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Poet Patricia Foster McKenley, Reading from ‘Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry’, at Ilkley Literature Festival, 14th October 2018. 


‪I’m delighted to share that I will be reading poetry at Ilkley Literature Festival on Sunday 14 October 2018. I’ll be sharing the stage with Maya Chowdhry, Nick Makoha and Rishi Dastidar to promote the new anthology Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry, which we will all be published in. 

Edited by Nii Parkes and Inscribe Series/Peepal Tree. Editor Kadija Sesay.

Host on the day is Pete Kalu.

Reading at Ilkley Festival is something I have always wanted to do. Being included in this anthology, which includes a wealth of Black British writers, is a huge honour. I am indebted to Nii Parkes and Kadija Sesay for their brilliant editing, encouragement, nurturing and support. 

Featuring past and present writers from Malikas Poetry Kitchen.

Very excited!

Hope to see you there.
Venue: St Margaret’s Hall, Queens Road, Ilkley LS29 9QL

Date: Sunday 14th October 2018

Time: 4:45pm

Price: £7 / £5

Super Woman: Taking Everyday In Her Stride! Celebrating International Women’s Month. By Poet, Educator, Holistic Coach, Speaker & Vegan Patricia Foster McKenley 

“As a woman, today and hereafter, I choose to express myself at my highest potential! That is my divine purpose and mission on this Earth.”~ Patricia Foster McKenley, 8th March 2012

International performances at ‘Palabras The Reunion, Paradiso, Amsterdam

Performance at book launch of ‘Irki’ by Kadija George, at The Barbican. Photo: Rousha Browning / SABLE LitMag

Imagine how this world would be if as individual women, we decided to reach for our highest potential and operate from that place for as much of our lives as possible. Imagine if we tapped into our innate powers and energies daily. 

I wrote the above quote for International Women’s Day in March 2012. March is also renowned  for celebrating International Women’s Week and International Women’s Month. 

We also celebrated Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day in the UK on Sunday 11th March 2018. Additionally, two of my beautiful nieces celebrated Birthdays in March – one on International Women’s Day too, therefore lots of female energy to tap into and generate. Lots of magic and miracles to create.

Giving a lecture to ‘The Cloud’ spoken word collective, as part of the Mboka Festival 2017, Gambia. Photo: Clovis McKenley.

 

So as a woman, how will you choose to express yourself and your positive, female energy today, this month, in March and for the rest of the year? It is our divine gift to share with our loved ones and the world.

MANY BLESSINGS,

Patricia Foster McKenley.

Patricia will be running Poetry Workshops, Self-Esteem Workshops for Young Women and Writing/Personal Development Workshops for Women during International Women’s Month and throughout the year. She’ll also be performing at various Poetry Readings throughout March. 

For bookings, contact:

+447956 476 547
Or

prfoster@hotmail.com

Please feel free to follow Patricia on Twitter @Ms_P_Foster

and on Instagram 

@PatriciaFoster7000

Black, Bitter And Beautiful – Poets Against Brutality. Evening of poetry in solidarity with #blackpoetspeakout Goldsmiths University, UK‎. Friday 27th February 2015. 18:30 – 20:30 Ft Dorothea Smartt, Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster, Gemma Weekes, Michael Datcher and MC Kadija Sesay.

Michael Datcher

Michael Datcher

This Friday 27th February 2015, in my role as Sable Poet-in-Residence, I will be featuring in the poetry event ‘Black, Bitter and Beautiful: Poets against Brutality’ at Goldsmith’s University of London,
Lewisham Way, London, SE14 6NW.

The event will be in solidarity with the #blackpoetspeakout and ‘I Can’t Breathe’ movements in The USA.

Featuring on the night:
Dorothea Smartt, Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster, Gemma Weekes, Tolu Agbelusi, special US guest Michael Datcher, and MC Kadija Sesay.

We will also mark the 50th anniversary since Malcolm X’s death and his legacy.

TICKETS ARE MOVING FAST!

Free Event. Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-bitter-and-beautiful-poets-against-brutality-tickets-15095992520

For further information:

http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=8397

‘Five Lives’ Featuring Patricia Foster, Dorothea Smartt, Kadija Sesay, Malika Booker & Sai Murray. Part of ‘Southwark Libraries Poetry Festival 2014’. Sat 15 Feb 2014, 7-9pm. FREE! Booking required!

‘Five Lives’
Featuring Dorothea Smartt, Kadija Sesay, Malika Booker, Patricia Foster
& Sai Murray.
Part of ‘Rhyme and Reason’ at ‘Southwark Libraries Poetry Festival 2014’.
7-9pm
Saturday 15th February 2014.
Your free places can be booked by contacting: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk / 020 7525 1570

Greetings All!

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!

Regards,
Patricia Foster

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Five Lives

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.
@britbornbajan1

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.
@SABLELitMag

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.”
@Malikabooker

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.
@Ms_P_Foster

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.
@SaiMuRai

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

southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk

Or

020 7525 1570

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UK Book Launch of ‘Irki’: Celebrate National Poetry Day with Kadija Sesay and Friends @ The Barbican Library – With Dorothea Smartt, Malika Booker, Patricia Foster & Sai Murray

UK Book Launch of ‘Irki’:

Celebrate National Poetry Day with Kadija Sesay and Friends
@ The Barbican Library

With MC Dorothea Smartt,
Malika Booker,
Patricia Foster
& Sai Murray

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I am really delighted to share that I will be a special guest poet at the UK launch of debut collection ‘Irki’, from award winning writer, editor and activist Kadija Sesay. I will be sharing the stage with highly esteemed writers Malika Booker, Sai Murray, as well as Kadija Sesay herself and host/MC for the evening Dorothea Smartt.

All of this for free! It promises to be a fantastic night.

To book tickets, please follow the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/349033661893697/

Alternatively, please book using
020 7638 0569
or: kadijageorge@gmail.com

The UK Launch of Irki
KadijUa Sesay and Friends
takes place on

2nd October 2013
7pm

at The Barbican Library
Barbican Centre
Silk St,
London EC2Y 8DS

I look forward to seeing you there.

Photo of Patricia Foster by Giorgis Media