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.

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.

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

Next up:

  • Hidden Garden Haiku Vauxhall
  • Celebrating National Poetry Day 4 October 2018
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Previous walkshops:

  • Hidden Garden Haiku Holland Park
  • Mayor of London – National Park City Week 2018
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  • 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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