New Cardiff Performance Event (LISTEN)

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 will be launched July 4 2019 at Gentileza

LAUNCH EVENT – (LISTEN) 1

WHAT IS (LISTEN)?

Each (LISTEN) event will offer featured performers a chance to deliver an extended set in the intimate surroundings of Gentileza. No microphones. Just a welcoming space for the performers to be heard by an audience that truly wants to listen

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After each performance has been heard, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. The Q&A will be overseen by event creator, organiser and host Steven Kenward, himself a musician, songwriter and performer.

As an appreciator of all kinds of performance, Steven formerly organised and hosted the open mic event WHAT YA GOT? This offered performers slots of up to ten minutes but (LISTEN) is not an open mic event.

Via (LISTEN) Steven hopes that the audience and the different featured performers at each event  will benefit from people being given more time to show more of what they are capable of.

Every (LISTEN) will be different from every other (LISTEN)

There is no entry fee. But you are free to show your appreciation on a donation basis, if what you hear moves, excites, amuses you or simply, for whatever reason, makes you feel glad you decided to drop by at Gentileza and lend your ears to (LISTEN).

 

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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…

FILL YOUR BOOTS…OPEN MIC AT THE BIG TOP (UPSTAIRS AT TEN FEET TALL) 16.11.16 WHAT YA GOT?

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Last time the theme was…

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this time the theme is…

WHATEVER YOU WANT!

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What Ya Got returns to The Big Top at 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff, Wednesday Nov 14 2016…from 7.30 pm, bring your songs, your comedy, your stories or poems, your dance act, beatboxing, or whatever it is is you do, and show us What Ya Got!

FREE ENTRY, FREE TO WATCH, FREE TO TAKE PART Slots of around ten minutes

ALL ARE WELCOME! TRY YOUR PARTY PIECE!

NEED TO TEST NEW MATERIAL? GET IN HERE!

NEVER DONE OPEN MIC BEFORE? COME ALONG AND BE WELCOMED!

LIKE FREE ENTERTAINMENT IN A WIDE RANGE OF STYLES?

COME ALONG!

ALL FOR FREE FFS!

COME ONE! COME ALL!

COME! 

What Ya Got?

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SUPERSONIC! OPEN MIC AT THE BIG TOP (UPSTAIRS AT TEN FEET TALL) ADD SOME OASIS TO YOUR SET 19.10.16

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What Ya Got returns to The Big Top at 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff, Wednesday Oct 19 2016…from 7.30 pm, bring your songs, your comedy, your stories or poems, your beatboxing, or whatever it is is you do, and show us What Ya Got!!!!!

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FREE ENTRY, FREE TO WATCH, FREE TO TAKE PART Slots of around ten minutes

The theme is non-compulsory but hosts Steve Speakeasy and Jonathon Owens will love you all the more more if you can add something Oasis related to your normal set choices. The author of this blog will be doing something silly with an Oasis flavour and maybe an acapella cover done more respectfully. Plus, maybe, possibly, how would it sound if a swarm of bees covered an Oasis song. 

DISCLAIMER: NO BEES WILL BE HARMED OR EVEN PRESENT ON THE NIGHT

Come one, come all, COME!!!

What Ya Got?

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

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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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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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CARDIFF TALENT! LAST MIC STANDING! THE FINAL! VOTE FOR ME!

Or vote for whoever else is your favourite at LAST MIC STANDING 2015 FINAL, FRIDAY AUGUST 14th

There will be music and comedy and more at A Shot in the Dark, arrive from 7.30pm to be sure of a good seat at the event, starting around 8.00pm. Just £3 to get in and enjoy four very different acts doing their best to please you! PLUS GUEST APPEARANCES BY FORMER LAST MIC STANDING WINNERS

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Be there. Or not. Your choice. Obviously 😀

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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HEARTSPOKEN (two) POETRY, SONG, OPEN MIC, CARDIFF, FEB 15th 2015

At this Valen-Time, how deep, or cheap, is your love?

The day after Valentine’s Day why not come and hear words from the heart and if you have some to share, bring yours! I will be joining in with the open mic, and there are featured artists of the poetic and musical kind at HEARTSPOKEN (two) the second of these nights organised by the engagingly wicked MAB JONES

15/02/15 The Kuku Club, Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff, 7.30pm-10.30pm

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I’m performing at Bridgend Arts Christmas Festival!

I’m performing at Bridgend Arts Christmas Festival!

I will be, among other ditties/verses be ‘singing’ a Morrissey parody expressing his view of Santa Claus. Many events to attend and I will be taking a camera. If you give a stuff, like 😉

The programme for the day: https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=460158914093832&id=327235987386126&set=pcb.556053501146210&_ft_