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.


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

Please feel free to follow Patricia on Twitter @Ms_P_Foster

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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:

The Facebook Event Page is:

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

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 if you would like further information, to sign up for the open mic, or read at future events.
Warmest regards,



Patricia Foster, Gemma Weekes & Rachel Rigby

At The Inkwell London Co-hosts


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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:

Fri, October 21, 2016

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM BST

Camberwell Library

48 Camberwell Green



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Poet, Holistic Coach, Trainer and Speaker Patricia Foster Nominated in THREE Categories at 2016 R.E.E.B.A Awards. Please vote for her!

Dear Friends, Clients and Acquantences,
I am really flattered and humbled and equally delighted to share with you that I have been nominated in THREE categories at this year’s R.E.E.B.A Awards.
I would therefore be extremely honoured if you could please vote for me.

The Categories in which I have been nominated for are:



How can people Vote for me?
1) You will need to Scan the Bar Code on my Voting Flyer/ or Visit the R.E.E.B.A Website!vote-now-1/c1159
2) Enter your name and email, followed by name of nominee (Patricia Foster) and category.
For every time a person votes for me, if they Visit the R.E.E.B.A facebook page and write a comment saying WHY they voted for me, then they will be automatically entered in with a chance to win a FREE ticket to attend the 2016 R.E.E.B.A Awards Ceremony. The R.E.E.B.A Awards will be choosing 1 lucky Winner!
So please VOTE for Patricia Foster.
Thank you so much and stay blessed!

NUMBI CORNUCOPIA: A NIGHT OF ABUNDANCE at SOAS – Featuring UbaxCristina Ali Farah and Award-Winning Poet Patricia Foster


I know this is incredibly last minute (only confirmed today), 
I will be reading poetry at the following event TONIGHT at SOAS!



In celebration of coming together; in celebration of the spirit of coexistence; in Celebration Of Ubuntu, Utu and two heads are better than one.
Join us as we celebrate the Numbi spirit of Generosity and Abundance with a quiver full of gifted artists and an aim to inspire and entertain. Our line up includes the stunning UbaxCristina Ali Farah, 

Patricia Foster 

and many many more.

 Wednesday 1st July – TONIGHT!


£5 at the door only free with #numbifest pass 


SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, 

Russell Square, 



… JCR 
About us 

#Scarfmag is now on twitter @NumbiScarfMag

‘Family Matters’ Tour. Starts 23 April 2015. Unique showcase of true tales! Featuring four of London’s best-loved writers: Loose Muse Founder Agnes Meadows, Award-Winning Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster, Award-Winning Janett Plummer & Writer Singer/Songwriter Linda Shanovitch.

Family Matters Tour

 I’m very excited to share I will be a part of the widely anticipated Family Matters Tour. I’ll be reading alongside amazing fellow writers, as well as great friends.

Please find further info below:

from left to right: Agnes Meadows, Patricia Foster, Linda Shanovitch and Janett Plummer


‘Family Matters’ is a unique showcase of true tales written and performed by four of London’s best-loved, award-winning writers: Agnes Meadows, Patricia Foster, Janett Plummer and Linda Shanovitch.

Based on astonishing stories drawn from their own families, the ‘Family Matters’ show illuminates the ways in which we are all connected. It’s going to be an emotional roller coaster ride, as the cast reveal their family secrets, examining the ties that both connect and bind us.

Here are the tour dates for you:

Thursday 23 April – The REAP Centre,

5 Oakridge Road, Downham BR1 5QW, 6pm-8pm. This will be a work-in-progress rehearsed reading as part of World Book Night – previewing the full show on May 27. Free – pre-booking is not required.

Thursday 7 May – Riverhouse Arts Centre,

Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2PF. Performance 8pm – 10pm. £8. Box office: 01932-253-354 or buy tickets online at

Monday 11 May – Loose Muse Winchester

@ the Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hants SO23 8SB, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. £5 on the door.

Thursday 21 May – Burgh House & Hampstead Museum,

New End Square, Hampstead NW3 1LT, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. £8. To book, call 020 7431 0144 or buy online @

Wednesday 27 May – The Library @ Deptford Lounge

9 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RJ. 7pm – 9pm. Free! To book a place call the Albany Box office on 020 8692 4446

Wednesday 10 June – Family Matter performance at Loose Muse @ The Poetry Café

22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX. 8.00 pm, £6.00/£5.00.
Really looking forward to meeting you on the tour.

Patricia Foster: Sable Poet-in-Residence, Award-Winning Writer and Performer.


Sable Poet-in-Residence, Life Coach & You Are YOU Founder, Patricia Foster with Award for Poetry services to Art and Culture at International Women’s Month 2015 event ‘Together We Rise’. March 28 2015.


Photo: Thabo Jaiyesimi

Message from Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster:

I am still ecstatic and floating, after receiving my award for Poetry Services, within the Art and Culture category, at the empowering awards event Together We Rise.

I had written an acceptance speech, but instead ended up speaking from the heart. I was immensely overwhelmed, as well as inspired by all the other award recipients and their amazing stories. A lot of the women, including myself, had overcome incredible obstacles, to accomplish what we have today.

“Day in, day out we work hard, in our life purpose without little or any recognition. Thank YOU MGT and GCC  for the award!” ~ Patricia Foster


 Photo: M. Foster

The event was organised by the MGT and GCC, based in Brixton, who do a lot of work in the community, in particular to uplift and empower young girls.

IMG_2483.JPGPhoto: M. Foster

A most memorable night indeed. Hopefully the first of many awards. Feeling very grateful and honoured. A big thanks to ALL who provided support, my family, friends and the writers and poets who came before me, to pave the way and make it easier for me to receive this award. In particular a big thanks to the founders and ALL members of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen.

Poet & Life Coach Patricia Foster honoured with award for Poetry services at TOGETHER WE RISE Women’s Event. Saturday 28th March 2015, 3pm-8pm. MGT & GCC Presents! Brixton, London SE24 0HJ. Guests: Janet Kay, Sonia Brown, Oneness Sankara and Nyarai Kizzy. Tickets only £10!

I’m very excited to share that myself, Patricia Foster will be honoured with an award for Poetry services to Art & Culture at TOGETHER WE RISE Women’s Event. 

I am completely flattered and extremely humbled by this recognition. This has topped off an incredible month for me.



Also honoured on the day will be: 

Abi Begho

Julietta Joseph

Kai Ouagadou-Mbandaka

Linda Graham

Melanie Hibbert

Sonia Brown

Sophia Bailey

Special guest perferomers are: the legendary Janet Kay, Oneness Sankara and Nyarai Kizzy.

The event takes place this Saturday 28th March 2015, 3pm – 8pm at The Edutainment Palace, 1-5 Hinton Rd, Brixton, London SE24 0HJ, Brixton, LONDON UK 

Tickets are £10. For further information and to purchase tickets online visit:

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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.


Free Event. Register at

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