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RHYME AND REAL ALE…OPEN MIC…SPOKEN WORD…FREE EVENT…HOSTED BY WILL FORD…08/02/2016

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RHYME AND REAL ALE returns to the Mackintosh Sports Club, next Monday (Feb 8th, 2016) where you can be sure you will be experiencing a dazzling array of approaches to the spoken word art form, from 7.30pm, hosted this time by Will Ford (me)

WANT TO WATCH AND LISTEN? You can, and it’s FREE!

WANT TO TAKE PART? You can, and it’s FREE! Simply sign up for a five minute slot and whether you’re an old hand or a new voice, whether you’ve done this for years or you have never shared your words with any audience, COME ALONG and be warmly welcomed!

Below you will find many pics from previous RARA Nights where there has been poetry, rap, song, comedy, and short stories, basically, if it can be produced by the human larynx and lasts around five minutes, it will find a warm welcome at RARA, at The Mackintosh

Thanks to Paula Hughes, who took the majority of the pics below, and hey, you! Come to RARA! Come one, come all! COME!!!

 

 

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

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

OpenMic

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

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Bridget Leggy Tanner

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Dave Daggers

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Patrick Widdess

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John Brookes 

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Mark Curtis

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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Bel Blue

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Kat (aka Kathryn Davies)

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Mark Blayney

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Des Mannay

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Ellie Powell

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Francesca Murphy

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Bryan Marshall

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Laz Lazarus

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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!

R.A.R.A….SECOND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH…FREE OPEN MIC AT THE MACKINTOSH SPORTS CLUB…SEE YOU NEXT MONTH.

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HEY, JUKE…19/01/2016…Spoken word night with some tributes to The Thin White Duke

“It was a reasonable request

From Renn, who’s flamboyantly dressed

Bring a tribute to David B

For this evening at J, U, K E…”

With this affectionate (and slightly cheesy) reworking of the opening of Life On Mars I began my slot during the open mic at…

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Will say more about my own Bowie tribute  after the following…

JUKE is a free monthly open mic spoken word event organised and hosted by Renn…

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Via JUKE (held at The Little Man Coffee C0, third Tuesday every month), Renn aims to provide a showcase for spoken word performance and poetry that explores, stretches and even sometimes breaks the boundaries and delivers the unexpected to the impressive audience numbers JUKE attracts…

Much of the evening is open mic but there are always feature performers and this month they were…

Gemma June Howell, author of ROCK LIFE

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and

Beatbox Hann

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Gemma’s reading, mostly from Rock Life, played with, argued with and embraced the stereotypical images often portrayed of people from the valleys, filling her words with the realities of life as lived by people who are more often than not mocked for merely existing and being poor. As a council estate born kid who ended being taken into care along with my sisters, I certainly appreciated the humour and fire of poems demanding people consider that there might possibly be more to people from whatever their circumstances are than meets the headlines of our national press

Beatbox Hann, as his name suggests, produced simultaneous sounds from what seemed to be his entire body  assembling grimy heavy beats element by element until there was so much going on at once that the audience reaction can only be summed up as ‘Holy Shit!’

Not only did features set up the mood for the open mic sections, they also returned at the end to combine their talents, with Hann providing the backing for some soulful singing from Gemma…

Gemma and Hann created the frame for the evening and now it is time to fill in the rest of the picture…firstly, given the Bowie tribute theme of the evening, special mention must go to…Fran Smith

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A lifelong fan of Bowie, Fran turned up having gone ‘The Full Ziggy’ make-up wise and backed up her costume, as did Renn when she opened the night, with poetry constructed from references to classic Bowie hits. Renn and Fran, each of them a Star, Man 🙂

And now, with pictures from Fran and me, an overview of the evening…

Memorable in some ways you had to be there to truly appreciate, Renn’s January  JUKE welcomed a head spinning variety of approaches to the written and spoken word from the warm, to the icy, the intellectual, to the surreal, moments of edginess, hilarity and drama in the verbal selection box that is JUKE. Many thanks to Renn and the venue for what has become a very popular night out!

JUKE will be back in February at The Little Man Coffee Co…

ADDENDUM: My own Bowie Tribute…

Being not the flamboyant type generally, I pushed the boat out according to the parameters of my rather self-conscious personality and deliberately, recklessly wore…

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Odd Socks…

Having got a (small) laugh from the audience out of that, in response to the death of Bowie I mused on mortality with Post Mortem Blues and put out hope that people don’t merely aspire to be like their icon of choice, but work to complete the picture of themselves, for themselves, with All Stars Will One Day Die

Then, at severe risk to my dignity, I attempted theatricality,  asking the audience to pretend I was capable of communing with the departed Thin White Duke  and through me he would sing my attempted Bowie style tribute to…

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Odd Socks

No pair

Mismatched

Together…

Beneath a

Suit so sharp

That it severs…

Persona, conceal you

Peel back surface, reveal you

You got no one, you got no one

You got no one but each other…

Odd socks, odd socks,

We’re all

Odd socks, odd socks…

We got no one, We got no one

We got no one but each other…

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New Year…New JUKE…Bye Bowie…

 

FREE OPEN MIC EVENT, 3rd TUESDAY EVERY MONTH AT LITTLE MAN COFFEE CO. CARDIFF…NEXT JUKE WILL BE ON TUES JAN 19th 2016, for details see HERE

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JUKE is a free open mic spoken word event organised and hosted by this person, whose name is Renn…12362862_10153864102681095_7861383272887287800_oRenn’s JUKE event wants to push the boundaries of spoken word performance and all kinds of verbal shenanigans will be found there, from guest performers and the open mic section. Come along, look, listen, put your name down if you have five minutes of stuff to share or want to try out your stuff and your style on living and breathing audience members! COME ALONG, IT’S FREE AND THE NIGHT IS SURE TO BE A BLAST!!!

The recent loss to the world of David Bowie has led Renn to suggest participants may if they wish pay tribute in whatever fashion  suits them, in word or clothing choices. I plan to have a go at that, and when I opened the evening last time for the Christmas JUKE, my slot included my face looking like this…12356974_10153864102651095_5239389099271487519_o

I’ll be making more faces Tuesday nght, and below you will find lots of other faces in photos from the night of the Christmas JUKE , like all of these in this blog, provided by poet and singer Paula Hughes…

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So roll up, roll in and join JUKE, to listen, to take part or both!! FUN WILL BE HAD SO BE GOOD TO YOURSELF AND COME TO JUKE!

 

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DEAF AS A HOST…MEGAVERSE@THE FULL MOON JAN.03.16

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The first MEGAVERSE of 2016 took place in The Full Moon (Womanby Sreet, Cardiff), as part of the 2016 FREE FOR ALL festival. All photos by Paula Hughes. Sketches by Pauline Williams

The seventh of these  poetry/spoken word events  I have organised, hosted and performed at presented a slightly uncomfortable challenge…a seasonal Christmas bout of cold/flu/lurgy/ear infections had left me more than slightly deaf…meaning I might HAVE had some trouble MODULATING the tone of my VOICE!!!

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Despite my difficulties, the evening proved to be a great mix of the heartfelt, the honest, the entertaining and the just plain daft as the performers each brought their own unique way with words to the stage, and after a silly rap parody opening from me came…

Julie Pritchard

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Preferring to perform without the  microphone, ‘The Walking Poet’ offered up her soul in word form, her poems taking in the nature she observes joyfully and the world wide conflicts that break her heart.  A published poet with a new collection due in 2016, Julie also runs a regular open mic event, and started the R.A.R.A open mic night that meets on the second Monday each month at the Mackintosh Sports Club Bar in Cardiff. Next to the stage came…

Sheila Hart

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Playful at times, with a degree of venom lurking beneath the the surface, Sheila held the attention of the room effortlessly. Next, with a mix of the bawdy and the personal came…

Fritz O’Skennick

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Equally at home covering the questions within the mind in turmoil and playfully rhyming his way through cheeky takes on the masculine life experience gone wrong,  Fritz was a welcome voice on a rainy night night.

This summary of the evening  will continue after these sketches of several performers made during the event by Pauline Williams, featuring Sheila Hart, Fritz O’Skennick, Paula Hughes, Gordon Anderson and Clive Oseman…12512031_10154624111563975_1705991520_n12540380_10154624102613975_679445978_nFritz O’Skennick was followed by a very different kind of performance from…

Paula Hughes

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As a very young Gary Numan fan, Paula wrote a poem about her hero, hoping to get it published by his fan club magazine. Young Paula was left sadly disappointed, but today her youthful words about Gary, his hair and music provide a time machine in words revealing how funny and sweet what we do and say can be looked back on years later! And with a powerful voice she followed up on exploring youthful passions with a more current driving strong desire to see a dream of hers come to  be…The Green Mile has no official Musical adaptation thus far, but Paula has  embarked upon creating one!

Following Paula, came…

Gordon Anderson

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Normally more cheerful looking than this snap suggests, Gordon was playing a character at the time…Slightly morally askew character monologues are a feature of Gordon’s performance pieces and those of us with memories of  of the adverts featuring Barry Scott for Cillit BANG chuckled along to a  twisted surrreal(ish) reimagining of the screen persona fronting the ads in question…Next,  Straight Outta Swindon came…

Clive Oseman

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At times, Clive feels compelled by the reaction to certain of his pieces to point out they reflect neither his real life history nor his personal desires and there are, in fact, acts of creative writing involved…irony and imagination may in short supply in some people but definitely  no such drought in Clive’s lines…next, with observational humour and and also occasionally revealing the contents of her life and heart, came…

Bridget Leggy Tanner

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The behaviour at office parties, contraceptives discarded in car parks, the proximity of rugby players faces to each other’s bums in scrums and honest reflections on some of the aspects of her life she would rather have done without are likely to be encountered upon listening to BLT perform…next came…

Patrick Widdess

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Poet and Podcater, Patrick weaves a little surrealism into his world of words, where  nightmarish encounter with a giant moth might be matched up with a tale of purchasing excuses or with passionate plea that people not read their poems off their bloody phone. Check out his warm and insightful interviews with fellow poets on Headstand

Then, not doing headstands, but waving his arms at me to call me to join him at the mic when my rather deaf ears missed the verbal invitation, came…

Dave Daggers

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A lover of life with a heart of gold, Dave had decided my stage costume, an Ace of Spades T-shirt needed replacing, so he handed me a card he had got poets to sign during the night to thank me for organising Megaverse events and a new Ace of Spades T-shirt.  Then he performed Ace Of Spades, accompanying himself on electric ukulele with a built in drum machine…would Lemmy have been honoured or horrified? Who can tell? With typically enthusiastic abandon Mr Daggers threw himself around the stage during a tribute performance that was as truly unique as his approach to the poetry he also lobbed in the general direction of the audience! Then came…

Renn  

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Those who have heard Renn perform never know if she will bring her joyfully outrageous side or her more calm and considered elements to her performance and keeping people on their toes seems to be a definite aim from this performance artist who recently incepted JUKE, a monthly free open mic night she hosts, welcoming all kinds of spoken word performance. Click here to find out about the next JUKE (the first since the death of David Bowie, so expect tributes, including one from me). After Renn at Megaverse came…

Gareth Davies

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Often aiming for the funny bone with brief pieces, Gareth didn’t disappoint the audience at Megaverse, so I will have to trust the reception he got as a big thumbs up, since my pesky ears were failing me again…thanks for putting yourself forward to perform on the night, and hear you better soon!

After Gareth, I called to the stage…

 Francesca Murphy

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Warm, inventive, friendly and as likely to sing as recite or read, Francesca once again delivered the goods with her presence and enjoyment of what she does adding extra levels to already polished performance skills! And when she was done, along came…

Fran Smith

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Fran, Philosphical Body Poet, delivers words that reflect her work and her attitude to life, seeking to promote physical and psychic healing through promotion of postivity and compassion in her writing and therapeutically with her practice of kinesiology, aiming to  treat the mind and the body and explore the effect of one on the other…the mad rush and novelty addiction of the modern world have a lot to answer for, according to Fran’s words!

And Fran’s words would have been the final ones from the poets and performers I was introducing, had it not been for…

Jacque Croupier

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Jacque was an unexpected and very welcome addition to the list of performers at the Megaverse at the Full Moon, stepping up from serving drinks behind the bar to deliver lines behind the mic. Influenced by hip hop, he is no stranger to performing his work and introducing that of others in his non bar work life via Left Suit Events who will be putting on a benefit gig in memory of David Bowie (SOLD OUT, I’m afraid, I didn’t get a ticket in time, either).

The words of Ssh author John Eliot also featured in Megaverse 7, though he became unable to  make the event in person so I read out two pieces on his behalf, Autumn and Divorce…

I wrapped up proceedings with The Booty Song and the seventh Megaverse was done, just want to thank everyone who agreed in advance to perform, and Gareth and Jacque for joining the event on the night. Info on Megaverse and pics from previous events can be found here

And look, a mosaic montage of the night….thanks again for the pictures, Paula Hughes, and if you look at them, you’ll be able to spot Pauline Williams, Sketchbook in hand!

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MEGAVERSE NO.6 AT OXJAM TAKEOVER FESTIVAL, WOMANBY STREET 29/11/15

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With many thanks to Danusia Kuczys, Martine Whelan, Oxjam and all Oxjam volunteers and performers who made the event possible…

November 29th 2015…a bleak and stormy day in Cardiff for the OXJAM TAKEOVER Festival but hardy and brave souls fought the elements and made it to Womanby street, for music, burlesque and MEGAVERSE…Thanks to Paula Hughes (and where indicated, Bridget Leggy Tanner) for the pics below…

Thanks to all who came to perform and listen, and to Julie Pritchard, Lisa Megraw and Gemma June Howell who couldn’t be there in person but had their work shared with the audience.

CLICK HERE for further info on MEGAVERSE…

CLICK HERE  for further details on many of the poets featured in these pics of the two sessions of MEGAVERSE NO.6

MEGAVERSE NO.6 at URBAN TAP HOUSE 3pm-5pm(ish)

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Introductions, verse, song and cheer leading and shaking of the charity bucket from the MEGAVERSE organiser, and host Will Ford…

The poets….up first…

John Eliot…

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The Back and Front of Neil Davies…check out the T-shirt…

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Terri Hoskings…

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo…

Bernard Pearson…

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Johnny Giles…

Bel Blue…

Clive Oseman…

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Christina Thatcher…

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Fritz O’Skennick…pic by BLT

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Steven Kenward…Pic by BLT

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Des Mannay…Pic by BLT

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Mark Montinaro…Pic by BLT

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MEGAVERSE NO.6 at URBAN TAP HOUSE PART TWO 7pm-9pm(ish)

Part two kicked off with…

Mark Curtis…

Bridget Leggy Tanner…

Bryan Marshall…

Fran Smith…

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Patrick Widdess…

Will Ford Reading The Words of Lisa Megraw and Julie Pritchard…

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Farah Allibhai…

Paula Hughes…

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Dave Daggers…

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Ceri Sian…

Beth…

Laz Lazarus, reading on behalf of Gemma June Howell, before launching into his own box of tricks…

 

Thank you Lisa Megraw, Julie Pritchard And Gemma June Hall, who couldn’t make it in person but had their words shared in absentia!

Thanks again Paula Hughes and Bridget Leggy Tanner for the photos, Mostly by Paula above, more from BLT below…

Thanks everyone for your efforts to make it the best day it could possibly be for us all xx

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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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PRINT THIS OUT, GET IN FOR A FIVER!!!!!

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

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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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ROATH WRITERS ANTHOLOGY LAUNCH AT R.A.R.A!!!

Once again Rhyme and Real Ale Returned to the Mackintosh Sports Club to fill the air with poetic syllables of spoken word and song. As usual, the eclectic nature of the performances and words brought the funny, the sad, the moving, the thoughtful, the daring and the delightful but it was an extra special night because of…this….

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Three years ago Christina Thatcher formed Roath Writers to offer a creative and contemplative space for writers of all levels of experience to meet and inspire each other. Many R.A.R.A regulars have been sparked in new creative directions by Roath Writers and some even feature in the third anniversary anthology, To the Pub and Back Again, edited by Christina (supported in this process by Rebecca Roy and Renn Hubbuck). Cover image by the multi-skilled performer and artist Simon L. Read.

The September R.A.R.A ended up being both what it always is (a night where anybody can share their words with a welcoming audience) and a night to celebrate creativity itself! In book form!

Thanks to the photographic skills of Paula Hughes, here is a pictorial record of the night!

Co-hosting with Christina Thatcher, Dave Daggers gets the ball rolling and the smiles smiling

The effervescent co-host Dave Daggers setting the ball (and smiles) rolling as the humble as ever Christina Thatcher looks on…

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Author of Ssh! John Eliot, immune to the common fear of being first up, being first up!

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Seemingly slightly overwhelmed by the goodwill in the room, Christina thanks everybody for coming, both those in the anthology and those not, who have come to share their words, before she and Daggers share the duties of introducing…

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The ever growing confidence behind the mic of Vincent Thomas, delivering his contributions to To The Pub and Back Again…

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Angela Lester, offering a striking extract from a short story…

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Bryan Marshall, always softly spoken but keen observations and biting words…

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Bridget Leggy Tanner, ever alive to the fun to be found in rhyme…

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Sean Wolfendale, unfazed by being photographed from both sides at once, giving the night a piece of his mind from the anthology…

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Jill Berrett, genteel strength in her words so often needed in her life…Not reading directly from the book being launched, but most definitely to be found between its pages…

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During the first break, punters and poets shoot the breeze. Luckily it doesn’t shoot back…

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Christina Thatcher and Simon L. Read plot world domination, cpatured by Paula Hughes (they may not have been plotting world domination, it may have been just a nice chat, but who can tell from a photograph, eh?)

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After the break, the night resumes with a lovely new song from The Talented Bel Blue, always a ray of heartfelt sunshine at R.A.R.A

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Mark Curtis, once again going places both deeply personal and highly playful…

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Fran Murphy, who despite feeling some nerves at the start of the night burst forth with a flawlessly delivered acapella version of one of her songs included in the anthology. She is not new to the mic by any means but was very pleased to declare herself no longer a R.A.R.A virgin!

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David Hanlon, adding his presence and performance to an already pretty pleasing promenade of penmanship put before the public…

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Not only new to R.A.R.A but also to Cardiff, via Manchester, Jaquee Rob recited and sang powerfully during her slot, making a great impression on the evening…

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Christian Searle, returning once again to R.A.R.A with playful wit and intellectual gymnastics for the Mackintosh Bar clientele…

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Poet and podcaster Patrick Widdess warmly serving up his contribution to the anthology being launched. If you have the chance, Google Headstand Radio to find his series of poetry and music themed podcasts…
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Simon L. Read, anthology cover artist, slightly more serious than usual in his performance with his word based contribution to To the Pub and Back Again…a unique and unusual collection of talents in the head above those shoulders…

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Post second break, Dave Daggers was another being slightly more serious than normal in performance, delivering a poetic plea for a future in which the refugee crisis (currently so spoken of, often unkindly) will be history…

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Will Ford (me) opting not to read Slushy The Snowman from the anthology (too long, too Christmassy) and instead introducing T.O.B.E.V.O.L (Technology Offering Bliss, Every Viable Option Loaded) and being very pleased with how it went down…

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Johnny Giles, a heart on the sleeve of poetry, prolific and powerful…

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Gordon Anderson, taking a moment to promote a National Poetry Day event he is organising at Cardiff Central Library…

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Before sharing words including a sad and haunting piece quite unlike what might be expected if you only happened to know Gordon’s writing from overtly humorous pieces like BananaGuard

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The legend that is Mab Jones, teasing her way around, then taking a firm grip on the hard topic of her poem…

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The more photogenic than he seems to believe Steven Kenward slightly (but unjustifiably) bashfully shares his To The Pub and Back Again words…

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Frank Thomas, finishing off the readings with a sigh of a poem, slightly lamenting the lapsing of youthful dreams of bigger things in life but certainly not lamenting the finding of love and contentment that for so many, is the biggest dream of all…