MEGAVERSE at Cardiff Central Library as part of ‘MOVING ON’

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Hosted by Will Ford as part of MOVING ON, there will be an hour of poetry reading/performance at Cardiff Central Library next Thursday from 5.30pm. See below for more details of the art and creativity based activity you will find at this six day event, from Monday March 6 to Saturday March 11! From 3.30 on March 9, Will Ford will facilitate a writing workshop that runs until 5pm, and then half an hour later, it is MEGAVERSE!

    MOVING ON: FURTHER DETAILS

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THE ART OF THE MIND AT HAFAN Y COED

ADULT MENTAL HEALTH UNIT:

REGENERATION, RENEWAL, RECOVERY

 

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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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Megaverse@HUB Festival Cardiff 2016!!! Spoken Word with open mic spaces! 2pm to 6pm At Urban Tap House 27.08.16

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EVENT DETAILS

OVER TWO DOZEN PERFORMERS

PLUS…SIGN UP ON THE DAY FOR OPEN MIC SECTION!!

EMOTION!   HUMOUR!   EROTICA!    GENERAL CLEVERNESS IN WORD FORM!

BRING IT

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For the third year in a row, MEGAVERSE will be bringing a massive range of spoken word styles and voices to HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF  bringing you words to tickle your funny bones, lift your spirits, break your heart, put them back together again, make you feel love, via words in the form of poetry, rants, dramatic performances, spoken and sung…Hosted and organised by Will Ford AND IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE WHY NOT SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN MIC SECTION?

HUMOUR! EMOTION! EROTICA!

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August 26-28 brings you a Bank Holiday Weekend and many dozens performers and artists will descend on Womanby Street in Cardiff for a packed weekend of music and visual art and Megaverse is just one part of the jigsaw of noise, sound, fury and colour of HUB

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM MEGAVERSE AT HUB 2015

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THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW…

COME  to Urban Taphouse, 2-6pm, Saturday August 27 2016 and let us shove some of this lovely  wordy stuff into your cute, gorgeous  sexy ears and sexy brains!!!

Come along, listen and love,  maybe even bring along some words of your own, because there will be an OPEN MIC SECTION!!!

COME! COME!! COME!!! RELAX!!!!

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

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

JULY R.A.R.A

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Meet Your Hosts for June…

Paula Hughes

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

Gareth Davies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FREE OPEN MIC-CARDIFF-R.A.R.A@THE MACKINTOSH 13.06.2016

Second Monday of the month is almost here

which means that, once again, this will be happening:OpenMic

Free to sign up for a five minute slot, free to enter, so come and share your words/thoughts/musings/songs/stories and enjoy and wide range of stuff, come and share, or just come along and enjoy, basically COME!!!!

MEET YOUR HOSTS

FRAN MURPHY

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Fran is a very talented singer and poet, full of joyful remarks and beaming smiles!

CO-HOST WILL FORD

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Since this is my own blog, you’d think I’d choose a less geeky/idiotic pic, but no…

Hey, why not check out my website 😉

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PICS FROM PREVIOUS R.A.R.A NIGHTS

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FREE OPEN MIC-R.A.R.A With ERIC NGALLE CHARLES! 09.05.2016

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R.A.R.A SPRING! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

MEET YOUR HOSTS

ERIC NGALLE CHARLES

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Before you come to RARA, why not tune in to RADIO CARDIFF Monday May 9th 2016 at 3pm where Eric will be discussing his docu-drama ASYLUM…Then, just hours later he’ll be behind the mic at R.A.R.A, introducing the readers and sharing words of his own on what will undoubtedly be another eclectic, far reaching night of humour and heart, as readers take a five minute slot to share their wit and wisdom, to make you smile, make you think, make you wonder, make you listen, make you feel!!!

Eric will be joined by his co-host, R.A.R.A leading light DAVE DAGGERS

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His playful exterior is there for all to see, but Dave not only wants to make you smile, his lust for life extends into a joy in seeing others do their best, improve, be all they can be and his enthusiasm is the human energy source behind the continuing success of R.A.R.A!

This time, I can’t go along myself, because I feel like crap as I type this, sweaty, snotty and aches in places you don’t even want to think about. While I like to share my words as often as possible and occasionally host the night, NOBODY would thank me for sharing my current state of flu style nonsense with them, the Latin for which is LURGIUS GIGANTICUS

OH LOOK! PICTURES FROM THE PREVIOUS R.A.R.A

HOSTED BY JULIE CROAD AND FRITZ O’SKENNICK!!!

THANKS TO JULIE CROAD AND FRITZ O’SKENNICK FOR YOUR GREAT HOSTING

THANKS TO ALL THE READERS

BRYAN MARSHALL

DAVID FOSTER MORGAN

JOHN BROOKS

RACHEL CARNEY

FRAN SMITH

LIZ BLACKBURN

THE WRITING REFLEX

DAVE DAGGERS

WILL FORD (TOOK THE PICS LAST MONTH TOO)

BELINDA FAVAGER

THE INCREDIBLE NIGEL

BEL BLUE

ELLIE POWELL

MARK CURTIS

SIMON L READ

BEN MEADON

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SECOND MONDAY…EVERY MONTH…

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PUBLISHED on Ink, Sweat & Tears , The Poetry and Prose Webzine…

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Am pleased to share that Doors of Perception (my semi-satirical metaphysical piece about how to use Doors Of Perception purchased from IKEA) was published on March 11th 2016 by Ink Sweat and Tears the Poetry and Prose Webzine…

Helen Ivory, herself a poet with several published collections, joined IS&T in 2010 as Deputy Editor and she is now sole editor, seeking to publish new work every day.

As you may imagine, this is an undertaking that requires a lot of time from Helen and patience from those making submissions. So I would like to thank Helen Ivory for considering my material worthy of publication and for offering contributors and readers somewhere to see something new on a very regular basis!

As it happens, March 11th has additional significance for me, in terms of arrangements of words, and if that intrigues, click here to see why

My Website (info about the author, e-books, and more)

While by no means a ‘photographic artist’ I felt like getting creative pic-wise to illustrate this blog, hence the pics included above😉😉😉

The link to Ink, Sweat and Tears will take you to the poem that is published TODAY, whatever the day you are reading this happens to be, so be sure to look for March 11th 2016 on the site to find my piece. And why not make it a daily thing to pop over to the site to look at the work Helen Ivory publishes? A small moment of your time each day, that every day would be appreciated by some writer, somewhere, and offer you a daily delicious delight, quizzical question, enjoyable entertainment and every other possible thing that might be contained within the vast variety of verse you will encounter!

 

 

 

 

 

BATMAN versus SUPERMAN versus JUKE: Superheroes/Villains Special Edition…

 

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March 2016 will welcome the first of two major “Superheroes Decide to Start Punching Each Other For Some Reason”movies when Batman and Superman finally return to the big screen and…basically punch each other in the face a lot then become best pals who join forces to punch somebody who will punch us all, if they don’t punch him first (oh sorry, is that a spoiler?)

T H E      M A I N      E V E N T

…March 2016 also welcomes the return of…

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JUKE: Every third Tuesday of the month…Cardiff…Open mic at Little Man Coffee Company…Organised, overseen and hosted by RENN

See below for a recap of the February 2016 JUKE, with pics by Paula Hughes (or was it Marty McFly?), then…

CLICK HERE for details of the next JUKE, Tues, March 15th…The theme is WAR and the feature performer is RACHEL HELENA WALSHBut First…

February JUKE…Superheroes and Villains…

Hosted by…THE RENN

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Fresh from saving Cardiff City from the schemes of the dastardly Doctor Future, The Renn swooped in to welcome all to another wide ranging banquet of wordy goodness

Skits were skitted…verses were versed…poems were poemed…songs were songed…Having previously growled out Do Not Go Gently Into That Dark Knight at JUKE I nearly did it again, but went with something written specifically for the event, Silly Sarcastic Superhero Song

Many tackled the hero/villain theme and presented wildly different takes on heroic/villainous activities, and the real heroes of our lives, family and doctors were not forgotten…unlike the often deserted tragic heroine of Fran Murphy’s heartfelt song, left alone, down on her luck when evildoers run amok, her other half shows lots of pluck, but where is he when she wants to…hug?

Humour and heartbreak and harsh experiences fed the words heard at JUKE. It was a glorious night…Until The Renn’s sworn enemy Doctor Future burst in to interrupt proceedings…. and had to be dealt with in the only way possible…RAP BATTLE!

The Renn Sprays Syllables to Floor Her Nemesis…

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Doctor Future Rhymingly Retorts…

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The good people at JUKE saw a clear victory for The Renn. The Evil people at JUKE saw matters differently, which just  goes to show that the whole good versus evil thing is sometimes a matter of personal perspective…

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Thanks Renn and The Renn (never seen in the same place at the same time, for some reason) and as usual, the event was skilfully tweeted live, by Vincent Thomas

Thanks for the pics, from camera wielding, song singing and poetry slinging Marty McFly costume wearing Paula Hughes!

Had a cool night at JUKE again, and was pleased by the reaction to  my Silly Sarcastic Superhero Song…then stutteringly flustered as I returned to my seat, when The Renn asked if I would write her a theme song. I did write one and it may be heard publicly, if trouble comes to Cardiff City again, prompting the Return of The Renn…

NEXT JUKE MARCH 15th…details here

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