HEY, CARDIFF! SHARE YOUR WORDS AT RARA!

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Tuesday, October 9th 2018, come and hear and share spoken word at our laid back open mic event. The event is free, if you are free, come and express yourself freely   
at RARA, this coming Tuesday and the second Tuesday of every month!

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October RARA Hosts
WILL FORD & DAVE DAGGERS
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Will and Dave at HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2018 during MEGAVERSE!

Whether you have never shared your words before or are an experienced performer you are warmly invited to join us and experience the welcome, the attention, the encouragement and the appreciation of RARA.
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An especially successful RARA!

Every RARA is a different experience, semi-regularly hosted by guest hosts from RARA regulars who after being warmly received often end up wondering what it might be like to act as compere, and we say, if you want to find out, give it a try and we will be there with you to offer all the support, advice and encouragement you need!

The kind management of the Mackintosh Sports Club, Roath, Cardiff generously allow us this monthly platform so that writers from Cardiff and beyond can showcase five minutes of anything they wish as long as it is made of words!

Come, be moved, be amused, be surprised!
Come, move, amuse or surprise others!

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Between them, Dave and Will, with the generosity of the Mackintosh Sports Social Club keep RARA running and the door open to all.

COME TO RARA! Enter the world of Spoken Word!
See where you can take it!
See where it can take you!

Second Tuesday every month, Arrive at the Mackintosh Sports Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff from 7.30pm for approx 8pm start. RARA.

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Both Dave and Will like to experiment with different forms of creativity and are very serious about what they do, even if what they do is not always about being serious. On the serious side, Dave has used his photographic skills to help thousands of students celebrate their graduation days and help the work/raise the profile of Touch Trust. And will has just been made Featured Artist of The Week on the Arts For Health and Wellbeing blog  for his work with Cardiff University Health Board.

Freedom to be either serious or silly and for both to be equally welcomed is at the heart of RARA, where what YOU want to say, however you wish to say it, is the most important thing. Dave and Will both embody this ‘ethos’ and love to amuse, but also both have had their more serious sides showcased in exhibitions, in fact, Will’s words (and those of Hilary Griffiths) have been used as inspiration by artists at Cardiff Print Workshop for an exhibition of dozens of pieces of work at an exhibition that happened recently Dave Daggers, a longtime professional photographer, generously visited to take these pics. 

Dave’s work has been featured in many more exhibitions than Will’s

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…

RARA RETURNS TUESDAY 14.08.18 FREE 5 MINUTE SPOKEN WORD SLOTS

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Tuesday, Aug 14 2018, come and hear and share spoken word at our laid back open mic event. The event is free, performance slots are free, the booze is not free, but if you are free, come and express yourself freely and set your words free…at RARA, this coming Tuesday and the second Tuesday of every month!
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Whether you have never shared your words before or are an experienced performer you are warmly invited to join and experience the welcome, the attention, the encouragement and the appreciation of RARA. Every RARA is a different experience, semi-regularly hosted by guest hosts from RARA regulars who after being warmly received often end up wondering what it might be like to act as compere, and we say, if you want to find out, give it a try and we will be there with you to offer all the support, advice and encouragement you need!

Come! Join us! Join in!

The kind management of the Mackintosh Sports Club, Roath, Cardiff generously allow us this monthly platform so that writers from Cardiff and beyond can showcase anything they wish as long as it is made of words! Come, be moved, be amused, be surprised! Come, move, amuse or surprise others!

Dave Daggers           &            Will Ford

 Between them, Dave and Will keep RARA running and the door open to all, whether they are new to spoken word, or wish to use a five minute slot to try out new work for their sets or just simply engage with an audience who are ready to listen. Both Dave and Will like to experiment with different forms of creativity and are very serious about what they do, even if what they do is not always about being serious. Freedom to be either serious or silly and for both to be equally welcomed is at the heart of RARA, where what YOU want to say, however you wish to say it, is the most important thing.

So come along, to RARA, beloved by many, including by lots of the folk you will see on the promo pic at the end of these words for MEGAVERSE at Cardiff Hub Festival 2018. COME TO RARA! Enter the world of Spoken Word! Speak! Listen! Enjoy!

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Festivals are tough, and some got tough enough for them, at RARA!!!!

With Dr Thomas Tyrrell…RARA OPEN MIC 09/07/18

FREE OPEN MIC EVENT!

Come share your poems or short stories, or even a song, at RARA, Mon July 9
at the Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street Roath, Cardiff
7.30pm doors open, come, sign up for 8.00pm start!

Soon to be moving to the second Tuesday each month, this will be the final Monday Night RARA and your guest host for July RARA will be
DOCTOR THOMAS TYRRELL

 

A Doctor of Letters (and also entire words), Thomas Tyrrell delivers various flavours of poetry and verse with a bold resonant voice that drifts into pirate sounding territory when choosing to deliver tales of dastardly doings by seafaring criminals! As well as regaling you with his regal stage presence over the course of the evening he will be calling up those who wish to share their own words of wit, wisdom, woe, and wonder!

 

RARA is a welcoming and warm space for regular and new readers/performers to share their creative souls and after years of being a Monday night affair, from August will become a Tuesday night fixture. Join us for our final Monday!

If you have tales to tell, words to share, RARA will applaud you for sharing them there! If you are timid at the thought of public reading, be bold, come and try it, it’s RARA you’re needing! Come, one, come, come all, weave us your word spells, and join in this night with Thomas Tyrrell

 

April: A Shower of Words @ RARA Open Mic 09/04/18

 FREE OPEN MIC – FREE 5 MINUTE SLOTS @ RARA
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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!
MONDAY APRIL 9 2018 7.30PM ONWARDS

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…let rip, let it go, share your creations, release the flow…at RARA!

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This month, RARA will be hosted by…DAVE DAGGERS

AND WILL FORD

Dave Daggers and Will Ford will both offer you some words of their own, as well as welcoming and introducing readers to the unique laidbackness of RARA
(shut up spell checker, laidbackness is a word, ok?)

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

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RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports/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

PICS FROM PREVIOUS RARA NIGHTS

 

PICS FROM FUTURE RARA NIGHTS:

 

They haven’t happened yet, how could there be pics?
come, come, come, COME TO RARA!

 

 

 

ARRRR!!! RARA OPEN MIC PIRATE CHRISTMAS 18/12/17

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YE  SCURVY DOGS!!! 
SAILING IN ON THE YULETIDE
IT BE THE R.A.R.A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION
AND WHAT THEME BE MORE CHRISTMASSY THAN
PIRATES  ARRRRR?

ARRRR YE COMIN’?

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So haul your Arrrrs along to The Mackintosh Sports Club
Keppoch Street, Roath Cardiff DECEMBER 11th 2017
From 7.30 PM

Bring words to share, be they about Christmas or not
Be they about Piratey shenanigans or not 

The Theme is not compulsory, anything you want to share
Or say, or perform, or sing makes RARA nights what they

ARRRRRRRRRR!!!!

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Like RARA!
RARA is FREEEEE!
THERE WILL BE CAKE!

SO PLUNDER YOUR WORD TREASURE CHEST
BRING YOUR FINEST LYRICAL BOOTY!

EAT SOME CAKE
DRINK RUM

JOIN YOUR HOSTS

LONG DAGGER DAVE

 

AND

WILD WILL NOBEARD

 

MONDAY DECEMBER 11TH 2017 from 7.30pm

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RARA CHRISTMAS Poster image by the awesome AMY DUNSTALL

COME ONE, COME ALL, COME!!!

THERE WILL BE CAKE!

www.willdeanford.com

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FREE SPOKEN WORD EVENT-OPEN MIC…R.A.R.A HOSTED THIS TIME BY WILL FORD AND BRIDGET LEGGY TANNER

RATHER ARTICULATELY  READING ALOUD

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH 2017

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…let rip, let it go, share your creations, release the flow…at RARA!

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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! 

This month, RARA will be hosted by

 

 

Will Ford

and

Bridget Leggy Tanner

 

 

Bridget Leggy Tanner and Will Ford will both offer you some words of their own, as well as welcoming and introducing readers to the unique laidbackness of RARA (shut up spell checker, laidbackness is a word, ok?).

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

 

www.willdeanford.com

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

PICS FROM PREVIOUS RARA NIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RARA OPEN MIC Monday March 13 with Alternative FRILL!

 

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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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! FIVE MINUTE SLOTS!

This month, RARA will be hosted by the lovely FRANCESCA MURPHY and because he keeps showing up WILL FORD. Together, and in the spirit of modernity (ie crashing two words together to make one word), Fran and Will are FRILL

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Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control Fran Murphy will not be able to join us but FRAN SMITH has kindly agreed to help out, so this month RARA will be hosted by:

ALTERNATIVE FRILL

FRAN SMITH

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WILL FORD

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Fran  Murphy and Will Ford previously co-hosting RARA

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RARA looks forward to seeing Fran Murphy again soon, and much thanks offered to the calming and warm Fran Smith for returning as a RARA co-host!

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Fran, at a previous RARA with her co-host Bridget Leggy Tanner

GENERAL BLURB!

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…

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www.willdeanford.com

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

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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VERY MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS BASH, R.A.R.A OPEN MIC 05/12/16

 

Normally RARA happens on the second Monday of the month, but the RARA OPEN MIC CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION is coming slightly sooner than usual, on the first Monday of DECEMBER, but despite re-arranged date still at the same time, same place…

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The festivities will be co-hosted by Dave Daggers and Will Ford (me)  and there will be stories, poems, songs, humour, possibly darker spins on Christmas themes…

it’s free,  come and watch, join in the shenanigans if you have something you would like to read or perform, a free five minute slot is yours!

It’ll be a blast, but more of a blast if YOU come too!

CHRISTMAS THEMED MATERIAL VERY WARMLY WELCOMED

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A LOOK BACK AT RARA @ CHRISTMAS 2015

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The inducement of free cakes brought many enthusiastic faces to RARA on a most un-Christmassy rainy night in December, including The Invisible Man, trying and failing to photobomb from the blue seat at the front…

Christmas co-hosts Dave Daggers and Will Ford started proceedings off… with a  cover of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, raucous, rough, and if not totally raw, maybe a tad undercooked…

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Then,  with our joyfully artless musical intro having mercilessly tortured a poor defenceless, innocent Christmas song, the readings for the evening began……

David Foster Morgan

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Nick Fisk

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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Christian Searle

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Patrick Widdess

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John Eliot

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Jacquee Robb and John

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Jill Berrett

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Sarah Younan

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Eric Ngalle Charles

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Paula Hughes

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Liz Blackburn

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Belinda Favager

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                                                                    Laz Lazarus

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David Hanlon

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Bryan Marshall

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Francesca Murphy

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Ben Meadon

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COME ONE, COME ALL

COME FOR CHRISTMAS!

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