First Thursday Haiku on Foot

Header6.30pm-8.00pm Thursday 4 August 2016   Start: outside the Conservatory, Horniman Museum & Gardens SE23 3PQ FULLY BOOKED – please join the waitlist (see below)

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

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). Starting points and routes to evolve over the year.

August in the gardens of the Horniman Museum will be filled with Brazilian festivities to celebrate the Rio Olympics – you may not realise but Japan shares a strong bond with Brazil as the Portuguese were the first westerners to visit – so there will be plenty to draw on for writing haiku.  The gardens boast a myriad of intriguing spots, with a nature trail, medicinal and sensory borders, exotic food plants, a sculpture trail, city farm and probably the best view of London!

Whether you are a novice or a dab hand at writing haiku, come and join the fun.

Join us for this free walkshop beginning outside the Conservatory, in the Gardens of the Horniman Museum SE23 3PQ  at 6.30-pm – 8.00pm Thursday 4 August. Numbers are limited – to guarantee a spot book in advance on line here – if spaces are available, you could chance it and drop in on the day.

The plan is to have a selection of haiku with which to celebrate life on foot, living in London, and National Poetry Day (that falls on the First Thursday in October, 2016).

Download details of what happens on a First Thursday: Haiku_walkshop

BookgrabFree – limited numbers however, so please  – Book here for haiku walkshop

As of 27 July this event is full, but we do have a waitlist, just follow the Booking link above.

Haiku in a signphoto


If you can’t join in on the day, we are happy to receive Tweeted haiku @museumofwalking #575onfoot

We hope to resurrect our haiku walks wordpress site in due course, that will allow you to submit haiku via on on-line form.

Hiaku Zine image for webDetails of the haiku zine will be discussed on the walk.

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.


Here are comments from previous participants:
What did you most enjoy?
  • Being inspired to write haiku
  • Novel – never done this before
  • 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 First Thursdays: Haiku on foot
  • September – marking the anniversary of the Great Fire of London – Monument, London  Book here
  • October – celebrating National Poetry Day