Friday, 30 December 2011

New Year Wishes...

Found in Suffolk
Juliette Llewellyn 05.11

... to find beauty wherever we walk.

Enjoy 2012!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Listening & Reading the Great Poets!

Like poetry but feel lost where to start?

Come along to

5.45pm - 6.45pm
Thursday 17 November

Cardiff Central Library


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Sugar Loaf

Deri Fach Woods. Sugar Loaf - Abergavenny
Juliette Llewellyn Oct 2011

First time in 19 years I've been able to return to the Black Mountains. Sun shone as Autumn turned that day...

Monday, 17 October 2011




Please watch the audio slide shows myself and participants of both my community projects put together to help you understand what happens in our sessions. We are up for a NatWest Community Force Grant.

You have 3 votes*. So please help us to be successful - links above each audio slideshow & takes 2 mins to register to vote. Many thanks!

* You need to be Resident in UK to vote and voting ends on 23rd October 2011.

Segovian Sounds

Programme - Fernando Aguera
Juliette Llewellyn 10.11

Spent a special late lunchtime at my guitar tutors MA Music Performance Final Recital at the Royal Welsh College Music and Drama. Fernando Aguera played a series of pieces composed for Andres Segovia. I particularly enjoyed Sonata Mexicana - Manuel Ponce (all VI sections! Esp III. Allegretto in tempo di serenata). Here is another piece: Sonata "Omaggio a Boccherini" - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - III. Tempo di Minuetto
Program - Fernando Aguera Juliette Llewellyn 10.11

Friday, 14 October 2011

Apple Shop Cardiff...

Apple - Juliette Llewellyn Oct 10

RIP Steve Jobs
Thanks for giving me the freedom and tools to create the music i want to

Monday, 26 September 2011

Please Vote For Us!

I have 2 projects which have been accepted for an opportunity to win a Nat West Community Force grant. They are both extremely worthwhile projects and you can learn more about both by watching the videos (audio slideshows - that we all spent last week making!) on each profile.

You have to register to vote and you have 3 votes. You can only vote for each project once, so I would ask you to use 2 of your votes for the 2 community projects I run. You have to be a resident of Great Britain to vote.

You'll find our profiles on the Nat West Community Force Site here. Follow the links to read our profiles & VOTE:

Incandescent @ Cardiff Central Library
Photo: Juliette Llewellyn 09.11

Canton Social Media Surgery @ Chapter Arts Centre
Photo: Juliette Llewellyn 08.11


Thursday, 22 September 2011

Creative Cardiff

Penderyn Awen Foyer Bar Millennium Centre
Juliette Llewellyn 21.09.11 - Blackberry

A friend, Emma and I attended the launch of Creative Cardiff last night in the Wales Millennium Centre. Sing & Inspire broke in to song followed by talks from organisers of Creative Cardiff and Cardiff Design Festival. From what I understand Creative Cardiff is a platform for creating a critical mass of events around creativity in Cardiff So, promoting Cardiff to the rest of the UK as artistic, musical, theatrical, poetic, designed...

We had an interesting chat about 'sea glass' to a company called Gwydr (which is Welsh for Glass). They make jewellery from glass that has been washed by the sea. I love that we can reclaim something beautiful from all the flotsam and jetsam that comes in on the tide....

Creatives are encouraged to upload photos on the Creative Cardiff Flickr Feed

Summer Sea

Three Cliffs Bay Gower
Juliette Llewellyn 08.11

Feeling the pull of a beach as Summer fades & before Autumn leads us in to Winter

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Gower Graffiti

Three Cliffs Bay / 06.08.11
Juliette Llewellyn

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Natural Walking...

St Hilary, The Vale 07.11
Juliette Llewellyn

Cardiff Bay 07.11
Juliette Llewellyn

Summer between clouds. Finding local spaces to restore the soul. Fortunately in Cardiff we have some gems. A few hours is all I need to recharge and face another day

Monday, 1 August 2011

Canton Social Media Surgery on Wed 3 Aug

Have you heard of Social Media but are unsure how it all works? Or how it can benefit you or your group? Come along & see one of our Surgeons:

Tuesday, 26 July 2011


Thornhill - July 2011
Juliette Llewellyn

Midsummer. Grandmothers Birthday. Revisiting. A pause in life's scheduled chaos. Following those gone before. Transient really...

Friday, 17 June 2011

Canton Social Media Surgery Success!

Canton SMS Launch - Chapter Arts Centre
Juliette Llewellyn 01.06.11

A taste of Canton Social Media Surgery Launch on June 1st at Chapter Arts Centre.

  • Many patients were helped as can been seen on the Surgery Report (the lower left hand side of the event Page: Help Given and Received).
  • First time Surgeon Francesca James writes an account of the experience on her blog.
  • And finally more photos of the night can be seen on Canton SMS's newly established Flickr account.

Many thanks to the patients who came with their interest, the surgeons for giving their expertise and time, Chapter Arts Centre for hosting and WalesOnline and GuardianCardiff for initiating Cardiff Local Social Media Surgeries Launch Week.

Canton SMS Launch - Chapter Arts Centre
Juliette Llewellyn 01.06.11

Canton Social Media Surgery

If you are an individual or community group in need of social media support or a surgeon able to offer skills please sign up on the event page and let others know of the event by the sharing option at the bottom of the event page!

Many thanks Juliette Llewellyn
Canton SMS Surgery Manager

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Worldwide Guitar Connections

Fabricio Mattos - Nazareth House
Juliette Llewellyn 03.06.11 BlackBerry

Fernando Aguera - Nazareth House
Juliette Llewellyn 03.06.11 Blackberry

I really enjoyed the Worldwide Guitar Connections concert in Cardiff recently on Friday 3 June. The event was organised by my guitar tutor Fernando Aguera. Fabricio Mattos was the touring guitarist. He played a variety of guitar music from around the world, including his home country Brazil. A particularly accomplished player, who as one of the other audience members said to me as we were going out, Fabricio was also extremely humble with his talent.

I was also struck by the Worldwide Guitar Connections project itself. It aims to 'present worldwide works exclusively composed for the guitarist Fabricio Mattos, in a way that brings together the conventional means of production of classical music events and social networks, hi-tech innovations and entertainment.'

On the website Fabricio Mattos says:

"I always wanted to find out how I could transcend the everyday life through art and take it to different places and cultures. I wanted to demystify signs to my audience. Create special moments, perpetuate compositions, and generate emotions without words. Instruct musically in a more humane way. The magic contained in arrivals and departures.'

He was successful in this! As well as playing, he also explained about the sound of the guitar. I wish I could write more on the music he played but the programmes were used again at each concert. You wrote a message for the audience in another country to read! I sent a Welsh greeting of course!

Fabricio Mattos has a demanding schedule with Worldwide Guitar Connections and we were very fortunate to have him here thanks to Fernando.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Project 1205

Juliette Llewellyn Midday 12.05.11

'My Mum helping me to sort out the low glycemic diet for stabilising blood sugar. It was a rough day but took the photo at just past midday... :)'

My photo and comment for the 1205 Project. My friend Victoria runs this project for ME/CFS Awareness Day during ME Awareness Week in May

'Take a photo of your day between 00:05 12/05 and 00:05 on 13/05 If you can do it at 5 minutes passed midday, all the better

Post your pictures on the project wall for other 1205ers to see.'

It allows others with and without ME/CFS to have a glimpse of what it is like to live with ME. The condition being so varied, diverse yet misunderstood - images convey sometimes what words are unable...

Below is the reality of following the diet. Mmmm...

Juliette Llewellyn 05.11

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Launch Night Tomorrow!

photo courtesy of GuardianCardiff

Market Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Do you have a story to tell about your community? Or a local concern you want to voice? Perhaps you belong to a community group wanting to promote activities and events online, share photos, videos and information?

Welcome to Social Media!

Free websites (often called Social Media) like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and blogs can help you or your group reach a wider audience via the Internet.

Have you heard of Social Media but are unsure how it all works? Or how it can benefit you or your group? Come and see our Social Media Surgeons. We can help you or your community group get started.

Relaxed, informal, free and as non-technical as you need!

Also, if you or your community group are already blogging, tweeting and sharing online but want to gain more confidence. Come along and our Social Media Surgeons can help you to be more effective.

This event is part of Launch Week for local Social Media Surgeries in Cardiff 30 May - 3 June. Initiated by WalesOnline & GuardianCardiff.

Come along if you need help or can offer your skills as a surgeon! Sign up here.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

ME Awareness Week


Destination, dislocated

Left to right

Here to there

Up to down

I was supposed to travel that way

So the fault lines cracked

An empty tin rattles

Over scorched paving


Such a cool breeze

Stopping to feel the day

Drift over

Things I have never seen before

My sister hushed

Talking to doctors

Skies travelling speed of light

Tenderness of homemade soup

Mum’s worn hands

The direction forward

Is lost

My father talks of reincarnation

Gathering spiritual books at

Health fares

I am more concerned at

This life

The contents of

My shopping list

Reminds me








Juliette Llewellyn

It’s ME Awareness Week 8 - 15 May and after attending Poetry and Language / Transeuropa at Chapter last Saturday 5 May I was inspired by the theme of displacement and journeys to write the poem Fault Line.

The definition, given at the evening, of translation being ‘same but different’ struck a chord with me. This is often how you feel, appearing the same as others but the fabric of our daily lives massively changed. Thinking about the journey we make from the ‘ill world’ to the ‘well world’, often difficult for many to do...

Always I have strived to find similarities and connections to others, whether they are well or ill, throughout my own illness and recovery. But there is this difference because of health and however much you want it to go away it just won’t.

Twitter ME Awareness Day May 12th feed

Twitter ME/CFS Feed Awareness Week feed

Twitter ME Awareness Week feed

Hummingbird Site on ME/CFS

‘Read From The Wall If You Wish…'

Italian Translator reading Tsead Bruinja's Bed & grave
Juliette Llewellyn - Blackberry 07.05.11

Haiku - Philip Gross & translations
Juliette Llewellyn - Blackberry 07.05.11

‘Sometimes its just one word that reels you in. It [spoor = railway] was the first word I saw as I stepped on to the platform at Amsterdam’ Philip Gross

‘Poetry is already a language in ‘displacement’ – and now is in ‘displacement‘ through 16 languages’ Professor Alexis Nuselovici

‘Translation - a text being the same and then different’ Professor Alexis Nuselovici

Quotes from Transeuropa Poetry & Language event

I accidentally found myself at Poetry and Language - Transeuropa last Saturday 7 May at Chapter.

Two highly esteemed poets Philip Gross (Wales) and Tsead Bruinja (the Netherlands) made rail journeys between Cardiff and Amsterdam, Amsterdam and Cardiff respectively. Writing poems inspired by the experience. Translators had 1 month to translate the text in to 16 European languages, including Italian, Polish, Frisian and Arabic.

As the poets and translators read their respective work, translations were projected on the wall behind, across 4 screens. Philip Gross’s Spoor in Arabic and Finish and Tsead Bruinja's Bed and grave in Italian and Greek. Both poems in English were extremely profound. Hearing them in 16 other languages words fell away. Becoming reliant on performance, delivery and the essence of each emotion enveloped in body and tones specific to each language.

Live translations lifted words off the page making them accessible to 16 other nationalities in the space of half and hour. Also sparking an interesting conversation with the guy next to me on words being tools to convey thought, ideas, marks on the page. How we often all experience what’s said differently. Yet how finding the right word was like a key, which could open up so much more.

‘my granddad and grandmother lie

neatly together

beside the church they didn’t

believe in

next to their home’

taken from Bed and grave - Tsead Bruinja

‘Right now, we’re sitting here faster

than the speed of sound.

The wonder is that we can talk,

I mean, converse, at all.’

taken from Spoor - Philip Gross

Once home I was inspired by the ‘Displacement' theme to write Fault Line - thinking about internal journeys we make. It is ME Awareness week and travelling from the ‘ill world’ to the ‘well world', can often be a journey that for many is too hard….

Tsead Bruinja

Thursday, 28 April 2011


Screenshot: Juliette Llewellyn 28.04.11

I briefly just caught the news on Twitter that the Guardian’s venture of GuardianLocal blogs is winding down. Cardiff, along with Leeds and Edinburgh, has been fortunate to be one of the three cities chosen to have a Guardianlocal beatblogger for the past year. As Peter Cox, Chair of Cardiff Civic Society, said on Radio Wales this morning, this innovative scheme introduced a new kind of journalist: the beatblogger. A journalist who is out there in the city, sitting in on meetings, talking to the locals and capturing all through videos, podcasts, photos etc. Through harnessing the great potential of social media in a local context Hannah Waldram has produced GuardianCardiff. It has, says Peter Cox, become the 2nd biggest hit website in Wales.
My experience of GuardianCardiff and Hannah Waldram has been extremely positive. I was a guest blogger on Cardiff's involvement via Incandescent with World Book Night. GuardianCardiff is successful in operating at a grassroots level, uniting varied and often disparate aspects of community. Letting Cardiff inhabitants know what is happening in the city. Much needed as society becomes ever increasingly global. We need local conversations, people talking with one another about concerns close to them. Simultaneously linking in to wider issues of a national level. It is this fabric of community that GuardianCardiff has fostered, pioneering along with Wales Online yourCardiff, Cardiff Bloggers meetings and local Social Media Surgeries, with which I have some involvement.
When I first heard of GuardianCardiff I thought it was a brilliant and innovative idea. Reading the Guardian now and again itself in a local arts centre, I enjoy many of the articles although as a reader, it can at times, be a little weighty. GuardianCardiff beatblogging is accessible, immediate and relevant. Especially with so many using smart phones and able to access information at the touch of a button. Hannah Waldram has worked tirelessly forging community links to provide a highly professional service, including guest bloggers from hyperlocal blogs. As a tweet received by Peter Cox from West Wales said they had hoped the GuardianCardiff was to become the forerunner in a network of services. Such is the power of this medium - Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, online clothing company in USA, harnessed the power of bloggers in the release of his book Delivering Happiness in June 2010. 279 blog posts, also posted on Amazon. Amazon sold out of the book on its first day!
To stop such a positive ‘experiment’ mid flow is short-sighted. Conversation is a way forward for journalism and social media is here to stay. From what I gather from the comments on GuardianLocal page further investment is required if the ventures in Cardiff, Leeds and Edinburgh are to be sustained. It is also obvious from the comments that each of the beatbloggers is thoroughly respected in their local areas. Surely this in itself is a measure of the success of the venture. Understandably any venture can only exist if the resources are there to provide it. So if you are an individual or an organisation that has the ability to support this venture in continuing then please contact: GuardianCardiff or Peter Cox on Twitter or Meg Pickard at The Guardian.
BBC News Wales coverage
Twitter campaign to Save GuardianCardiff

Screenshot: 28.04.11 Juliette Llewellyn
Screenshot: 28.04.11 Juliette Llewellyn
Screenshot: 28.04.11 Juliette Llewellyn