Friday, October 21, 2016 - All Day
: Festivals

Main Loft, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE

To celebrate the international influence of Shakespeare, during the year of the 400th anniversary of his death, the British Council is bringing international poet and facilitator, Deanna Rodger to IFOA to work with emerging spoken word poets. Taking Shakespeare’s sonnets as inspiration, this Spoken Word Workshop will explore how sonnets can be utilized by contemporary voices in fresh and unexpected ways to talk about their lives today. The workshop will culminate in a performance by the participants hosted by Sheniz Janmohamed.

The workshop is free and open to all spoken word poets, from beginners to seasoned performers. To participate in the workshop, download the Sign up form, and email

Spoken Word Workshop

9:00am to 4:00pm

Spoken Word Performance

6:00pm to 7:00pm


This event is part of Shakespeare Lives, an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. #ShakespeareLives. It is presented in partnership with the Toronto Poetry Project.

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  • Deanna Rodger

    Deanna Rodger is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground. Commissions include: Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT). Accolades include: ELLE UK’s '30 inspirational women under 30', The Female Lead’s '20 in their 20s' and youngest UK Poetry Slam Champion (2007/8).  She has performed in different places around the world including Mexico, Canada, Beirut, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sudan. She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University. Her debut collection 'I Did It Too' is published by Burning Eye.