My Next Poetry Performance: Guest Poet at Fundraiser ‘Every Child Matters… Inspire a Girl, Big up a Boy in Jamaica’

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I am delighted to share that I will be a special guest poet and speaker at a very worthwhile event and fundraiser entitled ‘Every Child Matters… Inspire a Girl, Big up a Boy in Jamaica’. I will appear alongside some prestigious artists and Speakers such as singer/actress LORNA GEE, singer MICHAEL GORDON, HARAMBE DRUMMERS, singer PAULETTE TAJAH and guest speaker MR MOR DIOUM – Director of The Victoria Climbe Foundation UK.

One Step Forward Consultancy in recognition of Child Month will be hosting its Fund Raising Event for this cause on FRIDAY, 9th MAY 2014 at The Croydon Park Hotel, 7, Altyre Road, Croydon, London, CR9 5AA. 6pm – 2am.

If you are a social worker, or are involved with child support agencies, do come down, show support or forward to interested parties.

Tickets for Dinner and Dance £30, for Dance only £15, for Display/Exhibition Table £20

For more information please email: onestepforwardconsultancy@gmail.com or phone Patricia McKenzie-Thomas on 07960-368-048 or Sharon on 07956 801 709

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Happy International Women’s Month, 1st March 2014

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Happy, sunny (yes it’s sunny here in south London) greetings on the first day of International Women’s Month. For women, and everyone else who loves the Goddess-laden paths that each individual one of us walks, it is a fantastic time for celebration. A great opportunity to revere women. A month for acknowledging the beautiful, graceful power of women. A time to remember the historical struggles women have endured to gain equality, freedom and respect.

Daily, I am enriched by the positive, female energy that surrounds me: from my mother, sisters, nieces, aunties, cousins and sister-friends to clients and colleagues. Through collaborating with other, positive women, we gift each other.
Positive Women collaborating and working together create miracles.

I have a fairly busy month ahead and thought I’d share the women-centred events I will be involved in, some which I have been recommended for through collaboration:

🔴Poetry Reading, Sunday 2nd March 2014, 4:30pm
At Calabash of Culture, 21 Sydenham Rd, SE6 5EX

I’ll be performing Poetry at the launch of The Calabash of Culture Boutique – NATBIANA

🔴Presentation and Speech, Sunday 9th March 2014, 2pm
At Calabash of Culture, 21 Sydenham Rd, SE6 5EX

I’ll be giving a Presentation and talk at a Cultural Cafe launch, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

🔴Performing Poetry at ‘Divas of Colour 2014’, Saturday, 22 March 2014 from 10:00 to 19:00 (GMT), Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge, London.
I will be a featured poet at ‘Diva’s of Colour’ “largest gathering of world’s most powerful women of colour in the UK in celebration of the many talents of women of colour.” It promises to be a grand affair – Dress code Evening gown / red carpet glam, with a touch of purple Men – tuxedo, black tie and smart.
Tickets/Bookings http://www.fauntee.com/blog/tickets/

🔴Facilitating Poetry Workshop. Sunday 16 March 2014, 7:30pm. At ‘Open Space’ Perry Rise Baptist Church, Perry Rise, London SE23 2QL
I will be co-facilitating a workshop with poet Lucreta La Pierre, looking at poetry as an alternative form of worship.

With the work that I do in the community and abroad, I am committed to empowering women and young females through poetry, creativity, literature, multi media, workshops and talks.

Remember ladies, we are a gift to the world and our communities.

Have a wonderful, blessed month, filled with positive, female energy.

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Performing Alongside Janet Kay and OneNess for The Virtue Programme Fundraiser

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Saturday 26th October 2013 was the night before the clocks went back in The UK. As a poet, it was also a night that will stay etched in my memory for a very long time, as I had the honour and pleasure of sharing the stage with the legendary, incredible, Queen of Lovers Rock Janet Kay.

Also on the bill was Superstar, award winning poet, singer-song writer and actress OneNess.

The purpose of the night was to raise funds for the unique, personal development programme for girls aged 13-16, The Virtue Programme. As well as performing my own set of poetry, I also had the honour of giving a presentation about the programme, of which I am one of the workshop facilitators.

It was difficult not to be star struck in the presence of Janet, but being the humble person she is, she was warm, open and down to earth. Her stage presence is enormous, but she rocked the stage and equally had all of the attendees – the majority women – rocking at their tables.

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OneNess wowed the audience with her powerful spoken word, singing and guitar playing. Her words definitely had a positive impact on the young women and girls in the audience.

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The night was finished off by all the performers (including Janet Kay) and audience members, doing the Electric Slide to Candy, by Cameo.

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The next instalment of the The Virtue Programme will be soon

For further information, email:
virtue@finalcalltoaction.com

Or call
07508 790 171.

Don’t miss this great opportunity of a life changing, high impact six week self-development experience for girls aged 13 – 16!

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Ladies Night – Poetry, Music Dinner Fundraiser Featuring Janet Kay, Mistri, Oneness and Patricia Foster. Saturday 26th October 2013. 7:00pm – 11:00pm

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The Edutainment Palace Presents: “LADIES NIGHT”

A night of Music, Poetry and Dance to raise funds for The Virtue Programme, the self-development course for girls aged 13 – 16.

Featuring: JANET KAY, MISTRI, ONENESS & PATRICIA FOSTER (Poet)

Saturday 26th October 2013
7 pm to 11 pm

THE EDUTAINMENT PALACE
1-5 Hinton Road
SE24 0HJ London
United Kingdom

The Crowning Event of Black History Month

Visit us on Facebook http://goo.gl/qmSz6U

Please share this event on Facebook and Twitter

UK Elevated Entertainment:
Contact 07508 790 171

The past week – Saturday 19th October to Saturday 26th October 2013 – has been incredibly busy for me, as well as positive, productive and life affirming. Poetry performances, a women’s expo, a film launch, teaching and training and being interviewed.

Today, this wonderful week culminates in my performance at the fundraising event ‘Ladies Night’, where I will be sharing the stage with Queen of Lovers Rock Janet Kay, Mistri and OneNess. This event is to increase awareness of and raise funds for the very important ‘Virtue Programme’, a fantastic personal development programme for 13-16 year old girls.

I am also a facilitator on The Virtue Programme and cannot speak highly enough about it. At the end of this six week project, young, confident, empowered women, destined to be future leaders, will emerge.

There are a few tickets available for this event, including a 2 or more for £15 each ticket offer. Follow the link at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8852685621/efbbt

Look forward to seeing you there tonight!

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