|"Come Write With Me" with Alan Summers|
- Dates and times: Thursday 7 October, 10am - 6pm
- Venue: Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TL
- Free, for more information contact Andrew Cox, 0117 9222 180
This event is specially adapted to reflect the National Poetry Day theme of Home, and what that means in Bristol, the poem will be developed throughout the day.
• The whole mini-memory can just take a few seconds to say.
• The words can present a recent or past memory
That's it! We do the rest, just record the way you say it, making it a brief verse that other people love to read, and share.
Just give us a recollection of a memory past or present, or even something humourous, and we will link it to the other verses being created so that people will love hearing them, and reading them.
If you have any questions please drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What does 'home'mean to you?
- is it the building you live in
- the place you came from
- a taste of home cooking?
- or is there something else you can think of!
What is Renga?
Bristol bred Alan Summers is the founder of With Words which promotes
the love of words with events and activities through Haiku and Renga
He is a Japan Times award-winning writer for haiku and renga poetry
(haiku originated from Renga as its ‘starting verse’).
Renga is a traditional Japanese group poem that's ‘shared writing’:
everyone is allowed the chance to write, or verbally suggest a verse.
It’s very inclusive, creative, and encouraging, and the making of this
communal poem is as important as the final result.
More about Renga
Of all the ‘poetic forms’this is one that works for people who have
never written before, and yet offers a great challenge for those who
are already comfortable and established writers.
Renga is where people can sit and stay, or come and go, listen or
write, and above all share in the decision-making of each verse. When
completed the renga poem is jointly owned by everyone.
The renga verses are more than the sum of its parts as they capture our
thoughts and feelings, which might otherwise be lost at end of the day;
we can also share an experience wherein strangers and friends or
colleagues connect for a moment.
we can display both finished renga poems in the library; to present a
sense of achievement to the local community; and to develop a further
interest in Japanese culture.
The whole poem will also be available to read on this blog.