SPOKEN WORD POETS AT KAYA FESTIVAL 2015 (MARGAM PARK 7-9 August) And a Busy Week Ahead!!!

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Glyn Roberts, Jacks Lyndon, Fran Smith and me! Hours to go before the gig on the Manor Stage inside that little building behind us…Margam Castle, a hell of a venue.

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Jacks Lyndon, serving up humorous, self deprecating poetry about body parts!

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Glyn Roberts, the only Manc in the village of Ystalyfera…wry, dry, humorous observations and musings

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Fran Smith, Philosophical Body Poet, bringing positivity and humanity, exploring the stuff of existence, taking in all levels, from the molecular to the cosmic. Why absorb the negative when you can choose where you place your focus?

MCing, impressions of a tiger and a Wookie, 100% committed, 73.831776% Bullshit (the latter is one of my titles, not a bad review!)

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Many thanks KAYA, a really diverse festival with sounds and dance and words from around the world! Big ups to Mab Jones for doing the hard work of getting us on the bill, and then sadly not being able to be there on the stage due to unforeseen schedule clash 😦

And thank you Debi Jones-Beere, KAYA Artist Liasion Manager for all your hard work and keeping us well up to speed with everything we needed to know. Was nice to meet you, be cool to work with you again!

Before summarising a busy week to come here are some more pics from KAYA…

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A BUSY WEEK…

Tonight at The Mackintosh (10/08/15) I will be your host for the free monthly open mic in Cardiff at the Mackintosh Sports Club, RHYME AND REAL ALE where you can come, listen to words said, rapped, sung, and if you have something to share, sign up for free for a five minute slot! Regular faces will be welcomed back, new voices always find receptive ears, come one, come all! 

Last Mic Standing semi final

Last Mic Standing semi final…got through and the final is coming soon, Friday August 14th 2015, featuring performances from previous winners, including the very funny character comedienne…Karen Sherrard!

Final showdown for me and three others at LAST MIC STANDING  on Friday, but Wednesday August 12 will be WHAT YA GOT, a twice a month open mic night at Ten Feet Tall in Cardiff, where I will be giving my LMS set a practice run and will upload footage of that 🙂

If that wasn’t enough, under my ‘event banner’ Megaverse I will be hosting OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER PRESENTS MEGAVERSE at Milgi in Cardiff from 3-8pm, featuring a diverse variety of spoken word styles and music!

Maybe see you somewhere soon 🙂

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Pics from the open mic at Ye Olde Murenger, Newport 20/05/15

Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 saw the latest of the regular spoken word poetry nights held as fundraisers  by CWTSH to help run the former Stow Hill Library in Newport.

Hosted by the warm and welcoming ALAN RODERICK

Who delivered his own poetry with self deprecating charm during a night featuring

LEON CHARLES

CHRISTINA THATCHER

also featuring OTHER POETS

Some  shots of Leon and Christina follow, then pics of OTHER POETS

OTHER POETS!

Apologies to the OTHER POETS, who I have referred to as such (including myself) because there are a a couple of names I am not sure of, and I thought it would be fairer to call us all OTHER POETS than to leave anybody feeling left out by not being namechecked. It isn’t a nice feeling when someone doesn’t remember your name, and I certainly don’t expect everyone to remember mine every time I read (I’d have been disappointed quite often if I’d expected otherwise, actually). No harm or offence is meant here and I hope you all take it in good spirits 🙂

Suffice to say, the night at Ye Olde Murenger brought a wide ranging mix of words, from the irreverent, to the sung, to the angry, to the sad, to the heartfelt, and the heartbreaking, and I have no doubt the same will be true next time, when the event will be featuring

Susan Richardson

and OTHER POETS 😉

Will make sure I get all the names next time.

And that’s all, folks!

OPEN MIC IN NEWPORT TONIGHT and AM DOING SPOKEN WORD AT THE OPENING OF STUDIO FINCHI

Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015. Starts 7.30 p.m. With LEON CHARLES, CHRISTINA THATCHER. £5-00 admission on the door (£3-00 concessions). Fundraiser by CWTSH to help run the former Stow Hill Library. Come along and enjoy some great words in a relaxed atmosphere.

COMING SOON

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HEARTSPOKEN (two) POETRY, SONG, OPEN MIC, CARDIFF, FEB 15th 2015

At this Valen-Time, how deep, or cheap, is your love?

The day after Valentine’s Day why not come and hear words from the heart and if you have some to share, bring yours! I will be joining in with the open mic, and there are featured artists of the poetic and musical kind at HEARTSPOKEN (two) the second of these nights organised by the engagingly wicked MAB JONES

15/02/15 The Kuku Club, Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff, 7.30pm-10.30pm

CLICK HERE for more details.

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TOTALLY NAKED (self promotion)

My Story Poems, which are available where you see me read or if you contact me to arrange to buy them…words and covers by the author…

Cupid’s Evil Twin is as his name suggests the very opposite of his brother. He wants to break your heart. In this story poem lonely Mary and Johnny are both subjected to the Evil Twin’s mockery and scorn under the light of the moon…

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An unnamed deserter, sentenced to death during the First World War, attempts to sum up his life and his story in one night via a poem. As he watches a candle burn down, signifying the time he has left to live, everything he has ever believed in starts to melt away too.

Will be available for Kindle soon(ish)

HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist)

On one foggy night in Dickensian London, the lives of a time traveller, a drunken police officer, a mouse, a rat, a cat, a dog a raven and a baying mob comically intersect with each other. The dark shadow of Jack the Ripper looms over the tale as large as he looms over his latest victim…Human Beings(Dickensian Twist) will be available for Kindle soon(ish)

Back cover of Cupid’s Evil Twin: