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Alan Summers

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Alan Summers, a Japan Times award-winning writer based in Bradford on Avon, England, runs With Words, which provides literature, education and literacy projects, as well as online courses often based around the Japanese genres.

He is a co-editor for Bones Journal (contemporary haiku), and Special Feature Editor for Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts.

Alan's latest collection Does Fish-God Know contains contemporary and gendai-style haiku with short verse published by Yet To Be Named Free Press available through Amazon outlets.

There is also a forthcoming book titled Writing Poetry: the haiku way, and the Kigo Lab Project will shortly have another venture announced. Alan blogs at Area 17, and is a featured haiku poet at Cornell University, Mann Library, as well as the World Monuments Fund (New York) haiku contest judge.


To check for 2013 events, please visit Area 17:
http://area17.blogspot.com

Or email us for further information at:
info@withwords.org.uk

or

alan@withwords.org.uk


The With Words website:
www.withwords.org.uk

Alan's Blog:
http://area17.blogspot.com


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BRIEF CV
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Qualifications:
M.A. in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University 2007-2008
Diploma in Creative Writing, University of Bristol 2001

Selected Awards:
The Japan Times award for haiku and renga
Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku

Japanese Newspapers

Japanese newspapers that have printed his haiku include:
Yomiuri Shimbun (14 million readers); Mainichi Shimbun; Asahi Shimbun; Japan Times; and The Mie Times.


Books

Does Fish-God Know (2012)
Please check Amazon USA and UK etc... for details

The In-Between Season (pamphlet 2012)

The Haiku Journal notebook
Launched September 2008 at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Japan-UK 150 and the Thames Festival.

sundog: an australian year
Sunfast Press pub. 1997 reprinted 1998
(2nd Haiku Poetry Collection)

'Moonlighting'
Pamphlet Collection pub. British Haiku Society (1996)

Poetry Editor
'The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography'
National Academy of Writing / Birmingham Words Pamphlet (2006)

Joint Editor
'Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese prints' ISBN: 09539234-2-8 (2002)

Part of Japan2001 Festival (events from April 2001 to April 2002).
Over 300 local schoolchildren and adults wrote more than 400 poems inspired by art at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's 'Parade of Life' Japanese Print Exhibition which became this book. (Bristol Poetry Festivals 2001 & 2002).

Parade of Life Book launches: Bristol, U.K. & Akita, Honshu, JAPAN

" 'Parade of Life' is very impressive." Hiroaki Sano, Japanese Embassy (London)


Fifty-Seven Damn Good Haiku by a Bunch of Our Friends published by Press Here ISBN 978-1-878798-31-2 (2010 USA).

Four Virtual Haiku Poets (YTBN Press 2012)

c.2.2. an anthology of short-verse poetry and haiku (YTBN Press 2013).


Other publication facts
Alan has also appeared in over 75 haiku anthologies.
He is published in over fourteen countries, with twenty years experience of haiku literature working alongside Western and Japanese proponents of this poetry genre.


Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, Monday July 27th
http://www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/Alan_S

Alan's BBC Fourth Plinth interview:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8176398.stm


Alan has been General Secretary of the British Haiku Society (1998-2000); Embassy of Japan, (2009) Roving “Japan-UK 150 Haiku & Renga Poet-in-Residence”; Co-ordinator of The 1000 Verse Renga Project in partnership with Bath Libraries (U.K.) and supported by the BBC Poetry Season website; Bath Spa University undergraduate development project Haiku poet-in-residence (Autumn 2006 - Summer 2007); served on the Board of Editors for the award-winning annual Red Moon Anthologies for best haikai literature (2000-2005); Life Member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, Queensland; a founding editor with Haijinx, showcasing humor in haiku; Renga/Renku/Linked Forms Editor, Notes from the Gean; moderator of the Shiki-temp list for Matsuyama University, Japan; and currently a co-moderator on the British Haiku Society Members Forum.



Numerous festivals and other events

Foyles, Bristol 2013

Various readings from 2000-2013 see Area 17 http://area17.blogspot.com

Hull Global Renga Project 2010 gathering over 3000 renga verses from people from all walks of life living in the City of Hull.

He was also co-founder/co-organizer, and Literature Director, of the 2010 Bath Japanese Festival.

Wolds Words Festival
Lincolnshire, Friday 23rd October 2009

Haiku & Senryu Workshop
Haiku Walk
Navigation Warehouse, LOUTH

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2009
Mini-Memoir Workshops
Favourite Word Slam
St. Laurence Street Party

Radstock Arts Festival 2009
Renga at Radstock Library


PESTIVAL!
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
South Bank Centre, London
September 2009
Alan Summers of With Words presents two FREE events
with Roberta Beary at the Royal Festival Hall


1st Event
Roberta Beary: a reading
Alan Summers introduces Roberta who will read haiku from 'nothing left to say' her new chapbook, edited by Michael Dylan Welch; and from her award-winning Poetry Society of America "William Carlos Williams Award" Finalist haiku collection "The Unworn Necklace" published by Snapshot Press. There will be micro-open mic opportunities as well!

2nd Event
Pestival: The Spirit of Issa
We're going on a haiku writing walk (ginko)!


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HAIKU EVENTS 2008
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THAMES FESTIVAL 2008
FREE haiku workshops at the Royal Festival Hall, September 2008

The Poetry School (U.K.) courses for SPRING 2008
Haiku & Senryu
Korean, Japanese & Chinese Forms
Sijo, Sedoka,
Tanka, and Jueju.
Renga

Bath Spa University
M.A. in Creative Writing October 2007 � September 2008
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HAIKU EVENTS 2007
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National Poetry Day and World Space Week 2007:
"Rocket Dreams" NASA talk, slideshow, and commissioned haiku
with Piers Bizony


Space haiku competition for children
with a hidden space haiku trail at-Bristol Explore



October 2007
M.A. in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University

July - September 2007
Working on a children's novel
Working on poetry commissions


June 2007
The AppleHouse Workshops
A LONG POET�S GUIDE TO HAIKU


April 2007
"Uni-Verse" haiku reading and talk
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution


March 2007
Destination: World
OneZone, Frenchay Campus
University of West of England


February 2007
THE POETRY SCHOOL haiku & senryu workshop
FEBRUARY 2007

January 2007
BASHO: A TALK ON THE FAMOUS JAPANESE HAIKU POET
Bristol Central Library

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HAIKU EVENTS 2006
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Oppo} Haiku Poet-in-Residence at Bristol's only haiku caf�
as mentioned in Lonely Planet's Guide to Great Britain

The residency involved 2 haiku competitions, haiku art
displays, lunchtime workshops & open mic sessions, and Bristol Poetry Festival events.


NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2006
Ambidextrous/Soft C/Alan Summers/With Words haiku
projects
Newton Park campus, Bath Spa University, U.K.

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2006
ALE & PORTER ARTS
THE ART SUPERMARKET



DECEMBER 2006
Guest poet Bath Can Openers
The Raven
www.theravenofbath.co.uk

NATIONAL POETRY DAY
Theme "IDENTITY"
THURSDAY OCTOBER 5TH 2006
British Sign Language HAIKU & POETRY EVENT
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival
DEMYSTIFYING HAIKU:
HOW TO WRITE AND PUBLISH HAIKU

BRISTOL POETRY FESTIVAL 2006
Ripped Words with Lawrence Pettener

BRISTOL OLD VIC
Mr Tallstory's Alternative Fairytales-in-Verse
September 2006

BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE HAIKU FESTIVAL
University of Bristol July 29/30th
haiku walk; haiku workshop & talk; Judges' Panel;
presenting The Basho Award.
This was the first BSL haiku festival ever in the U.K.

June 2006
Caf� Retro, City of Bath
Poetry night fundraising event for Hepatitis C Trust

BRISTOL LUNCHTIME POETRY READINGS
Bristol Central Library

April 2006
'Poetry Unplugged'
The Poetry Caf�, Betterton Street,
London's premier open mike poetry event.

April 2006
Bath Can Opener's Evening Poetry Readings

March 2006
POETRY AT BOOTY
Community Art hub & shop
Bristol


March 2006
Headlining Poet:
BRISTOL LUNCHTIME POETRY READINGS
2nd March - Bristol Central Library


NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK
Bristol Central Library Sunday 5/2/06

February 2006
EXETER HAIKU ALL DAY WORKSHOPS
with Paul Conneally

January - July 2006
ACOUSTIC NIGHT SPOKEN WORD & MUSIC
HALO CAF�, Bristol


January 2006
LANSDOWN PUB Poetry Event - Bristol


THE POETRY HOUSE - Tuesday January 17th 2006
Headlining with:
*NICHOLAS JOHNSON - Arnolfini visiting writer
*SUSAN MacKERVOY - Poet, translator, printmaker
*VISUAL ART by David Alderslade
www.alderslade.com/davidalderslade
*EXHIBITION OF ETRUSCAN BOOKS

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PUBLISHING NEWS:
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"Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku" Snapshot Press
www.wingbeats.co.uk

"Stepping Stones: a way into haiku"
ISBN 978-0-9522397-9-6

"THE POETIC IMAGE: HAIKU & PHOTOGRAPHY"
FREE download ePamphlet:
www.birminghamwords.co.uk
Just click on Publications at the top of the webpage and
you get taken to the pamphlet webpage.


FRANCE:
Anthologie de ha�kus de l'Union Europ�enne (multi-
lingual)
('HAIKU ANTHOLOGY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION')
pub. Association francaise de haiku, France
Japanese trans: Meguro Haiku International Circle, Japan
ISBN: 2-9522178-0-7
EAN: 9782952217804
Many thanks to the French-Japanese Sasakawa Foundation

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THE SEASHELL GAME 2006
haikai game & competition
- Alan Summers is on the Judges' Panel -

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WITH WORDS @ OPPO} HAIKU CONTEST 2006

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2005 CHAMPAGNE HAIKU COMPETITION RESULTS
www.withwords.co.uk/comp.html
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2005 InterAction POETRY COMPETITION
http://www.afme.org.uk/interaction.asp
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November - Christmas Eve 2005
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haiku inhabitance @ THE ART SUPERMARKET
http://www.aleandporter.org/a-mart.html
(Don't forget Charlie Murphy's 'KISS IN' video & events at
the world-famous Arnolfini (Bristol) in February 2006, as
part of INBETWEENTIME, because you might be in it!)


Monday 28 November 2005
Poetry House's ALOUD, Bradford-on-Avon
Alan reading haibun at the open mic spot
Headliners: Carrie Etter, Catherine Simmonds,
& Darius Victor Snieckus


Saturday 26 November 2005
HAIKU KARAOKE @ the Art Supermarket.
Karen and myself would like to thank everyone who came
along on Saturday afternoon.


Oct 2005
OFF THE SHELF FESTIVAL, SHEFFIELD
Many many thanks to the organisers, Maria, Lesley & Su;
and the other Sue!
Many thanks to all the brilliant library staff; children;
teachers; & parents who were involved with "Mr Tallstory &
The Shoes of Glory".

And many thanks to everyone who attended the
Andersen for Adults event: THE LIFE & STORIES OF HANS
CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, including a contingent or two
from Manchester!

Many many thanks to Maria, and everyone who came
along to the How to Haiku walk at Sheffield's Botanical
Gardens.

"I really enjoyed meeting you and taking part in the
Haiku Workshop"
Maria de Souza - Off The Shelf Community Arts Officer

Thanks Su for getting me onto that last train!

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ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL - October 2005
Many many thanks to Charlotte, Hannah & everyone else
who made Mr Tallstory & The Shoes of Glory come alive
in the workshops in the schools & libraries, and for
making the fairytale competition event such a great time
too!

"...we really enjoyed your visit ... their parents were
delighted. Thanks again for a delightful day."
Charlotte Gardiner
Arts Development Officer
Arts Alive Festival

"Thank you ever so much for the Hans Christian
Andersen workshops...the children really enjoyed them."
Hannah Leonard
ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL

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HAIKU WORKSHOPS :
* How to write haiku/senryu (& get published): An Introduction
* How to write haibun
* Haiku: Nature and the Seasons

HAIKU WRITING WALKS (ginko)
with the Haiku Journal notebook

TALKS:
* An Introduction to haiku with Classic and Contemporary
Japanese and Western examples)

* Hans Christian Andersen for Adults

WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN
*Mr Tallstory & The Shoes of Glory
*haiku & the seasons
*the haiku cards

READINGS:
*haiku/senryu; haibun; fables & fairytales

THE HAIKU CARDS:
*Fun & challenging for children
*Ice breakers at corporate & educational conferences,
*Team-building
*Ask about our SPEED RENGA too!

POETRY JUDGE (various poetry competitions)


QUOTES:

"...brings...a sense of reflection to the children
amongst the chaos"
PRIMARY SCHOOL

"... haiku workshop was greatly received ... very very
impressed by the standard"
PRIMARY SCHOOL

"Thank you very much for your support and participation
to our festival. It was a brilliant idea to organise a haiku
walk. Everyone enjoyed it immensely."
MICHIKO KANEKO
BSL Haiku Festival Organiser
Centre for Deaf Studies
University of Bristol

"You have a very gentle and encouraging way with the
students -- and you have been generous with your time in
giving them deep and positive comments!"
Isabelle Prondzynski,
CMSIreland Associate Mission Partner

"I'm stunned...I spent my entire school life being
branded...a... total thicko...I don't think I've been
commended for anything before-so thank you. It's a new
strange and positive experience, though I caught myself
thinking that can't be right..."
TIANE: A RUNNER UP IN THE 1ST WITH WORDS HAIKU
COMPETITION AT OPPO} CAF�, BRISTOL, JULY 2006


"...had a quick look at your site, very impressive"
Paul Blackburn, Write Out Loud www.writeoutloud.net


"...we really enjoyed your visit ... their parents were
delighted. Thanks again for a delightful day. Best
wishes Charlotte"
CHARLOTTE GARDINER
ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL Arts Development Officer

"I really enjoyed meeting you and taking part in the
Haiku Workshop...feedback from other participants has
also been very complimentary - they really enjoyed it."
MARIA DE SOUZA
OFF THE SHELF FESTIVAL OF WRITING & READING
Community Arts Officer


"Quite upset at having had to miss it...we hope that
we will be able to repeat it again...so maybe I'll get to
make it then!"
Dr Lorraine Coghill
SCIENCE LEARNING & PROGRAMMES OFFICER
AT-BRISTOL
Meet the Expert: Wild haiku Event May 2005


"Alan Summers...has now taken it upon himself to keep
the magic alive."
THE GUIDE: Surrey & Sussex Newspapers


"...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

"...poignant, funny, wistful, gritty ..."
CAROLE MacRURY
Canadian poet and photographer; regular featured reader
for Vancouver Co-op Radio, has mentored haiku
beginners and has been published in North America,
Japan, Romania and Croatia.


"Just a few minutes of looking at your website has told me
more about how to write a haiku than I ever knew before.
Great stuff."
CATHERINE EDMUNDS - novelist and poet.


"...enjoyed the haiku workshop at the Botanical Gardens.
Best wishes, Joan Hoare"
JOAN HOARE, Sheffield, U.K.

"astonishingly moving haiku"
YOMIURI SHIMBUN January 2005

"widely known haiku poet...as dry as vintage
champagne"
YOMIURI SHIMBUN September 2002

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


"beautiful, atmospheric description
of landscape and birdlife"
Juliet Wilson
POETRY ASSOCIATION SCOTLAND


"...humanises the city."
Takashi Nonin
MAINICHI DAILY NEWS


"Your haiku livened things up"
Bill Higginson,
author of THE HAIKU HANDBOOK

"I went to your ambidextrous haiku workshop and found it
very inspiring."
Abby, Bath Spa University, third year student
co-editor of STUDENT LiTeRaRy MaGaZiNe


" Stunning!"

" ... the lime/jazz haiku ... gave me the fizz of summer
... I could smell it, I swear! "
ANNE BROOKE, Writer

"Clear, minimalist, calm"
JIM McNEIL
storyteller, poet and singer-songwriter

"Your work was fascinating, and was a wonderful part of
the evening."
Liz Watts, Art House Gallery reading, February 2007

"Loved the haiku on your website.

in the river reflection
he watches himself
watch the sunset

I just wanted to tell you."
CATHY KEAL - Writer

"ill all day" is brilliant - simple but we've
all been there...
HORTENSIA ANDERSON
is a lower east side, new york city poet.

"startling and forceful"
Duncan Richardson
PRESIDENT, FELLOWSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN WRITERS,
Queensland


"ultra-crisp poetry"
Latimer's Diary
BRISTOL EVENING POST

"retelling the Japanese genre"
DeCode
Bristol & Bath music & art magazine
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A million people, or more, write haiku outside Japan.

night rainforest
somewhere a treefrog
to a pocket pen

unpublished & hopping


late september rain
cutting through the lane
and the mist

Paper Wasp 1999
Australian haiku magazine


haiku�Alan Summers

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SELECTED
Read, performed, workshopped at:
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OFF THE SHELF FESTIVAL 2005
*How to Haiku - workshop & walk (ginko)
As part of the Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial:
*Mr Tallstory & the Shoes of Glory workshops
*Life & Stories of Hans Christian Andersen


ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL 2005
as part of the Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial
Mr Tallstory & the Shoes of Glory workshops in schools
& libraries & the fairytale competition event.

POET-IN-RESIDENCE, Bristol Festival of Nature 2004
The UK's biggest celebration of the natural world

World Haiku Festival, Tokyo, Japan
(filmed by NHK TV Japan)
United World Youth Council Parliament, Oxford
Brisbane Wordfest, Queensland, Australia
Katikati Haiku Pathway, New Zealand
(large haiku park in North Island, NZ)
Japan2001 events, London & Bristol
Kingston Arts Festival

Leather Market, London
National Storytelling Week 2005
MEET THE EXPERT: WILD HAIKU
www.at-bristol.co.uk/about/events.htm#experthaiku
Oxfam/Amnesty Event - National Poetry Day
Falmouth Festival of Literature and Arts
Birmingham International Fringe Festival
The Bigger Picture/Wildscreen 2002
BBC Bristol Radio and TV

Bristol Old Vic Theatre
Summer Academy, University of Bristol
Bristol Poetry Festival
University of Bath
LadyfestBristol
The Art Supermarket Bradford-on-Avon
The Poetry House
BATH FRINGE FESTIVAL - various years including:
THE HUMAN ZOO with Lee Coombes

Various schools, including
Special Needs schools

Bradford-on-Avon Street Party for MENCAP

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POETRY JUDGING:
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poetry & haiku competitions

2005 InterAction POETRY COMPETITION

National Poetry Day Wildwalk at-Bristol
Workshops Competition
http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/wildwalk/Kukai.htm

Poetry Society
http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/npd/event02.htm

webWORKS Kukai 2004
Charnwood Arts, community arts and media
organisation. Registered arts and educational charity
(No. 505977)

The John Crook Award 2002

The Seashell Game 2003 & 2005

Vance Palmer Literary Award - Queensland, Australia

The Biennial Sasakawa Prize
for Original Contributions in the Field of Haikai

The WithWords Champagne Haiku Competition

Modern Fairytale Competition

Mr Tallstory's Alternative Fairytale-in-Verse Competition

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Exhibitions:
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THE ART SUPERMARKET
Bradford on Avon
www.aleandporter.org/a-mart.html
November - Christmas Eve 2005

ROUND THE HOUSES ART TRAIL:
www.roundthehouses.org
Saturday/Sunday 24/25th September 2005

Front Room - Totterdown Art Trail,
26-28 November 2004
http://www.frontroom.org.uk/summers.htm

Round the Houses Art Trail ( 2-3 October 2004)
'hanging haiku exhibition'

The Artist and Friends - Create Centre
August 2004

Company of Friends - Centrespace
April 2004

The Haiku Experience
Front Room - Totterdown Art Trail, Nov. 2003

East meets West
The Art Gym - Hengrove Community Arts College
linocuts with Trevor Haddrell
November 2003

Floating World Japanese Festival
with Trevor Haddrell
Bristol Floating Harbour September 2003

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Member of the following:
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*Life Member, The West Country Writers' Association
*National Association of Writers in Education
*Life Member, Fellowship of Australian Writers,
Queensland

*The British Haiku Society (former General Secretary)

*Foundation Member of the Australian Haiku Society
*Haiku International Association, Japan
*Haiku Society of America

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Publications:
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Around 75 poetry and haiku book publications

Newspapers include:
Yomiuri Shimbun; Mainichi Shimbun; Asahi Shimbun; Mie Times;
The Brisbane Review; and The Queensland Times
etc...and various haiku and poetry magazines

Southampton Institute Alternative Library site.
Featured haiku for the month of August 2004.

Cornell University's Mann Library "Daily Haiku" poet
(Fall 2001, U.S.A.)
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A few of those books:
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PARADE OF LIFE:
POEMS INSPIRED BY JAPANESE PRINTS
Selected by Paul Conneally & Alan Summers
ISBN: 09539234-2-8

Over 300 schoolchildren and other individuals wrote
more than 400 poems inspired by art at Bristol Museum &
Art Gallery's 'Parade of Life' Japanese Print Exhibition as
part of Bristol Poetry Festival and Japan2001 Festival.

Booklaunches: Bristol, U.K. & Akita, JAPAN

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"'Parade of Life' is very impressive."
HIROAKI SANO Japanese Embassy
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THE IRON BOOK OF BRITISH HAIKU
Iron Press ISBN: 0906228670
First published 1998, Third print 2000
http://www.ironpress.co.uk/hbritish.htm

Simply, a classic!
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THE NEW HAIKU
Snapshot Press, 2002 ISBN 1-903453-03-7
www.snapshotpress.co.uk/orderonline_uk.htm

A absolute must for anyone serious about quality
contemporary British haiku, and what it's all about.
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HAIKU WORLD:
AN INTERNATIONAL POETRY ALMANAC
Kodansha International, Japan,
ed. William Higginson
ISBN 4770020902

An instant classic and a must for anyone serious
about haiku whether as a teacher, writer or reader.
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"HAIGA - ILLUSTRATED HAIKU POEMS" ed. Yukki Yaura
Suekichi Books ISBN 0953869210

(Yukki's calligraphy work can also be seen in
Stephen Spielberg's film Empire of the Sun,
Peter Greenaway's film The Pillow Book
and the D'Oyly Carte Company's The Mikado.)

Copies available at the British Museum
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'HAIKU ANTHOLOGY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION'
pub. Association francaise de haiku, France
Japanese trans: Meguro Haiku International Circle, Japan
ISBN: 2-9522178-0-7
EAN: 9782952217804
Many thanks to the French-Japanese Sasakawa Foundation
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2nd With Words at Oppo} haiku contest
RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS
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Sandra Wallis wins
the 2nd With Words @ Oppo} Contest
and earns a fabulous haiku coffee mug
plus a meal for two at Oppo} Music Coffee House!


forgotten; a small yellow shoe
leans against a gate post

Sandra Wallis
Winning haiku poem entry


We also had a runner, Arvind,
she also deservedly wins
a haiku coffee mug


A stranger is wearing my friend
lager drips onto my lap
We argue about peace

Arvind
Runner Up


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LINDA LAMUS won
the very first With Words @ Oppo} Contest
and deservedly earned her fabulous haiku goodies!



pink and gold sunset
a blackbird�s song fills the air
no-one glances

Linda Lamus
Winning Entry



LINDA LAMUS supported U A Fanthorpe
at the Bristol Poetry Festival
Sunday 17th September.


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We had 16 runners up for
the very first contest:
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ELIZ COOK: an Oppo} regular!
DAVID JOHNSON
(You can see him at the Bristol Poetry Festival with "Tales
from a Paralalia Universe" Arnolfini 8pm 14 September.)
HELEN BUCKINGHAM: haiku prize-winning published poet.
DRU MARLAND
MARY LAMBERT
SOPHIA M (currently in Brazil)
jen
BRETT
EMMA-JANE SMITH
TIANE MOXON-RIEDLIN
LIZZIE SQUIRE
JANET ROOME
OLIVER BARTON
JAN EJSYMONTT - Oppo} artist currently in Croatia
ALEX JOHNSON
RICHARD de LANCEY

Haiku Coffee Awards were given to:
BEN WALKER & JAMES MURRAY, Owners of Oppo},
to their unswerving loyalty to the haiku cause!

On the night of the Haiku Awards ANIL sang an amazing
special set at the award event:

Sample some tracks:
www.myspace.com/anilmusic

And we had a great Open Mic night too with musicians;
poetry from Nicki Sellars; and a very rude short story
from Oliver Mead! ;-)

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Interests: Burning midnight ink.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes

 

Published works:

Poetry

  • Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints
  • The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography