Online internet courses by Call of the Page

Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced). We also run workshops and courses on tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email us at: admin@callofthepage.org
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Monday, March 29, 2010

summer wind sparrow haiku artwork (haiku Alan Summers; artwork Dru Marland)
































summer wind
a sparrow re-rights itself
at the peanut cage


haiku by Alan Summers




Haiku Publishing Credits:
  
JournalAzami, Osaka, Japanese haiku magazine (1997)

Anthologies:
1. Haiku Friends Vol. 3  ed. Masaharu Hirata, Osaka, Japan  (2009) 
2. Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku ISBN 978-1-903543-24-5 (2008) http://www.wingbeats.co.uk/order.html
3. Inking Bitterns (Gert Macky Books, December 2013)  ISBN-10: 0992678315 ISBN-13: 978-0992678319
http://gertmacky.co.uk/inking-bitterns-inside-the-b/4580732454
4. EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2016: Foodcrop Haiku




Gert Macky books:
http://gertmacky.co.uk/inking-bitterns/4580732454
http://gertmacky.co.uk/shop/4590541616/inking-bitterns/6887599

Note:
Don't forget to celebrate sparrows all year round, but also on World Sparrow Day too!
http://www.worldsparrowday.org/how.html
http://www.worldsparrowday.org/why-celebrate-world-sparrow-day.html

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

2010 Bath Japanese Festival 12th - 23rd May

logo by Rory Walker

There is going to be so many good things for  you !
 
Festival Launch Party! 
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Wednesday 12th May 7-10pm
16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN
£4 and £2 to BRSLI members and STUDENTS! 
BRSLI website:  http://www.brlsi.org/

News just in about the launch evening! 

BlazBlue goes Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2010/may/10/blazblue-art-vitaliv
We are very fortunate to have Blazblue: Calamity Trigger starting their launch with the Bath Japanese Festival!

Carrie Etter will be reading haiku from her collection in progress "The Broken Kite"
Carrie's collection The Tethers is out now, published by Seren.
Carrie's blog: http://carrieetter.blogspot.com

Courtesy of our sister festival  International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 we have special guests Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳)a haiga painter, and her mother, Masuda Junko(桝田純子)a haiku poet, coming over to give a taste of haiku and haiga from Japan.

The Origami Picnic Corner by the lovely people from Bristol's I Love It magazine.  Create an origami animal for the night and keep to take home with you!
http://www.theloveofit.co.uk/events.php



Thursday 20th May 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Renga: splicing spontaneity into your writing 
with Alan Summers
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14-15 John Street, Bath
£24 with wine.
Bookings: Writing Events Bath:
Alex/Jude mb. 07811501978
website: http://www.writingeventsbath.co.uk


Saturday 22nd  May 3 – 5 p.m.
Japanese Renga Group Poem Workshop
Bath Central Library, Library entrance at The Podium Shopping Centre, Level One, Bath
ffi BathRenga@withwords.org.uk

Comments from previous renga workshops:

"we really enjoyed the renga event...it was a very intensely creative act, and I was really struck by the renga form itself, what it could be capable of...a whole new poetic energy" Mark, University of Winchester

"Thanks again for a wonderful poetry session."
Yu Yan, U.S. citizen currently visiting Bath

"I just wanted to thank you again for such a great event...I want to do some more!" 

Susan, Plymouth

"Thanks so much for yesterday's renga event - it was fantastic! Really got the creative juices flowing. Let me know when the next one is, I will definitely attend!" Tracey, Bath

"Looks like I missed a fantastic event..I hope to be at the next one."
Caroline, Bristol (she was!)


" More! More! " Libby, Bristol

"It is so tempting to get involved in renku/renga with all the excitement you...generate." Melinda, USA



2010 Bath Japanese Festival :
Book Arts, Films, Haiku and Renga and a lot more!


May 12th - 23rd 2010

With Words (Alan Summers) and Rachel Carvosso of Tokyo Art Beat & Japan Editor for Bristol's The Love of It
in Partnership with: 

Bath Libraries; Nikki Bennett & Uni-Verse; Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights; Writing Events Bath; Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (fondly known as BRSLI or BRLSI); Akita International University; and International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (Akita, Northern Honshu, Japan).
 

clear sky
three four five swallows
spread out

grey mountain and birds©With Words 2010 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

So many good things ready to be announced for the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival

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I wish I could tell you right now, but keep checking.

In the meantime, thanks for the interest Yoko Ono, you've been a great supporter of haiku too!

Keep checking Area 17, and use the Bath Japanese Festival's current web presence.

Alan

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

2010 Bath Japanese Festival

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2010 Bath Japanese Festival
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Book Arts, Films, Haiku and Renga and a lot more!
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May 12th - 23rd 2010

With Words (Alan Summers) and Rachel Carvosso of Tokyo Art Beat & Japan Editor for Bristol's The Love of It
in Partnership with Bath Libraries; Nikki Bennett & Uni-Verse; Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights; Writing Events Bath; Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (fondly known as BRSLI); and International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (Akita, Northern Honshu, Japan).

Watch this space!

Comments from a previous renga workshop:

"we really enjoyed the renga event...it was a very intensely creative act, and I was really struck by the renga form itself, what it could be capable of...a whole new poetic energy" Mark, University of Winchester

"Thanks again for a wonderful poetry session."
Yu Yan, U.S. citizen currently visiting Bath

"I just wanted to thank you again for such a great event...I want to do some more!" Susan, Plymouth

"Thanks so much for yesterday's renga event - it was fantastic! Really got the creative juices flowing. Let me know when the next one is, I will definitely attend!" Tracey, Bath

"Looks like I missed a fantastic event..I hope to be at the next one."
Caroline, Bristol (she was!)


" More! More! " Libby, Bristol

"It is so tempting to get involved in renku/renga with all the excitement you...generate." Melinda, USA

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The Library of Unwritten Books - Day One and Day Two




The project captures the imagination of so many visitors to the library. We're thinking of extending it to the end of March!


photo taken by Dikra Radha
It's not true that people even wrote on my shirt!




June kicks off this extraordinary project on World Book Day that has captivated people of all ages, across all barriers.




Iraqi poet Dikra Ridha's engaging enthusiasm!


The Library of Unwritten Books
Bath Central Library (U.K.) on both Thursday and Friday (4th & 5th March) from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Library of Unwritten books




Please click onto the sheets and print out and write your story:

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If you can't visit Bath Central Library, click onto these images and have a go. Post or email to June Wentland at Bath Central Library.

Get writing, there's a book in everyone.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

BSL renga on youtube!



With Words (and The 1000 Verse Renga Project) in partnership with the University of Bristol and BSL Poets, were involved in the Bristol Sign Poetry Festival, and creating the world's first BSL renga.

Running parallel to the Saturday night performance, which included two performed renga, were two all day renga workshops with people from England including various London areas, and Surrey; as well as Preston; Leeds; Bristol; Wales and Scotland; Belgium; Sweden; India; South Africa; Lithuania; and the Czech Republic.

Workshoppers practicised composing renga, and then performing renga (on film) before leaping onto the stage just a few hours after becoming renga poets.

We created four BSL renga over the weekend!


A 150 strong audience watched this world first, a British Sign Language Renga Performance, which made this the most memorable of Saturday nights!

Here are some of the BSL renga on youtube

Saturday night BSL renga performance:

weblinks:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuYo2d51lKA&feature=related 


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The 1000 Verse Renga Project
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BBC 1000 verse renga article:
http://tinyurl.com/rengaBBC

Phase Two at Bath Libraries:
http://tiny.cc/BathLibraries

Bath Chronicle renga page:
http://tiny.cc/BathChronicle79

Southbank Centre Global Poetry System:
http://tinyurl.com/SouthBankRenga

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