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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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Thursday, March 18, 2010

2010 Bath Japanese Festival 12th - 23rd May

logo by Rory Walker

There is going to be so many good things for  you !
Festival Launch Party! 
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Wednesday 12th May 7-10pm
16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN
£4 and £2 to BRSLI members and STUDENTS! 
BRSLI website:

News just in about the launch evening! 

BlazBlue goes Guardian:
We are very fortunate to have Blazblue: Calamity Trigger starting their launch with the Bath Japanese Festival!

Carrie Etter will be reading haiku from her collection in progress "The Broken Kite"
Carrie's collection The Tethers is out now, published by Seren.
Carrie's blog:

Courtesy of our sister festival  International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 we have special guests Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳)a haiga painter, and her mother, Masuda Junko(桝田純子)a haiku poet, coming over to give a taste of haiku and haiga from Japan.

The Origami Picnic Corner by the lovely people from Bristol's I Love It magazine.  Create an origami animal for the night and keep to take home with you!

Thursday 20th May 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Renga: splicing spontaneity into your writing 
with Alan Summers
Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14-15 John Street, Bath
£24 with wine.
Bookings: Writing Events Bath:
Alex/Jude mb. 07811501978

Saturday 22nd  May 3 – 5 p.m.
Japanese Renga Group Poem Workshop
Bath Central Library, Library entrance at The Podium Shopping Centre, Level One, Bath

Comments from previous renga workshops:

"we really enjoyed the renga was a very intensely creative act, and I was really struck by the renga form itself, what it could be capable of...a whole new poetic energy" Mark, University of Winchester

"Thanks again for a wonderful poetry session."
Yu Yan, U.S. citizen currently visiting Bath

"I just wanted to thank you again for such a great event...I want to do some more!" 

Susan, Plymouth

"Thanks so much for yesterday's renga event - it was fantastic! Really got the creative juices flowing. Let me know when the next one is, I will definitely attend!" Tracey, Bath

"Looks like I missed a fantastic event..I hope to be at the next one."
Caroline, Bristol (she was!)

" More! More! " Libby, Bristol

"It is so tempting to get involved in renku/renga with all the excitement you...generate." Melinda, USA

2010 Bath Japanese Festival :
Book Arts, Films, Haiku and Renga and a lot more!

May 12th - 23rd 2010

With Words (Alan Summers) and Rachel Carvosso of Tokyo Art Beat & Japan Editor for Bristol's The Love of It
in Partnership with: 

Bath Libraries; Nikki Bennett & Uni-Verse; Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights; Writing Events Bath; Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (fondly known as BRSLI or BRLSI); Akita International University; and International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (Akita, Northern Honshu, Japan).

clear sky
three four five swallows
spread out

grey mountain and birds©With Words 2010 


Kristin Riggs said...

Love this!

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you for the comment on my blog. The festival sounds amazing. Will aim to give a mention on my blog...

Ralf Bröker said...

The number of numbers in line two makes me think a lot. But then line tree bursts the whole scene into a great moment. What else a haiku can do?

Best wishes

Nic said...

It sounds like a great festival. Best of success to you.

Area 17 said...

re dates for the festival:


Facebook dedicated Launch Party page at:
Facebook 2010 Bath Japanese Festival Launch Party

or email me direct at:

If you'd like to come along to the launch party at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution in Bath, all you need to do is turn up at the door on Wednesday 12th May (event times 7-10pm) at BRLSI.
Website and online poster: BRSLI

Tickets are £4 or £2 to BRLSI members and STUDENTS

We have haiga and haiku poets from Akita; Carrie Etter reading haiku and senryu from her collection in progress "The Broken Kite"; and Karen Hoy and myself reading Renga from With Words workshops.

Also there is a fun Origami Picnic Corner; Anime Cells from Blazblue: Calamity Trigger; Haiga exhibition; Japanese Tattoos; and Usborne Books talking about their Japanese literature and literacy series.

Hot sake and sushi from Yen Sushi are on sale as well as other refreshments.

Plus many more surprises!

Hope to see you,

all my very best,

Director, With Words
Literature Director, Bath Japanese Festival