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!


October RARA Hosts
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.
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!

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.


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

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


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


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


RARA! Dylan Thomas Day and fundraising for PAPYRUS – With Alix Edwards & Dave Daggers






Guest co-host Alix Edwards will be helping us out this month, when RARA celebrates International Dylan Thomas Day 2018 and also raises funds for PAPYRUS, a charity that works with young people to help foster hope for the future and suicide prevention. As always, RARA is a free open mic event and every reader will get a five minute slot to express themselves as they see fit. Engagement with the themes of this particular RARA is welcomed, but not compulsory, because RARA exists for you to to express yourself.

Donating to PAPYRUS is not compulsory, but anything you can spare will be gratefully received and go towards giving vulnerable young people hope for the future




Alix Edwards is a writer, artist, photographer, parent and has also recently created COMPANY OF WORDS, her own open mic spoken word event in Cardiff, after becoming a RARA regular who is delighted to hear what people have to say for themselves from behind a mic, in the form of stories, songs, poems, monologues, anything you write! so come along just to listen, come to sign up for a free slot and read, come along, enjoy!

Self expression, however you do it, is an act of self emancipation, a declaration of intent, actively stating ‘This is me and what I do and who I am. I am here, I exist! Celebrate Dylan Thomas Day with us by reading his words, or your words inspired by his words, or anything you have written that you damn well please, because open mic means your free five minute slot is yours, and RARA will listen to you!


RARA was originally created by poet Julie Pritchard, but for most of its existence has been run, hosted and promoted by the dedicated duo of Dave Daggers and Will Ford. As of April 2018 the team has expanded to include the additional energy, creativity of:

Liz Marsh, Ria Kodosaki and Bryan Marshall


The team is made up of RARA enthusiasts who simply kept showing up to read their own stuff and support other readers because they love it so much!

But why do they love RARA?

RARA gives every reader a five minute slot, whether they have never read their work publicly ever before or they are published old hands at working a crowd.

New voices are especially welcome and some of those reading at RARA for the first time ever have gone on to become regular readers and performers at RARA and several other spoken word events in Cardiff that have arrived in the last few years, including JUKE, COMPANY OF WORDS and the recently birthed MILD EXTRAVAGANZA (look ’em up on Facebook, this blog can’t do everything for you!)

For over three years Dave and Will have mixed things up a little compared to most other open mic nights by inviting any regular attendee to act as guest host or co-host if they please and many have taken on this challenge and most have loved every minute of it. Some have loved it less, admittedly, but they might never have dared to even try if it weren’t for the welcoming and nurturing atmosphere RARA consciously creates, which encourages people to try things they might never dare at other events.

RARA has occasionally dedicated an evening to a particular charity, although this is not a stated aim for RARA. However, RARA is an event that is open to suggestions from attendees, so that in addition to being a place where people can express themselves, it can seek to help a little here and there. If you have read this far, you will already know that the RARA for May will be asking for support for PAPYRUS, although we do not demand that support in order to take part. RARA has always been a free to attend, free to take part event and that is how it will remain for the foreseeable future.

Many RARA attendees have been published, whether traditionally or by more modern routes and RARA is very open to promoting the work of its attendees because at all stages of the path writers are on encouragement and support is still needed and various pamphlets, booklets, full collections, whether poetry or novels have been launched/promoted as part of a book tour at RARA.

We would usually ask people to come along a few times at least before launching something so friends and connections can be made and word can get about that work will be offered for sale, because this helps us to help you get the most out of offering your wares at a long running monthly event where there is no affiliation to a particular publisher, no entry fee, no grants or other outside funding, an event that exists and continues purely because the team and those who attend make it possible.

Many RARA regulars also attend the regular writing workshop ROATH WRITERS and have work featured in the annual anthology of ROATH WRITERS that is a very popular publication filled with writers who may not always be from Roath, but come to write, read, perform in the many events and festivals that take place in the lovely Roath.

RARA is THE most regular reading/performing spoken open mic opportunity in Roath, happening on the second Monday of every single month of the year, culminating in a Special Edition in December (in 2017, with the theme of PIRATE CHRISTMAS)

RARA is here for you to show what you can do, and who you are. How you do it at RARA is up to you, as long as you do it using words, for RARA is about using your words to speak your truth or tell your story, whether it is literally your own tale or the magical weavings of your imagination.

RARA is also here to challenge you to entertain us all, if that is how you use your words. Make us laugh, make us feel what you feel, see the world as you see it, let us into your world at RARA Where you are also invited into the worlds within every reader or performer, for the more of ourselves we can share, the more we become a community, a melting pot of ideas and perspectives, all sharing the same space and all listening to each other, not just waiting for our turn to speak. Applause for you is guaranteed, whether you reveal your heart and soul or attempt to tickle every available funny bone.
As serious or as not so serious as you wish is what RARA invites you to be.




blog by William Dean Ford, who has a WEBSITE

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Come to RARA, join us, join Dave Daggers and Alix Edwards, support PAPYRUS if you wish, celebrate May 14 2018 as INTERNATIONAL DYLAN THOMAS DAY if you desire, bring your words of whatever kind, if you prefer. We will be happy to see you, and you’ll be glad you came!

R.A.R.A. Returns To The Mackintosh Sports Club, Cardiff…11/01/2016…with pics by Paula Hughes


January came, as it does every year, and brought with it the first 2016


Co-hosted for the second time by…

Fran Smith and Bridget Leggy Tanner!

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Sadly, due to annoying temporary partial deafness I was not there in person, but I was there in spirit, and by all accounts the usual good time was had by all, with a great mix of all that is lyrically profound, emotionally frank and comically bizarre. There were some sadly necessary tributes to David Bowie who passed away the previous day…

If like me, you missed out on this event, you missed missed read, recited, raucously rendered, robustly ranted and some sung performances from…

Fran Smith


Bridget Leggy Tanner


Dave Daggers


Patrick Widdess


John Brookes 


Mark Curtis


Mario Umberto Fiorillo


Bel Blue


Kat (aka Kathryn Davies)


Mark Blayney


Des Mannay


Ellie Powell


Francesca Murphy

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Bryan Marshall


Laz Lazarus


Thanks to everyone who came, very sorry I couldn’t come too, but I will definitely be there on February 8th, so to close this less wordy than usual blog for RARA, just want to say many thanks to our lovely hosts Fran and Bridget, and a big thank you to Paula Hughes for wielding her camera at Rhyme and Real Ale and letting me use her pics in my blogs!



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Kindling the fire (totally NAKED self promotion)

STILL BUSY BUSY BUSY MEGAVERSE, The Millennium Centre and more…

Am writing this before going off to host Rhyme and Real Ale at the Mackintosh in Roath. En route I will be dropping into A Shot in The Dark to discuss and drop off posters for GUFFAWESOME which is a comedy night I am organising and will host for the Made In Roath Festival 2014

Along with Nicholas Whitehead, I will be reading at FREE MOUNTAIN Words at One, Thursday Oct 16th and later the same day, at Cider and Seduction (Made in Roath Festival)

All this follows a weekend of performing at Cardiff Central Library for World Mental Health Day, running my first ever workshop, about how creative writing can help maintain good mental health at World Homeless Action Day

And now on to the Wales Millennium Centre

where somewhere near the bottom left of the above picture, braving the cold weather, passing traffic,

Delivered three hours of eclectic verse, spoken word performance and acapaella song from a host of Welsh and non-Welsh mouths in front of the Dylan Thomas Touring Writing Shed. This event, which included additional feature performances from Claire Potter, Ffion Wyn and Rufus Mufasa was part of two occasions at once:

The entertainments aspect of the It’s My Shout Film Fest and the year of events celebrating the commemoration of the birth of Dylan Thomas, dt100

Some pics, starting with the rare sight of me suited and booted for hosting duties and then a selection of shots from the day, From Dave Daggers, Fran Smith and Simon L Read. Full list of readers at the end

Ian Cross, Emma Syrup, Francesca Murphy, Becca Kellaway

Fran Smith

Fritz O’Skennick on the mic

Simon L Read, Becca Kellaway, Ellen Duncan, Sophie Chei, Vincent Thomas, Fran Smith

Marilyn Kemeny

Leon Lazarus

Dave Daggers

Mark Blayney

Bridget Leggy Tanner

Bel Blue

Bel Blue

Steven Kenward

Sophie Chei

Gordon Anderson during a very funny spoof Commercial Presentation

Zaru from afar

Zaru unfazed by the wheeled traffic

Or the human kind

Dave Daggers

The actual running order was remixed to suit the needs of the day in the end, and there were sadly one or two unable to make it to read after all, but everybody who had any part in  this day helped to make it the great success it turned out to be. If I had pics of all who read, they’d go here. Just know all of you who agreed to read under the Megaverse Presents name on the day, you have my thanks and I hope we can do more of these kind of things.  Thanks also to the Feature Readers Claire Potter, Ffion Wyn and Rufus Mufasa.

Apologies to Vince Thomas, who exists, and no apologies to the typographical ghosts Vincent Garth and Brooks Thomas, who don’t 😉 and special thanks to Fran Smith for providing the portable PA that allowed the spoken word to be clearly heard!