First Thursday Haiku on Foot

On the First Thursday of each month from February to October 2016, we ran a haiku walkshop.  Each was delivered in a different London neighbourhood and took place from 6.30pm-8.00pm, so some took place entirely in darkness, some entirely in daylight and some in twilight. Whether a novice or a haiku expert, this is a wonderful opportunity to join others having fun capturing London’s heritage in just 3 lines and 17 syllables.

  • First Thursday each Month
  • Walk, talk, recite, write haiku
  • Foot powered poems

Why Thursday? so we could mark National Poetry Day which fell on Thursday 6th October in 2016, with a selection of haiku to celebrate life on foot and living in London.

What it entails is a free form walk in which you get to write and inspire others to write haiku.  With the option to have them printed and published in a zine – as an anthology from each walk (see below). Download details of what happens on a First Thursday: Haiku_walkshop

Download current and past zines here – print on both sides of an A4 sheet the 2 page pdf:

Then download this handy crib sheet to making your very own zine – all you need is a pair of scissors and the sheet of A4 paper on which you have printed the 2 page pdf.

We believe you can reveal a city through haiku – so we have reprised our 2011 Haiku encounter project – through which you can find out more about London’s local neighbourhoods.  Do please submit a haiku to the Haiku encounter project (beta version).


Here are comments from previous participants:
What did you most enjoy?
  • Being inspired to write haiku
  • Novel – never done this before
    Feverish haiku composition

    Feverish haiku composition in the Horniman Gardens

  • Thinking about familiar places in new ways
  • The location was great and the group was such fun
  • A beautifully creative way to spend an evening

What was the most surprising thing? 

  • I got into it – I was wary at first
  • I had so much fun
  • The variation and feeling achieved in such short verse
Details of forthcoming  Haiku on foot walkshops
  • November – marking the Great Fire and London’s recovery 

We Tweet haiku #575onfoot  @museumofwalking

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