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April 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


The Spoken Word Jamboree kicks off Verses Festival of Words’ youth stream, Hullabaloo: BC’s Youth Spoken Word Festival. 16 school teams present short poems as an introduction to their team, their work, and themselves. The Spoken Word Jamboree features the truly remarkable work of Lishai Peel.

Alice MacKay Room (downstairs from the main concourse.)
Doors at 6:30pm.
Show starts at 7:00pm.

The Jamboree provides all participating poets a chance to meet each other outside of a competition setting. It’s also where all the teams will register. Poets and coaches will receive artist passes that allow them free access to all Hullabaloo events. There will be a brief orientation and then the poetry will begin. This is, however, a public event. You don’t need to be on a participating team to attend. Don’t be shy! Come on down and help us start this festival right!

About the feature:

Lishai Peel is an award winning poet, creative consultant and community animator with roots in diasporic oral tradition. She develops and facilitates arts based programming in schools throughout Toronto and is the co-founder of Ink Veins: Young Women’s Writing Collective. In 2013, she authored a graphic novel Why Birds and Wolves Don’t Trade Stones which is available on Amazon. And her debut album, From Here On, in collaboration with Waleed Abdulhamid, is available on iTunes. She writes with a commitment to joy and integrity.

Open to the general public. All Ages. General seating. Seating cannot be reserved in advance.

Accessibility info

The VPL Central Branch has elevators to reach the downstairs rooms where the Hullabaloo events are being held. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms. For more details, refer to their list of facilities.


April 21, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
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