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R.I.P. Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela – A Great Source of Inspiration For Young People. 1918 – 2013. by Patricia Foster

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Yesterday the world momentarily paused and individual heartbeats stopped, as we learned of the sad passing of arguably one of the most inspirational and powerful men of the last one hundred years – Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela. Also known as Madiba. Commonly known as Nelson Mandela.

He has left a legacy that in my eyes will never, ever be matched and taught so many about perseverance while living under scrutiny, standing firm against injustice, as well as the power and healing in forgiveness.

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To many, in particular the young, he was an incredible source of guidance and a visible presence they could link to for motivation.

He advocated the importance of education and the impact and difference it can make on a personal and global level:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

He always provided inspiration and encouragement, showing how young people can utilise their own gifts to be successful:

“Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?” ~ Nelson Mandela

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During his challenges, struggles, battles against injustice and the Apartheid regime, personal grief and his twenty-seven years of imprisonment, Madiba learned tools and gained the strength to overcome fear:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela epitomised the essence of love, peace and forgiveness. Humble and gently powerful, with the ability to let go so gracefully! R.I.P.

© Patricia Foster

Patricia Foster is an Internationally Published Poet, Performer, Visual and Multimedia Artist (BA Hons), Broadcaster, Certified Tutor/Trainer & Facilitator, Dynamic Educator and Creative Consultant. She is also a Life Coach, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Wellbeing Advisor, Vegan and lover of Raw Food. As a writer, she has toured the UK, Europe and the USA and has worked for the BBC as a workshop facilitator.

2Inspire Academy ‘Inspire The Youth’ FREE Summer Programme: Monday 19th August – Friday 30th August 2013, 2pm – 5pm. @ The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust- from Patricia Foster.

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I am pleased to share that I will be facilitating a film making workshop for the 2Inspire Academy’s FREEInspire The Youth‘ Summer Programme, being held at
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust,
Stephen Lawrence Centre,
39 Brookmill Road
London
SE8 4HU
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My workshop will cover the basic skills needed to make a film and will be highly interactive and fun! There will be lots of other fantastic sessions on offer, facilitated by an array of magnificent educators, to help develop life skills. Remember, this will all be for FREE!!!

The programme will run between Monday 19th August and Friday 30th August 2013 (please refer to course programme above). Each session will run between 2pm – 5pm and will be aimed at 16-24 year olds. You can follow 2Inspire Academy on Twitter at @2inspireacademy.

Places are limited, so please book at your earliest convenience!

To register for this amazing programme and for further info, please go to the following link: http://2inspireacademysummerprogramme.eventbrite.co.uk/

Stations

The following stations are close to The Stephen Lawrence Centre and only 8 minutes train journey from London Bridge:
Deptford
New Cross
St Johns

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

The following DLR station is close to The Stephen Lawrence Centre:
Deptford Bridge
The Centre is just behind the DLR Station

Buses

The following buses stop near The Stephen Lawrence Centre:
47 bus Bellingham to Shoreditch via London Bridge
225 bus Hither Green to Canada Water via Lewisham

Hope to see you there!

Regards,
Patricia Foster

Upcoming Release of New Poetry Video ‘Lips’ – Written and Performed by Patricia Foster

Myself on the film shoot!  Photo: Flora van den Berg, Mellow 9 Productions

Myself on the film shoot!
Photo: Flora van den Berg, Mellow 9 Productions

I’m really excited, as the release of the film version of my poem ‘Lips’ takes place this month, August 2013. The poem and film explores the impact of bullying between young females and how this can raise issues of identity and self esteem.

Myself and one of the superb cast!

Myself with one of the superb cast!

I was honoured to have my words brought to life by the incredibly talented, award winning Mellow 9 Productions. The whole experience, including the shoot, working with the crew and witnessing their spot on and intuitive casting was amazing.

I will post a link and further info about the video shortly. In the meantime, here are a few more behind-the-scenes photos from the film shoot. Photos by Flora van den Berg

Photo:  Flora van den Berg

Photo: Flora van den Berg

Photo: Flora van den Berg.  Scene with the fantastic young cast.

Photo: Flora van den Berg.
Scene with the fantastic young cast.

Photo: Flora Van Den Berg. Ameet Solanki and Adrian Scott behind the camera!

Photo: Flora van den Berg.
Ameet Solanki and Adrian Scott behind the camera!

Myself with Adrian Scott, Scriptwriter/Managing Director/Producer of Mellow 9

Myself with Adrian Scott,
Scriptwriter/Managing Director/Producer of Mellow 9

Patricia Foster’s News and Updates for June 2013

Panel Discussion, Poetry Readings, Crystal Palace Festival, Making A Short Film with Mellow 9 Productions and Workshops

Performing at the 2Inspire Fundraising event

Performing at the 2Inspire Fundraising event

It is already hard to believe that the month of June is upon us. Lots of changes have occurred around me. Professionally, the first few weeks have been fairly busy.

On the 7th, I took part in a panel discussion, looking at the role of businesses and sole traders in African Inter-trade within Africa and the African Diaspora. This was hosted by Sustainable Hills. A video will be posted shortly.

On the 8th, I continued my involvement within The Virtue Programme, empowering young girls with the skills and training needed to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Also on the 8th June, I performed poetry at the 2Inspire Fundraising event.

 

Myself on the film shoot!  Photo: Flora van den Berg, Mellow 9 Productions

Myself on the film shoot!
Photo: Flora van den Berg, Mellow 9 Productions

I have recently commissioned the amazing film making company Mellow 9 Productions http://www.mellow9productions.co.uk/ to bring my poem ‘Lips’ to life. They have worked with a host of top UK spoken word artists. Filming took place on Wednesday 26th June 2013. The cast were superb. The crew were excellent, highly professional and an absolute joy to work with. I Will post further details and video link soon. Very exciting!

On Sunday 30th June 2013, I will be a featured poet, along side a fantastic line up of amazing poets at

CRYSTAL PALACE FESTIVAL

Hosted by “BEYOND WORDS”
Which celebrates local poets
musicians, and you
Upstairs, 4pm at
MEDITERRANEA
21 Westow Street SE19 3RY.

The 2Inspire Network Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser – Featuring Patricia Foster

My Next Poetry Performance – by Patricia Foster

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Hope you’re having an inspired and positive day so far. I will be a featured Poet and Performer at

The 2inspire Network Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser for the 2inspire Academy

It will be taking place on Saturday 8th June

6pm-12am

at the Anise Bar, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL

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(Across the road from Liverpool station, Car park a few minutes walk away from venue)

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The event will be a great evening out and a great chance to network, celebrate and be inspired.

Event programme:

6-7pm: Arrival of guests: Canapes & drinks reception (complimentary)

7-8pm: Networking hour

8pm-10pm: Entertainment: Poetry, Singing, Speakers

10-12pm: Party!!!

Hosts: Usha Penumuchi & Charley Jai

Guest speakers include:

Lorna Stewart (Black100+),
Kuumba Nia (Circle of one),
Carl Foster (Self Made Me)
Margaret Aberdeen (Life After Domestic Violence)

Plus more

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Live music and poetry from the likes of:

Amennoir/ Nyarai Kizzy
Cezanne Poetess
Patricia Foster
Linda E

Plus more

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There have been some great donations which include an amazing buffet and drinks reception courtesy of the renowned Cinnamon Kitchen and cupcakes courtesy of Dazzling little delights. Also some excellent raffle prizes to be won on the night.
To purchase tickets at just £8 click on the link below: http://www.2inspirenetwork.com/Birthdaycelebration/fundraiser

The 2inspire Academy kids have worked really hard with the Network team on the event planning as they are very focused on making sure their summer youth project is a success, please support them. To find out more about their project please click on link below: http://www.2inspirenetwork.com/2inspireAcademy

If you would like more information on the event or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact:
Hazel Chawapiwa
2inspire Network
+44 (0)7590 622 501