Friday, December 31, 2021

About The Haiku Reader Editor-in-Chief: Alan Summers

 




About:

Alan Summers


editor in chief, The Haiku Reader

https://thehaikureader.blogspot.com


Alan Summers has been involved in haikai literature (haiku; senryu; haibun; renku/renga; haiga and shahai), and tanka, since 1993. 


He is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet for both haiku and haibun, as well as Best Small Fictions nominated for haibun. He is also a multiple Touchstone Award nominated poet, and winner.


Alan is a former President of the United Haiku & Tanka Society (2017 to 2021), and previously General Secretary of the British Haiku Society (1998-2000). 


He's an Editor Emeritus for the multi-award-winning Red Moon Anthologies (Red Moon Press, USA) for best haikai literature (2000-2005). 


Alan has been a former roving Embassy of Japan ‘Japan-UK 150’ poet-in-residence, published/supported by the BBC Poetry Season website at that time celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and the United Kingdom  (2008-2009)



FORTHCOMING:

Alan, along with Karen Hoy, and two other British Haiku Society members (Stewart Wall, organiser, and Robert Herringshaw), are involved with the Royal Photographic Society for this free zoom event in March 2022:





Photography and Haiku Poetry with 

Alan Summers 

and Karen Hoy

https://rps.org/events/regions/east-midlands/2022/march/photography-and-haiku-poetry-with-alan-summers-and-karen-hoy/


I do love that photograph as Karen Hoy both takes me seriously and not so seriously! 




Alan is a double Japan Times award-winning writer, with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (U.K. 2007-2008), plus a Diploma for Creative Writing from the University of Bristol (U.K. 2000-2001)


He has been an essayist, article writer, critic, book reviewer, international competition judge, co-founder and founder of various haikai journals, as well as co-editor of a number of haiku and short verse anthologies. 



Alan is the founder of Call of the Page (www.callofthepage.org) that supports writers worldwide:







Filmed by NHK Television (Japan) for “Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku Journey”:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VS36AGVI6s



His time as a TEDx speaker for Amazement of the ordinary- life through a haiku lens can be watched here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxLTiR7AKDE&t=64s


Transcript: 

https://area17.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/transcript-from-tedx-video-amazement-of.html



He is the founder of haikai journals:


Blo͞o Outlier haikai journal

 

MahMight haiku journal

 

Babylon Sidedoor platform for haibun, Flash and CNF



Previously he has been a co-founder of ground-breaking journals such as: 


Haijinx - haiku with humor

and 

Bones journal for contemporary haiku 

currently renamed as Bones - a journal for the short poem.


Alongside journals he’s founded or co-founded, he’s previously been the Linked Verses Editor (renku etc…) for Notes from the Gean; Special Feature Editor (haiku and tanka) of Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts (Runner up, Saboteur Awards 2013 for Best Magazine category including his essay on Gendai haiku); and haibun editor for the British Haiku Society’s Blithe Spirit journal.


He has been co-editor of a number of haiku-based anthologies, and art gallery catalogues including:


Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints 

ed. Paul Conneally & Alan Summers

(Poetry Can/Bristol Museum and Art Gallery/Japan21/Embassy of Japan 2002)

" 'Parade of Life' is very impressive." 

Hiroaki Sano, Japanese Embassy (London)


The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography 

(Birmingham Words/National Academy of Writing Pamphlet 2006)


Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku (Press Here 2010 USA)


Four Virtual Haiku Poets (YTBN Press 2012) 

with  Brendan Slater


Through a glass darkly (Quest Art Gallery 2012)


c.2.2. an anthology of short-verse poetry and haiku 

with Brendan Slater (YTBN Press 2013) 



His collections include:



Sundog Haiku Journal: an Australian Year 

(Sunfast Press 1997 second print 1998)




Does Fish-God Know 

(YTBN Press 2012) 

https://tinyurl.com/DoesFish-GodKnow

https://area17.blogspot.com/2012/10/does-fish-god-know-haiku-collection-by.html

https://area17.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-book-review-of-does-fish-god-know.html



Pamphlets:


Moonlighting  (British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series,1996)


The In-Between Season  (With Words Pamphlet Series 2012)





The Comfort of Crows 

(Alan Summers & Hifsa Ashraf) 

Velvet Dusk Publishing (2019)




Forbidden Syllables 

(Bones Library 2020)




Glint 

(Proletaria 2020)


Link for downloads:

http://area17.blogspot.com/2020/06/recent-haiku-poetry-collections-by-alan.html


He has two forthcoming collections in 2022.



Alan has been anthologised hundreds of times, too many to include all of them, but here are a few:


ANTHOLOGIES


Alan has appeared in many milestone haiku anthologies. 


Here are a few from 1996 onwards...


























Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac 

ed. William Higginson  (Kodansha International, Japan,1996)



Mainichi Shimbun 125th Anniversary Anthology (Japan 1997)





















The Redmoon Anthology 

(Red Moon Press 1997)




International Kusamakura Haiku Anthology (Japan, 1998)

























Iron Book of British Haiku 

ed. David Cobb and Martin Lucas (Iron Press 1998, Third print 2000)





















snow on the water, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 1998




First Australian Haiku Online Anthology (1999)


Azami Haiku in English Commemorative Issue  (ed. Ikkoku Santo, Osaka, Japan, 2000)























Haiga: Illustrated Haiku Poems (1st Edition) 

ed. Yukki Yaura (Suekichi Book, Japan 2000)



First Australian Anthology (Paper Wasp 2000)


The Basho Museum Memorial Anthology (Japan 2001)

























The New Haiku 

ed. John Barlow & Martin Lucas (Snapshot Press, 2001)




Wild Flowers, New Leaves (Ami-Net International Press (World Haiku Club 2002)


Haiku Friends vol. 1 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Osaka, Japan, 2003)



















Raku Teapot: Haiku  Book and CD 

pub. Raku Teapot Press/White Owl Publishing  (2003)


First Australian Haiku Anthology, Paper Wasp (2003)


Haiku Pathway Katikati anthology Katikati Open-Air Art Inc. (2003)


















City: Bristol Today in Poems and Pictures

Paralaia (2004)



haiku dreaming australia 

Best haiku & senryu relevant in and to australia 

(John Bird, Australia 2006)






















D'un ciel a l'autre Anthologie de haiku de l'Union Europeenne 

(Edition de l'Association francaise de haiku 2006)





















 




Stepping Stones:  a way into haiku 

ed. Martin Lucas (British Haiku Society, 2007)




Haiku Friends Vol. 2 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Japan 2007)

























   

Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku 

ed. John Barlow & Matthew Paul (Snapshot Press 2008) 




Spasms of Light (Wonder Haiku Worlds online anthology, 2008)


Haiku Friends Vol. 3 ed. Masaharu Hirata (Japan 2009)
























Haiku Enlightenment 

ed. Gabriel Rosenstock 

(Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2009)







 



















“water" 

haiga eBook series, ed. Kuniharu Shimizu (Tokyo, Japan, 2010)




Haiku Pathway Katikati

Katikati Open-Air Art Inc. 

(10th Anniversary Edition Anthology 2010)


The Strand Book Of International Poets 2010

ed. Imran Hanif and Jane Lee ISBN: 9781907340062


Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3 (MET Press 2010)

Compiled by M. Kei and team


a little help from my friends (Red Dragonfly ePamphlet 2011) ed. Melissa Allen 


Spasms of Light (Wonder Haiku Worlds print anthology 2011)


A Blackbird Sings, a small stone anthology ISBN 978-0-9571584-2-9 

ed. Fiona Robyn & Kaspalita Thompson (Woodsmoke Press 2012)


fox dreams ed. Aubrie Cox (April 2012)
























The Temple Bell Stops: 

Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change 

ed. Robert Epstein (Modern English Tanka Press 2012)


























The Humours of Haiku 

ed. David Cobb (Iron Press 2012)

















With Cherries on Top 

ed. Michael Dylan Welch (2012)




















  

The Disjunctive Dragonfly 

a New Approach to English-Language Haiku

ed. Richard Gilbert 

(Red Moon Press 2012)



We Are All Japan 

ed. Robert D. Wilson & Sasa Vazic (Karakia Press  2012)



Evening Breeze 

The Janice M Bostok Haiku Prize 2012 Anthology





































Haiku in English: 

The First Hundred Years 

ed. Jim Kacian, Allan Burns & Philip Rowland 

Introduction by Billy Collins (W. W. Norton 2013)






















Inking Bitterns 

(Gert Macky Books December, 2013) 

edited/illustrated by Dru Marland
























in fear of dancing: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2013




















Haiku 2014

ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku Press)





















big data 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2014





















The Sacred In Contemporary Haiku 

ed. Robert Epstein (December 2014)




a splash of water 

(Haiku Society of America Members Anthology 2015 ed. Catherine J. S. Lee)


Faces and Place ed. Don Baird (The Little Buddha Press 2015)


Spent Blossoms, 2015 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology 

ed. Claire Everett




















Full of Moonlight 

Haiku Society of America Member Anthology 2016 

ed. David Grayson


Behind the Tree Line ed. Gabriel Sawicki (2015)


The Light Singing ed. Olimpia Iacob & Jim Kacian (2015)























Haiku 2015

ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga

 (Modern Haiku Press)





















A Vast Sky

An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku 

ed. by Bruce Ross; Koko Kato; Dietmar Tauchner; 

and Patricia Prime (Tancho Press 2015)
























Journeys 2015 - An Anthology of International Haibun 

ed. Dr Angelee Deodhar



Renku Reckoner

ed. John Carley (DarlingtonRichards 2015)




















Haiku 2016

ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga (Modern Haiku Press)




Heart Breaths: Book of Contemporary Haiku ed. Jean LeBlanc (Cyberwit 2016)



























dust devils: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2016 

ed. Jim Kacian & the Red Moon Editorial Staff





















Yanty’s Butterfly Haiku Nook: An Anthology 

eds. Jacob Salzer & The Nook Editorial Staff (2016)

https://jsalzer.wixsite.com/yantysbutterfly


British Haiku Society 2016 Members’ Anthology Beginnings



Ripples in the Sand

2016 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology

ed. Susan Constable and Jenny Ward Angyal


Poetry & Place ed. Ashley Capes & Brooke Linford (Close-Up Books, 2016)






















naad anunaad: 

an anthology of contemporary international haiku 

ed. Shloka Shankar, Sanjuktaa Asopa, Kala Ramesh (India, 2016)




























Earth in Sunrise: 

A Course for English-Language Haiku Study 

(Kumamoto University, Japan, textbook for teaching university-level English-language education) ed. Professor Richard Gilbert and David Ostman 

(Red Moon Press 2017)



The Right Touch of Sun

2017 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology

ed. Margaret Dornaus and David Terelinck



























old song: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017 

ed. Jim Kacian/Red Moon Press Editorial Staff




Dwarf Stars 2018 

The Best Very Short Speculative Poems in 2017

ed. Deborah P Kolodji


Samobor Haiku Meeting 25th anniversary anthology (2017)


is/let —2017—

https://isletpoetry.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/is_let-2017.pdf


























Ekphrasis: 

The British Haiku Society Members' Anthology 2017 

ed. Iliyana Stoyanova























The Wonder Code 

ed. Scott Mason (2017)


Pegasus: The Haiku Anthology

ed. Santosh Kumar (2017)


The New English Verse: An International Anthology of Poetry 

ed. Suzie Palmer (Cyberwit 2017)


Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Selected Haiku Collection (Japan 2017)


pins on a map: 3rd haiku anthology (Inhaiku Mumbai anthology) 

Inhaiku Mumbai ed. Rohini Gupta (November 2nd 2018)


2018 Haiku Canada Members' Anthology / L’anthologie 2018 des membres de Haïku Canada  ed. Marco Fraticelli and Philomene Kocher
























Poetry as Consciousness 

Haiku Forests, Space of Mind, and an Ethics of Freedom

Author: Richard Gilbert  Illustrator: Sabine Miller 

pub. Keibunsha (2018, Japan)






















a hole in the light: 

The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018
























Four Hundred and Two Snails: 

The Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2018 

ed. Nicholas M. Sola.




Of Love and War and the Life in Between

2018 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology

ed. Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy





















Half A Rainbow 

Haiku Nook: An Anthology ed. Jacob Salzer & The Nook Editorial Staff (2020)

Dedicated to Rachel Sutcliffe (1977-2019) & Haiku Nook G+

https://jsalzer.wixsite.com/halfarainbowhaiku

























Nick Virgilio Writers House Poetry: 

Volume 1: haiku, senryu, and tanka

ed. Henry Brann (upright remington press 2019)

























Red River Book of Haibun 

ed. Paresh Tiwari and Steve Hodge (November 2019)




Amaravati Poetic Prism 2019 - International Multilingual Poetry Anthology

ed. Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy ISBN: 9789353917920

Publisher: Cultural Centre of Vijayawada & Amaravati (CCVA), Vijayawada





















British Haiku Society Conference Anthology 

where silence becomes song 

ed. Iliyana Stoyanova & David Bingham (pub. British Haiku Society 2019)



























All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku

ed. Robert Epstein

Middle Island Press (Oct. 2019)

























Another Trip Around the Sun: 

365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old

ed. Jessica Latham (Brooks Books 2019)



Corona Social Distancing: Poets for Humanity 

ed. hülya n. yılmaz, Ph.D.

inner child press international 1st Edition: May 2020


behind the mask: haiku in the time of Covid-19

Singing Moon Press Pandemic Anthology ed. Margaret Dornaus (2020)


Poetry in the Plague Year

Poems written during the Coronavirus Outbreak 2020

(Poetry Kit publishing)





















Last Train Home 

an anthology of haiku, tanka and rengay

ed. Jacquie Pearce (2020)



tanka 2020: poems from today’s world

Red Moon Press (2020)

ed. Alexis Rotella editor-in-chief

introduction by Michael McClintock






















Nick Virgilio Writers House Poetry 

A Year in Poems Haiku in Action vol 2 2020


























Grandmother’s Pearls: 

An Anthology of Dream Poems

ed. Alexis Rotella (Jade Mountain Press, 2021)




“Stories Under Every Rock” 

The British Haiku Society 30th Anniversary Members’ Haibun Anthology (2021) 

ed. David Bingham






















Window Seats: 

A Contemporary Anthology of Cat Haiku & Senryu

ed. Stanford Forrester

 (Bottle Rockets Press 2021)




















Haiku 2021 

ed. Lee Gurga & Scott Metz 

(Modern Haiku Press)


100 notable haiku selected by the editors of the award-winning Haiku 21

Introductory essay by Philip Rowland, editor of NOON: Journal of the Short Poem (Tokyo).


"Haiku 2021 unfolds as a series of flashes of insight and facets of language, a remarkable range of minimalist poetic possibilities."

                                       ~Philip Rowland, from the introduction

https://www.modernhaiku.org/mhbooks/Haiku2021.html 




Japanese newspapers that have printed his haiku include:


Yomiuri Shimbun; Mainichi Shimbun; Japan Times; and The Mie Times.


"astonishingly moving haiku"

YOMIURI SHIMBUN January 2005


"widely known haiku poet...as dry as vintage champagne"

YOMIURI SHIMBUN September 2002

(Japan's largest national newspaper with over 14 million readers.)

16th September 2002 (planned for publication on my birthday) 


"...humanises the city."

Takashi Nonin, MAINICHI DAILY NEWS, Japan


"...you are one of the poets I have been most interested in. When I began composing haiku, I studied about English language haiku through your descriptive literature in the website. I love your haiku style.” 

KEIKO IZAWA, musician & haiku poet, Yokohama, Japan


Various essays and articles include:

Haiku Society of America Newsletter Spotlight Feature (January 2022)
Forthcoming

Schrödinger’s MA and the segue axis
Haiku North America 2021
Forthcoming




The definite and indefinite article
how a house passes along the train of haiku
https://area17.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-definite-and-indefinite-article-how.html


More than One Fold in the Paper: 
Kire, kigo and the meaning of vertical axis 

The Slip-Realism Perception Challenge  
(New Zealand Poetry Society, April 2016) accessible via:

Slip-Realism - haiku about lives and incidents on the 'peripheral' 

-Unearthing the anonymous - parallel narratives - 
new ways of perceiving the real 
(after Néoréalisme & Nouveau realisme)


575 haiku 
Traditional Haiku as three lines and in a 5-7-5 English language syllables pattern
https://area17.blogspot.com/2016/03/575haiku-traditional-haiku-as-three.html





The G-force of Blue | Touching Base with Gendai haiku 
https://area17.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-g-force-of-blue-touching-base-with.html


The Golden Carousel of Life:  Senryu, 
An Application to be a) human
Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu
https://failedhaiku.com/2016/09/20/the-golden-carousel-of-life-senryu/ 
https://www.haikuhut.com/Senryū-An-Application-to-be-a-human-by-Alan-Summers.pdf

“Being Human - the ordinary intensity” 
A look at senryu, the sibling of haiku, senryu contest results and commentary, 
and a very funny checklist!
https://area17.blogspot.com/2018/06/being-human-ordinary-intensity-look-at.html
 
What is "senryu" again? 
Commentary and results of two senryu competitions - the sibling genre of haiku
https://area17.blogspot.com/2018/07/what-is-senryu-again-commentary-and.html


CONFERENCE APPEARANCES




Haiku North America Conference (October 2021)

Presentation: Schrödinger’s MA and the segue axis 

Video forthcoming


















What Kind of 21st Century Does Everyone Want for Haiku? 

Panel Discussion led by Alan Summers



Video forthcoming





Japan Writers Conference 2021:

Presentation: The Pull of the Lonely Single Line of Haiku



Zoom Special Guest

Sunday 31 January 2021

seashores
an international journal to share the spirit of haiku

https://www.haikuspirit.org/seashoresevents.html



Alan led the very first zoom event for British Haiku Society members, with Karen Hoy (November 2020)






British Haiku Society

discussion with Kala Ramesh (August 2021)




























Previous British Haiku Society conferences/residential weekend presentations included a film by Karen Hoy (with Alan Summers) of the official opening of the

Katikati Haiku Pathway when they were invited by the Mayor of the Bay of Plenty (New Zealand); and various other talks, ginko, presentations including one about Jack Kerouac over the years.


Southern California Haiku Study Group Travelling along the single line of haiku presentation/workshop & exercises by Alan Summers (May 2020).


SELECTED RESIDENCIES


In 2004 he was the first poet and “Haiku Poet-in-Residence” for Bristol Festival of Nature 2004 which was the U.K.'s largest ever natural history festival. Alan was sponsored by BFN2004 & Norwich Union to undertake haiku workshops during October & November 2004 throughout Bristol and S.W. England schools). Poetry Can, the S.W. England poetry development agency, also sponsored Alan at BFN2004 to take adult and family workshops at Bristol Zoo, and a ginko (haiku writing walk) and workshop with The Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project.


As another Haiku Poet-in-Residence, Alan created Britain’s only haiku café, as mentioned in the Lonely Planet's Guide to Great Britain (Spring 2006 – Autumn 2006) which also involved a ginko for deaf poets, and haiku, tanka, and renga workshops and theatre performances with the Deaf Community. The photograph is in the Bristol city centre café, just by the Haiku Pillar, with Deafpoets waiting for their Bento Ginko lunches:  https://area17.blogspot.com/2006/07/british-sign-language-haiku-festival_22.html


He ran mixed music, poetry, and haiku performances, and a haiku competition, as well as the Haiku Postbox feature. As well as interviewed by Seven magazine: 

https://area17.blogspot.com/2006/05/seven-magazine-literature-feature.html





































Other live events have included Antony Gormley’s One & Other Fourth Plinth event in conjunction with SkyArts in Trafalgar Square, London, (July 2009):

https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20100223124345/http://www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/Alan_S 


https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20100223131345/http://www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/Alan_S/blog



He has often been involved in public art from hanging thousands of haiku on trees and bushes, and along streets, to having verses cut into linocuts:


Floating World Japanese Festival 

Joint exhibition with linocut artist Trevor Haddrell (Bristol Floating Harbour, September 2003)


East meets West 

The Art Gym - Hengrove Community Arts College 

linocuts with Trevor Haddrell (November 2003)


or laser cut onto DuPont™ Corian®

The Haiku Experience  - Alan Summers & Karen Hoy

Totterdown Art Trail (Bristol, November 2003 also partly filmed by BBC TV of the U.K.) 



Alan Summers was also renku poet-in-residence, and attraction host & organiser at the Royal Festival Hall, in London’s Southbank, with Japan-UK 150, in September 2008, as part of the Giant Japanese Jamboree at the Mayor’s Thames Festival - which attracts around half a million visitors - in September 2008, running multiple one-to-one workshops while launching the Haiku Journal notebooks. 



https://area17.blogspot.com/2008/11/royal-festival-hall.html


As the Embassy of Japan’s roving Haiku & Renga poet-in-residence for Japan-UK 150 throughout 2009 he also ran various related activities from train stations to other public spaces.  This included improvisational renga for The Fragmented Orchestra at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol, with the passing public outside on the street (February 2009) and running two senku (1000 verse renga events) in two different cities from the South to the North of England:

    

In partnership with Bath Libraries (South West England, U.K.) for The 1000 Verse Renga Project (September to November 2009) becoming part of the BBC Poetry Season; followed by a triple senku renga In partnership with Hull Libraries U.K. along with The James Reckitt Library Trust and Larkin25 Festival.


In other years he has been Poet-in-Residence in various places such as at Bath Spa University (Autumn 2006 – Summer 2007) where he was involved with a number of haiku & renga workshops hired by ambidextrous, a new organisation being developed as part of a BA program for freshers.   Other activities were The 24 hour haiku answerphone and The POW Festival with haiku walls, along with another student society called Play on Words Productions, with videos made by Ambidextrous and Soft C, to encourage current and future Bath Spa University students.


https://area17.blogspot.com/2007/07/swot-arts-literary-magazine-haiku.html 

   

https://area17.blogspot.com/2007/06/bath-spa-university-student-magazine.html

    

https://area17.blogspot.com/2007/07/haiku-balloons-at-pow-festival-bath-spa.html






Bristol Ladyfest 2003

Alan was involved with the LadyfestBristol Spoken Word Committee with poetry plus musical acts from Canada, USA, as well as local musicians, and poets aboard a floating nightclub. He also personally performed in various fundraising LadyfestBristol benefit gigs, as well as running haiku workshops.





artwork/logo by Rory Walker:
Bath Japanese Festival 
Book Arts, Films, Haiku and Renga and a lot more!
The Three City Festival: Bristol and Bath (UK) 
& Akita (Japan)
May 12th - 23rd 2010
  
Alan Summers
Literature Director, Co-founder and co-organiser

 
Alan Summers, with 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 BRLSI); 
Embassy of Japan in the UK; Akita International University (Japan)and International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 (Akita, Northern Honshu, Japan).







Courtesy of our sister festival International Haiku Spring Festival 2010 Akita, Japan) we had special guests Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳)a haiga painter, and her mother, Masuda Junko(桝田純子)a haiku poet, come over to give a taste of both haiku, and also haiga created on the spot with an ever growing queue of spellbound people.



More about haiga by Masuda Aika(桝田愛佳)











"With Words" now known as "Call of the Page" (and The 1000 Verse Renga Project) in partnership with the University of Bristol and BSL Poets, were involved in the Bristol Sign Poetry Festival, creating the world's first BSL renga.

Running parallel to the Saturday night performance, which included two performed renga, were two all day renga workshops with people from England including various London areas; Surrey (county); as well as Preston; Leeds; Bristol; Wales and Scotland; Belgium; Sweden; India; South Africa; Lithuania; and the Czech Republic.

Workshoppers then practicised composing renga, and then performing renga (on film) before leaping onto the theatre stage just a few hours after becoming renga poets. We created four BSL renga over the weekend.

The theatre performances were SOLD OUT! There was barely enough standing room left and the atmosphere was truly electric!

A 150 strong audience watched this world first, a British Sign Language Renga Performance, which made this the most memorable of Saturday nights!

SOLD OUT!

BSL renga on youtube
Saturday night BSL renga performances:



BBC 1000 verse renga article:


Working with:

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, 

part of 

Bristol Museums





Workshops, woodblock and haiku:


And the global project  
Masters of Japanese Prints: Haiku




And Alan, as founder of Call of the Page 
(which continues to do many activities behind the scenes, as well as what you can see) is always passionate about bringing your haiku, from all around the world, to new and established audiences in yet more ways. 

Will you answer the "call of the page," 
with your own call to the page?








Alan Summers
founder
Call of the Page




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