Hope you have had a special day with loved ones.
If you were alone, I hope it was a day of positive reflection.
A special Christmas and Festive message from me to YOU!
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“National Poetry Day is a great opportunity for appreciators – from the classical and traditional word, the melancholic and lyrical word, to the contemporary, rapped and spoken word – to celebrate and indulge in a magnificent and efficacious art form.”
National Poetry Day Quote – by Patricia Foster
What does poetry mean to you? National Poetry Day is a very important day in the UK poetry and literature calendar. Celebrated on the first Thursday in October, poets, poetry organisations, schools, community groups, poetry supporters and poetry lovers alike acknowledge the art form. A day in recognition of poetry’s prominence, as well as its relevance in our ever changing society.
The theme for National Poetry Day 2014 is ‘Remember’
How many ‘remember’ themed or inspired poems can you think of?
USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
Education Scotland – National Poetry Day
Featuring Dorothea Smartt, Kadija Sesay, Malika Booker, Patricia Foster
& Sai Murray.
Part of ‘Rhyme and Reason’ at ‘Southwark Libraries Poetry Festival 2014’.
Saturday 15th February 2014.
Your free places can be booked by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7525 1570
A date for your diaries!
I’m excited to share that I will be in the company of four amazing poets, featuring in the poetry show ‘Five Lives’, as part of Southwark Libraries Poetry Festival.
It will be absolutely wonderful to see you there!
Saturday 15 February 2014, 7pm to 9pm
Peckham Library, 122 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JR
Join some of the most exciting talent on the UK poetry scene. Five Black British poets explore and celebrate love, life and their Caribbean and African heritage with power, humour and honesty.
Dorothea Smartt is a ‘Brit-born Bajan international’, her work typically bridges Britain and Barbados, effortlessly shuttling between local and global scenes as it weaves a diasporic web. She is the author of two poetry collections, Connecting Medium and Ship Shape.
Kadija Sesay has performed around the world. Her poetry collection Irki was published in 2013 which she toured in the UK, USA, Caribbean and West Africa. She was recently awarded an Arts Council Grant to work on her second poetry collection, The Modern Pan Africanist’s Journey.
Malika Booker was born in the UK to Guyanese and Grenadian parents and first began writing and performing poetry while at Goldsmiths University. As well as her own acclaimed solo work Malika founded the writers’ collective Malika’s Kitchen in 2000. It aims to support “multicultural writers in the development of their craft.”
Patricia Foster is a writer, poet, performer, actress and founder member of highly acclaimed writers’ collective Malika’s Kitchen. Patricia has read poetry and monologues across Europe and the US and has been published in numerous anthologies.
Sai Murray is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, artist and graphic designer. In a former life he worked in advertising… but he has been clean for over 13 years. His first volume of poetry Ad-liberation was published by Peepal Tree Press in September 2013.
Suitable for adults, advance booking required.
All Rhyme and Reason events are free to attend, but may require advance booking. Please check the event description for more details.
Your free places can be booked by contacting
020 7525 1570
For many, this time of year represents something unique and personal. Some relish the magic of Christmas, it’s true original meaning, the precious time with family and exciting expectation of presents and gifts. For others, it is a celebration of Kwanzaa, the build up of Holiday Season stress, bittersweet memories of a departed loved one, or acute loneliness.
On a personal note, throughout 2013, I have experienced extreme highs and lows. I have encountered the loss of loved ones, disappointment and setbacks. I have, however, been blessed to receive the constant love and support of family and friends to counteract this. I have also managed to celebrate new additions to my family, positive new initiatives, been involved in progressive projects, facilitated on important community programmes, had poems and articles published, had a film made, participated successfully in an international women’s expo, travelled and been brave enough to venture outside of my comfort zone.
Whatever route your journey has taken you on this year, or however far you have travelled, I wish you a time of healing, rejuvenation and comfort this Holiday Season. I also wish you a successful and joyous 2014. Look forward to meeting up with you!
© Patricia Foster