Interview for France Culture: “Cardiff, Histoires Fantastiques”

Last summer I was interviewed for a French radio documentary about Cardiff, called “Cardiff, Histories Fantastiques”. I am described as a ‘bloguese’! Literally the best thing I have ever been called.

Apparently I also have the capability of speaking two languages simultaneously! Who knew.

If your French is functional, listen below! If not so much, concentrate, and you’ll hear me talking in the background.

Access the radio show here: ESCALE 2 : « CARDIFF, HISTOIRES FANTASTIQUES »

Documentaire de Michel Pomarède
Réalisation : Guillaume Baldy
Prise de son et mixage : Claire Levasseur

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Cate Le Bon, The Gate, 8 February 2014

Last night, I went to a rather marvellous gig at The Gate in Cardiff, featuring Cate Le Bon, who I’ll happily claim as a local artist (okay, she’s not really from round here, but she cut her musical teeth here over the past six or whatever years). I’ve been to see her before, many years ago at a Kruger show. Last night’s show reminded me of a great interview that we published in Kruger (a local music magazine that I used to write for, that sadly no longer exists).

Luckily for YOU, the article still exists on Kruger’s Issuu page, so you can read it there. The wonderful Lisa Matthews wrote it, and the photography is flipping ACE too. Click on the picture below to go read!

cate le bon Kruger

Kruger Issue 14: Krugerville / Cate le Bon by Lisa Matthews

We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City film now available to watch online…

Head over to the We Are Cardiff website and watch the We Are Cardiff film over by there!

In other news, I’ve just started putting together shorts from the rest of the footage that didn’t get used in the rest of the film. Only 18 hours worth to go through …!

Also recently I hooked up with an old friend, Emily Jones, who is a rather wonderful illustrator. We only ever knew each other on the Cardiff drinking/watching bands circuit, so imagine my surprise when I found out how wonderful she is at painting and drawing. We’ve decided to work on some stuff together, so hopefully there will be some news about that sometime soon!

Emily Jones’ website is called Can You Draw a Dinosaur and you can like her on Facebook.

I’m a big fan of her landscapes…

and her characters….

We Are Cardiff’s film is premiering at Chapter Sunday 7 July – last chance to get tickets!

we are cardiff film poster

A reminder that the film I made about what it’s like to live through a year in Cardiff is PREMIERING at CHAPTER ARTS CENTRE this SUNDAY 7 JULY at 12.30 MIDDAY!

It’s got a lovely soundtrack from Cardiff bands, features various Cardiff residents – amongst them, Radio One DJ Huw Stephens. Oh yes we did!

We’re creeping towards capacity, so if you need tickets get them here from Eventbrite

Facebook event with more info here

Adam Chard will be selling limited edition prints of our lovely city of Cardiff that he’s designed for the special price of TEN POUNDS at the launch on Sunday! Total bargain. Check out his pretty A3 print below!

It’s available pre-order on his BigCartel page here. It’s an edition of 50 hand-numbered and signed 420x297mm prints on 350gsm silk card.

You can either order to collect at the We are Cardiff documentary premiere at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday 7 July, or for dispatch on Monday 8 July – remember the preorder price is reduced so place your orders before midnight on Sunday!

We Are Cardiff: Portrait of a City film premiere!

Hello friends!

As you may or may not know, I’ve been working on making a film for nearly a year and a half now. THE DAY HAS COME FOR THE BEAST TO BE UNLEASHED! There’s a launch screening party at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday 7th July at 12:30pm (lunchtime), and I’d really REALLY love to see you there. Tickets are available for the very reasonable price of £6 and there will be coffee, tea and welshcakes!

Please forward this on to anyone who you know who might like to come along. Tickets are only available in advance from http://wearecardiffportraitofacity.eventbrite.com (they aren’t available from the Chapter box office, be warned…)

The facebook event is here.

I do hope I shall see you there.

Sincerely,

HP.

We Are Cardiff – street scene

We’ve recently started a new series of posts on the We Are Cardiff blog called Street seen. It’s basically – you’ve guessed it – people we’ve seen on the streets of Cardiff. Or in parks. Or just around generally, you know what I mean.

Asking people to write stories about the city can be quite daunting, as evidenced by the number of people who ask about taking part in the site and then freeze as soon as they’re asked to write something, retreating slowly from my persistent emails like Peter Griffin backing slowly out of a room where he’s just accidentally set something on fire. I should know, I’ve been trying (and failing) to write my own Cardiff story for the past five months!

Anyway. To try and combat this and also vary things up a bit on the blog we’re doing these shorter posts that are more focused on the photography and the small but tasty morsels of information we find out about people while taking their pictures.

It’s been great motivation to take my camera out and start talking to random people (not that I ever need any encouragement to do that, but anyway). People do share the most unexpected information with you in passing. Also up until now I’ve just been doing mostly admin type things for We Are Cardiff – the ‘office’ backend stuff, so it’s nice to get into it and do something practical for the project. I do help out on photoshoots and I have been producing the We Are Cardiff film, but again that’s mostly admin or runner-type tasks. It’s nice to be doing something creative for it.

The first ‘Street seen’ post went up on Sunday and featured someone I actually know – Lia Moutselou, who runs the Lia’s Kitchen blog and was holding a stall at the Made In Roath Spring Fiesta. Most of the posts will be anonymous unless those photographed specifically want their details shared. I kind of like the different style of post compared with our usual ‘We Are Cardiff’ posts, which are intensely personal and packed with details. Variety is good, eh?

To read Lia’s post, click on her photograph below.

Photoblog: Cardiff Central Library

I went for a wander into town yesterday and popped into my local library, which happens to be Cardiff Central Library. It’s such an improvement from the old library (the horrible red brick monster on the edge of the Hayes, if any of you remember that). This one is big and airy and futuristic – all angles and open space and wood and glass and steel. I love it.

 

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Cardiff Central Library, May 2013

Libraries are cool! I especially like ours. It still feels shiney and new, even though it’s a couple of years old now. You should make a point of popping in on your next trip into Cardiff city centre. They have loads of info about events going on in the city.