Margaret V. Aberdeen has written The Book Every Mother Needs!

Priceless Roles of a Mother

Priceless Roles of a Mother

 

This influential memoir and handbook includes ‘My Journey as a Mother’ which tells the tale of how I conquered an abusive relationship, the tragic loss of my second son, homelessness, and cancer. But it’s not just about me, this book is spoken by mothers from all walks of life. It reveals how complex being a mother is, and how we intuitively take on many unpaid roles in today’s chaotic world.

For each copy sold £1 will be donated to Women’s Federation of World Peace (WFWP)

“Let me know your thoughts by posting a review on Amazon. Your support really does make a difference and I read all the reviews personally so I can get your feedback and make this book even better”.


 

Jewell Parker Rhodes talks at the Oxford Literary Festival

Jewell Parker Rhodes talks to Catherine Johnson

Towers Falling: 15 Years After 9/11

Jewell Parker Rhodes
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Award-winning American author Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about her new novel that helps children who were not alive at the time to understand the horrific impact of the events of 9/11.

Rhodes’s newest book Towers Falling follows 15-year-old Brooklyn resident Dèja as she discovers the story of 9/11 and grows to understand the monumental impact it bears on her life. The New York Times calls Towers Falling “Powerful, clear-eyed . . . Rhodes doesn’t assume her readers know the magnitude of 9/11; she walks them tenderly through it”. Rhodes will read from the book and discuss its delicate subject matter.

Rhodes’s books for children and adults have won awards such as the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Jane Addam’s Children’s Book Award, and the American Book Award. She is Piper Endowed Chair of the Virginia G Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Here she talks to fellow children’s writer Catherine Johnson, author of Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo and Blade and Bone.

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson

Sunday 26 March 2017  10:00am

Duration 1 Hour

Venue Corpus Christi: Rainolds Room

Ticket price £7

Age 8-12

Programme of American literature and culture


 

Patrice Lawrence talks at Oxford Literary Festival

Patrice Lawrence, Clare Furniss and Juno Dawson talk to Anna James

Young Adult Special Event: Welcome to the Real World

Patrice Lawrence

Some of the best, most exciting and most challenging young adult novels of today are set in the real world. Hear three top authors Patrice Lawrence, Clare Furniss and Juno Dawson discuss with writer and journalist Anna James their new books and how they reflect the world we live in.

Lawrence was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in Mid Sussex. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading. Her first novel, Orangeboy, has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Award, nominated for the Carnegie Award and shortlisted for the Leeds and North East Book Awards.

Dawson is the multi-award-winning author of dark teen thrillers Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer, Say Her Name and Under My Skin, written under the name James Dawson. In 2015, she released her first contemporary romance, All Of The Above. Her first non-fiction book, Being A Boy, tackled puberty, sex and relationships in a frank and funny fashion, and a follow-up for young LGBT people, This Book Is Gay, came out in 2014.

Furniss worked for several years in political media relations. She recently completed an MA in writing for young people at Bath Spa University. Her funny, sharply observed novels How Not to Disappear and The Year of the Rat have won many fans.

Saturday 25 March 2017 6:00pm

Duration 1 Hour

Venue Oxford Martin School: Seminar Room

Ticket price £8

Age 13-adult


 

Gemma Cairney talks at Oxford Literary Festival

Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be

Gemma Cairney

Kick off your weekend in style with television and radio personality, journalist, and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney as she opens up to writer, illustrator, and performer Laura Dockrill about how magic and messed up life can be. Join these two fabulous women for a lively, honest and open discussion about all the big, bad and beautiful things that growing up is all about: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between.

Cairney is an important advocate for young people. Her life experiences and her personal insight from her time as Radio 1’s resident agony aunt on The Surgery mean she is perfectly placed to offer hope and a huge comforting cuddle to young people (and the people that love them) and to help deal with questions about life or dealing with hard times. She is a multi-award-winning broadcaster, writer, producer and general polymath, known for her irreverent approach, insatiable appetite for telling stories and her sparkling imagination. She is artist in residence at The Southbank Centre and is on the committee for Women Of The World Festival.

Dockrill is a writer/illustrator and author of the Darcy Burdock books and Mistakes in the Background, Ugly Shy Girl, and Echoes. She was named one of the top ten literary talents by The Times and one of the top 20 faces to watch by Elle magazine. Dockrill is a graduate of the BRIT School of performing Arts and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Camp Bestival, Latitude, and Bookslam festivals.

Friday 31 March 2017  6:00pm
Duration 1 hour

Venue Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

Ticket price £8

Age teen-adult


 

I’m in love with Leah Salmon!

Leah Salmon – The Naturally You Coach

Leah Salmon
Leah Salmon

What is not to love? Read this to see what I mean:

“I’m a nurturing & supportive nutritionist, life coach, speaker & best selling author, focusing on the needs of black women. I’m the founder of Teaching Our Own – The Black Homeschooling Fair & Amun University – An online training school with exclusively black expert teachers.

I’m the editor of The Naturally You Magazine & founder of The Naturally You Day.

I run healthy eating, raw food, personal development and natural health & wellness talks & workshops for private and public organisations, including Luton Council, The Lake Foundation, Black History Studies, Natural November, The House Of Saint Barnabas & Alternatives in London.

I’ve spoken at over 30 community events over the past 5 years, helping people of all ages to realise just how powerful a healthy diet and lifestyle is, when it comes to create a balanced productive disease free life”.

Visit Leah’s site today.


 

International Women’s Day – We celebrate us everyday here

Source: Facebook’s She Means Business

International Women's Day
Jamelia Donaldson

 

Championing girls through hair care

“Every day, I think about how I can improve or contribute to the world and make life more exciting, enjoyable and fulfilling—not only for myself but for the women and girls around me.”
Since around the age of 4, Jamelia Donaldson has had a thing about hair. “I’d braid my own hair and my friends’ hair,” she explains. “In fact, you could say it was my first ‘business’; I’d get paid to do hair for my mum’s friends and their daughters after school.” It was an interest that never went away and over time Jamelia became particularly interested in finding the best natural techniques and products for styling curly hair like hers.

While studying for her Business and International Relations degree at Aston University, Jamelia spent time working in Beijing and New York before returning to London to take up a role in financial services. But on her travels, Jamelia had noticed something. There was a wealth of great curly and Afro hair products out there—they just weren’t easily available in the UK. “I was determined to tackle the issue,” say Jamelia. “I wanted to help girls discover and experiment with European and American curly hair care brands that they wouldn’t find in their local salon or high street beauty store.”

Hair care by post

The idea for a monthly hair care subscription box was born, with the intention of giving young curly-haired girls everything they needed to care for their hair and experiment with new products and styling techniques. But it wasn’t just about the hair, though. Jamelia wanted little girls to feel celebrated, represented and special. It worked and since the first boxes were shipped in November 2015, the Treasure Tress range has already expanded to include monthly subscription boxes for teens and women, too.

The early days brought some inevitable challenges—and opportunities to learn. “For example, I had a really clear idea of how I wanted the box to look and the size it would be,” says Jamelia. “But soon after launching we were approached by an amazing brand that wanted us to feature their products in our boxes. Obviously we jumped at the opportunity! But once the products arrived, we realised they were way too big for the boxes. With days to go before shipping we had to completely re-design the boxes to accommodate the products.”

Overnight growth

Another challenge was Treasure Tress’ unexpectedly quick growth in popularity overseas. Having anticipated selling only in the UK for the first few months, Jamelia woke up one day to orders from America and Europe. But there was a snag. “Because the website was set up to sell to the UK, they’d been charged UK postage—which doesn’t even come close to the price of international shipping.” Undeterred, Jamelia honoured the orders despite making a loss on them and made sure that the website and shipping processes were updated immediately to reflect her new, international audience.

Connecting to the world

So how did Jamelia achieve this sudden global reach, seemingly overnight? “I can only say I underestimated the power of connectivity, social media and hashtags!” she laughs. Instagram was Treasure Tress’ primary social media platform when it launched, and the brand has been right at home there ever since. Particularly popular are the unboxing videos that feature the Treasure Tress team revealing each new selection of subscription box goodies.

Jamelia calls Instagram “a fundamental part of our DNA” and says that she owes much of her business growth to the exposure and customer engagement that it has enabled. “I’m still astonished that I’ve been able to reach women in the Middle East, Europe and America so quickly,” she admits.

New energy

Reflecting on her first year of business, Jamelia has never felt more motivated. She was recently selected to take part in Future Girl Corp, a 12-hour business bootcamp organised by beauty industry pioneer Sharmadean Reid, where 100 up-and-coming female entrepreneurs came together to learn from, and inspire, each other. Still riding on the energy of the event experience, Jamelia is excited about what’s to come. “I’m a firm believer in finding your purpose, in adding something to the world. To me, that means creating and putting in place the products and services that women like me need—or will need in the future.”

Learn more about Jamelia Donaldson and Treasure Tress:

Website: http://www.treasuretress.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treasuretressbox/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treasuretress/