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, May 24, 2014

Bath Fringe Festival 2014 "Writing Haiku" Workshop free mini-workshop run by Alan Summers and Karen Hoy of With Words

Bath Fringe Festival Writing Haiku Workshop
Writing Haiku
a free mini-workshop within an art exhibition
with Alan Summers and Karen Hoy

Saturday June 7th, 11am-12pm

Free Event to the public

Stall St
City of Bath
Bath and North East Somerset BA1 1QG


Photograph of Karen and Alan at the Bath Japanese Festival by Dru Marland
Still Points : Moving World  A Performance Writing Exhibition  Fringe Arts Bath, Friday 23rd May to Sunday 8th June 2014

About the gallery:

Events including the haiku mini-workshop:

Writing Haiku
Saturday June 7th, 11am-12pm

A free event and open to everyone.

Haiku are very short poems – generally just three lines long – and are written in simple language, but can be powerfully evocative.

This event is a writing mini-workshop with Alan Summers, who will talk about the history and contemporary practice of combining haiku and art. The workshop includes time for you to write your own haiku inspired by the art work in the exhibition.

Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning and Pushcart Prize nominated poet, who has been studying and writing haiku for over twenty years, and has been published internationally and translated into more than a dozen languages. He loves to teach and run workshops, bringing people to the Asian writing forms, and through his organisation With Words (now Call of the Page) has students all over the English-speaking world.

Karen has been published in a number of hai­ku-based publications, including anthologies The Humours of Haiku, edited by David Cobb (Iron Press); and as one of Wales’s haiku pioneers in Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press) edited by Nigel Jen­kins, Ken Jones and Lynne Rees. She also appears in Mslexia; and Sixfold; My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications 2006); Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009); as well as Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts.

Karen is the Course Director for With Words (now Call of the Page), and a Teaching Artist for Rooster Moans:

If you are unable to attend, live elsewhere, or even in a different country, Call of the Page run regular online events:

Call of the Page runs popular online courses in haiku, tanka and other related poetry.
Please don't hesitate to contact Karen for further information:

online courses:


Saturday, May 17, 2014

A selection of haiku, by Alan Summers, published by Asahi Shimbun, Japan, between 2010 and 2013


The Asahi Shimbun literally Morning Sun Newspaper, is one of the five national newspapers in Japan. Its circulation, which was 7.96 million for its morning edition and 3.1 million for its evening edition as of June 2010, was second behind that of Yomiuri Shimbun.

Monet's Haystacks At Chailly 1865

Monet's Haystacks
a group of crows tug
at twilight

rook chatter
tracking each snowflake
to the end

first quarter moon
dancing pinheads burst
into new angel DNA

Also published in Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)

river festival  
just a birdsong afternoon  
and talk of hedgehogs

Fraser Island
the pre-sunset whine
of mosquitoes

Upolu Cay
my own skeletons

About Michaelmas and Upolu

green clouds
the scarecrow worries
a loose thread

Maple moon
Grandmother’s recipe
settles in the pan

This was also published by the Hailstone Haiku Group, Japan

Early morning rain
the sound between
the sound

Night clouds
a spider shows me
the harvest moon

Cloud kigo
a light rain patters across
your nightingale floors

"In search of the ultimate season word to associate with clouds, Alan Summers observes how “rain writes its own story across floorboards that sing like a bird. I like the idea of the cloud kigo. Readers will too. It is always my pleasure to work with you on haiku.”  David McMurray, Asahi Shimbun

David McMurray has been writing the Asahi Haikuist Network column since April 1995, first for the Asahi Evening News. He is also the editor of OUTREACH, a bi-monthly column featuring international teachers in The Language Teacher of the Japan Association for Language Teacher (JALT).

He is professor of intercultural studies at The International University of Kagoshima where he lectures on international haiku. At the Graduate School he supervises students who research haiku. He is a correspondent school teacher of Haiku in English for the Asahi Culture Center in Tokyo.

Call of the Page runs popular online courses in haiku, tanka and other related poetry.
Please don't hesitate to contact Karen for further information: 

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

How a Haiku by Alan Summers was published by the world's largest circulated newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on my birthday

For a Western haiku poet to be published in a Japanese newspaper is one thing, but to be in Japan is another, and actually buying the newspaper from a Japanese vendor.

To top that off, the haiku was planned to be published on my birthday!

When I locate the newspaper again, I’ll photograph the issue.

an attic window sill
a wasp curls
into its own dust

Alan Summers

Published by Yomiuri Shimbun (for my birthday, September 16th 2002).

Its first publication was when it was accidently sent by a colleague to this wonderful Dutch publication: Woodpecker Special Issue, Extra Shuttle Issue ISSN 1384-6094 (1997) so I was delighted when it was republished five years later in Yomiuri Shimbun.

Also, during a haiku walk in London during 1997, Hoshino Tsunehiko, particularly picked this haiku out as a good example, and explained why in depth.  This was very important to me as I had only been studying and writing haiku since 1993.

HOSHINO Tsunehiko :
Born in Tokyo in 1935. Professor of English and English Literature at Waseda University, Director of the Association of Haiku Poets, General manager of the Museum of Haiku Literature, Vice-President of the Haiku International Association.

He has published three collections of haiku, Rendako, Bakushu and Kantan, as well as a collection of critiques, Haiku to 'haiku' no sekai (The World of Haiku and Non-Japanese Haiku), which received the award for critique from the Association of Haiku Poets in 2003.

Haiku to Haiku no Sekai [Tankobon Hardcover] published by Waseda Daigaku Shuppanbu (2002) ·  ISBN-10: 4657027190 / ISBN-13: 978-4657027191

Three years later the attic sill haiku was republished by Yomiuri Shimbun:
Yomiuri Shimbun Go-Shichi-Go On-Line feature Language Lab (2005)

As well as appearing in the world’s largest circulated newspaper, it was published in
the Haiku International 2000 Anthology, Japan ISBN 4-8161-0675-8 (2000).

The haiku went on to be anthologised several times, but nothing could top my haiku appearing in a Japanese newspaper while I was in Tokyo. 

Yomiuri Shimbun:
The Yomiuri Shimbun is a Japanese newspaper published in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other major Japanese cities. It is part of the Yomiuri Group, Japan's largest media conglomerate.

It is one of the five national newspapers in Japan; the other four are the Asahi Shimbun, the Mainichi Shimbun, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and the Sankei Shimbun.

Founded in 1874, the Yomiuri Shimbun is credited with having the largest newspaper circulation in the world, having a combined morning and evening circulation of 14,323,781 through January 2002.

In 2010, the daily was the number one in the list of the world's biggest selling newspapers with a circulation of 10,021,000. As of mid-year 2011, it still had a combined morning-evening circulation of almost 13.5 million for its national edition.

Newspaper with the largest circulation in the world: Yomiuri Shimbun, 14,323,781 copies.

Yomiuri Mainichi circulation figures

Call of the Page runs regular and popular online courses in haiku, tanka and other related poetry:

Please don't hesitate to contact Karen for further information:


Saturday, May 03, 2014

Two of my haiku mentioned in the Best of Mainichi Shimbun (newspaper) haiku columns for 2013 by Isamu Hashimoto

Circulation and Distribution of the Mainichi Shimbun

Mainichi Shimbun  

Alan Summers, and Call of the Page, offer regular and popular online courses in haiku; tanka; and other related genres:

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Karen at: