HUB festival Cardiff 2019: MEGAVERSE RETURNS

HUB FESTIVAL 2019    AUG 23-25

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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 
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What is MEGAVERSE?

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)

Sunday August 25 (2.00-4.00pm)

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.

OTHER FEATURED PERFORMERS
LISTED HERE 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.

CERULEAN BLUE

A mysterious name with words I have yet to hear…

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

BECKY CEE

Introduced to Megaverse by Sunday Headliner Amelia Unity, Becky Cee is an upcoming performer and will be one of the many worldviews and creative perspectives collectively forming the eclectic range of individual minds/voices for Megaverse, which when I came up with the concept was totally rooted in the ethos Megaverse continues to champion: every creative mind being its own individual universe within the performer, with Megaverse being a bringing together of these universes, into a 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, sellf-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

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. If she chooses to bring words that relate to her passions, you may experience a sensation known as ‘feeling the burn’. 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

FRAN SMITH
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Kinesiology practitioner and Therapist Fran Smith 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 musica/spokenl ‘family’ The Pride, Gareth is a whirlwind of energy given freely to wordy folk and fans of such folk and occasions. Talkin’ the talk’ and walkin’ the walk

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

Hope to see you at Beelzebubs Aug 24 and 25 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…

Catching up with HEADSTAND poetry podcasts featuring new interviews with MARK CURTIS, DES MANNAY and JOHN ELIOT!!!

 

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A little while back I had the pleasure of being featured in a podcast by HEADSTAND, CLICK HERE to hear, if you wish.

Since then I have been keen to keep anyone who happens upon my blogs up to speed with HEADSTAND, a semi-regular series of podcasts, some music based, others focusing on interviews with poets who perform their work.

Christmas meant I fell behind a little, so am now catching up with the three most recent HEADSTAND poet interviews, which as always, feature readings by the guest and the presenter, and prompts for the listener to contribute to future podcasts…

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Every poet has their what they write, how they write and why they write and on this blog you will find links to podcasts about those very things, produced and presented by…

Patrick Widdess, the man behind HEADSTAND

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Patrick (author of Feeding The Spacemen) is a performance poet himself and has a keen interest in  the what, how and why, when it comes to the work of  his fellow poets.

Click on the links below to be taken on  journeys with Patrick to find out what poets have to say for themselves…

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A prolific writer on themes both intensely personal and universal, Mark is an enthusiastic and regular performer at open mics. Questioning assumptions about us as people and often exploring the effects of traumatic experience, Mark uses writing to find balance within himself, and, indeed, balances out his more serious writing with other more imaginative and humorous writing, sometimes with a tinge of comic horror.

CLICK HERE to listen to the interview, during which Mark offers the prompt ‘Balance’ and listeners are invited to write whatever feels appropriate to them on this theme. Patrick will select contributions to read out in the next poetry related HEADSTAND. Indeed, this podcast features responses to the prompt of  ‘You Have Three Minutes Left To Live, What Is Your Final Message To The World’ offered in the previous HEADSTAND poetry podcast featuring…

DES MANNAY

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Driven by the desire to contribute to the cause of Social Justice, Des storms into open mic nights and competitions as a ‘Hooligan Poet’ shaking his fist at the causes of injustice as he perceives them, principally the grasping greed fed, but never satisfied, by the empty calories of Capitalism.

Unashamedly left leaning, with his political heart worn proudly on his sleeve, Des is not immune to the stirrings of the more romantic heart style, rarely more so than via the words of Remote Console, with its tale of unrequited love. CLICK HERE to listen and find out more about Des’s achievements during a hectic last twelve months. During the podcast you will hear responses to the prompt ‘Baby Shoes’ offered during the previous HEADSTAND podcast featuring…

JOHN ELIOT

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John Eliot (author of SSH) waxes lyrical about poetry and how it can help people connect with each other. CLICK HERE to listen. Serious and subtle in performance compared to some of the more outlandish performance poets but it isn’t compulsory to be loud, and like most of us, John enjoys more than one type of writing and his attendance and readings at spoken word events demonstrates he is certainly a supporter of all kinds of self expression. The podcast includes responses to the prompt from the previous interview featuring Christina Thatcher, for words on looking at the aspects of life that are, on the surface, mundane, yet hold their own entire world of meaning…

CLICK ON THE NAMES BELOW TO JUMP TO FURTHER HEADSTAND POETRY PODCASTS

CHRISTINA THATCHER

REUBEN WOOLLEY

FRAN SMITH

COSTA PRIZE WINNING POET JONATHAN EDWARDS

MAB JONES

WILL FORD 

JULIE PRITCHARD

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www.willdeanford.com