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Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku; tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address:
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Nature Haiku: Alan Summers, meet the haiku writer-in-residence at the Bristol Festival of Literature 2015 - 11am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th October 2015

Alan Summers outside The Poet Hotel, Amsterdam, Museum Quarter photo by Karen Hoy

Alan Summers, haiku writer-in-residence at the Bristol Festival of Literature 2015 

Our resident haiku expert, Alan Summers, will be on hand to help while you have a go at writing haiku on the theme of ‘Nature’. 

Write your haiku on bunting triangles that will gradually be displayed in the space throughout the weekend, filling the room with poetry and inspiration.

Saturday and Sunday
17th and 18th October 2015
11am - 2pm
The Green Lab
Bristol Harbourside
just down from Watershed
and before Millennium Square

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Where: The Green Lab

The theme is nature: 
Ask me about haiku, and have a go.  I’m available to help out in a friendly manner!

Alan is a Japan Times award-winning writer, and author of the forthcoming book Writing Poetry: the haiku way.  A Pushcart Prize nominated poet he also appears in various leading haiku anthologies, including Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton 2013), and recently on NHK World (Japanese television).

Look for the Hanging Bike, and The Stable:

Haiku about Nature

shahai artwork by Alan Summers 2015

sidewalk crack
we hopscotch
and salute the flower

Alan Summers
Brass Bell: the HAPPINESS issue (October 2015)


the swansongs
of orb spiders

Alan Summers
Scope (FAWQ  magazine July 2015 vol. 61 no. 6)


dandelion fluff
I lose count of my time
on this earth

Publication Credit:  
Brass Bell: A Feature on Alan Summers July, 2015


dark news
the comfort
of crows

Alan Summers
tiny words 15.1 (March 31st 2015)


old tales
moon-bright leaves
jostle the breeze

Alan Summers   
Wild Plum 1:1 (Spring & Summer 2015)


splitting the sky
a kingfisher lifts a branch
off the breeze

Alan Summers 
Best of Mainichi 2014 (Japan)


first dream-
a blackbird whispers
its song to the rain

Alan Summers
Scope vol. 60 no. 9 (FAWQ  magazine October 2014


wet prints
the sun takes the dog

Alan Summers
hedgerow: a journal of small poems (Issue 1, September 2014)


after rain midnight dreams a hedgehog

Alan Summers
brass bell: a haiku journal
One-Line Haiku curated by Zee Zahava (Monday, September 1, 2014)


hard frost-
the snail-hammerings
of a song thrush

Alan Summers
Muttering Thunder vol. 1, 2014


the names of rain
a blackbird’s subsong

into dusk

Alan Summers

Publication Credit:
Hailing Foxes and other wild things
illustrated by Dru Marland 

The festival celebrates its 5th Year!
Bristol Festival of Literature 2015 
Thursday October 15th – Saturday 24th 2015

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