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!

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MEGAVERSE NO.6 AT OXJAM TAKEOVER FESTIVAL, WOMANBY STREET 29/11/15

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With many thanks to Danusia Kuczys, Martine Whelan, Oxjam and all Oxjam volunteers and performers who made the event possible…

November 29th 2015…a bleak and stormy day in Cardiff for the OXJAM TAKEOVER Festival but hardy and brave souls fought the elements and made it to Womanby street, for music, burlesque and MEGAVERSE…Thanks to Paula Hughes (and where indicated, Bridget Leggy Tanner) for the pics below…

Thanks to all who came to perform and listen, and to Julie Pritchard, Lisa Megraw and Gemma June Howell who couldn’t be there in person but had their work shared with the audience.

CLICK HERE for further info on MEGAVERSE…

CLICK HERE  for further details on many of the poets featured in these pics of the two sessions of MEGAVERSE NO.6

MEGAVERSE NO.6 at URBAN TAP HOUSE 3pm-5pm(ish)

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Introductions, verse, song and cheer leading and shaking of the charity bucket from the MEGAVERSE organiser, and host Will Ford…

The poets….up first…

John Eliot…

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The Back and Front of Neil Davies…check out the T-shirt…

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Terri Hoskings…

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo…

Bernard Pearson…

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Johnny Giles…

Bel Blue…

Clive Oseman…

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Christina Thatcher…

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Fritz O’Skennick…pic by BLT

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Steven Kenward…Pic by BLT

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Des Mannay…Pic by BLT

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Mark Montinaro…Pic by BLT

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MEGAVERSE NO.6 at URBAN TAP HOUSE PART TWO 7pm-9pm(ish)

Part two kicked off with…

Mark Curtis…

Bridget Leggy Tanner…

Bryan Marshall…

Fran Smith…

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Patrick Widdess…

Will Ford Reading The Words of Lisa Megraw and Julie Pritchard…

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Farah Allibhai…

Paula Hughes…

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Dave Daggers…

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Ceri Sian…

Beth…

Laz Lazarus, reading on behalf of Gemma June Howell, before launching into his own box of tricks…

 

Thank you Lisa Megraw, Julie Pritchard And Gemma June Hall, who couldn’t make it in person but had their words shared in absentia!

Thanks again Paula Hughes and Bridget Leggy Tanner for the photos, Mostly by Paula above, more from BLT below…

Thanks everyone for your efforts to make it the best day it could possibly be for us all xx

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OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER FESTIVAL NOV 29th 2015 featuring 50 bands over 5 stages and spoken word/poetry with MEGAVERSE

WHAT IS MEGAVERSE

Click that link in a moment, first of all look at THIS…

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From 3pm to Midnight, Sunday November 29th, OXJAM is taking over the Womanby Street area of Cardiff to bring you a staggering array of sounds and words sung and spoken and even some tastefully tasty burlesque dancing !!! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

All for only £7, or the reduced price of a FIVER if you have a flyer, or print out this picture of it and bring it with you…

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PRINT THIS OUT, GET IN FOR A FIVER!!!!!

I am organising and hosting the latest MEGAVERSE spoken word and poetry showcase as part of OXJAM TAKEOVER and will be throwing some of my verse and various oddities at you, along with over TWENTY other wordy folk, all with their own unique style of delivery and way with words…serious, silly, moving, engaging, challenging, energetically delivered, laid back, shouted, rapped, you’ll hear all kinds of words at URBAN TAP HOUSE from 3pm…Pics of performers and further details below the list of names…

AFTERNOON (3pm-5pm ish)
Neil Davies
Clive Oseman
Johnny Giles
John Eliot
Mario Umberto Fiorillo
Bel Blue
Fritz O’Skennick
Bernard Pearson
Terri Hoskings
Paula Hughes
Christina Thatcher
Mark Montinaro
Des Mannay
Gemma June Howell

EVENING 7pm-9pm ish)
Julie Pritchard
Patrick Widdess
Fran Smith
Farah Alibhai
Steven Kenward
Ceri Sian
Mark Curtis
Dave Daggers
Eric Ngalle Charles
Bridget Leggy Tanner
Lisa Megraw
Laz Lazarus

PLEASE NOTE THE  ABOVE RUNNING ORDER IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE ONLY.

NOW, KEEP READING…

DON’T PANIC, THERE ARE PICTURES!!!

 

Your Host…Will Ford

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Will is a writer and spoken word performer…see www.willdeanford.com for details of his e-books and and other exploits, including winning the first Made In Roath Poetry Slam amd a video of his performance in the final of Last Mic Standing. Will created MEGAVERSE after being asked to organise a perfomance poetry showcase for Cardiff HUB Festival 2014. More events  from MEGAVERSE have followed. For OXJAM TAKEOVER 2015 he is organising and hosting MEGAVERSE NO.6.

Unlike the main character from The Prisoner, you are free to come and go as you please, but the aim is to make you never want to leave!

Expect to hear a variety of pieces from Will’s very large and very mixed box of verbal tricks throughout the afternoon and evening sessions when he will be introducing, in no particular order a vast array of different  voices borne of very individual ways of seeing the world, commenting on it, making up nonsense, exposing the very soil, keeping it real, making it weird, exposing heartbreak, asserting hope for a better world, lighting up with spirituality, naughtiness and more From the good people pictured below…

Gemma June Howell

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Gemma recently (and very successfully) launched her booklet of poems Rock Life. Colourfully depicting the Valleys lives of characters living in ‘The Rock’ the language is strong in the literary and the the literal senses, all in the service of bringing life as observed to life on the the page, and in your ears which, if you are the sensitive sort, will be totally fucked by Gemma’s truthful words. Find them on Amazon

Laz Lazarus

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If Cardiff has a ‘Prince of Darkness’ of poetry, it is Laz, negotiating via his words the hard pavements of life, looking for the light and love that slips between the cracks of our existence. Edgy, humorous, unpredictable and endearing, surprising, in sweet, and not so sweet ways

Lisa Megraw

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Delightfully literary, Lisa writes and performs her own brand of poetry as well as running the recently launched Little Lantern Press which has a small but growing slate of publications featuring poets and storytellers from various parts of the globe!

Bridget Leggy Tanner

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BLT (as friends sometimes call her) wants to make you smile, maybe even giggle, but can also bring a harder tone to her lines. There will be fun, but thoughtfulness too…

 Christina Thatcher

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Christina’s key drive when it comes to words is to explore how they can be used to find the light that leads the way out of the darkness, for herself, her students, her friends and peers, and anybody else. Her work with other writers and people who have never considered picking up a pen before is truly inspirational and her modesty when she reads her words to you will make you hurt your hands with applause when she is done. And as committed as she is to her own expression, she professes to loving helping others put their experiences and ideas into words even more!

Dave Daggers

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No single word can sum up Dave Daggers. He is a poet, musician,  git, photographer, artist, and more. Has unbridled enthusiasm for life and all it has to offer and an enthusiastic champion of the work of others. He may recite silliness at you, or sing French Love Songs, you’ll just have to see

Mark Curtis

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A prolific writer of poetry for many years, Mark has seized every opportunity available to work on and hone his performance skills this year. When you are hearing him explore the harder and the softer shades of life, you will be hearing from a man who has lived and loved hard and come up smiling. It will also be his birthday when you see him, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!!

Eric Ngalle Charles

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Originally from Cameroon, Eric will be bringing soulful, sometimes mournful words of humanity and reality without borders. Engaging and genrous of spirit, and another birthday boy at this Megaverse! MANY HAPPY RETURNS, ERIC!!!

Ceri Sian

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Laid back, almost sighed delivery of her words creates something of a contrast between Ceri’s manner and the aching soulfulness underpinning her words that often come from the cold hard perspective borne of asking questions of the self, the world and the people she has encountered and not necessarily finding nice answers

Johnny Giles

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Johnny’s debut collection Chalk Outlines was published in 2014 and was at that time something of a culmination of a combination of hard times and an intense devotion to poetry, that by as many writers as he could read and his own feverishly broad palette of the surreal and the intensely personal and experiments with form that feed into a love of words, whether poetic or journalistic. Get ready, get set, go, Johnny go, go, go!

Farah Alibhai

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Relatively new  to the notion of expressing and exposing the self behind the microphone, Farah stormed it at the most recent previous  MEGAVERSE (during Cardiff HUB Festival 2015) and now she is back for more. In the pic above she is mid-performance at a Cardiff Scratch Platform, where many have taken their artistic efforts for public display, and where Farah combined film making with a silent performance that interacted with her film. What is Scratch Platform? Google is your friend 😉

Fran Smith

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Self styled Philosophical Body Poet Fran Smith is on a mission to create positivity wherever she can, through her work as a physical therapist and poet. The mind and body connection and how it either makes or breaks us is at the heart of her work, her words and her whole being. Find some of her words in Healing Poems For Positive Love HERE

Patrick Widdess

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In this pic, Poet and Podcast Producer and Presenter Patrick is reading from his collection Feeding The Spacemen Surreal, quirky, commandingly strange at times in performance, for your enjoyment…and if you’re in a poetry and music podcast mood,  check out his HEADSTAND RADIO series interviews with other poets and performers, some of whom are featured in this blog…

Julie Pritchard

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Known as ‘The Walking Poet’ Julie feels a keen sense of connection between herself and the world about her as she hikes picturesque paths away from the maddening bustle of modern living. Assertively anti-war and pro nature, her poems arise out of her soul before your very eyes! Find some of her words in Butterfly Kisses and a Bee Sting Mind HERE and in a newly published Anthology from her Open Mic regular event at the Capel Hotel HERE

Des Mannay

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Hooligan Poet Des Mannay is unashamedly left leaning and often loudly political in his shaking of a fist at the injustices of the world faced by the poor and the vulnerable. VIA THIS LINK you can download for free the Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition Book where two pieces by Des reside

Steven Kenward…mysterious and softly spoken man of fine words and few photographs…

Mark Montinaro

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Travelling all the way from Laugharne for MEGAVERSE at OXFAM TAKEOVER 2015, Mark Montinaro brings with him a long history of performing for audiences enraptured by his sheer force of personality and theatricality allied with sense of Dylanesque History inescapable in the place he lives, and celebrated often by Mark in in performance.

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With a smile never far from her lips and camera never far from her hands, Paula loves to document performers doing their thing and will also be gracing the event with her own voice. Whatever else she brings to proceedings, hopefully she will do the delightful poem she wrote as a very young Gary Numan fan!

Terri Hoskings

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With a style that is intense, unflinching, yet with a disarming air of vulnerability, Terri’s words into the darker mirrors of life without blinking. That said, there is a devilishly playful wink in her approach to her life, and her word and photographic art, supported by a desire to explore the extremes. Mistake a slight tremble in her exploration of vulnerability at your own risk.

Bernard Pearson

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With a commanding presence as a performance poet, Bernard Pearson  is also a published poet and prize winning short story writer.  Since November 2013 he has made many appearances at Ye  Olde Murenger House, Newport to raise funds for the development of the old Stow Hill Library building for use by the community. The Murenger events are ongoing, since the continuation of the library requires continuation of the support of people like like Bernard and anyone else willing to help out, including people willing and able to take part in, or at least attend the Murenger open mic evenings. Steaming Light, a biography written by Bernard with the subject of the book, Commander John C Pearson OBE, can be found HERE

Fritz O’Skennick

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With wide ranging creative impulses, Fritz is a powerhouse of the written word and spoken and iPad filmmaking. Delightfully (and delightedly outrageous at times, he often uses a comically exaggerated Welsh accent to complete the character of his sillier verse. That said, his output is often far from silly and much of it is in book form, HERE

Bel Blue

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When Bel Blue is delivering her her soul searchingly spiritual spoken words, she will literally taking a break from the slow burn process of recording an e.p of songs exploring a sense of place in various Welsh locations. Recording at home on the day of Oxjam Takeover, the reading will be a breath of fresh air for her, and for you! Find out more about Bel and hear some of her songs HERE

Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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With words as deep as his smile is wide, Mario will please and maybe sometimes perplex with his unique poetic perspective. Along with many other poets from all over the world, Mario had a poem, Port of Entry featured in Kaleidoscope

John Eliot

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Also featured in Kaleidoscope, John Eliot is the author of ‘Ssh and this is a quote from one satifsied buyer’s review: ‘”John Eliot’s ‘Ssh resembles an exquisite box of rich, elegant and dainty chocolates. The box of poems canvas a rich assortment of styles and themes that one can dip into at will and leisure, yet not abuse. The assortment also covers many themes, love, lost love, nostalgia, religion, death interspersed now and then with interesting sketches that lends a wispy, ethereal mystery to Eliot’s art.”

Hope you like the sound of that!

Clive Oseman

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You have come a long way if you are still honouring this blog with your attention but you won’t have come as far as Swindon resident Clive, who has, from slightly nervous beginnings, been sharpening up his spoken word act at open mics, slams, etc as far and as wide as he can possibly travel. Why? For YOU. For YOUR ears, for YOUR appreciation, which will no doubt be forthcoming! Oh, come on, be good, he lives in Swindon…he has to go back there!

Disclaimer, this blog has no particular opinion of Swindon and any pejorative implications about Swindon in the above are based entirely on comments from people who live there 😉

Last, but absolutely, definitively, not least, please meet…

Neil Davies

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Quick of wit, and even quicker of voice, Neil Davies would be the very first to say something like while he lives with Parkinson’s Disease, he does his very best to shake it off…He will write you a poem on any subject to you care to name, and he has a veritable mountain of comical verse to deliver to you at MEGAVERSE for OXJAM TAKEOVER 2015.

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THANK YOU FOR COMING TO MEGAVERSE@HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2015

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

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

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

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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

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OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER PRESENTS…MEGAVERSE @ MILGI 3-8pm, Sunday 16/08/15 MUSIC and Poetry and OPEN MIC

Spot lit microphone and stand on an empty stage

Born at Cardiff HUB Festival 2014 and returning there for HUB 2015, MEGAVERSE is coming to Milgi, in Roath, in Cardiff.

OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER PRESENTS MEGAVERSE  features music and spoken word poetry performance. Aled Rheon and Nyx will be providing the tunes and I will be your host for the whole shebang. My name is Will Ford

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Photo by Yvette Robertson Photography, taken during my performance at Scratch Platform. My Website will tell you more about me, link to silly little films I have been a part of, let you know about my ebooks and more. Without further ado…

FEATURED SPOKEN WORD PERFORMERS FOR THE COMING MEGAVERSE…

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Neil Davies, rattler of high speed amusing rhymes about the little things and big things of life. Do try to keep up!

Neil Davies is a fifty six year old Carmarthen born poet and stand up comedian, now living in Cardiff. He performs stand up about the funny side of having Parkinson’s disease proving that, yes,  there is a funny side to everything if you look for it. He writes about anything and everything, mostly with a humorous slant and occasionally some serious themes.  If you ask he will write you a personalised poem, just give him a few details and away he’ll  go!

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Mark Curtis, performing at MAKING MINDS, GIVING VOICES

Mark Curtis has a store of poems hundreds strong to dip into, often to be seen delivering horror tinged humour, equally likely to be seen sharing more intensely personal material relating to struggles with depression many of us can relate to and as enthusiastic about enjoying the work others as offering his own. Quite a gent!

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Ffion Wyn, performing at MEGAVERSE at TAA CARDIFF Radical Arts Extravaganza. Expect powerful words of strength and vulnerability to be uttered with possible occasional bursts of acapella!

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Jill Berret, reading at a MADE IN ROATH street festival

Jill Berret is a writer of poetry, prose, in particular, memoir and is currently working on a semi-autobiographical surreal book. She is a member of the Roath Writers Group and through her writing is in the process of excavating her life, discovering what is hidden away.

Skin 1  – by Jill Berrett

In my hall mirror I catch your glance

as I brush soft powder on my face,

smudge eyelids smoky grey. You

look back with lips deep red and pursed.

Six decades of not being you,

no protection of solemn vows exchanged,

no pink for a girl you never knew.

(I have kept my promises to myself)

I read my lines like tea leaves, see years

taken hostage by illness now returning to me.

Your choice of safety net was not for me

but I thank you for my skin,

only wishing it had been a little thicker.

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Steven Kenward, wistful voiced poetry dude. This is a cartoon but he is the real thing!.

Fran Smith, reading at Ye Olde Murenger in Newport

Fran Smith, reading at Ye Olde Murenger in Newport

Fran Smith, philosophical body poet.  Published in London poetry Grip, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Angry Manifesto, RARA Anthologies and also read on radio.  After 30 years working as a holistic therapist, Fran writes about emotional links between mind, body and spirit. Fran conveys ideas with an appreciation and love for all creation, in particular the miracle of life in the human body. Fran advocates for animal welfare, protection of environment, nature, seeds and trees, abuse and social justice, stress and social welfare with the healing power of  positive love for a more empathic world with peace.  www.francessmithwilliams.co.uk

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Vincent Thomas

Vincent Thomas  a poet as serious as this portrait, except when he isn’t being so serious…relatively new to spoken word performance but a stronger presence than last time each time he takes the stage. Expect to be amused but here’s a sample of his serious side…

Horrors of modernity  -by Vincent Thomas
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Thus I invite the candour of a lost coastal past,
A rippling of enchantment by the countryside sea.
An adrift satisfaction; now a memory miscast.
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In cutthroat society, serenity has long passed,
No calm in enthusiasm, that false ecstasy.
Thus I invite the candour of a lost coastal past.

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Des Mannay, social conscience looming large at Ye Olde Murenger, with his softer side side peeking through from time to time

Des Mannay: Winner of the ‘Rethinkyourmind’ poetry competition 2015, 2nd in the Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition 2015 and Finalist in the Creative Future Literary Awards 2015. Shortlisted for the Erbacce Poetry Prize 2015. Shortlisted in the Welsh Poetry Competition 2015. ‘Focused on hard-hitting social issues…poems which made a statement’ (Sabotage Reviews). Has poems published or accepted for publication in 7 different poetry anthologies so far this year. Has several poems in the  ‘I Am Not A Silent Poet’ online poetry journal and you can find him on Facebook

The Remote Console  -by Des Mannay

Sometimes I look at you
And think –
Just dreaming really….
Then I listen
And start to sink
When you pour out your troubles
I want to drink your heart
But that’s kept away
With the silver wear
And crockery
For special occasions
And special people
Not me….
I’m the invisible man
In your estimation
But I’m real
And I’m here
And I care
When things are fine
You run straight past me
To greet a lover
But when things fall apart
And there is no other
You can find me
Tired and alone…
The remote console

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This event has the Maggie Nash seal of approval and will feature many of her reflective and moving words!

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Dave Daggers, photographer, musician, poet and general all round good egg. Be amused. Be very amused!

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Renn

Writer, performer, aspiring Victorian gentleman. She has a daily battle with what accessories to wear. Interested in sex, honesty, identity, toast and boundaries, prepare to have your boundaries challenged

EXTRA GUEST POET ALERT!!!

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Leon ‘Laz’ Lazarus, sometimes sweet, sometimes dark, negotiating the mysteries of life, loneliness, love, finding pearls in the cracks of the pavements of the roads of life’s travels/travails

Join us at Milgi, from 3-8pm on Sunday August 16. Have a good time, for a good cause!

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