Lillian Allen – Surrey Muse

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Lillian Allen is a Jamaican Canadian poet, spoken word artist, media producer and an educator who has published four books of poetry, ‘Make the World New’, ‘Rhythm An’ Hardtimes’ (a Canadian best seller), ‘Psychic Unrest’, and ‘Women Do This Everyday’. Her work for young people includes ‘Why Me’ and ‘If You See Truth’. Lillian is a two-time Juno award winner, for her first album Revolutionary Tea Party that was also proclaimed a Landmark Album by Ms. Magazine in 1991, and for Conditions Critical. Her other albums include Freedom & Dance, ANXIETY, and a recording for children and young people Nothing But a Hero. A pioneer of dub lyricism, rap, and spoken word poetry, Lillian is recognized for inculcating a feminist voice in the literary dub art form. She is the founder of Toronto International Dub Poetry Festival and a variety of cultural organizations such as youth empowering Fresh Arts. As a playwright Lillian has produced One Bedroom With Dignity, Love & Other Strange Things, and a radio play Marketplace. She also co-produced and co-directed Blak Wi Blak, a film documentary on Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka. Lillian is a professor of creative writing at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) in Toronto. 

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At the March 25, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lillian will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-march-25

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Barnali Ray Shukla – Surrey Muse

Barnali Ray Shukla is a writer, filmmaker and a poet. She is the writer and director of a feature film (‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’: Something Like Love) a short film (‘Miss Shoe Bra Negi’), and three documentaries (‘Liquid Borders’, ‘Once Upon A Sky’, ‘All Is Well’). She has published a book of her poems titled Apostrophe (RLFPA 2016). Her poetry and creative non-fiction have appeared in various publications and anthologies in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, USA and UK. Barnali lives in Mumbai with her plants, books and a husband. At this time, she is working on the post production of her new Hindi feature film as she counts down to her tenth trek in the Himalayas this April.

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At the February 25, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Barnali will be the Featured Filmmaker. More about the event is here: friday-feb-25

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Nahid Siddiqui – Surrey Muse

Nahid Siddiqui is a classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and mentor who lives and works in Pakistan and England. Her organization, Nahid Siddiqui & Company was established in 1991, and since then it has presented 16 master-class productions earning various awards and distinctions around the world including Pakistan’s Pride Of Performance. Nahid’s most valuable contribution is to evolve her own expression and style infusing new themes in a classical dance. Her exploration and infusion of Sufianic thoughts and words within the context of kathak has brought this traditional dance to a new level of excellence. Nahid has introduced Kathak in the curriculum of the University of Surrey (UK) and other educational institutions by making it accessible through performances and educational outreach programs such as workshops, master classes and residencies. Her work has received support from West Midlands Arts Board and Arts Council of England. Her most recent production was presented at the Royal Ballet. Nahid learned her art from Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak and Pandit Birju Maharaj.

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At the October 22, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Nahid will be the Featured Performer. More about the event is here: friday-oct-22

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Morgan – Surrey Muse

Morgan (ze/zim) is a Jewish non-binary writer, photographer and filmmaker born and raised on unceded mi’kmaq territory in Halifax NS. Ze started making films in high school, zirs first screening was at VIEWfinders International Festival for youth. Morgan went on to participate in Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative’s one minute film program, shooting and cutting on 16mm, and in 2012 became the OUTeast film festival’s Artists In Residence while working on a documentary about Halifax’s drag families. After earning a BA Honours in Anthropology and Gender Studies with a minor in Film from Dalhousie University ze moved to the Coast Salish territories (Vancouver) to pursue filmmaking. Morgan’s latest film ‘Enby’ has screened at Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), InsideOut Toronto, and it will make its international premiere at the Harvey Milk Festival. Morgan’s work explores intersecting identities through uncertainty, grief and dark humour. Ze is currently writing for PedalStreet and developing zir next project Inch by inch. 

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At the September 24, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Morgan will be the Featured Performer. More about the event is here: friday-sept-24

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Queer Conversations – Surrey Muse

Queer Conversations is an initiative to create safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ communities world-wide to discuss various issues pertaining to life, and to share how situations and experiences may be different, and similar. At this time, this series is presented as part of Surrey Muse virtual gatherings but there is a strong possibility for it to come on its own as a vlog/blog and/or a virtual/IRL event. This first instalment is a 20-minute video titled ‘Queer Conversations (1) – Pakistan’ that was recorded in 2019 in Lahore by the Queer Feminist Documentary Collective, an online group created ‘to document queer participation in the Aurat (woman) March and look at young old queer mentorship’ and ‘how young queer folks are experiencing being queer and how they are relating to older queers.’ The discussion was organized and led by Sarah Suhail, a queer feminist and one of Pakistan’s Women Heroes for being a courageous activist to have nurtured her communities over years. Thank you, Sarah.

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At the July 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sarah Suhail will appear in Queer Conversations. More about the event is here: friday-july-23

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