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Tour Date Info:
Oct 11, 2012 - London, LO () @ Centerprise Trust - Word Power
Oct 12, 2012 - London, LO () @ Centerprise Trust - Word Power
Oct 14, 2012 - London, LO () @ Lillian Allen CD Signing/Meet the Artist - Word Power Festival
Oct 15, 2012 - Cork, COR () @ Ó Bhéal - An Evening with Lillian Allen
Oct 15, 2012 - Cork, COR () @ Ó Bhéal - A Workshop with Lillian Allen
Oct 18, 2012 - Hay-on-Wye, WA () @ the globe - An Evening with Lillian Allen
Oct 19, 2012 - Bristol, SW () @ Bristol Festival of Literature - Exploring Jamaican and Islands literature in light of the 50th anniversary of independence w/ Paul Stephenson OBE, & Edson Burton (writer & performer) and Miles Chambers (poet and radio presenter) & and Marvin Rees (mayoral candidate)
Oct 25, 2012 - Birmingham, ML () @ Birmingham - Hit the Ode
Oct 31, 2012 - London, LO () @ Kingston University - Kingston University Performance
Oct 31, 2012 - London, LO () @ Kingston University - Master Class with Lillian Allen
Nov 5, 2012 - Paris, IDF () @ Lillian Allen - Surprise Guest! - Spoken Word Paris
Nov 7, 2012 - Paris, IDF () @ La Mutinerie - Paris CD Launch / Performance
As one of its lead originator, she has specialized in the writing and performing of dub poetry, a highly politicized form of poetry, which is sometimes set to music. Lillian is also responsible for opening up the form to insist and engrave feminist content and sensibilities.
Her recordings 'Revolutionary Tea Party' and 'Conditions Critical' won Juno awards in 1986 and 1988 respectively. Her works appear independently and in anthologies. She has spent almost four decades writing, publishing, and performing her work in Canada, The US, Europe, and England.
She has also worked in film, both as a featured artist (Revolution from de Beat, 1995; Unnatural Causes, 1989; Rhythm and Hardtimes 1987) and as co-producer and co-director of Blak.. Wi Blakk... (1994), a film on Jamaican dub Poet Mutabaruka.
Her work with youth in the City is legendary. She has initiated, led or invigorated many programs like cultural group at Central Neighbourhood House in the seventies, Black Perspective, as Education Coordinator for Immican Youth group, served on boards such as Aspace, (served as president) played pivotal roles at all levels of government with respect to policies on the arts and culture. In the early nineties as part of the implementation strategy for the Toronto Arts Council Equity plan she initiated designed and nurtured such programs as Fresh Arts, Native Women in the Arts, Black Arts Service Organizations.
She is also the initiator and founder of the DubPoets Collective, Toronto.
Featured in the official WHO IS WHO in Canada, Ms. Allen, a cultural strategist, is a past member of the Racial Equity Advisory of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Experts Advisory on the International Cultural Diversity Agenda, past executive member and member of the Sectoral Commission on Culture and Information of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
She was the instigator, co-producer & host of WORDBEAT, CBC's national radio show on poetry and the spoken word.
Some of Lillian Allen's award include;
Awards and Honours:
. City of Toronto Cultural Champion Award 2011
. Golden Beret Award, Calgary Spoken Word Festival, 2009
• William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, City of Toronto Access,
Equity and Human Rights Award 2004
• Margo Bindhardt Award, City of Toronto & the Toronto Arts Council Fdn, 1998;
• Foremother of Canadian Poetry, League of Canadian Poets, 1992;
• Ontario Volunteer Service Award, 1989;
• Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award, National Congress of Black Women, 1987;
• Juno Award, Revolutionary Tea Party, 1986;
• Ms. Magazine Landmark Album of the Last 20 Years, 1988 for Revolutionary Tea Party; 1987
• Juno Award for Conditions Critical, 1988.
• Several Best Dub Poet Awards.
...and numerous other awards and citations
Selected Published Works:
Psychic Unrest, 2000,
Freedom & Dance (CD), 1999;
Women Do This Every Day, 1993;
Nothing But A Hero, 1992;
Why Me, 1991;
Conditions Critical (album), 1988;
If You See Truth, 1987;
Revolutionary Tea Party ( album), 1986;
Curfew Inna BC (cassette), 1985;
De dub poets (recording), 1984.
Featured artist, Revolution from de Beat, 1995;
Unnatural Causes, 1989;
Rhythm and Hardtimes 1987
Co-producer/director of Blak.. Wi Blakk... 1994, a film on Jamaican dub Poet Mutabaruka.
Instigator, Co-producer/researcher, writer (15 half hour scripts) and Host of WORDBEAT, a thirteen part 2004 CBC radio show on poetry and the spoken word.
Wheel and Come Again, 1988;
The Other Women in Canadian Literature, 1995;
Breaking Through: A Canadian Literary Mosaic, 1990.
Market Place, 1995;
Love and Other Strange Things, 1993, 1991;
Art and Motherhood, 1985.