Michael Forester is returning to the Philippines

During my visit to the Philippines in March 2017, I underwent one of the most profound encounters of my life, in what I can describe only as a meeting with the spirit of national hero Jose Rizal, who passed over in 1896 (see the first attached photo against the pink background). This took place at Villa Escudero Museum and was witnessed by Professor Janet Pascual who was with me. In the midst of that encounter, and still in tears, I wrote the attached poem, Deja que un ser amigo (let a friend shed tears). The poem moves me to the same tears each time I re-visit it.

As part of my forthcoming speaking and book signing tour of South East Asia, I shall be visiting the Philippines again for three weeks, 26th February - 19th March 2018.

I am hugely looking forward to meeting old friends and new, touching hearts and being touched by many. Will Jose Rizal grace me with another touch? Will another? Either way, here is the poem:

Deja que un ser amigo

For Jose Rizal

Nole me Tangere, brother mine;
not while my words kneel weeping where you fell.
Shield me in you shadow, mi hermano
and I will place my hands around your own.

I see the pen you hold, Jose
My wrists are shackled to your stake.
I feel the bullets bite
and I am drowning with you in vermillion pools.
En buen hora, mi hermano.
Tu sangre cubre el suelo Filipinas.

Hold me while I fall into your grave, oh brother mine.
E voy donde con usted no hay esclavos.
Sooth my soul, Jose.
Take my hand in yours, as now you fly.

I came only to share light.
But you have shone your lamp across my path
and shown me what you bought with blood.
Surely yours was the writer’s journey more than mine.

Find favour in my following, Jose
and in your shadow shall I walk,
writing with the ink you turned to blood.
And when my pen has summon thunder, as did yours,
this will be the epitaph that I shall write:
Here lies one who found his heart in persecution,
who crossed his pen with steel, 
then laid him down so silent in an unjust shallow grave.

Have they seen, amado hijo?
Has your light soaked deep into this soil?
Your pen is speaking still, Jose,
pouring out the poet’s cry for liberty.
Your dying hand will not lie still
pealing to the pain that seeded this land’s soul.

© Michael Forester
Manila
3rd March 2017

 

Announcing Michael Forester's second

speaking and book signing tour of Asia

I am delighted to confirm details of my second Asian tour, 21st February – 19th March 2018. Travelling as a guest of the University Circle of Professional Educators (UCPE), the programme starts with two back-to-back conferences in Siem Reap and Bangkok, where I will be delivering keynote and plenary speeches on ‘Do Androids Dream’ (the impact and management of technology in the educational process) and ‘The Machine Stops’ (an exploration of the common ground between creativity and technology). From Bangkok we will travel on to The Philippines, for a multi-location three week tour delivering the ‘A Journey To The Land of Risk’ presentation that was so well received last year, and the all-new ‘The Story that Changes Your Future’ (an interactive discourse of how we can use the power of story telling and belief to change our lives).

I am hugely looking forward to renewing old friendships and forging new ones in the Philippines together with meeting new friends in Cambodia and Thailand. Once again I am indebted to Professor Janet Pasqual, Chair of the UCPE and her team for making this visit possible. Full tour details available from Tenaj Lauqsap on Facebook.

Celebrating National Poetry Day with Beaminster School

 

28th September 2017 is the UK's National Poetry Day.

I am delighted to be visiting #Beaminster School ( www.beaminster.dorset.sch.uk ) in Dorset to deliver my presentation 'A Journey To The Land Of Risk.'

 

I have made similar presentations to schools and universities in The Philippines, but #Beaminster School will be my first delivery of the presentation in the UK.

 

 

 

 

In  all, I will be speaking to five audiences at the school and undertaking several  readings from my published poetry, short stories and life writing. This will include readings from my bestselling book 'If It Wasn't For That Dog,' my short story collection 'The Goblin Child,' and my academically acclaimed epic fantasy 'Dragonsong.' Details of all these books can be found on the book page of this web site, michaelforester.co.uk/books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My thanks to Beaminster School for what I know will be a tremendous day.

 

 

2018:     Michael Forester Tour     :2018

I am delighted to announce I have accepted an invitation to deliver the keynote speech to the second annual convention of the University Circle of Professional Educators in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 22-23 February 2018.

 

I will be following this by a return visit to The Philippines in February- March 2018. Full details will follow on this page.

 

I offer sincere thanks to The University Circle of Professional Educators for this invitation, and to the team at Makati University who will be organising and managing the Philippines tour that will follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017: An Eventful  Summer

This summer has turned into a whirlwind of events and signings. Here are a few images of what we have been doing.

 

Flying High at the Bath and West Show in June

 

 

Signing for Waterstones in Guildford in April

Signing for Waterstones in Bristol in June

With the Glastonbury Dragons in April

Taking time out at the Hay on Wye Festival in May

Matt enjoying the sunshine at Paws in the Park in July

 

 

 

 

Meeting Missy, my youngest known fan, Bath and West

 

 

When they can't put your book down...

 

OK, you're right, it wasn't Summer! This was at Valenzuela Amphitheatre in Manila in February

 

 

 

The stand looking good and drawing the curious at New Milton in July

Five minutes for a coffee with readers at Bath and West in May

The Yeovil Show: An outstanding event for us in July

 

Dragonsong is where it all started, published April 2016 - wow! Can it really only be 15 months?

 

 

 

 

Readers often come back for more. Situris bought three books from me at Bath and West in May. Unfortunately he damaged his copy of Dragonsong, so at the Yeovil Show we worked out a special price for him on a replacement copy

With Lizz at the Yeovil Show

More signing at Yeovil

So many people ask if I really wrote all the books I thought a tee shirt might answer the question in advance. They still ask though!

 

 

Coffee and goblins anyone?

Always remembering it does not come from me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Forester Philippines Tour: February to March 2017

 

Images and details of my recent Philippines tour are now visible at 

Michael Forester 2017 Philippines Tour

Thank you to those who made this visit possible, and to all who took the time to attend the lectures and seminars

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images and details of my recent Philippines tour are now visible at   

http://michaelforester.co.uk/michael-forester-2017-philippines-tour

Michael Forester 2017 Philippines Tour

 

 

Michael Forester Philippines Tour: February to March 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Visit to Global Innovative College 21st February 2017

Huge thanks to Global Innovative College for their invitation to visit on 21st February and their associated Facebook announcement:

British Contemporary Author, Mr. MICHAEL FORESTER (Author of the books The Goblin Child & Dragonsong) comes to Global Innovative College for a Special Lecture titled 'Unshackling the Poet Within' on Feb. 21, 2017; 2:00PM to 4:00PM at Global Collaboration Hall in celebration of our English & Arts Month and a prelude to GIC's 15th Founding Anniversary. Everyone is invited to come! Admission is Free! PM to pre-register. — with Anabel Lee Albano Maglalang, Becca Fajardo andLester Ramirez.

Looking forward to meeting you all on 21st February

 

Namaste

 

Michael Forester

 

Michael Forester Philippines Tour: February to March 2017

MICHAEL FORESTER, a poet writer from UK will be at Visayas State  University, Baybay, Leyte on February 20, 2017

 

 

 

EICD CELEBRATES MICHAEL FORESTER'S VOICE
THROUGH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - EVERYONE IS INVITED!

Poet writer MICHAEL FORESTER from UK will be at University of Makati -College of Arts and Sciences, English and Interdisciplinary Communications Department on the occasion of its English Week on February 27-March 1, 2017.

 

 

A huge thank you to organisers, delegates and visitors all of whom are making my visit to The Philippines possible. Thank you for liking my work enough to invite me. I am so looking forward to meeting you all!

 

Namaste

Michael Forester

 

Michael Forester Philippines Tour: February to March 2017

MICHAEL FORESTER, a poet writer from UK will be at Visayas State  University, Baybay, Leyte on February 20, 2017

 

 

 

EICD CELEBRATES MICHAEL FORESTER'S VOICE
THROUGH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE - EVERYONE IS INVITED!

Poet writer MICHAEL FORESTER from UK will be at University of Makati -College of Arts and Sciences, English and Interdisciplinary Communications Department on the occasion of its English Week on February 27-March 1, 2017.

 

 

A huge thank you to organisers, delegates and visitors all of whom are making my visit to The Philippines possible. Thank you for liking my work enough to invite me. I am so looking forward to meeting you all!

 

Namaste

Michael Forester

 

Announcing The Publication of Forest Rain

'I have to touch your soul'


"Please understand me. I will not… cannot, offer you polite conversation. We will not talk of the weather we've been having, or how mother is with her bunions. I do not want to know of the colour of your carpets or the bulge in your bank account or with which new trinket you have sought to quench the unconscious thirst of your quest. I will have no truck with chaff. I'm not that kind of man. Do not walk or work with me because you are bored and have nothing better to do. I plan to be too demanding of you for that. Do not give me half your attention while you give the other half to the Simpsons and yet a further half to the dinner heating in the microwave. I will touch you deep, or not at all.

I have to touch your soul."

Your spiritual journey is unique to you. But it is in mindfulness of the journeys of those who travel with us that we learn more of our own purpose and how we can draw energy and meaning from the challenges and events on our road. This collection of Spiritual Learnings in prose and poetry form a unique meditation that will support you in exploring your own journey, and the life events, both great and small, that will offer themselves to you as you travel forward. These meditations will move you to joy; they will move you to tears. They will help you give yourself permission to experience the depth of learning to be found within, to experience fully what you have come into the world to learn and to teach. In so doing, they will support you in discovering the astonishing and profound messages meant for you alone, for Forest Rain truly is your Heart’s Home.

Forest Rain: Available now in signed copy from  the book page of this web site, or on Kindle

Announcing The Publication of Forest Rain

'I have to touch your soul'


"Please understand me. I will not… cannot, offer you polite conversation. We will not talk of the weather we've been having, or how mother is with her bunions. I do not want to know of the colour of your carpets or the bulge in your bank account or with which new trinket you have sought to quench the unconscious thirst of your quest. I will have no truck with chaff. I'm not that kind of man. Do not walk or work with me because you are bored and have nothing better to do. I plan to be too demanding of you for that. Do not give me half your attention while you give the other half to the Simpsons and yet a further half to the dinner heating in the microwave. I will touch you deep, or not at all.

I have to touch your soul."

Your spiritual journey is unique to you. But it is in mindfulness of the journeys of those who travel with us that we learn more of our own purpose and how we can draw energy and meaning from the challenges and events on our road. This collection of Spiritual Learnings in prose and poetry form a unique meditation that will support you in exploring your own journey, and the life events, both great and small, that will offer themselves to you as you travel forward. These meditations will move you to joy; they will move you to tears. They will help you give yourself permission to experience the depth of learning to be found within, to experience fully what you have come into the world to learn and to teach. In so doing, they will support you in discovering the astonishing and profound messages meant for you alone, for Forest Rain truly is your Heart’s Home.

Forest Rain: Available now in signed copy from  the book page of this web site, or on Kindle

Announcing Michael Forester's Philippines Tour

I am delighted to announce my forthcoming book signing and speaking tour of the Philippines, 16th February to 7th March 2017.

At the invitation of The University of Makati Circle of Professional Educators and Dr Janet Pascual, I have been requested to deliver keynote speeches to the International Convention on Outcome Based Education on 25th to 26th February 2017. I am also invited to read and address the tutors and students of Makati University as well as a further eight universities in Manilla and around The Philippines during my visit. During week commencing 27th February, University of Makati will also be holding an 'English Week,' with the theme, 'Celebrating Michael Forester’s Voice Through Language and Literature' I would like to express my enormous gratitude to Dr Pascual and colleagues for this honour and marvellous opportunity to share my work.

Michael Forester

 
 

img_6363The Dragon is on the Radio

During December 2016 Michael Forester is interviewed by Alan Coote on the Let's Talk Business' programme syndicated on radio stations throughout the UK.

You can listen to the programme here: SoundCloud

 
 

Announcing the Goblin Child Blog Tour

the-goblin-child-banner-540-x-200 The Goblin Child Blog Tour starts today

 

On 7th October 2016

I'm delighted and honoured to announce that on 7th October 2016 my poem 'The Times They Should be A-Changing' was dramatised by teams from Makati University in a speech choir competition. The video for this astonishing and powerful event appears here:

Makati University has generously honoured my work in the presentation of a Plaque of Recognition that Dr Janet Pasqual accepted on my behalf at the opening ceremony of the event.

 

 

michaelforester-thegoblinchild3The Goblin Child:
You Have Been Warned

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new short story collection, The Goblin Child and other stories. Available from Amazon and all book retailers on and off line, I will also supply personally signed and dedicated copies from this site at no extra charge. Please se the book page.

 

Sometimes nothing but the BBC will do...

I am delighted to announce  that I will be interviewed about Dragonsong and my other work on BBC Radio Somerset on 4th May from 11.00 to 11.30 am by Ben McGrail. I would be delighted if you could tune in and join us here: http://bbc.in/2azyJ63

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Sometimes nothing but the death of your father will do...

MichaelForester-Dragonsong2I am delighted to announce the publication of Dragonsong, an epic fantasy in the Arthurian tradition.

Rebekah, daughter of Merlin and noblewoman of Albion has been driven to madness by the murder of her lover Vidar. In her torment she bargains with the Prince of Demons to turn her into a dragon. Once transformed, she seeks to take revenge upon her father, Merlin, whom she is fooled into believing is responsible for Vidar’s death.

Behind the subterfuge stands Oberon, Captain-King of Elves, who cannot foresee the devastation his jealousy and unrequited love for Rebekah will unleash upon the world of Gaia. Its salvation depends... well, just turn to the Dragonsong page on this site to discover more...

 

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