Haiku encounter





Can poetry inspire people to discover their city on foot? 

We think it can and want to make that happen – here in London and elsewhere in the world. With your help, we shall.

80,000 rest
In Paddington Street Gardens
As I walk to work

To take part, all you have to do is to compose a haiku – a short form 3-line poem that is a picture  revealing the characteristics of a place.  Haiku don’t have to be made up of 17 syllables (5 in the first and third lines, and 7 in the middle line), but we have found that that form is a great starting point to get one’s head around writing haiku.

Would you like to join a group to compose and recite haiku while discovering London?  You have come to the right place – check out what walkshops we have coming up:


  • Various dates in October & November all 11.00am-12.30pm:
  • Weds 25/10; Thurs 26/10; Fri 3/11; Sun 5/11
  • London, EC4R 9AA (Exact address will be provided after booking) Closest tube: Monument


Previous walkshops:

  • Haiku on the Rye
  • Woodland Trust – London Tree Week 2017
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  • Haiku Woods
  • Mayor of London – London Tree Week 2017
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  • Creative writing – haiku
  • London Metropolitan Archives – Word on the Street Festival 2017  
  • Little Italy and beyond
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  • First Thursday: haiku on foot
  • Including 2016 National Poetry Day
  • Greenwich / The Barbican / Bankside / Kings Cross / Borough / Deptford / Forest Hill / Monument / Clerkenwell
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Want to try composing haiku now?  Here’s the link to our Haiku encounter submission page.

To find out more about the Haiku encounter project – click here for a bit more history.