken word hosted by Frank Thomas. Not open mic but much variety of wordiness will be on show, including mine. Prizes are up for grabs for the performers, one to be decided by the organisers, the other, the audience prize, well come and vote for whoever best floats your boat!

August 23-25 HUB FESTIVAL An annual fixture in Cardiiff, featuring a shedload of thingsto see and b at, including MEGAVERSE,a spoken word event I am curating and hosting and currently putting together a performer list for. August 24, Cardiff Fashion Quarter 6-8pm, be there or be elsewhere!

August 29th last Friday of the Month means another Evening of Spoken Indulgence at the Hydra Bookshop in Bristol. Host Matt Duggan presents a variety of literary and literally spoken word. Then Sept 19th during the Bristol Poetry Festival a special event at the Hydra will see the launch of HYDRAZINE, an anthology of material by those who have read at Matt’s events, including some words from me

September 8th at RHYME and REAL ALE the Roath Writers group will be launching their second anthology of work by group members, edited by Cardiff writing mover and shaker Christina Thatcher, who will be first half guest host at RARA to give regular RARA ears and any other that come along a treat. Christina will introduce contributors to the Roath Writers group anthology, who will share their words, and I and you can then buy the anthology 🙂 Then Julie Pritchard will host the second half to complete the evening with a variety of styles of open mic performance.

Now I have to rush off to a voluntary work meeting. Laters, taters!