Monday, 20 December 2010

Snowbright


blue sky after blizzard

Sat 18th Dec - Cardiff
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Friday, 10 December 2010

Incandescent - December Meeting @ Cardiff Central Library

Our Incandescent: 16th December Meeting details at Cardiff Central Library.

For all of you who enjoy sharing published poetry with others. All welcome - bring along your favourite poem or pick up a poem from the library and join in!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

In the Zone with Henry Olonga


Henry Olonga Waterloo Gardens Teahouse 17.11.10
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

The story of a man who stood up for what he believed. ‘I had a reference point for true democracy’, said Henry Olonga as he travelled the world as Zimbabwe’s first black cricketer. Now living in exile in the UK Henry Olonga comes across as a man of integrity.

Talking on his new book Blood, Sweat and Treason, the atmosphere in Waterloo Gardens Teahouse is intently focused. Henry Olonga reads an excerpt where, in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he and team mate Andy Fowler wear a black armband , in protest against the policies of the Zimbabwean Government led by Robert Mugabe.

Tonight, questions on the mix of politics and sport are raised which Henry Olonga answers thoughtfully and honestly, along with a little on the process of getting his life story on to paper with journalist Derek Clements. Repercussions in Henry Olonga's personal life have been great and he questions what difference he made. But at least he lives, in his own words, 'with no regrets' as he ‘seized an opportunity when it is presented'.

I attended with the interest of a writer. But left with an expanded understanding of the global issues facing Zimbabwe in this last decade. Although Henry Olonga's future is uncertain no one never knows who’s hearts are touched when one is true to oneself in the face of great difficulties.

Enjoying Aurelia very much too!

This event marks the first in a series of events to be staged by In the Zone in which a range of speakers will be talking about their involvement and links with sport and how these impact on local, national and international politics.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Mae hen wlad fy nhadau...


pre Wales v Australia, Cardiff 13.11.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot


pre Wales v Fiji, Queen St, Cardiff 19.11.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Passing through town on recent match days...

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Serenity Female Voice Choir Xmas Concert



Looking forward to singing again in:

Serenity Female Voice Choir's Christmas Concert

7.30pm Friday 17th December
@ St John's Church, Canton, Cardiff (opposite Tesco)

Lots of seasonal pop, jazz, musical and fun songs for kids and adults to enjoy!

Free with donations to Papyrus

See you there! XX

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Bespoken Word

liking the beatboxers rhythm & Chris Redmond's reflections especially on the ever quickening pace of life 'please bring me back to what i know. if this is the new future good luck you run with but I'm reclaiming slow. the revolution starts here, in a bit. Slow is the new fast, the new cool...http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00cms41

Incandescent - November Meeting @Cardiff Central Library

Our Incandescent: 18th November Meeting details at Cardiff Central Library.

For all of you who enjoy sharing published poetry with others. All welcome - bring along your favourite poem or pick up a poem from the library and join in!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

Strandline


Oxwich Bay September 2010
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

...Gower time

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Scattered Light...



... of Autumn.

Llandaff Fields 30.10.10
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Incandescent - October Meeting



Incandescent
Sharing published poems through reading aloud. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Stimulating thought and poetry awareness

5.45pm – 6.45pm every 3rd Thursday
Meeting Room 4 on Level 4 @ Cardiff Central Library

Next Meeting: Thursday 21st October '10
All welcome - novice to expert,
just come along!

Incandescent Facebook Group - please join to be kept in touch with our meetings /Or email if you are not on facebook incandescentcf@gmail.com

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Incandescent in One World Week - 17th - 24th October

October 21st's meeting is part of One World Week 2010

The UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World ends in 2010. One World Week is using this as the focus for their 2010 theme:

Peacing Together One World – creating a culture of peace for our children

Please bring poems to share on this theme. Info below (from One World Week) tostimulate ideas.

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A Culture of Peace?

A culture of peace can be established at many levels; through inner peace and peace within the family, to harmony within the community, and justice and non-violence on a global scale.

  • What is a culture of peace?
  • What is inner peace and is it important?
  • What can we do to establish peace in our homes, schools, local communities?
  • How can we live our own lives sustainably?
  • What can we do to advance understanding, move beyond tolerance to respect, celebration of diversity, friendship and solidarity
  • What kind of world are we creating for our children - one filled with fear, conflict and injustice or one based on respect, caring and cooperation?

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

A Pause...


Oxwich Bay, Gower - Mid Sept 2010
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

I've been spending much needed restorative time walking Oxwich Bay. September. Something purifying about spending days meandering along a beach. Rhythm of tides. Nothing to have to 'do'. No where to have to 'be'. Aware only of the swell of the sea...

I'll post more photos from beach time at Oxwich, in Gower soon - droplets of sand, sea and peace.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Incandescent: September Meeting

Our Incandescent: 16th September Meeting details at Cardiff Central Library.

For all of you who enjoy sharing published poetry with others. All welcome - bring along your favourite poem or pick up a poem from the library and join in! Just come along!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Listening, Reading Aloud, Writing & 'True Things About Me'

After a soothing session at the spa I was making my way across town to catch the number 17 bus. Thought I’d do my usual wander vaguely around Waterstones bookshop. For some reason it seems to do me good browsing books and items of stationary I believe I may own one day. I arrived at the door to hear chattering people and clinking glasses. The Waterstone’s girl tells me there is an event on tonight, Deborah Kay Davies reading from her new book. I remember I had heard that she had won Wales Book Of The Year Prize last year, but I had never read any of her books. Intrigued I thought I would stay.

Chairs overflowing, sparkling water and wine consumed, I sat quietly at the back. Deborah Kay Davies began reading from a couple of chapters of ‘True Things About Me’. The room fell silent as her clearly crafted words fell effortlessly off the page and in to the audience. A collective listening to mint leaves, a father making his daughter comfortable with a cushion, the fabricated boyfriend and wild-eyed children who loved the dentist. The author’s reading brought to life the very humanity of her characters. Her down to earth and humorous delivery were warming.


For those twenty minutes I was absorbed in her words, the story I had stumbled upon as I was walking home. There’s something about collective listening that brings us together, helps us to switch off from our own concerns and immerse ourselves in another’s life; in this case a woman trying to deal with her feelings after an unexpected sexual encounter. Yes, we still have thoughts about our own lives, but maybe from a new perspective. If I had not heard those chapters spoken I doubt I would ever sit down to read the book, which I now intend to do. I enjoy hearing stories but at times I struggle with sitting still and reading from a book alone. But through listening, I wanted to learn more about the book’s protagonist and her world.

This is the concept behind the groups that are springing up over the country that The Reader Organisation is terming ‘The Reading Revolution’. A group I run called Incandescent is one. Based in a meeting room at Cardiff Central Library, Incandescent provides space for those who enjoy the sound of the spoken word of poetry, through reading aloud and listening. People bring poems they enjoy from modern to old and spend time sharing and discussing. There is something healing about the activity of collective listening that occurs here monthly and in Waterstones tonight. One leaves a calmer, more whole person, having been returned to the root of being through listening to literature and sharing the experience with others.

Listening to Deborah Kay Davies also gave insight to another preoccupation. As an individual who writes, a number of questions on how to write had disturbed my flow for over a year. The past few days I had read Honest Speaks post, 'Writing- am I getting it right?', which voiced many of my own concerns. As I sit in Waterstones an audience member asked ‘Was writing to a deadline hard?’ The author said that as the deadline loomed she had to write 100 pages in 11 days. For a writer who usually takes her time between writing periods, this was an immense task in hand. But she worked 9 till 4 those final days and said ‘When you sit down and do the writing. You’ll do the writing you need to do’. Just write.

When asked whether she ever wrote outside her comfort zone she responded ‘I feel I can write anything I am comfortable to write’. If there's something you feel family, friends may judge ‘don’t let it (their opinions) enter your head’. Just write.


In combination with Honest’s post and Deborah Kay Davies’s advice, I have come face to face with my doubts on how to write. As I begin to sort a lifetime’s writing, sitting in a big crate in my lounge, maybe words will start to flow again. It seems when you ask the bigger questions in life sometimes the answers appear on the most unexpected of ways. I guess the fact I am writing this, part of me has faith I still can.

01.19.10 / Photograph sourced from The Guardian

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Watching Serenity...


Serenity - St John's Church Canton 13.08.10
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

Enjoyed the unusual experience of watching Serenity Female Voice Choir at St John's Church, Canton last Friday. Unusual as its the first time I've been in the audience instead of singing!

Particularly enjoyed Muse's Butterflies & Hurricanes, All Is Well traditional hymn, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Hush A Bye Mountain, Can't Help Loving That Man & of course Michael Jackson's Blame It On The Boogie!

The vision of Musical Director Mr Patrick Steed tap-dancing down the Church's central aisle also brought a smile to my face! Loving the black with a touch of pink outfits ladies - very glamorous!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Incandescent: August Meeting

Our Incandescent: 19th August Meeting details at Cardiff Central Library.

For all of you who enjoy sharing published poetry with others. Open to all - bring along your favourite poem or pick up a poem from the library and join in! Just come along!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Perfection




Rhossili Bay Gower - July 2010
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Incandescent July Meeting

Our Incandescent July 15th meeting details at Cardiff Central Library.
For all of you who enjoy sharing published poetry with others. All welcome - pick up a poem from the library and join in!

Friday, 25 June 2010

RIP Michael Jackson


An Indian sand artist created a tribute on a beach at Puri, India. via BBC

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

1st Poet @ new Cardiff Central Library


Philip Gross reading - 17.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

'You start off thinking it's about you but it ends up being about everything but you!'
‘It comes through you and you disappear.’
Philip Gross on writing poetry at his Readings on June 17th in the new sustainable Cardiff Central Library. Voted one of the top six libraries in the world!
Amongst daily library life renowned poet Philip Gross gave readings from and spoke of his journey with I Spy Pinhole Eye, his English Language Wales Book of the Year Award 2010 Shortlisted book. Interspersing with readings of The Water Table (TS Eliot Prize Award 2009 winner) and children’s book Off Road to Everywhere. His two other recently published poetry collections.
From the photographic starting point of Simon Denison’s pinhole camera images of pylon footings from which his words were stimulated, Philip detailed the collaboration process. Elegantly flowing between ways the brain see’s, mechanics of pylons to pallets of colors. He allowed the audience a personal glimpse into his process of writing and the very nature of poetry itself.
I particularly enjoyed Listening In, a 3-stanza poem where his father's hearing loss and subtleties of sounds intertwine. One audience member hid her tears as it struck a chord with her own father’s situation. It also resonated with my father’s denial of his hearing decline. Although, he heard enough to be reminded of making his own pinhole camera in the 70’s!
This poem steps outside the 14-line sonnet like structure in which the I Spy Pinhole Eye poems are contained. As Philip said,
'Every poem is dancing with the ghost of a sonnet.'
As silence broke by a child calling down the escalator, Philip finished by giving space for all gathered in Central Library’s light and airy Level 2 foyer to ask questions. He gave insightful and responsive answers to all.
I Spy Pinhole Eye is a fascinating and beautiful book. Philip strips all to its essence. The winner of the Wales Book of the Year Award 2010 is to be announced Wednesday 30th June at The St David's Hotel & Spa, Cardiff at a 'glittering ceremony'!
Philip Gross Readings were held in combination with Incandescent June Meeting. If you would like to continue to share published poetry through reading aloud please come along to Incandescent's subsequent monthly meetings held in Meeting Room 4, Level 4 at Cardiff Central Library All welcome from the poetry novice to expert. There are plenty of poetry books in the library so just pick up a poem and join in! We would love to see you!
We’re hoping that Philip Gross is the first of an eclectic range of established poets to grace the foyer of Cardiff’s new library, making poetry easily accessible to all.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Incandescent June Meeting


Incandescent


Philip Gross Readings
from 'I Spy Pinhole Eye'
Poetry & Photography Collaboration


5.45pm - 6.45pm
Thursday 17th June
doors open 5.30pm

Meeting Room 4 on Level 4
@ Cardiff Central Library


All welcome - free entry!
Come & discuss with local TS Eliot Prize 2009 Award Winner!


Incandescent / Incandescent Facebook Group - please join our facebook group to be kept up to date with Incandescent Meetings, thanks! / Info on Philip Gross: I Spy Pinhole Eye / More info on Wales Book of the Year 2010 Shortlist

Twitter hashtag for the evening: #philipgross

Sunday, 13 June 2010


Cardiff Central Train Station  10.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Well Connected Hotel Room


Copyright Terry White


I found this blog post on Terry White's Tech Blog helpful. I attended the Adobe CS5 workshops in Bristol last week and a couple of talks given by Terry White, Worldwide Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems Inc. He was humorous and informative

In The Well Connected Hotel Room, Terry talks about the criteria required for a suitable hotel room when you are a travelling IT creative. All that you need to link in to the world wide web and respite in reality for those refreshment breaks!

Monday, 7 June 2010

Atlantic Ocean - Successfully Crossed!

Juliette Llewellyn - 06.06.10.


Delivering Happiness – a path to profits, passion, and purpose

Tony Hsieh CEO, Zappos


The title caught my eye when deciding to review first book by Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos. It had potential to be a book I could relate too.

I gave my details Wednesday; a speedily 2 days later Delivering Happiness arrived on my doorstep from the USA. Immediately I knew customers mattered to Zappos. I was to learn that Customer Service lies at the heart of the company - practice in line with ethics!

Tony Hsieh’s conversational style is easy to read, engaging the reader in following his process. Lessons learnt and valuable business concepts are shared through personal storytelling of author and colleagues / staff.

I particularly enjoyed Section II Passion & Profits, Chapter 5 - Platform for Growth: Brand, Culture, Pipeline. Here Tony Hsieh outlines Zappos core philosophies - WOW customer service, positive vendor relationship, happiness of employers, blended company culture, transparency and sharing. For once I was reading exactly what I believe. Customer experience is paramount and embracing a wider movement for people to belong, based on core values that can truly be lived.

For an entrepreneur currently beginning a new phase in business life, it is an ideal moment to read ‘Delivering Happiness’. It helped me reflect on past ventures and focus new ideas. All entrepreneurial paths differ but fundamentals remain the same...

...being open to ideas and trusting something will develop. Knowing that like-minded individuals exist and can collaborate, making dreams a reality for the better! Tony Hsieh provides valuable insight in to the mind of an entrepreneur. As a UK reader, the American references can sometimes be an obstacle. However, it is worth overcoming for the gems! 

I would definitely recommend Delivering Happiness as an affirmation of positive growth in the wider business and personal vision for all individuals to consider. 

Delivering Happiness is launched this week. For more info please visit:

http://www.deliveringhappinessbook.com

I have been given a new copy to give away to a reader of my blog. Email me by June 14th: juliettellewellyn@ googlemail.com and I’ll randomly select the fortunate person on that date. If you live out of Cardiff you will need to pay P&P.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Papertrainers

Starbucks St Davids 2 - 03.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Starbucks St Davids 2 - 03.06.10
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

Came across a guy making papertrainers in Starbucks St Davids 2 last week!

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Incandescent June Meeting



Incandescent


Philip Gross Readings
from 'I Spy Pinhole Eye'
Poetry & Photography Collaboration


5.45pm - 6.45pm
Thursday 17th June
doors open 5.30pm

Meeting Room 4 on Level 4
@ Cardiff Central Library


All welcome - free entry!
Come & discuss with local TS Eliot Prize 2009 Award Winner!

Incandescent / Incandescent Facebook Group - please join our facebook group to be kept up to date with Incandescent Meetings, thanks! / Info on Philip Gross: I Spy Pinhole Eye / More info on Wales Book of the Year 2010 Shortlist

Twitter hashtag for the evening: #philipgross

PechaKucha

'it is our imagination that propels us in to the future' Amelia Johnson

@ Pechakucha in Cardiff

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

statuscloud


liking the poetry of my statuscloud on facebook - its words (ordered by most used) of my facebook status's for the past year!

earth pink, thinking heart, snow book, nomadic tulips, peaceful steam, browsing mind... 

Monday, 24 May 2010

Tony Hsieh Delivering Happiness


I positively relate to this guys business philosophy and ethics... It's also the foundation my own enterprises.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Walking Home...



Bute Park 20.05.10 
Juliette Llewellyn - sony cybershot

Footbridge Sophia Gardens 20.05.10
Juliette Llewellyn - sony cybershot

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Incandescent May Meeting

Our Incandescent May 20th meeting details.
For all of you who enjoy sharing published poetry with others. All welcome - pick up a poem from the library and join in!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

The 1205 Project for ME/CFS Awareness


'ironically these 3 letters arrived at about 11.45am on the 12th May! Think it says it all really about the hidden aspect of our situation.' 12.05.10

1205 Project Photo Contribution
Juliette Llewellyn - Sony Cybershot

It's the last day of ME/CFS Awareness Week and I've just uploaded my contribution (above) to the 1205 project. On 12th May 2010 it was ME/CFS Awareness Day and my good friend Victoria had an innovative idea this year... 

The 1205 Project for ME/CFS Awareness - to raise awareness of ME/CFS, this facebook group is a collection of photos which people with the condition took at 12:05 (midnight or midday) on 12th May 2010 - ME Awareness Day.

Blogging for ME/CFS Awareness Week
Action For ME

Friday, 14 May 2010


06.05.10 
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

'Everything changes, everything's the same.' 
Charlie on Numb3rs - around election week.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Prayer & Meditation...


gildas  30.04.10
juliette llewellyn - sony cybershot

... at Pretence Cafe Bar in Cardiff. 

Loved Gildas' delicately composed songs sung in Welsh, particularly 'Dai Fi Fyny' which he said translated meant Prayer, but not in the religious sense. Ironically exactly a year ago i attended Imran Kaiza Khan's Beatbox workshop at the same place and he sung a cool hip hop track called Meditation.

Friday, 23 April 2010

Creating Space

Llandaff Fields - Cardiff 18.04.10
Juliette Llewellyn Sony Cybershot

My neighbour reminded me of the beautiful walks through parks and fields close to my home. I took an early morning Sunday stroll and caught the magical light. Refreshed in body and spirit.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Manhood for Amateurs..

Caught an episode this morning on Radio 4 of Manhood For Amateurs by Michael Chabon. Read by Jason Butler Harner:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rzrsv

The author's warm, self effacing, reflective style told incidents of the way a man will never admit to being unable to do a job and bluff his way through! Made me chuckle - reminded me of my Dad and a few old boyfriends...