Speaking the Word Workshop

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch, Community Room

To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2016, Youth Poet Laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas invited theatrical, spoken word poets to participate in a free Speaking the Word Workshop.

Participants had the opportunity to learn how to create their own poetry show that combines the art of theatre with spoken word. Activities included ensemble building, theatre games and learning how to think like a poet.

About the Instructor

Youth Poet Laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas

In 2016, Ann-Bernice Thomas became Victoria’s latest Youth Poet Laureate. A spoken word artist and screenplay writer, Ann-Bernice is in her second year of study at the University of Victoria, double majoring in Creative Writing and Theatre Production. Ann-Bernice aims to use her voice to rally change, social awareness, and share stories (personal or otherwise) that are waiting to be told.

She has performed at the Ferguson Rally in 2014, the Scotiabank Aids Walk for Life in 2015, and stage-managed and performed in the applied theatre show Waste Management in 2015, which toured to different high schools discussing dumpster diving, capitalism and the world of waste we have created for ourselves. Ann-Bernice is currently working on her photo-poetry project An Exploration of the Human Body. She has lived in England, Jamaica, Toronto, and now calls Victoria her home.