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Sable Poet-In-Residence Patricia Foster McKenley Performs Poetry and Delivers Workshops at the Mboka Festival, 9-14 January 2017, Gambia.

Between 9th and 14th of January 2017, I can safely say I had one of the most life changing experiences during my existence on this Earth.

Late evening of the 8th of January, after a delayed flight, Banjul in Gambia embraced me with open arms, as I visited West Africa for the first time in my life. On the descent from the plane, I momentarily crouched down and touched the Gambian tarmac.

In September 2016, I received a most welcome and at the same time, frightening and exhilarating email from Kadija (George) Sesay, connected to my role as Sable Litmag Poet-in-Residence. The email confirmed my invite to read poetry and deliver workshops, at the SABLE Literary Festival and the Mboka Festival of Arts. The SABLE Literary Festival, is part of the brilliant new collaboration – the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport – in warm and delightful Gambia. Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof.

After a 10 year hiatus, the SABLE Literary Festival relaunched, as part of the Mboka Festival, which took place between 7-17 January 2017. 
This assignment, in my role as the first Sable Poet-in-Residence, was an honour and complete privilege. But I was forewarned I would be worked very hard and indeed I was. 

On 9th January 2017, my second day in Gambia, I was extremely excited and equally nervous to be reading that night, at my first ever poetry event in West Africa. In fact, my first ever poetry reading on the continent of Africa. The reading, where I was also a special guest and highly anticipated poet (apparently my online presence and videos were searched for and watched), took place at the new African Poetry Library, also known as Mango Tree (due to the impressive mango tree in its yard). To top it all, the event was captured for the news on Gambian national television.

Patricia Foster McKenley Reading at the Mboka Literary Festival 2017 launch. Photo courtesy of Kadija George.Patricia Foster McKenley Reading at the Mboka Literary Festival 2017 launch. Photo courtesy of Kadija George.

I was exposed to many young, talented Gambian poets and spoken word artists, in particular the dynamic poetry outfit and writers’ group ‘The Clouds’. I was deeply honoured to share the stage with them. 

Patricia Foster McKenley with The Cloud writing collective. Photo: Clovis McKenleyPhoto: Clovis McKenley

I was even more flattered when I was invited by The Clouds to deliver a lecture and talk to them two days later (Wednesday 11th January 2017). My talk focussed on my journey and Life As a Poet since 2001, my role as Sable Poet-in-Residence, plus writing tips they could apply on their own writing journey. This was delivered at their headquarters in Banjul (the capital). I was left very impressed with their business ideas and set up. 

Patricia Foster McKenley delivering lecture in Gambia. Photo: Clovis McKenleyPhoto: Clovis McKenley

Photo: Clovis McKenley

Spending time with The Clouds also gave me an insight into the political and socio dynamic background for young people and their desire for a greater entrepreneurial spirit in Gambia. They spoke eloquently about the potential for Gambia, at a time when Gambia itself was experiencing a shift in presidential personnel. 

On Thursday 12th January 2017, also as part of the Sable Literary Festival and Mboka Festival, I was programmed to deliver a workshop at The African Poetry Library. After much soul searching, deliberation, hair pulling and brow wipes from my (then soon-to-be) fiancé (and my now husband), I finally prepared a keynote presentation, then took a taxi down to the African Poetry Library. The numbers were small, but the workshop produced great discussion and varied and rich pieces of writing.

Patricia Foster McKenley facilitating workshop at Mboka Festival, Gambia, 2017. Photo: Clovis McKenleyPhoto: Clovis McKenley

Friday 13th January was the showcase for the The Mboka Festival. This was held at the beautiful Senegambia Hotel and included the introduction of our esteemed Kenyan writer and keynote speaker Ngugui Wa Thiong’o, who had only arrived in Gambia from California that afternoon, to a traditional and grand drum, dance and song welcome (which was captured on film and posted on YouTube). As well as myself reading a set of poetry to my own produced soundscape and imagery, the evening contained UK based Numbi Arts and their beautiful collaboration with local artists and musicians, storyteller Nzinga and US based half Gambian academic and poet Rosamund S. King.

Photo: Clovis McKenley
Photo: Clovis McKenley
Photo: Clovis McKenley
Photo: Clovis McKenley

Photo: Clovis McKenley

On Saturday 14th January, I was gifted an opportunity that created an immense shift in me as a poetry educator. Even though incredibly challenging due to the size of the class, their delay en route due to traffic, the language hurdles to overcome and the different learning needs, I thoroughly enjoyed delivering a poetry workshop to the Jambanjelly Basic Cycle School, again at the African Poetry Library, a.k.a. Mango Tree, in Banjul Gambia. The thirty-five eager to learn, polite, endearing students, aged eleven to sixteen or seventeen, also overcame shyness and came to grips with my Jamaican British cultural nuances, to produce some excellent work. A presentation of their work, as well as recitals of their favourite poems took place out in the yard, under the mango tree. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life, without a doubt. I’ll be eternally grateful to this wonderful school for having me! 

Photo: Clovis McKenley
Photo: Clovis McKenley
Photo: Clovis McKenley

Later that evening, after a searching high and low before sampling vegan Lebanese food, we took a couple of taxi rides to see the excellent production of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s play ‘The Black Hermit’, at Ebunjan Theatre in Bakau, The Gambia. Expertly directed by Janet Badjan-Young, she later stated, “It is a very relevant play for The New Gambia.” The Black Hermit was commissioned by The Mboka Festival and was well received.
Sunday 15th January 2017, the early part of our last day in Gambia was spent exploring the beach, packing and saying our goodbyes to the lovely staff at our hotel. With luggage in toe, we went down to the Senegambia again to attend the brilliant talk given by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. His lasting message to Mboka Festival attendees, particularly local Gambian writers and creatives, was his encouragement ‘to nurture and publish both written and spoken Gambian languages’ to sustain their heritage. Prior to Ngũgĩ’s talk, was a book launch for Rosamond S. King’s collection of poems Rock| Salt| Stone, published by Nightboat Books. 
My week of delivering workshops and poetry, woven between meeting Caribbean-British recently relocated to Gambia, eating and devouring delicious Domoda with vegetables and African fried rice, drinking refreshing ginger and sorrel drinks, visiting a Gambian primary school and being energised and revitalised by the gorgeous Gambian beaches, was over within a matter of hours. Flickers of wonderful memories matching the blinking city night lights of Banjul, as our plane hovered back to rainy London.

Only two days after we returned from Gambia, the outgoing president conceded defeat and the new President was received, heralding new hope and a new direction for beautiful Gambia.

I will be forever grateful for the trust and belief in me, as well as the mentorship provided by Kadija (George) Sesay and Dorothea Smartt, which enabled me to have such a rewarding, character building, culturally engaging and memorable experience that will stay with me my entire life.
By Patricia Foster McKenley.

#SablePoetInResidence #MbokaFestival2017 

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A snapshot of The Gambia’s Mboka Festival of Arts Culture and Sport 2017

Posted by James Murua

Link:

http://www.jamesmurua.com/snapshot-gambias-mboka-festival-arts-culture-sport-2017/

This article was first published in: Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster Reads Poetry and Delivers Workshops at Mboka Festival, Gambia, 2017’,  June 2017. Link: https://www.peepaltreepress.com/blog/inscribe/sable-poet-residence-patricia-foster-reads-poetry-and-delivers-workshops-mboka

LIPS – Anti-Bullying Poetry Film. Written and Performed by Award-Winning Poet Patricia Foster McKenley. Produced by Mellow 9 Productions. Anti-Bullying Week 2018.

As a young child and teenager, I was bullied. As an adult, I have been bullied. These experiences prompted me to write my poem ‘Lips’.
I recently had the poem ‘Lips’ skilfully made into a film by the brilliant Mellow 9 Productions. So thankful for this. 


The poem and film focuses on the traumatic impact of bullying and how important it is to reach out to and seek comfort and refuge from those who can support us. 
I currently use my poetry film ‘Lips’ in poetry, self esteem and anti-bullying workshops. Please contact me for more details and to book a workshop.
Bullying affects more people than we realise.
Watch the film here!
https://youtu.be/DuzFlvl25qg

#AntiBullying

#AntiBullyingWeek

#AntiBullyingWeek2018

#SelfEsteem

#ChooseRespect

Black History Month Activities With Award Winning Poet and Performer Patricia Foster – October 2016. BHM Workshop at UWLSU, At The Inkwell London Celebrates Black History Month, ‘Southbound: An Evening of Poetry’ (Southwark Libraries).

The UK celebrates Black History Month in October and I would love to share what I’ll be up to this month.
This Wednesday 19th October 2016, I’ll be delivering a poetry workshop for Black History Month. My workshop will be part of the University of West London Students’ Union (UWLSU) Black Histoy Month programme. I very much look forward to it:


Click here for link to UWLSU web page 

On Thursday 20th October, I will be co-hosting the third instalment of the monthly event At The Inkwell London. We will celebrate and acknowledge Black History Month; the rich and varied accounts of migration, belonging, culture and family.


Our featured writers will be

Millie MurrayRacheal Joseph and Nadeem Din-Gabisi.
Please find below a weblink to our official website for this month’s event:

http://attheinkwell.com/readings/black-history-month-london/

The Facebook Event Page is: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/188808594893206/

The event is FREE, but do let us know if you plan to come. The Eventbrite link is: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/at-the-inkwell-london-celebrates-black-history-month-ft-millie-murray-racheal-joseph-tickets-28574841119

Hosts will be writers Gemma Weekes, myself Patricia Foster and Rachel Rigby.


We also have an open mic for anyone who would love to share their work.
At The Inkwell has been created to be a warm, welcoming, encouraging and engaging environment for writers to share and promote their work. I hope this event will provide a positive space for you to hear great work, as well as participate!

Please contact us on inkwellreadings.london@gmail.com if you would like further information, to sign up for the open mic, or read at future events.
Warmest regards,

Patricia
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Best,

Patricia Foster, Gemma Weekes & Rachel Rigby

At The Inkwell London Co-hosts

Email: inkwellreadings.london@gmail.com

Website: www.attheinkwell.com
‘Like’ the At The Inkwell Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AtTheInkwell/

Follow At The Inkwell on Twitter: @AtTheInkwell
On Friday 21 October 2016, I will be a feature poet for ‘Southbound: A Evening of Poetry. Also featured will be Zena Edwards, Janett Plummer and Suléy Muhidin.

Newspaper article of Southwark Libraries BHM events in October 2016. Photos include Zena Edwards and Patricia Foster

“Four talented performers Patricia Foster, Zena Edwards, Suléy Muhidin and Janett Plummer reveal a window into their lives through moving, funny, fierce, and inspirational poetry. South London life – sometimes frustrating, often surprising – forms a consistent thread through the poems as they reflect global worries, personal hopes and diverse backgrounds.

Target Audience: Adults

Cost: Free – but advance booking is essential via Eventbrite

Book your space via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southbound-an-evening-of-poetry-tickets-27544444174?aff=es2
DATE AND TIME

Fri, October 21, 2016

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM BST
LOCATION

Camberwell Library

48 Camberwell Green

London

SE5 7AL

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#FanPageFriday – Like ‘YouAreYOU’ Facebook Page. For Holistic Coaching, Motivational and Training Services: From Coach and Poet Patricia Foster

#FanPageFriday


  


Greetings! 

Welcome to ‘You Are YOU’ Holistic Coaching, Empowerment, Talks, Wellbeing & Training Services – Specialising in Life Transitions.


We provide coaching, empowerment, healthy eating and mentoring services to individuals and groups, as well as facilitate workshops at conferences, seminars, events and within community organisations and libraries. 


Like Our Facebook Page for FREE Tips and Motivation:https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaFosterCoachingServices


Thank you for Liking our Page!

Event: Women’s Nutrition Made Easy, with Patricia Foster of ‘You Are You’ Holistic Coaching & Training Services and Kitchen Buddy founder Theresa Webb. 24/3/15 Torridon Library, Catford 1RQ. Coach, Vegan, Mentor, Raw Food.

Women’s Nutrition Made Easy: With Kitchen Buddy founder Theresa Webb and YouAreYOU founder Patricia Foster Tuesday 24th March 2015 (7:00-9:00pm), Torridon Library, Catford London FREE! 

Patricia Foster, qualified life coach and founder of You Are YOU holistic coaching and training services, will be providing practical, every day healthy eating and Wellbeing tips for women 25 years and over.

Tickets may already be booked up. Contact Torridon Library for  further details.


FREE event, but booking essential.

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For further info about YouAreYOU, visit the website, by clicking  HERE


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YouAreYOU Founder Patricia Foster, Talks at Aspire2BGreat Coffee Morning, Friday 27th February 2015, Battersea

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Patricia Foster, founder of YouAreYOU Holistic Coaching & Training Services youareyoublog.wordpress.com , will be a motivational speaker and holistic life coach on the ‘Aspire 2B Great’ Young Mother’s Life Skills project, taking place in April 2015.

Come down to the free coffee morning, Friday 27th February, 12-2pm, to hear all about the motivational talk and module she will be delivering and facilitating on this wonderful project. There will be an array of speakers and facilitators at the coffee morning, including Round the World Yachtswoman Tracey Edwards MBE.

Spaces are limited. To secure your place, please RSVP to Dannike_W@hotmail.com

For more information:

http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/events/event/2304/young_mothers_life_skills_event

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Happy New Year! Best Wishes for 2015 from Writer and Life Coach Patricia Foster

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You are amazing. Yes, YOU! Look at what you have accomplished to get to this very point in your life. ~ Patricia Foster

As we approach the end of 2014, it is a useful time to inhale, exhale and look at our accomplishments and victories that got us where we are today. If you search within, You’ll see that you have so much to celebrate.

I am very grateful that I have a lot to celebrate from 2014:

I have been invited to participate in numerous events this year as a Poet, Coach, Speaker and Workshop Facilitator, in The UK and Jamaica.
Included is the successful Every Woman Inspired conference in Jamaica.

I practice as a qualified Life Coach (Dip NMC), focusing on Life Transitions.

Additionally I have the privilege of offering healing as a certified Reiki Practitioner.

I have been invited to present, deliver workshops and speak at my church, as well as working with the youth group.

I have also been made Sable Litmag Poet-in-Residence, with a year long residency and lots of exciting initiatives and events to look forward to.

To top it all, I have had exquisite, quality time with my family in The UK, Jamaica and The USA.

However, at times, it may not look as if we have a lot to celebrate.

It has been a challenging and arduous road for many. Some of us this year have experienced the loss of loved ones – myself included. We have adjusted our lives to accommodate our losses, found the strength to support others, held each other’s hands through the darkness. Sometimes, we have been the light to help others on their forward journeys. For others, again myself included, numerous life changes and transitions have made life journeys more burdensome.

It is possible our own personal challenges can strengthen us to achieve wonderful accomplishments.

How deep down did you have to dig to find your inner strength? It’s amazing what we actually have to celebrate in our lives.

What are your personal highlights? What can you show gratitude for?
Showing gratitude for what you have or what you have accomplished, is proven to create an abundant mindset. It also forces us to focus on abundance and not lack.

Please leave comments or list below your accomplishments and what you are grateful for, however big or small!

To peace, love, happiness and your success in 2015.
© Patricia Foster

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Patricia Foster McKenley Coaching, Empowerment & Mentoring Services

Qualified Life Coach (Dip NMC), Mentor, Writer, Speaker and Trainer

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“Strategically working and partnering with the transitioning YOU; to transform YOU to where your dreams, desires and highest human potential are.

Guiding YOU towards the place where you can confidentially unleash and reveal the True, Authentic YOU!”
~ Patricia Foster McKenley 

WHY CHOOSE TRANSITIONAL AND TRANSFORMATIONAL COACHING?

For many, life can be one, long bumpy road of huge life transitions, such as:

Child birth or child rearing,

Finding a new school for your child/children

Studying or exams

Transition from graduate to successfully employed

A change in job or career

Relocating yourself or family to another country or city

The journey taken after redundancy

From single, to engaged, to being married

Relationship changes, separation or divorce

Major illness, injury or surgery – yourself or a loved one

Changes in your financial circumstances and all that entails

Dealing with life after bereavement

A journey of the mind; moving from limiting beliefs, to positive self talk and higher self-esteem

There may be many obstacles – mental and emotional – which also occur along on this road. The transitioning process can be arduous and draining, time consuming, eroding one’s self esteem at the same time.

Coaching helps you explore the inner tools, actions and solutions needed to journey through your transition.
Consequently, you will unlock the ability to transform your thinking and self belief.

The transformation process will include helping you to identify and establish your ultimate dreams, goals and desires, then transform you towards your personal success and highest potential through your behaviours, actions and belief systems.

MY SUPPORT FOR YOU

My aim is to guide, amongst many, Women, Girls, Sensitive Children and Creative Practitioners to ease your transitioning, helping you receive clarity of thought about what your goals are, to create positive, highly effective habits and facilitate your transformation.

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ABOUT


Qualified Transitional, Transformational & Empowerment Coach (Dip NMC)

Works in The UK and Internationally


Specialises in:

Children,

Teenagers,

NEETs (Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training),

Girls / Young Women,

Women,

EBD (Emotional Behavioural Disorders) Students,

Corporate Team Building,

Writers,

Artists,

Creative Practitioners,

Creative Entrepreneurs,

Health and Wellbeing Practitioners

Holistic Health Seekers,

Vegans

COACHING SESSIONS

Coaching sessions with individuals or groups, in person or via Skype

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COACHING AIMS

Empowering young people, adults and children.

Raising confidence levels in adult learners

Providing life guidance, mentoring and emotional support for disaffected young adults

Working with young offenders on reparation orders. Providing empowering tools and multimedia solutions as well as pastoral guidance and coaching

Working with young people, women and men in prisons

IMG_0423.JPGFacilitating a personal development workshop, at the ‘Every Woman Inspired’ event in Kingston, Jamaica (November 2013). Photo: Denise Hall

Also delivers Personal Development and Empowerment Workshops at Conferences, Seminars, Retreats, Inset Training and Corporate Events

CONTACT

UK: +447956 476 547

Email: prfoster@hotmail.com

Skype: patricia_foster_trainer

Twitter: @Ms_P_Foster

Facebook: LIKE the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaFosterCoachingServices

Creative Expressions: Free Poetry Workshops at Torridon Road Library with Patricia Foster – Workshop 1 Thursday 26 June 2014, Workshop 2 Thursday 24 July 2014

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Workshops will take place at
Torridon Road Library
103 Torridon Road, Catford, London SE6 1RQ

Spaces are limited!
To book a place, call Torridon Road Library on
0208 314 3712

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Reiki Healing – What is it All About? By Patricia Foster

Creating Positive Shifts in your Life

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Photo courtesy of Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Gallery

 

In 2012, I received my Reiki Level 2 certificate! I am thoroughly pleased to be a certified Reiki Practitioner, as I love the benefits of Reiki Healing, as well as delivering it. I also receive an incredibly sense of wellbeing, as does the recipient.

Reiki finds its origins in Japan and is a way of directing Universal Healing Energy to a client through a healer/practitioner. It has mutual, positive benefits for the client as well as the healer. It also promotes relaxation, wellbeing and reduced stress, as well as healing on many levels (emotional and physical) in recipients.

The Reiki Healing tradition was developed in Japan by Dr. Usui and allegedly brought to the West by Mrs Takata. Many Reiki practitioners and scholars have identified parallels between traditional Christian healing and Reiki. For further information about Reiki practices, visit http://www.reiki.org/

 

I can safely say that I have experienced many positive changes during my Reiki journey thus far. I have also received many positive and startling feedback from recipients of my Reiki healing sessions.

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Photo courtesy of Microsoft Office Online Clip Art and Media Gallery

It is possible for you to also experience positive changes and shifts in your life!

Contact me for Reiki healing sessions on:

Email: prfoster@hotmail.com
Mobile: +447956 476 546
Skype: patricia_foster_trainer

This blog was originally posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 and is filed under Energy, Healing, Health, Holistic, Reiki, Spiritual, Wellbeing, Workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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