This is a great fun inclusive ice-breaking activity, and a way to make friends, and crack a few jokes at the same time as learning one of the most famous of all poetry forms, yet one of the most mysterious.
What is Renga?
Renga is simply writing incredibly short lines (2 or 3 line verses) with almost teasingly invisible connections to each verse.
When completed everyone is a co-author of the renga poem.
For anyone new to renga, we'd love to receive your "micro-memories", whether childhood memories, or very recent memories.
Renga is very inclusive, creative, and encouraging, and the making of this communal poem is as important as the final result.
The cost is only £4.50 entry to the Sculpture Garden:
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Alan Summers has been writing haiku and renga for twenty years and as a Japan Times award-winning writer for renga and haiku poetry (haiku evolved from being a renga poem’s ‘starting verse’) he felt renga was ideal for a creative writing event that involved people who might feel they are not poets.
More about Alan Summers
He has ran workshops at the Royal Festival Hall (London), with Japan-UK 150 and the Thames Festival.
Alan is regularly published in Japanese magazines & anthologies; and newspapers such as Yomiuri Shimbun; and Mainichi Daily News, Tokyo, Japan.