Story & Interview for Radio Wales

Rachael Garside

Back on the radio again!!  Interviewed today at Larkhill Tips and Yurts by the delightful Rachael Garside of BBC Radio Wales.  It was for their Country Focus programme to be broadcast very early in the morning on Easter Sunday (I think I will catch it on iPlayer later).  The show is a magazine programme focussing on people living on the countryside and gave me the chance to tell a story about Merlin and his days in Carmarthen and Fran and Tony the chance to show of some of their award-winning accommodation.  Many thanks to producer Pauline Smith for inviting me to take part.

Larkhill On Location

Larkhill Yurt

Off to Larkhill Tips & Yurts today to be interviewed by BBC Radio Wales for their countryside programme this coming Easter Sunday.  Larkhill is the most amazing place for a holiday – five distinctive and different “holiday homes” ranging from a Tipi through two types of Mongolian Yurt to a Lavvu.  Check their website here to see what one of those is!  I gather I will be telling a traditional story (one about Merlin, I think) and chatting about holidays in Carmarthenshire.

And The Winner Is . . .

Mario Morris - winner & trophy

. . . Mario Morris!  All five competitors gave it their all but in the end it was Mario who took the title of “Merlin Magician of the Year” in Carmarthen today.  It was a really hard-fought competition with just a few points seperating the conjurors and leaving the spectators literally spell-bound.  Many thanks to Craig Lewis, Professor Llusen, Jay Gatling and Tom Dodd who all did an excellent job in keeping the crowds happy in the town centre.

The Magic Circles Are In Place


Everything is now ready for Saturday’s Merlin Magician of the Year competition in Carmarthen.  The five “magic circles” are all in place waiting for our competitors to compete for the title at our venues in the town centre.  With sunny weather forecast we expecting a bumper turn out by the public to see some great street magicians giving it their all.  The first performances begin at 11 and continue at each venue every hour on the hour until 3.

Cwrdd -The March Gathering


There’s another night’s worth of free entertainment tonight in Carmarthen at Caffi Iechyd Da.  Cwrdd (the word has a loose meaning akin to “meet”) is an open-mic night featuring music, poetry, storytelling and the spoken word – and sometimes even magic.  I will be there tonight along with regular performers Mark Montinaro, David Kilvington, and John Bilsborough.  For more information – and to book an open-mic slot call David on 07931 915444.

John Bilsborough& Friends


Back at the Ffwrnes Theatre on Thursday night for the second in the series of entertainments cunningly entitled John Bilsborough And Friends.  Yes, the funny poet it is at it again in the company of friends from the world of performance poetry, music and magic (that bit is me!!).  We had a great night last month and I’m sure the March offering will be just as much fun. More details and to book tickets click on THIS LINK.


Off To The Coffin Works

Coffin Works

I am always looking for unusual places to perform Strange Tales from the Darker Side and they don’t come weirder than Birmingham’s Coffin Works. It is now a museum devoted to the work of Newman Brothers, manufacturers of the “coffin furniture” that graced the  funerals of the great and the good including Queen Victoria and Sir Winston Churchill. I will be performing an early evening show there on 30th September.  Watch out for details on their website

The Merlin Festival Approaches


The shortlisting has now taken place and five Welsh magicians have been selected to battle it out to be the winner of the first Merlin Award for street magic.  The competition is taking place on Saturday 25th March in five special open-air venues around Carmarthen with performances on the hour.  I hope to be able to announce the names of those who will be taking part later this week.