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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER FESTIVAL NOV 29th 2015 featuring 50 bands over 5 stages and spoken word/poetry with MEGAVERSE

WHAT IS MEGAVERSE

Click that link in a moment, first of all look at THIS…

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From 3pm to Midnight, Sunday November 29th, OXJAM is taking over the Womanby Street area of Cardiff to bring you a staggering array of sounds and words sung and spoken and even some tastefully tasty burlesque dancing !!! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

All for only £7, or the reduced price of a FIVER if you have a flyer, or print out this picture of it and bring it with you…

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I am organising and hosting the latest MEGAVERSE spoken word and poetry showcase as part of OXJAM TAKEOVER and will be throwing some of my verse and various oddities at you, along with over TWENTY other wordy folk, all with their own unique style of delivery and way with words…serious, silly, moving, engaging, challenging, energetically delivered, laid back, shouted, rapped, you’ll hear all kinds of words at URBAN TAP HOUSE from 3pm…Pics of performers and further details below the list of names…

AFTERNOON (3pm-5pm ish)
Neil Davies
Clive Oseman
Johnny Giles
John Eliot
Mario Umberto Fiorillo
Bel Blue
Fritz O’Skennick
Bernard Pearson
Terri Hoskings
Paula Hughes
Christina Thatcher
Mark Montinaro
Des Mannay
Gemma June Howell

EVENING 7pm-9pm ish)
Julie Pritchard
Patrick Widdess
Fran Smith
Farah Alibhai
Steven Kenward
Ceri Sian
Mark Curtis
Dave Daggers
Eric Ngalle Charles
Bridget Leggy Tanner
Lisa Megraw
Laz Lazarus

PLEASE NOTE THE  ABOVE RUNNING ORDER IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE ONLY.

NOW, KEEP READING…

DON’T PANIC, THERE ARE PICTURES!!!

 

Your Host…Will Ford

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Will is a writer and spoken word performer…see www.willdeanford.com for details of his e-books and and other exploits, including winning the first Made In Roath Poetry Slam amd a video of his performance in the final of Last Mic Standing. Will created MEGAVERSE after being asked to organise a perfomance poetry showcase for Cardiff HUB Festival 2014. More events  from MEGAVERSE have followed. For OXJAM TAKEOVER 2015 he is organising and hosting MEGAVERSE NO.6.

Unlike the main character from The Prisoner, you are free to come and go as you please, but the aim is to make you never want to leave!

Expect to hear a variety of pieces from Will’s very large and very mixed box of verbal tricks throughout the afternoon and evening sessions when he will be introducing, in no particular order a vast array of different  voices borne of very individual ways of seeing the world, commenting on it, making up nonsense, exposing the very soil, keeping it real, making it weird, exposing heartbreak, asserting hope for a better world, lighting up with spirituality, naughtiness and more From the good people pictured below…

Gemma June Howell

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Gemma recently (and very successfully) launched her booklet of poems Rock Life. Colourfully depicting the Valleys lives of characters living in ‘The Rock’ the language is strong in the literary and the the literal senses, all in the service of bringing life as observed to life on the the page, and in your ears which, if you are the sensitive sort, will be totally fucked by Gemma’s truthful words. Find them on Amazon

Laz Lazarus

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If Cardiff has a ‘Prince of Darkness’ of poetry, it is Laz, negotiating via his words the hard pavements of life, looking for the light and love that slips between the cracks of our existence. Edgy, humorous, unpredictable and endearing, surprising, in sweet, and not so sweet ways

Lisa Megraw

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Delightfully literary, Lisa writes and performs her own brand of poetry as well as running the recently launched Little Lantern Press which has a small but growing slate of publications featuring poets and storytellers from various parts of the globe!

Bridget Leggy Tanner

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BLT (as friends sometimes call her) wants to make you smile, maybe even giggle, but can also bring a harder tone to her lines. There will be fun, but thoughtfulness too…

 Christina Thatcher

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Christina’s key drive when it comes to words is to explore how they can be used to find the light that leads the way out of the darkness, for herself, her students, her friends and peers, and anybody else. Her work with other writers and people who have never considered picking up a pen before is truly inspirational and her modesty when she reads her words to you will make you hurt your hands with applause when she is done. And as committed as she is to her own expression, she professes to loving helping others put their experiences and ideas into words even more!

Dave Daggers

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No single word can sum up Dave Daggers. He is a poet, musician,  git, photographer, artist, and more. Has unbridled enthusiasm for life and all it has to offer and an enthusiastic champion of the work of others. He may recite silliness at you, or sing French Love Songs, you’ll just have to see

Mark Curtis

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A prolific writer of poetry for many years, Mark has seized every opportunity available to work on and hone his performance skills this year. When you are hearing him explore the harder and the softer shades of life, you will be hearing from a man who has lived and loved hard and come up smiling. It will also be his birthday when you see him, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!!

Eric Ngalle Charles

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Originally from Cameroon, Eric will be bringing soulful, sometimes mournful words of humanity and reality without borders. Engaging and genrous of spirit, and another birthday boy at this Megaverse! MANY HAPPY RETURNS, ERIC!!!

Ceri Sian

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Laid back, almost sighed delivery of her words creates something of a contrast between Ceri’s manner and the aching soulfulness underpinning her words that often come from the cold hard perspective borne of asking questions of the self, the world and the people she has encountered and not necessarily finding nice answers

Johnny Giles

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Johnny’s debut collection Chalk Outlines was published in 2014 and was at that time something of a culmination of a combination of hard times and an intense devotion to poetry, that by as many writers as he could read and his own feverishly broad palette of the surreal and the intensely personal and experiments with form that feed into a love of words, whether poetic or journalistic. Get ready, get set, go, Johnny go, go, go!

Farah Alibhai

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Relatively new  to the notion of expressing and exposing the self behind the microphone, Farah stormed it at the most recent previous  MEGAVERSE (during Cardiff HUB Festival 2015) and now she is back for more. In the pic above she is mid-performance at a Cardiff Scratch Platform, where many have taken their artistic efforts for public display, and where Farah combined film making with a silent performance that interacted with her film. What is Scratch Platform? Google is your friend 😉

Fran Smith

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Self styled Philosophical Body Poet Fran Smith is on a mission to create positivity wherever she can, through her work as a physical therapist and poet. The mind and body connection and how it either makes or breaks us is at the heart of her work, her words and her whole being. Find some of her words in Healing Poems For Positive Love HERE

Patrick Widdess

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In this pic, Poet and Podcast Producer and Presenter Patrick is reading from his collection Feeding The Spacemen Surreal, quirky, commandingly strange at times in performance, for your enjoyment…and if you’re in a poetry and music podcast mood,  check out his HEADSTAND RADIO series interviews with other poets and performers, some of whom are featured in this blog…

Julie Pritchard

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Known as ‘The Walking Poet’ Julie feels a keen sense of connection between herself and the world about her as she hikes picturesque paths away from the maddening bustle of modern living. Assertively anti-war and pro nature, her poems arise out of her soul before your very eyes! Find some of her words in Butterfly Kisses and a Bee Sting Mind HERE and in a newly published Anthology from her Open Mic regular event at the Capel Hotel HERE

Des Mannay

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Hooligan Poet Des Mannay is unashamedly left leaning and often loudly political in his shaking of a fist at the injustices of the world faced by the poor and the vulnerable. VIA THIS LINK you can download for free the Disability Arts Cymru Poetry Competition Book where two pieces by Des reside

Steven Kenward…mysterious and softly spoken man of fine words and few photographs…

Mark Montinaro

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Travelling all the way from Laugharne for MEGAVERSE at OXFAM TAKEOVER 2015, Mark Montinaro brings with him a long history of performing for audiences enraptured by his sheer force of personality and theatricality allied with sense of Dylanesque History inescapable in the place he lives, and celebrated often by Mark in in performance.

Paula Hughes
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With a smile never far from her lips and camera never far from her hands, Paula loves to document performers doing their thing and will also be gracing the event with her own voice. Whatever else she brings to proceedings, hopefully she will do the delightful poem she wrote as a very young Gary Numan fan!

Terri Hoskings

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With a style that is intense, unflinching, yet with a disarming air of vulnerability, Terri’s words into the darker mirrors of life without blinking. That said, there is a devilishly playful wink in her approach to her life, and her word and photographic art, supported by a desire to explore the extremes. Mistake a slight tremble in her exploration of vulnerability at your own risk.

Bernard Pearson

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With a commanding presence as a performance poet, Bernard Pearson  is also a published poet and prize winning short story writer.  Since November 2013 he has made many appearances at Ye  Olde Murenger House, Newport to raise funds for the development of the old Stow Hill Library building for use by the community. The Murenger events are ongoing, since the continuation of the library requires continuation of the support of people like like Bernard and anyone else willing to help out, including people willing and able to take part in, or at least attend the Murenger open mic evenings. Steaming Light, a biography written by Bernard with the subject of the book, Commander John C Pearson OBE, can be found HERE

Fritz O’Skennick

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With wide ranging creative impulses, Fritz is a powerhouse of the written word and spoken and iPad filmmaking. Delightfully (and delightedly outrageous at times, he often uses a comically exaggerated Welsh accent to complete the character of his sillier verse. That said, his output is often far from silly and much of it is in book form, HERE

Bel Blue

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When Bel Blue is delivering her her soul searchingly spiritual spoken words, she will literally taking a break from the slow burn process of recording an e.p of songs exploring a sense of place in various Welsh locations. Recording at home on the day of Oxjam Takeover, the reading will be a breath of fresh air for her, and for you! Find out more about Bel and hear some of her songs HERE

Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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With words as deep as his smile is wide, Mario will please and maybe sometimes perplex with his unique poetic perspective. Along with many other poets from all over the world, Mario had a poem, Port of Entry featured in Kaleidoscope

John Eliot

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Also featured in Kaleidoscope, John Eliot is the author of ‘Ssh and this is a quote from one satifsied buyer’s review: ‘”John Eliot’s ‘Ssh resembles an exquisite box of rich, elegant and dainty chocolates. The box of poems canvas a rich assortment of styles and themes that one can dip into at will and leisure, yet not abuse. The assortment also covers many themes, love, lost love, nostalgia, religion, death interspersed now and then with interesting sketches that lends a wispy, ethereal mystery to Eliot’s art.”

Hope you like the sound of that!

Clive Oseman

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You have come a long way if you are still honouring this blog with your attention but you won’t have come as far as Swindon resident Clive, who has, from slightly nervous beginnings, been sharpening up his spoken word act at open mics, slams, etc as far and as wide as he can possibly travel. Why? For YOU. For YOUR ears, for YOUR appreciation, which will no doubt be forthcoming! Oh, come on, be good, he lives in Swindon…he has to go back there!

Disclaimer, this blog has no particular opinion of Swindon and any pejorative implications about Swindon in the above are based entirely on comments from people who live there 😉

Last, but absolutely, definitively, not least, please meet…

Neil Davies

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Quick of wit, and even quicker of voice, Neil Davies would be the very first to say something like while he lives with Parkinson’s Disease, he does his very best to shake it off…He will write you a poem on any subject to you care to name, and he has a veritable mountain of comical verse to deliver to you at MEGAVERSE for OXJAM TAKEOVER 2015.

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RHYME AND TREASON

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For a variety of spoken and sung, serious and comic words, come to RHYME AND TREASON, Thursday, September 24, 8pm, Andrew Buchan Bar, Roath, Cardiff

Featuring…Dave Daggers…Christina Thatcher…me (poetry/spoken word) Karen Sherrard (professional humour maker and character comedian) Mark Blayney (word wrangler of extraordinary skill in aiming for the heart and the funny bone)

PLUS SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST…BEL BLUE

I may, or may not, include this slight antidote to my sillier stuff such as Do Not Go Gentle Into That Dark Knight.

A song. To be sung without accompaniment. Very Depeche Mode-esque, in tone and tune, but words and tune by me…

THE BITTEREST PILL
Now, I am only human
And I’m not infallible
And the race to save face from disgrace
Causes most of our trouble
Denial’s wall will be torn down
Reduced to rubble
Ego helps you out at first
Then bursts your bubble

LMSSTART

Chorus
The bitterest pill, the bitterest pill
Forms on the inside
The bitterest pill, the bitterest will
Never swallow their pride
The bitterest pill, the bitterest pill
The bitterest pill…

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Lies, evasions, excuses
To cover our mistakes
Only ends up making things worse
For the Human Race
The mirror will frown back at you
If you avert your gaze
But you’ll have to look yourself
Right in the eye one of these days

REPEAT CHORUS

Now, I am only human
And I’m not infallible
And the race to save face from disgrace
Causes most of our trouble
Denial’s wall will be torn down
Reduced to rubble
Ego helps you out at first
Then bursts your bubble

REPEAT CHORUS

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MY WEBSITE

Busy, Busy, Busy! Readings, Recordings and Rhymes (Cardiff, Bristol and Swansea)

An Evening of Spoken Indulgence at the Hydra Bookshop, Bristol,click here 

 

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and for more pics of the night click here featuring among others

Bridget Tanner, Julie Pritchard and Bel Blue, of the regular Rhyme and Real Ale Event in Cardiff (Click 4 details of next RARA, June 9th)

Next one at The Hydra, click here

I will be one of many reciters featuring on this podcast, click here

I will be one of many people performing in a shop window in Swansea next week, to see more, click

And will be reciting at this, the last ever poetry night at Tommy’s Bar before money grabbing development plans consign one of my favourite haunts to history, to see more, click

Busy, busy, busy!

 

 

 

 

 

Tooting my own horn: READING TONIGHT and Dojo video Facebook event

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At the Andrew Buchan Bar in Roath, Cardiff…From 7pm, Julie Pritchard presents a night of Winter Themed story and verse for her latest Rhyme and Real Ale event. Real Ale not compulsory…

I will be doing much of what I did at the Bridgend Arts’ Christmas Festival (see blog with megaphone photo below) plus writing a new piece today to read. I like the idea that came to me that a snowflake is ‘Snowman DNA’ so I will try to get that in there somewhere.

The facebook event for the Dojo Christmas video, please join and share 🙂   https://www.facebook.com/events/189270264610343/

 

 

A Very Morrissey Christmas

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As part of my performance at the Bridgend Arts Christmas Festival (see previous blog for Link) I will be parodying the voice and attitude of this gentleman via the following words…

Oh…Santa Claus! Take your claws out of me,,,I hate you and I don’t eat meat…you’re too Christmassy for Morrissey,,,Oh, oh oh oh, sometimes when I sing I say oh oh oh …other times you’ll hear me say no no no, oh, ho ho ho…Oh…Saint Nicholas, the red suit makes you look ridiculous, but don’t take it off or you might end up knickerless, which no one wants to see, Oh…Santa Claus! Take your claws out of me,,,I hate you and I don’t eat meat…I hate you and I don’t eat meat…I hate you…Ho ho ho Santa Claus!

Evil Cupid (extract) and full measure of Booze related lines

The opening words of my long form poem Cupid’s Evil Twin…

Cupid’s Evil Twin

Fires poison tipped arrows

Into the hearts

Of the lonely

On every cold night

Whispers to the lonely that

There must be something wrong with you

‘Cause everybody else has got

Somebody to hold tonight…

One I sing (a capella) to the tune of Puttin’ on the Ritz:

Going on the Piss

The Weekend, what do you do
From choices, open to you
You select this…

Going on the piss

You may feel more confidence
Even if, you talk nonsense
Because of this…

Going on the piss

Drink until you stupefy or slumber
Or get knocked down get up again

Like Chumba…Wumba

Wandering from bar to bar
Feeling like a mega star
No boos or hiss…

You’re a little pissed

Another glass or maybe two
Someone’s an ass, it’s never you
We all insist…

When we’re feeling pissed

Drink until you feel the sleep of reason
Kill the line between obnoxiousness and teasing

Eyes on stalks, pop from your head
Did you see the one in red?
Lips made to kiss…

But don’t forget you’re pissed

You saunter over with a grin
Bit too wide, unsettling
Ignorance is bliss…

“Romantically” pissed

Looking at breasts, think you’re being subtle
But there’s no argument, defence, rebuttal, butt-hole

She knows that you scoped her jugs
Don’t assume, women are mugs,
When it comes to this…

They know they have tits

She looks you, right up and down
That’s not a pout, that is a frown
Awkward moment this…

Going on the piss

Still, drunkenly, you hope she’ll want to blow you
Truth is that she doesn’t want to know you,

Go you

Stagger home, get a kebab
try your best, not to get stabbed
Or a glasgow kiss…

Going on the piss…