Surrey Poet Laureate

May 25-27: Surrey Children’s Festival and Sanja

In between running Erasure Poetry workshops at the Surrey Children’s Festival, I had the chance to see an incredible show called Sanja:

Sangja takes the audience on a remarkable journey from Korea to Canada, and all of the imaginative places in-between. We follow a boy as he strives to find his unique place in the world and come to terms with the incredible loss of his birth family, language, and culture, while navigating the tensions that occurs when families (and people) don’t fit within our cultural expectations.

Featuring two renowned theatre companies from South Korea and Canada, this play is a dynamic blend of physical theatre, breathtaking puppetry, an extraordinary musical score, and theatrical elements from East and West! Sangja, the Korean word for “box,” explores identity, race, cultural diversity and conformity, non-traditional families, international adoption, and the boxes we put people in.”

The Surrey Children’s Festival runs from May 25-27 at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park. 

Ticket Information and Schedule Here

Events and readings

May 27: Surrey International Children’s Festival

Excited to be running a poetry workshop at Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park for the Surrey International Children’s Festival!


Drop by and create black-out poetry with Surrey’s Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar. Using felt pens and used books donated by Surrey Libraries, create poetry by marking out words and passages! This activity will be available on Friday, May 27 during:

  • 10:00am – 10:30am
  • 12:45pm – 1:15pm

Surrey Children Festival 2016

Learn more here