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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Notes from the Gean Ginko Samurai Gala Day, Aberdeen, Scotland, 17th September 2011

Gean Tree Press
Colin Stewart Jones
Gean Tree Press
photo by Cauliay Publishing
Alan Summers

Notes from the Gean haikai literature and tanka poetry online magazine Editor-in-Chief/Resources Editor Colin Stewart Jones and myself as renga/renku editor will be holding our first live event together.

As part of our commitment to furthering the understanding of haiku at a grass roots level NFTG will be conducting:

Notes from the Gean Ginko
Samurai Gala Day, Aberdeen, Scotland
9a.m. - 1p.m. 17th September 2011

This event is part of Aberdeen’s celebrations for Thomas Blake Glover; “The Scottish Samurai” where Notes from the Gean will lead a Ginko (haiku nature walk), which will be free and open to the public, from St Machar Cathedral through Seaton Park along the Don River and on to the Brig O’ Balgownie past Glover’s old home and then proceed through the Nature Reserve to the Murchar (Don Estuary).

This should take around 2 – 2.5 hours, but we will cater to all ages and abilities.

If you miss us at the early start, text or call us at either my mob. 07979 656 775 or Colin's: 07756093433

People should bring a notepad and pen to take down notes of images from the ginko, and wear good shoes/boots and dress for the weather.

We will then hold a session (in a venue TBA) where the walkers can work on images gathered from the Ginko and we’ll newcomers to haiku to produce these into haiku.

I’ll also lead a Renga/Renku session and there will be an opportunity to perform the finished work too, in the special way renga is read.  You’ll love it!

Notes From the Gean will also run a special feature on the event which will be published along with selected haiku and renga from the ginko in the next issue of the NFTG:

Alan Summers, renga editor, England, and Editor-in-Chief/Resources Editor, Colin Stewart Jones, Scotland.

Gean Tree Press
based in Scotland, which already brings you the highly successful Notes from the Gean; our flagship journal has recently undergone a major restructuring and is also currently undergoing a program to modernize it and, therefore, NFTG will now be completelyy aligned with its mission to "encourage excellence, experimentation and education..." The mission of GTP is no different.

Further to this, GTP is also committed to bringing quality book and e-books containing modern English-language haiku and/or related genres, to the wider reading public. Although poetry is a niche market, and haiku even more so, GTP understands its market and believes that haiku books should be, and must be, produced by specialist publishers. GTP is, at present, in discussions with various funding bodies and arts agencies with a view to producing a catalog to further this aim.

Though we are forward thinking, GTP is also a traditional publishing house which believes that the quality of the work is paramount and they poetry should stand on its own merit. We will, therefore, never charge reading fees nor ask our authors to contribute towards the costs of publishing their books. All our authors will be offered contracts and they will be paid a percentage of the profits from sales of their books.

GTP already has some very exciting projects in the pipeline and will be looking to bring even more to you very soon. A press release and a call for manuscript submissions will be forthcoming but in the meantime we ask that you do not send us any submissions.

Colin Stewart Jones
Gean Tree Press


Anonymous said...

hi alan

this was one of the earlier draft logos
i have a more up to date one if you are not already winging your way to the US

Area 17 said...

Thanks Col,

New logo loaded and ready to rock!