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Participant Spotlight: Bernadette Russell

Bernadette RussellBernadette Russell is a performer and writer and a long-time resident of Deptford. She has created shows for National Theatre, Southbank Centre and Birmingham Rep amongst many others. Her books are published by Ivy Press (UK) and Usborne Books (U.S). She is a regular speaker at for Action for Happiness and Sunday Assembly. After the 2011 London riots, she started her project 366 Days Of Kindness, which has since become a theatre show (at the Albany on 18th August), several exhibitions and a book “Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy”.

At Deptford Lounge (July 2015)

Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy

Since August 2011, after a chance encounter in a post office in Deptford, Bernadette Russell decided to try to be kind to a stranger every single day for a year. During the year she had lots of fun and adventures, met all her neighbours, made a LOT of cakes, invented the Deptford Fairy, and realised that kindness can change the world. Come and join Bernadette to hear about what she got up to that year and since, see some great pictures from her book “Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy” and get to do some fun kindnesses of your own!

During this event we will try out some activities from Bernadette’s book including “Send A Hug Through The Post” “A is for Amazing” and “Smile Collection” exploring ways that big and little kids can have fun being kind. We will also leave secret messages of kindness throughout the library for people to find…

2 Minute Interview

How does your workshop with NOW Live Events relate to being in the moment?

The daily practise of being kind makes you very aware of every moment or every day, as you are actively looking for opportunities in that moment to be kind to the people in your community.

What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Live Events slot?

Making mischief in Deptford with the participants! I love the idea that we will leave a trail of kindnesses in our wake, for people to find afterwards.

Any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your workshop with NOW Live Events?

All you have to do is listen and join in! (same as life!)  /  /  @betterussell