Online internet courses by Call of the Page

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:
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Saturday, July 22, 2006


the COMPETITION Details (deadline now passed)

MR TALLSTORY read the results and entries for the competition
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Kings Street
The Stalls Bar area
Sunday 2.15 p.m. - 2.45 p.m. 10th September 2006
Presented as part of the Bristol Poetry Festival 2006

Once upon a time in Mole Valley: Mr Tallstory's Modern Fairytale Competition


Wednesday 6th September 2006
The Oppo} Coffee House
72 Park Street (wheelchair access off Park Street Avenue)
Presented as part of the Bristol Poetry Festival 2006
Many thanks to Lawrence Pettener, and to the utterly mesmerising music from Anil and Beth.
It was a great night, and made even better by all the fine guests!


Alan Summers

Lawrence Pettener

with music from Anil & Beth
Picture from Beth's blog (possibly taken by Russell?)
Anil's myspace site
Beth's myspace site

BRADFORD ON AVON ARTS FESTIVAL: poetry events including Open Mic

Bradford-on-Avon Arts Festival 2006 : BOAAF2006 WEBSITE
Bradford-on-Avon Arts Festival 2006 : BOAAF2006 pdf Brochure

follows after workshops information

POETRY WORKSHOPS at Ale & Porter Arts Sunday 1st October
Ale & Porter : Ale & Porter WEBSITE
Ale & Porter : multimap
Ale & Porter : Streetmap
The current exhibition: "JOURNALS" is highly recommended:
Click for more information

PUBLISHING YOUR POETRY with Carrie Etter from 10 - 12 p.m.
Carrie will be doing 20 minute tutorials on publishing poems.
Participants should bring 3-4 printed pages of poetry they'd like to publish. If you'd like any further details please feel free to e-mail carrie at:
carrie [dot] etter@gmail [dot] com

American expat Carrie Etter teaches as Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and as a tutor for The Poetry School. She has published hundreds of poems internationally in 'The Forward Book of Poetry 2005', 'The New Republic', 'New Writing 14', 'Poetry Review', 'The Rialto', 'The Times Literary Supplement', and other journals and anthologies. Her Blog site

with Alan Summers from 2 - 4 p.m.

This is a relaxed group workshop introducing haiku.
You are most welcome to bring copies of favourite haiku poems to share.
Alan Summers is a Japan Times Award-winning poet, published in over fourteen countries.
Alan is also a visiting tutor for The Poetry School.
Alan's website: WITH WORDS

WORKSHOP FEES: Both Carrie and Alan's workshops are £10 per person, with a minimum enrollment of five people.

Tickets are available from the
Bradford-on-Avon Tourist Information Centre
The Tourist Information Centre is open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tel. No. 01225 865 797

ALE & PORTER ARTS current exhibition "JOURNALS":
Click for more information

========POETRY READING with OPEN MIC========

Thursday 28th September 8pm
FREE EVENT: at The George on Woolley Street

The Guest poets:

Matt Bryden teaches English as a Foreign Language in Bath and has work in current issues of The Interpreter's House and Smiths Knoll and forthcoming New Welsh Review.

American expat Carrie Etter teaches as Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and as a tutor for The Poetry School. She has published hundreds of poems internationally in 'The Forward Book of Poetry 2005', 'The New Republic', 'New Writing 14', 'Poetry Review', 'The Rialto', 'The Times Literary Supplement', and other journals and anthologies. Her Blog

Karen Hoy is interested in human beings as part of the natural world, and this is revealed through both her film-making and her poetry readings & events. Gilded Lily Productions

Alan Summers fresh from the Bristol Poetry Festival.
"astonishingly moving haiku" and "widely known haiku dry as vintage champagne" YOMIURI SHIMBUN (Japan, and the world's largest newspaper circulation).
Alan is published in The Iron Book of British Haiku; The New Haiku; Haiku World: an international poetry almanac; Haiga - illustrated haiku poems; Haiku Anthology of the European Union, thanks to the French-Japanese Sasakawa Foundation.

Anyone interested in signing up for the OPEN MIC just tell us on the night, and don't worry, the theme isn't compulsary for you!

VENUE WEBSITE: The George on Woolley Street.
About The George Pub, described by one regular
unreconstructed and comfortable...where I can relax without any pressure and enjoy the conversation or listen to the music, whatever takes my fancy

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MAPS to show Bradford-on-Avon and its Art Galleries :

Click onto the little green box and check out the Art House Co-Operative, which is opposite Ale & Porter. The Art House are still showing their Summer exhibition for a while longer: recommended.

If you are arriving by train, the first art gallery you will come across is The Bay Tree art gallery which also has a useful map on their site, and worth a visit in itself. Say hello to Jane Gibson who is the wonderful gallery owner! The Bay Tree is both close to the train station and next to the Green where the Tourist Information Centre is based. Jane's current exhibition is in full swing, and is highly recommended too!
The Bay Tree Gallery

TIC: How to get to Bradford on Avon & Parking

Map showing the George on Woolley Street Map


Haiku and Senryu: An Introduction
Date: Saturday 17 February, 2007
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Tutor: Alan Summers
Level: suitable for all levels
Activity: Writing Feedback Exercises
Study Mode: One Day Workshop
Venue: Murch Room, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute

This one-day workshop introduces haiku, and its sister form senryu, through discussion and exercises. Participants will learn the ‘real rules’ of these ultra-compact forms and consider their relevance to modern British poetry. We will aim to have finished poems at the end of the session, and you may bring work-in-progress to the group (please bring 16 copies).
The workshop is designed for all levels.

To book, please download a booking form and
return it to the office.
More information can be found under booking information.
Cost: £35, £25 concs

================ USEFUL WEBPAGES =================

The BRLSI website

PDF FILE showing accessiblity and floor plans:
BRLSI accessibility PDF


Charlotte Street Long Stay Car Park is just a few minutes away from the BRLSI venue:
webpage link

Car Parking Map:
Car Parks Map - Bath webpage link


British Sign Language Haiku Festival was a highly successful two-day event aimed to encourage more Deaf people to create "haiku" poems in British Sign Language.

To read more about the BSL haiku festival go to:
and click here for some great BSL haiku: BSL haiku

Sponsors: University of Bristol; Centre for Deaf Studies; The Dorothy Miles Cultural Centre; Japan 21; The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; and With Words.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

RESULTS of the 1st With Words @ Oppo} haiku contest

Check it out: Haiku Bulletin News

Claire Williamson's poetry comes to Oppo}

Claire Williamson, Arnolfini's first Visiting Writer in 2005 brings her poetry collection "RIDE ON" to Oppo} .
Things said about RIDE ON
"Beautiful brave writing... this poetry that is honed to a sharpness of light, bright with spirit, transcendent.”
ROSE FLINT - Arvon Foundation tutor, and broadcaster.

"These are poems with a job to do - to show how poetry can help us gain clarity and find value in some terrible passages of life. They deserve to be read.” PHILIP GROSS - Prof. of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University

“I read the poems in one reading, and came out a different person: a better person.” ALAN SUMMERS - Visiting Tutor for The Poetry School

Ride On: