Urgency, Agency, Insurgency!: The 2019 Dorothy Black Lecture

Please join us for a special performance by Lillian Allen, the esteemed Canadian dub poet, Juno award-winning artist, and OCAD Creative Writing professor. This event is presented as the 2019 edition of the Department of English Language and Literatures’ annual Dorothy Black Lecture

Urgency, Agency, Insurgency!: The 2019 Dorothy Black Lecture
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 3 to 4 pm
Fairmont Social Lounge at St. John’s College  

The performance will be introduced by Dr. Annette Henry (UBC Language & Literacy Education and David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education).

Students from all disciplines and levels are welcome. First-years and undergraduates are highly encouraged to attend!

Lillian Allen’s first album of poetry with music, Revolutionary Tea Party, was proclaimed a Landmark Album by Ms. Magazine in 1991. She won a Juno award for that album and for Conditions Critical. Freedom & Dance, her third album; her 2012 release ANXIETY; and her recording for children and young people Nothing But a Hero received critical acclaim. Allen has published several ground-breaking books of poetry – her first trailblazing book of poetry Rhythm An’ Hardtimes (a Canadian best seller), Psychic Unrest, and Women Do This Everyday. Her work for young people includes three books: Why Me, If You See Truth, and Nothing But a Hero. Lillian Allen is internationally recognized as a godmother of dub lyricism, rap, and spoken word poetry. A pioneering exponent of the highly politicized form of dub poetry created in Jamaica by Oku, popularized in Britain by Linton Kewsi Johnson and Benjamin Zephaniah, Allen embedded feminist voice in the literary dub art form. Founder of the visionary Toronto International Dub Poetry Festival and a variety of cultural organizations such as youth-empowering Fresh Arts, Allen has spent over three decades writing, publishing, and performing her work to appreciative audiences around the globe.


About the Dorothy Black Lecture:

Committed to education throughout her life, Dorothy Black earned her BA from UBC in 1952 and taught in Burnaby schools for over 40 years. A bequest from Ms. Black established the Dorothy L. Black First-Year English Speakers’ Series Endowment after her passing.

This event is presented by the Department of English Language & Literatures Visiting Speaker Series with the support of the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education.