13.02.17 R.A.R.A SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC…GUEST HOST PATRICK WIDDESS

   FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…

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Whether you are an old hand behind the mic, a relative newbie or wondering what it might be like to share your words for the very first time, RARA will welcome you with open arms and offer open ears while listening to your opening and closing mouth. “Be as silly or as serious as you want to be, for five minutes” is the invitation RARA extends to you…

MEET THE FEB RARA GUEST HOST: PATRICK WIDDESS

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Patrick Widdess is a poet, performer and producer/presenter of the Headstand poetry and music podcast. His published works include, Feeding the Spacemen (a collection of his poems) and Poetry Non-stop, which is an inexpensive, enthusiastic and friendly guide to unlocking the poetry within you.

A regular performer at (and previous guest host of) RARA, Patrick will soon be leaving Wales for pastures new, so I’d like to use this blog to wish him all the very best and to thank him for his presence on the spoken word scene in Cardiff (and elsewhere) and for interviewing many performers for his podcast (including myself) and giving so many people the opportunity to speak about why they do what they do and share recordings of performance and page poetry via Headstand. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FUTURE, DUDE!

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

 

COME ONE…COME ALL…COME!

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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…

MARK CURTIS

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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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HEADSTAND RADIO POETRY PODCAST: CHRISTINA THATCHER ON CREATIVITY, CATHARSIS AND CARDIFF

Patrick Widdess, poet, performer and podcaster, in his usual warm and welcoming way, interviews Christina Thatcher, the latest guest on Headstand to freely talk of how and why they write and the value of the creative process…listen here 
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Creativity as a light in the darkness for processing troubling personal experiences is a prominent driving force for American-born Christina, both in her own writing and in the many inspiring poetry workshops she leads and groups she facilitates. In self exploration, strength can be found. The very heart of her work can be expressed in three simple words: write to empower.

However, all kinds of creativity with words, from the sublime to the ridiculous, stories, monologues, experiments of the most surreal kind and more are experienced by Christina with the delighted smile of someone truly thankful for her own creativity and desire to draw the very best out everyone who wishes to pick up a pen (and also those who have never even considered doing so yet).

Whether as a writer, event organiser, performer, tutor, workshop facilitator or simply as a reader or listener, Christina Thatcher seeks to engage with people and creativity on all levels and her sheer enthusiasm for embracing all aspects of light and dark in creativity makes others feel brave enough to believe they could follow her example!

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Tune in, and enjoy! And then why not take a look at the rest of what you will find in the series of blogs produced and presented for Headstand by Patrick Widdess?

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POET, PRESENTER AND PODCAST PRODUCER PATRICK WIDDESS IN CONVERSATION WITH POET REUBEN WOOLEY

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Poet Reuben Woolley talks about his writing and why his ambition is to close down his popular online magazine I am not a silent poet – www.iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.com

He reads a selection of poems and invites listeners to write a poem on the subject of abuse. Some of the poems feature strong language and graphic imagery which, while suitable for the hard-hitting subject matter, may not be suitable for all audiences.

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COME THIS WAY AND BE LED TOWARDS PODCASTS FEATURING FRAN SMITH, MAB JONES, COSTA PRIZE WINNER JONATHAN EDWARDS, JULIE PRITCHARD, AND MORE!

Patrick Widdess is a generous champion of the work of others as well as perfomer of his own clever, often humorous poetic work, some of which you can read in your own sweet time if you buy Feeding The Spacemen, available as physical pages or on KINDLE

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UPDATED WITH ADDED PHOTOS!!! RHYME AND REAL ALE OPEN MIC NIGHT RETURNS, HOSTED BY POET, PODCAST PRESENTER AND PRODUCER PATRICK WIDDES featuring JULIE CROAD POETRY BOOK LAUNCH! PLUS SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST CERI SIAN DESTEFANO!

Rhyme and Real Ale Returned to the Mackinstosh Sports Club Monday July 13 2015.  7.30pm  hosted by this man:

Patrick Widdess is a champion of the wonderfully woven word and those that make it happen live onstage, or come to life on the page. His Headstand Radio series of blogs about poetry and music can be checked out HERE The latest featured poet is Costa Poetry Prize Winning Jonathan Edwards!

Patrick came within a point of winning the recent poetry slam at the Made in Roath Summer Poetry Festival and is truly generous in spirit, and an enjoyably friendly MC, opening the evening with a droll parody of over cautious attitudes to safety awareness

He offered us more of his own well chosen words as he guided us through another great night at RARA with regular faces and new voices offered five minutes to share words, song, a short story, or whatever they had brought.

Pictorial record… 20150713_201513Christian Searle, as gently cuttingly sharp as always

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Julie Croad launching her poetry book “The Important Things In Life”, opening with a naughtily delivered ode to the juiciness of Beetroot!

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Yvonne, (a friend brought along by Julie Croad) read one piece from her book of 12 poems (one for each month of the year), nicely observed details adding up to epic imagery

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Chris Norris, chucking words at us considerably more considered than my pun on the ‘Chuck Norris’ association his name brings to some minds!

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Dave Daggers, in confessionally comic mood, and his props for Hell’s Bells related japery with the bells reimagined as doorbells!

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Mark Curtis, speaking up for the weakest in society who get so squeezed by those at the top of the tree

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Leon ‘Laz’ Lazarus bringing the shadows into the light and delivering a piece written for a friend’s birthday in his own inimitable edgy/spooky style

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Des Mannay, in the habit now of being shortlisted and winning word related prizes sharing, among other pieces, a troubled personal perspective on the events known as 7/7, completed and first shared publicly on the ten year anniversary of that horrible day in London

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Greg in spiky mood, tackling injustice!

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A return to the mic for Julie Croad, offering more from her mostly humorous, sometimes serious poetry book

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Ellie Powell returning to delight RARA again!

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Bryan Marshall, as ever, slightly bashful about his often very forthright words

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Vincent Thomas, delivery and presence getting stronger by the reading exploring the idea of the comedown, and how love and ecstasy don’t necessarily mesh together well…

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Maggie Nash, sharing mostly sweetly remembered childhood related words

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Ceri Sian DeStefano, our special musical guest was another RARA regular with sore throated voice impairment issues, so she wasn’t able to sing. She asked whether she wanted poetry or a little bit of instrumental play. I ‘helpfully’ called out “Both” and both were both delivered

Before Patrick wrapped up another successful and wide ranging RARA Night Chris Norris took his chance to deliver another piece he wished to share and then RARA was over for another month. See you next time. Oh, in true Columbo style, one more thing…

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Because I was too focused on being about to perform that I forgot to ask anyone to take pics for us, this was taken at the end of the night, Fran Smith and I did part of our collaboration on the theme of Compassion, and we got great feedback, about our words and our contrasting styles.

Come to RARA :-), Come, Listen, Connect! Come one, come all!

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MAB JONES, INTERNATIONAL EXPLOITS, POETRY AND NOVELS, HEADSTAND PODCAST, PRESENTED AND PRODUCED BY PATRICK WIDDESS

My rather comprehensive headline pretty much says it all about what you can expect from another Podcast from Poet, Presenter and Producer Patrick Widdess, who recently recited his way to the runner up spot at the Made In Roath Summer Poetry Festival Slam, missing out on the first spot by the narrowest of conceivable margins. CLICK HERE to hear Mab and Patrick chat of things literary and international, of good and bad health and how someone can find themselves living the life of a performance poet without ever originally intending to. HEADSTAND is a semi-regular series of podcasts eclectically and electrically spotlighting poetry and music for the benefit of cyberspace. Give it a listen and check out the archive!

DOING A HEADSTAND (MY FIRST EVER PODCAST) WITH PATRICK WIDDESS

There are a lot of podcasts on the net, and now….there is one more!!!

A week ago I was in my living room, being interviewed about my writing and performance by Patrick Widdess, presenter and runner of the Headstand Radio podcast blog and you can hear the results here

HEADSTAND RADIO offers an eclectic series of podcasts featuring music and poetry of all kinds. Patrick Widdess, himself a talented poet who performs his work at poetry events and open mic nights, is a kind and generous host and I thank him for this opportunity to step out from behind the microphone and offer my words to the ether!!

If you take a listen, I hope you will be willing to offer a response to the writing prompt I offered. Patrick asks each of his guests to provide a prompt that he then writes something from to read in the next podcast. He also invites listeners to join in and respond to the prompt too. During my HEADSTAND you will be able to hear what Patrick made of ‘A grain of Sand’ which was the prompt offered by previous guest, The Walking Poet, Julie Pritchard. I look forward to hearing what Patrick comes up with and to listening to him interview his next guest.

(Disclaimer, we did no literal headstands)

Performance photo from Scratch Platform 4, by Yvette Robertshaw Photography

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