Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Nadolig Llawen & Peaceful Christmas

Juliette Llewellyn 23.12.09
Sony Cybershot

ice forms, white cracked snow
my heart thaws pulsating red
imprint of dreams, etched

Juliette Llewellyn 23.12.09

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Bespoken Word

on Radio 4 11pm this Thursday 26th Nov.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00n56sw

I was in the audience for this recording at Cardiff University of Radio 4's performance poetry show. You may hear my laughter somewhere!!

It was followed by an inspiring Performance Poetry Workshop by Mr Gee, Bespoken Word presenter:

'When the moment comes the moment will be there' were his wise words about staying pure to your thoughts when writing...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Ty Newydd






Juliette Llewellyn 26-31.09 - Sony Cybershot

Writing for Performance - Ty Newydd

Just had an amazing week at Ty Newydd on the Writing for Performance Course with Kaite O'Reilly with many thanks to a DAW Bursary. Our creative energies were positively stretched to the maximum in beautiful and nurturing surroundings!

Kaite and the other tutors and speakers: Jenny Sealey - Graeae TheatrePhillip ZarrilliJohn McGrath - National Theatre of Wales were extremely inspiring. As were every one of the other participants, whom i thoroughly enjoyed meeting, writing, devising and performing with. 

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Black Shoes - Michael Obiora

My sporadic novel reading resurged after finding Black Shoes at an author signing by Michael Obiora at Borders.

An intricately detailed novel which i read over two days!

I was intrigued and enlightened entering the psyche of a young successful black guy. The author skilfully portrays Daniel's complexity, pulling and pushing the reader’s feelings towards his protagonist in diverse directions. Allowing us to see honestly in to all aspects of his life.

It was an emotional journey reminding me persecution of any kind takes a toll on our human form. Finding balance again is a delicate, yet necessary, process.

Although Daniels life is on a more even keel at the end of the book. I’m left with many questions on Paula, Daniel, Safia, possibilities of racial harmony, intercultural trust, fragility of human relationships; black or white...

Deep, unsettling emotions stirred reading Black Shoes. A compelling read!

http://www.michaelobiora.com/writer/

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Researching...


























Saison Poetry Library
Southbank 08.09
Juliette Llewellyn
sony cybershot

Monday, 5 October 2009

Thursday, 24 September 2009

The Power Of Less - Leo Babatua

I'm reading this book. I highly recommend it. I like the way that simplifying your life is likened to Haiku poetry - reducing to the essential!

The author Leo Babauta recommends telling people about your goal to help achieve it. So, I'm starting on simplifying my paperwork!! Wish me luck!!

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Vast white Findhorn beach stretches ahead. All falls away. Dreams of visiting as many beaches as i can return. Falling in love with ruggedness, vastness of Scotland. Dad’s Oban sailing trip left a strong imprint. Tales of eating scallops at dawn. Juliette Llewellyn 25.07.09

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Findhorn Beach





Findhorn Beach - North East Scotland 07.09
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Few pages more of my Scotland photos @ my flickr photostream
or in my flickr Scotland set

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Book Launches etc...

I was invited along to a couple of local Book Launches the past weeks...


Peter Finch reading from Real Cardiff Three
@ Waterloo Gardens Teahouse
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot 09.07.09

Millenium Centre: Two of my friends, Aimé Kongolo with Reciprocities / Réciprocités and Gemma June Howell with Inside the Treacle Well had their debut book launches on 30.06.09 at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff. It was a relaxed and intercultural evening with readings / films from 3 refugee writers alongside readings of 2 Welsh writers. I particularly enjoyed Aimes deeply felt poem L'ardeur sempiternelle / Never-ending ardour, Gemma's sharply observed piece and Alhaji Sheku Kamara's strong and direct performance poetry.

Waterloo Gardens Teahouse: I also attended Peter Finch's Real Cardiff Three Book and Exhibition Launch at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse last week on 09.07.09. It was an intimate atmosphere as we all hushed to listen to observational snapshots of life in Waterloo Gardens. I sank in to the sofa listening to his passionately delivered words which were compelling listening. Exhibition of text extracts from The Gardens in Real Cardiff Three continues for a few weeks: http://www.waterlootea.com/gallery/peter-finch/

And finally over the weekend i went to The Dracula Rock Show to see my friends 7 year old son perform as a zombie. A stage full of mini vampires and small zombies is another story......

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Words in Motion


Cardiff 04.07.09
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot



Cardiff 05.07.09
Juliette Llewellyn Nokia Silver Slide

I am starting a new observational project 'Words in Motion'. Capturing elements of visual words that are scattered through our days in advertising, graffiti and in any form. More 'Word in Motion' Photos on flickr

Spoken Word Theatre

Interesting piece by poet Lemn Sissay on the crossover between poetry / spoken word and theatre: http://blog.lemnsissay.com/blog/_archives/2009/7/4/4246844.html

Monday, 6 July 2009

Serenity's Saturday!


Warming Up Backstage... uncoventionally!
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot 04.06.09


Waiting our turn
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot 04.06.09

'Songs from Stage & Screen' - Vale of Glamorgan Brass Band & Serenity Female Voice Choir. Last Saturday Evening at Dinas Powys Parish Hall.

A couple more Serenity photos on flickr music set or flickr photostream

Monday, 29 June 2009

Serenity - Female Voice Choir



I'm singing again :-) on 4th July....

'Serenity are a suberb female voice choir based in Cardiff. Dedicated to singing fab tunes and providing a warm and fun concert atmosphere, Serenity are fast becoming a top ladies choir in South Wales!


Serenity will be performing music from Stage and Screen with the Vale of Glamorgan Brass Band! Music from 'Pirates of The Caribbean', 'Lord of the Rings', 'Gladiator' and more!'

Tickets are £5 (£3 Concessions - including students) and can be bought from
Emma: 07985754889
Patrick: 07724191996
Or via the Serenity email: serenityfemalevoicechoir@hotmail.co.uk

Tickets will be reserved and held on the door for you!

Friday, 26 June 2009

'There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.' Tennessee Williams

Monday, 22 June 2009

Serenity's Saturday Night!



Juliette Llewellyn 20.06.09
Sony Cybershot

Serenity Female Voice Choir - our fundraising concert for Christian Aid at Albany Road Baptist Church, Roath, Cardiff over the weekend. Congratulations to Patrick, Emma, Chris, Ben, Nicola, Kat, Kathryn, Marie, Eira Catrin, Ceri Mair, Louise, Kiera, Me (Juliette!) Susan, Sian, Zoe, Rachel, Joanne, Helen, Rose, Alys and all the rest of the choir! Was great fun & a fabulous success! Yay!

'Sync in the Souk'


Juliette Llewellyn
Sony Cybershot 13.06.09
I attended a free performance by Re:sound. Was an interesting mix of silent film and live sound mixing in Chapter's Le Salon

Thursday, 18 June 2009

How Tea Can Improve Your Writing

http://peterfinchpoet.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-tea-can-improve-your-writing.html
How Tea Can Improve Your Writing - Peter Finch
A version of the above appeared as:
The Insider - Western Mail 13.06.09

Article on literary readings in South Wales (includes our Tracing Flight Readings ( & review ) at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse).

Monday, 15 June 2009

Breakinthebay

'moving in unison
energy flows
and the beat repeats'
juliette llewellyn 13.06.09
watching breakdance kids showcasing
Read one of my poems, Toprock n Freeze inspired by Southbank breakdancers One Motion Crew, at the Breakinthebay Hip Hop Festival @The Millennium Centre over the weekend. Guys Reckless Invention bodypopping to 80's tunes in green lurex and fox fur bandannas were extremely hilarious, though i managed to miss Mr Nathan Flutebox Lee. How did i manage that!?! Gutted!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Serenity - Female Voice Choir



I'm singing in this fabulous choir on June 20th!

A fun concert full of disney, gospel, showtunes, light classics and jazz. Its free entry but please bring a donation for Christian Aid. Refreshments will be provided.

Friday, 5 June 2009

2 Pieces in The Old Library

I have a poem and a reflection piece @ the below exhibition starting today:

2009 Adult & Community Learning Exhibition
The Old Library - The Hayes - Cardiff

5th - 10th June 10am - 4pm
11th June 10am - 7pm

as part of an Advanced Creative Writing Group (DART) i belonged too the past years.

If you go along look out for my writing!

Monday, 1 June 2009

Tracing Flight @ Le Salon


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Tracing Flight Individual & Collective Writing Sessions
@ Le Salon, The Garage, Chapter Arts Centre May 09
Workshops i facilitated.

Soft velvet mint

green held in fingertips

falls through

into solid silver

metallic bowl

catches aliveness.

Juliette Llewellyn - May 09

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Inspiration


Walking in nature balances my mind and body. Helps creativity flourish or at least gives space for inspiration to come when it is ready...
Cwm Carn Forest Drive - Juliette Llewellyn
May 09 - Sony Cybershot

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


Poetry Wall @ Cardiff Bay. I enjoyed playing....
Juliette Llewellyn 03.09
Nokia Slide Mobile

Monday, 11 May 2009

Truth is so great a perfection,that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul. Pythagorus

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Dusk

in front of the museum

pink tulips breathe

lights sparkle over trees

white fountain

pours delicacy

in this moment

perfectness

26.04.09
Juliette Llewellyn

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Jump

'I'm falling
falling faster through my heartbeat

my brain expanding beyond fear into acceptance
and I don't realise it but I'm not breathing

and I'm not fighting
and I don't care

I'm just falling'

Taken from Jump pt 4 - Martin Daws
http://www.myspace.com/martindaws

Been listening to Skin Tight the Sidewalk - Martin Daws CD again more recently. These words resonate with me just now. Have been fortunate to see him perform last year. Check this guy out. The rhythm of his work is very inspiring to me.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Contemplation

For those unaccustomed to contemplation, knowing where to start can be daunting. One simple method is contemplative reading, a traditional Christian practice known as lectio divina, Latin for divine reading of sacred texts.

Choosing a cherished poem can be a useful starting point. 'Poetry is a great vehicle for contemplation because it asks us to aspire to be better, to stretch mentally and experience deep thoughts,' says Rick Benjamin, a poet and lecturer at the institute of Contemplative Studies based at Brown University in the US. He suggests that it doesn't matter what poem you read as long as you love it. Read it aloud so you can savour hearing it in your own voice, finding where the inflections and intonations are. Then memorize it. 'What you are aiming for is to have the poem inside you. Something extraordinary happens when you hold a poem in your own body, your own mind. Its a transfer of one thinker to another.'

Every morning when Benjamin awakes, he recites in his mind a poem by the thirteenth century mystic poet Rumi, Across the Doorsill. 'I sometimes say it 10 times a day or more. it begins, 'The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you / Don't go back to sleep'. It reminds you that life is mysterious and that what we can't see doesn't indicate there isn't a world beyond this one. It is also a way of reminding myself that thinking is important. Its not our actions but the way we think about the world that has real power to transform it.'

Taken from:
The Art of Contemplation article - Psychologies Magazine March 09

Friday, 17 April 2009

On Creativity



I came across this on poets Lemn Sissay's blog. i especially like when she describes the poem travelling in to the mind of the woman who has to catch it.....

Thursday, 16 April 2009

april on the rocks

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your
heart. Who looks outside, dreams.
Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung

Sunday, 12 April 2009

TOPROCK N FREEZE


Electric blue

t-shirt,

hangs loosely.

Standing central,

a silver string

connecting him to skies.

Power

in stillness.

Dark skin shines,

through sunlight

dropping.

His hands take his weight,

lifting body,

upwards.

Holding position.

Seconds pass,

he unwraps some gum.

February 2009
Juliette Llewellyn

a piece i wrote after seeing breakdancers
One Motion Crew
@ Southbank July 2008

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Tracing Flight Readings








Tracing Flight Readings - April 2nd
Waterloo Gardens Teahouse
Photos Rebecca Brynolf
Courtesy of Rebecca Brynolf & BUZZ Magazin
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The evening i facilitated & directed last week

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Tracing Flight Readings

Review of Tracing Flight Readings an event i facilitated and directed, held last Thursday April 2nd at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, Penylan, Cardiff. I'll be posting more photo's from the evening up here soon.
BUZZ Magazine: http://buzzmagazine.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/tea-and-writing-tracing-flight-readings/

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Winged Migration

Crammed in small space
Hushed quiet
Screen flickers white
And cracked black

The cinema had become a lifeline. A way for me to participate in the world again, when pubs and clubs had become impossible. Its soft seats and low key energy was perfect.

Winged Migration. Birds soaring high in the sky. More of a documentary than a film. Myriads of sleek winged creatures flying across our world in their instinctual patterns.


We sat transfixed, traveling together. Camera close to their bodies. Clouded sky. Hearts pulsating in tiny forms. Energy of wings in flight.


It took me out of daily existence. Expansiveness of birds flight felt. Five years to complete the film. The notes read, using a variety of contraption tracking the birds; balloons small silent aircraft's, gliders. This French director had a passion for nature, true nature.

Seeing our world from above, that night we are freed from the crazy detail of our lives. I have been traveling too, the seed for the future is planted.

Juliette Llewellyn 17.06.08

I was reading an article in Spirit & Destiny April 09 magazine about Cinema Therapy which resonated with the above piece I had written last year on the film Winged Migration in Chapter Arts.

The basis of Cinema Therapy is that 'a film that really moves you can work wonders for your health and well being.' Spirit & Destiny 04.09

'Films are our stories, and stories have been used therapeutically since primitive humans first began to spin tales around campfires.' Reel Therapy: How movies inspire you to overcome life's problems.
Dr Gary Solomon PhD.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Time heals what reason cannot.
Seneca

Friday, 20 February 2009

Morning Sun




as day broke today in Cardiff...

Juliette Llewellyn 20.02.09
Nokia Silver Slide Mobile

Friday, 23 January 2009

History Happening



Barack Obama's Inaguraton - Washington
20.01.09 The Hayes, Cardiff
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Friday, 16 January 2009

Christmas just gone...


On the streets of Pontcanna


Reindeer's in the Bay


Infamous big wheel


Sparkly Queens Arcade
Juliette Llewellyn - nokia mobile Dec 08