First Thursday Haiku on Foot

Header6.30pm-8.00pm Thursday 6 October 2016   Start: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northumberland Street, London EC1R 0HB (midway between Angel or Farringdon tube stations) Finish: The Charterhouse EC1M 6AN (close to Barbican tube station)

  • 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.

Celebrating National Poetry Day we are off to Clerkenwell, to step back through time, with the help of the London Metropolitan Archives and The Charterhouse. Walk with us composing haiku, through one of London’s oldest market and tradesmen’s neighbourhoods – we will walk from the present day back to the foundation of The Charterhouse 660 years ago.

  • From the LMA
  • Haiku time travellers walk
  • To the Charterhouse

This event draws our haiku walkshops this season to a close – whether you are 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.

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

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

Feverish haiku composition

Feverish haiku composition


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
  • Thursday 6 October – celebrating National Poetry Day