The blog of Alan Summers, Recipient of the Japan Times Award (2002) and co-founder of Call of the Page, a UK provider of literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Haiku Walk (ginko) in Stamford, Lincolnshire, part of Verse 2018, Stamford Arts Centre festival
Live event, haiku walk, in Stamford which was voted the number town in Britain!
A Haiku Walk is called a ginko in Japan (ginko 吟行)
gin吟 act of making a poem
ko行 act of walking
The g is a hard sound “gain"
After a brief introduction to haiku, the very short poem genre, we’ll set out on a walk - known as a ginko (吟行) in Japan - looking for inspiration. He will also read a number of his haiku revealing how this poetry is different to what we might know.
Afterwards, in a relaxed session, Alan will show how our rough notes and drafts can become polished haiku. Directly sketching from nature, or life, is one of the most common approaches to haiku. We will also learn about combining two images that create surprising connections, that make the brief haiku verse go beyond the count of its words.To help capture the images that do this, Alan has designed an exercise that will add another dimension to pairing images.
Bring a packed-lunch, and Stamford Arts Centre will provide the sushi!
Alan Summers is President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, and co-founder of Call of the Page.
In 2013, Stamford was rated the best place to live by The Sunday Times:
1st. Stamford, Lincolnshire
The ducks are quacking and the river sparkles in the spring sunshine. Across the green of Stamford’s famous water meadows…sipping takeaway coffees from the cosy independent cafes, such as the Fine Food Store, that line the gloriously Georgian high street.
The town has starred in period dramas from Middlemarch to Pride and Prejudice, just one lucky by-product of Stamford being named Britain’s first conservation area. The architecture and honey-stone streets really are magnificent, but that’s not all Stamford has to recommend…this friendly town offers…