Lillian Allen

Lillian Allen

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
SoloSpoken WordReggae

A key originator of dub poetry, a highly politicized form of poetry, sometimes set to music, Lillian Allen opened up the form to engrave feminist sensibilities, winning Junos for albums Revolutionary Tea Party (acclaimed by Ms Magazine as a landmark album) and Conditions Critical.

Biography

Lillian Allen is a leading influential figure on the global cultural landscape over 4 decades - an award winning and internationally renowned poet and writer of short stories and plays.

A key originator of dub poetry, a highly politicized form of poetry, which is sometimes set to music, she opened up the form to engrave feminist content and sensibilities. Her albums Revolutionary Tea Party (acclaimed by Ms Magazine as a landmark album) and Conditions Critical won Juno awards in 1986 and 1988 respectively. Featured in films Revolution from de Beat, 1995; Unnatural Causes, 1989; Rhythm and Hardtimes 1987, Lillian is co-producer/co-director of Blak.. Wi Blakk (1994), a film on Jamaican dub Poet Mutabaruka.

Featured in the official WHO IS WHO in Canada, Ms. Allen, a cultural strategist, is a Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), 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, CBCs national radio show on poetry and the spoken word.

Discography

ANXIETY 2012 Verse to Vinyl

Freedom & Dance 1998 Verse to Vinyl

Nothing But a Hero, children's cassette 1992

Conditions Critical 1988 Verse to Vinyl

Let the Heart See, cassette tape 1987 Verse to Vinyl

Revolutuionary Tea Party 1986 Verse to Vinyl

Curfew ina BC, cassette tape 1985

De dub poets 1984