LOOKING BACK AT MEGAVERSE @ HUB Festival Cardiff 2017

 

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Megaverse organiser/host/performer Will Ford
and Megaverse Feature Poets Susan Evans & Darell Epp

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Many thanks already offered and many more go out now to Darrell and Susan for their awesome sets respectively closing the two Megaverse Sessions on the Saturday and Sunday with awesome deliveries of their unique brands of emotional poetic goodness

Click HERE to find out more about them and the other fantastic performers bringing an multi-layered range of wordy flavours featured in the explosion of pics below and others who somehow managed to not be photographed by Dave Daggers, Rachel Carney, Patrick Widdess, Matt Troy, Susan Evans or Gordon Anderson!

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MORE DETAILS ON THE PERFORMERS HERE!!!
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THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING IT A GREAT TWO DAYS OF SPOKEN WORD AS PART OF THE ANNUAL HUB MUSIC AND OTHER ARTS FESTIVAL

THANK YOU HUB FESTIVAL FOR HAVING MEGAVERSE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW! THANK YOU FOR READING THESE WORDS!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS OF ALL THE PERFORMERS FEATURED ABOVE

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HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2017 featuring MEGAVERSE!

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MEGAVERSE PERFORMERS FOR HUB 2017

SATURDAY FEATURE PERFORMER

Flying in from Canada to MEGAVERSE@HUB 2017…

DARRELL EPP
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Darrell Epp, Straight Outta Canada! Author of two poetry books
After Hours and Imaginary Maps

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SUNDAY FEATURE PERFORMER

Travelling from Brighton to do Megaverse at  HUB 2017…

SUSAN EVANS

 Saboteur-shortlisted Best Spoken Word Performer, Susan Evans is a regular, featured artist on the UK’s performance poetry circuits, from Ronnie Scott’s and the South Bank Centre, to the garden shed. Straddling stage and page, she is also a regular contributor to a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies, in print and online. Themes include: love, lust, loss & living on the edge. You can find out about her here: CLICK!  You can see her on YouTube here: CLICK

And now, in GLORIOUS ALPHABETICAL ORDER… 

OTHER VOICES YOU WILL HEAR DURING THE TWO

MEGAVERSE SESSIONS @ HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2017…

GORDON ANDERSON

Expect Gordon Anderson to set you up gently for mysterious curveballs!

ROSIE BUF

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Rosie will entrance you with her powerfully humane approach to spoken word

RACHEL CARNEY

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Poet/Literary blogger Rachel will whisper gently to your soul, she was Created To Read, which happens to be the name of her blog!

MARK CURTIS

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Mark’s heart is worn unashamedly on his sleeve and written directly onto his page

JULIE CROAD

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Julie’s wordiness takes in sensual vegetables and surreal sheds, so bring a smile!

GARETH DAVIES

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Gareth Davies,  storyteller, sometime poet and jolly good chap!

NEIL DAVIES

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Neil Davies: The fastest mouth in spoken word, can you keep up with his quick wit and delivery?

JOHN ELIOT

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Ssh! is the title of John’s first poetry collection. Ssh!

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ISSAH LOYAAN FARRAH

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Crossing the Welsh/English border for HUB, breakng down barriers with his words!

WILL FORD

Megaverse organiser and host, Will will recite, and probably sing and he really finds it very strange to be referring to himself in the third person in this blog he is writing!

DES MANNAY

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Self Described HOOLIGAN POET seeking what is right, from the Left Wing perspective!

LIZ MARSH

Very soon after beginning to take part in spoken word events, Liz Marsh found a whole new world for her words and her experiences, via verse and poetry that examines fears fearlessly, expound joys joyfully!

BRYAN MARSHALL

Bryan is a powerhouse producer of word arrangements and an awesome writing workshop leader!

SARA MCREADIE

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Recent Winner of a Poetry Slam (organised by the awesome poet and all round inspiration, Christina Thatcher), Sara is very much at home behind a microphone!

FFION WYN MORRIS

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Strong words, strong perspective – Ffion Wyn Morris

RUFUS MUFASA

Singer, Rapper, poet, writing workshop leader, Mum, Rufus is awesome at it all. And accompanied by poet/performer/beatboxer ZARU, she kicks it loud and hardcore!

FRANCESCA MURPHY

Poet, Singer, Reformed Librarian, bringer of joy, Francesca Murphy!!!

CLIVE OSEMAN

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Escaping for Hub from Swindon, where he adds to his range of word related activity by Joint-organising Oh Beehive!

FRITZ O’SKENNICK

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Prolific and wide ranging creative mind, singer, songwriter, film maker Fritz may be controversial or dark, or a total sweetheart…Enjoy’s parodying traditional masculinity, via such work as Pre-Manstrual Tension, which has sometimes had them rolling with laughter, sometimes had them open mouthed with shock (if the intent to parody male insecurity and helplessness via a piece harking back to the less socially enlightened age of Pathe News features is not latched onto, uh-oh!)

 JAMEY PEARCE

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Jamey, as part of Dope Biscuits (with Rufus Mufasa) and by himself,

brings a wordstorm to the party!

ALEX PROCTOR

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Bringing a literary style with bared teeth to much of his writing, Alex Proctor!

FRAN SMITH

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Fran Smith seeks the light, in the heart, body, mind and in life, for what else can deal with the darker and injurious to body/spirit influences in our world?

MATT L.T. SMITH

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Matt will join us to offer his personal and political perspective on the world,
and like Issah Loyaah Farah travelled from Southampton for Megaverse@HUB

MAT TROY

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Mat Troy is a gentleman of letters, and arranges said letters into many

befuddlingly amusing and sometimes alarming arrangements

PATRICK WIDDESS

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Published Poet, Podcaster, Performer and Pleasant Person who may be Feeding The Spacemen (the title of his first full collection). Google Headstand Podcast and check out his kindly conducted interviews with his poetic peers!

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FREE OPEN MIC….R.A.R.A RETURNS MONDAY 11/07/16

The second Monday of the month is here, meaning it’s time for…

JULY R.A.R.A

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Meet Your Hosts for June…

Paula Hughes

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Regularly bringing songs and comic interludes to nights like R.A.R.A, Paula has an enthusiasm that is totally contagious, a smile that is never far away, and a camera that is responsible for the highlights from the June R.A.R.A you will find if you scroll further down…Now, for the other July Host:

Gareth Davies

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A storyteller, performer, maker of mirth and general non-bad egg, Gareth will bring the authority of his previous experience as an English teacher to his host duties, so pay attention…are you listening at the back?

Paula and Gareth will guide us all through another evening of wide ranging styles of verse and performance, some will make you smile, some will make you think, all will make you feel…Free to enter, free to have a five minute slot…

Come and watch and be our audience, come and share your words/songs/comic stylings, by simply adding your name to the list, regulars warmly welcomed back and new voices actively encouraged, many people have read in front of an audience for the first time ever at R.A.R.A and we have seen them bloom from nervous first step makers to confident risk takers over and over again, so July 11th 2016, Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, from 7.30 pm come one, come all, COME!

JUNE R.A.R.A…Hosted by Francesca Murphy and Will Ford…

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FRILL (Fran and Will) brought their individual styles of comic and heartfelt verse and song to the proceedings and  introduced performers with these names…

Dave Daggers…Gordon Anderson…Kat Davies…Bryan Marshall…Rachel Noelle…Patrick Widdess…Elizabeth Jane Williams…Gareth Davies…John Brooks…Liz Farrell…Bridget Leggy Tanner…Charley Rogers…Anna Shaw…Fritz O’Skennick…Ben Meadon…Rachel Carney…Fran Smith…Richie Livingood…Gruff Russell Jones

Thanks to the camera of July co-host Paula Hughes, here are their faces…

R.A.R.A  is brought to you by Dave Daggers (assisted by Will Ford), and is powered by the sun, the moon, the stars, the words of the performers and held together almost entirely by the vast number of friendly insults Dave can throw at Will on stage, in person and via all available electronic and non-electronic media, including during this Headstand Podcast in which Dave is interviewed by Patrick Widdess

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RHYME, TREASON, SINGING, RATHER PLEASING

The evening of Thursday September 24th 2015 at the Andrew Buchan pub, Roath, Cardiff looked a little something like this pic taken by the organiser and host…

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Lots to enjoy at Rhyme and Treason, organised and hosted by Dave Daggers, featuring perfomances by Dave, Will Ford (me!), Christina Thatcher, Special Guest author and comic gentleman Mark Blayney and Special Musical Guest Bel Blue (accompanied by Andy Constable). Sadly, a much anticipated contribution by the brill Karen Sherrard was not to be, due to a pesky back related situation, but keep your eyes open for her, and catch her if you can, because she is a rather funny lady, in all the best ways that could be meant!

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A pictorial record of the Rhyme and Treason, courtesy of the keen eyed camera of Paula Hughes will now begin (ending with ‘a slightly alternative reaction to Rhyme and Treason starring a dog’)

Dave Daggers, serenading the ears and funny bones with French Love Songs and Cannibals On Cannabis

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Dave, Poetry For Dummies on the music stand, shooting out a verse about a trip to the Moon and The Best Poem Ever Written…

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Dave, reflected in the ceiling mirror…

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Having got the night of to a warm and funny start, Mr Daggers introduced Will Ford…

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Offering mostly silly verse, featuring the love-bot T.O.B.E.V.O.L, Batman doing open mic poetry, five little piggies and including a more seriously tinged verse on the subject of depression, Snowflakes From Your Eyes…For the sake of voice protection, the Christian Bale style Bat-Voice was shouty-growled at the audience at the end of the set…

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Will on the ceiling…Two heads are better than one, add both together for the amount of hair he used to have…

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After the first break, Dave called up Christina Thatcher, who as always, brought dignity and authority to her delivery of very personal work about her love for her husband to be, which followed equally personal work about the loss of her father from a collection of poems about that experience and more…

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Ever enthusiastic about one thing above all others in her work and teaching, Christina embodies the idea of the transformative power of writing about experiences and feelings which would otherwise get stored up inside and do nothing but hurt us…

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Spell check just tried to tell me ‘transformative’ is not actually a word. But it is the best non-word to use for the ethos Christina both espouses and practices…And since it has become a motif for this blog: Christina, reflected in the Andrew Buchan ceiling mirror…

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Next up came a very welcome special guest…As well as being a truly gifted comic performer, Mark Blayney is an award-winning author, whose new collection Doppelgangers can be found (and bought if you wish) if you click on this link to his website

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Mark raised the profanity bar comedically high as he addressed the audience as though everyone present was part of the mythical group he was standing before, a gathering of the members of the society for saying the first thing that comes into your head, with Prince Philip as the patron of the unfiltered, unguarded remark (who else could it be? And who will the society find to succeed him, given his age and proximity to the grave?)

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Mark, reflected by the ceiling mirror as he portrayed a character certainly not taking the time to reflect before speaking…

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After the second break, the last act of the evening came in the soulful-folk form of Bel Blue and her percussionist, husband, surfer and creator of BongaBoard, Andy Constable…

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Whether playing solo, with Andy, or additional musicians, Bel’s songs encapsulate both frailty and strength and this thirty minute set certainly had heart…

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It also had a Wild Dog Rose, a River of Dreams and more…

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2016 will see the release of an E.P of songs from Bel Blue…

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And you can find out more about Bel here

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After an emotional set, Dave Daggers demands an encore, and joins in on ukulele for a harder, rockier closing song that revealed the steel under the soul of the music offered by Bel and Andy..

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Cue much applause and warm thanks offered by Dave for all who came to share their work and the audience who came to listen and watch and enjoy…

But…

Not everyone loves poetry, and here is the view of the occasion from our canine correspondent…a silly experiment in caption writing by the bloke behind this blog…Hey, dog, do you like poetry!!!

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Did someone say ‘poetry’?
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Save me from poetry, Mummy

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Poetry…AAAAAAHHH!!!
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Will there be walkies in Heaven? Poetry, you killed me…

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Thank you Paula Hughes for the pics and these smiles from you and Christina!

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Cheers Dave Daggers, for Rhyme And Treason!

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STOP BEING AN ARROGANT DICK!!!

My wordy response to a Facebook Post by the caring/sharing/inspiring Cathy Presland of authorunlimited.com about revealing something of self to create a connection with a reader…Pics are for illustration purposes only 😉

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I despise you, little people

It can be a two way thing, revealing something about yourself and/or audience/reader finding/feeling you reveal/uncover/understand/ something about them. The discovery/sharing of self/experience forms the basis of all human connection.

Holding out a hand so they come to you is you/I/we lowering our defences and showing vulnerability, which requires strength. The risk opens us up to and inspires potential connection on a human level, which others can respond to or shy away from. We can’t connect with everybody but shields must come down if we are to connect with anybody.

Richard Dawkins, giving Atheism a bad name by being as fundamentalist and and stubborn as those he chooses to scorn, mock and seeks to humiliate/browbeat into sharing his world view while showing so little self awareness of this that he proves being clever is not by the self the path to anywhere but trying to destroy that which is different

If we are showing off our cleverness with what we do, people are soon turned off if we don’t connect on some other level.

Unknowingly mostly, if we are basically trying to prove how clever we are and to deny any kind of human frailty we can look like we are trying to prove we are SUPERIOR to other people. And that would be itself revealing something: the lack of personal humility in our arrogant dickness.

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Wot you lookin’ at?

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HEADSTAND RADIO PODCAST! PATRICK WIDDESS INTERVIEWS POET AND BODY THERAPIST FRAN SMITH

HEADSTAND Returns to your podcast listening facilities with another warm conversational feature on poetry, performance and writing practise and inspiration. Join Patrick Widdess and Fran Smith to hear some readings from Fran’s compassionate and healing work that speicifically aims to add to the good feelings in the world, not merely describe the bad

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Fran Smith: Philosophical Body Poet

Fran  is relatively new to the performance poetry scene but has come on in leaps and bounds and can be seen at the KAYA 2015 festival on the Manor Stage this coming Saturday August 8th! The festival will be offering music, literary things, games, food and more from Friday August 7th until The end of Sunday August 9th.

For Fran, her poetry is ‘holistic’ and by that she means it is a part of her general approach to life and her therapeutic work which seeks to heal mind and body by any means available via physical therapy and words that create positive thoughts about life rather than reinforce the negative and the toxic flow of information coming at people from the world at large, and the media in particular!

Before you head off to HEADSTAND to bask in Fran’s warmth, may I be so bold as to link to a previous blog containing links to other podcasts in this series, featuring Costa Prize Winner Jonathan Edwards, the legendary Mab Jones, and more! 

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NAKED SELF PROMOTION:KINDLING THE E-BOOK FLAMES!!! HUMAN BEINGS (DICKENSIAN TWIST)


My third e-book…

HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist)

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It was a dark, dark, night…Dark, dark things were happening…

Like Cupid’s Evil Twin and The Coward, HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist) is a story told in poem form. All three began their lives as performance pieces that became booklets when audiences asked if they were available for sale. All three are now available for Kindle, published by AXIOM and each costs a lot less than the price of of a pint. 

HUMAN BEINGS (Dickensian Twist) tells a story built up from various styles and approaches to poetry and prose…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 to tell her what he thinks of her and the poverty stricken lower class of people she sprung from…

Uncaring attitudes towards the poor that existed back then and still do are explored and the question is asked, are Human Beings ever going to get any better at treating other Human Beings like Human Beings? What are people who are not poor really thinking when they deny the status of Human Being to those less well off than them? Are they the spiritual descendants of Jack The Ripper in their hatred of those they feel are beneath them?

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Down every street and alley, the miasma sought the folk…

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Cupid’s Evil Twin fires poison tipped arrows, into the hearts of the the lonely…

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How long will it take for a bullet to kill me? Will there be time to cry out?

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