Before Call of the Page, there was "With Words" which was founded in 2008 by Alan Summers after he completed his MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Since then With Words was involved with events at literature festivals around the UK from Falmouth to Aberdeen. Alan has worked with people aged 3 (as poet-in-resident at The Bristol Festival of Nature) to 99 and three quarters (with Herefordshire Mobile Library Service).
Kathy Hogan and Karen Hoy later joined With Words part-time to help with admin, marketing, and course and event design. Karen often became part of live workshops and events too.
Our course and event participants range from literacy learners; beginners of writing; to beginners with haiku or related genres; intermediate writers of haiku and related genres; to award-winning writers of numerous genres exploring new areas of poetry with us.
With Words went international with its first online class in early 2012, and now we regularly have participants from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and other English-speaking corners of the world. Some of our students are even writing in English as their second or third language.
But if there is just one thing that With Words is 'about' it's a passion for the power that words hold for all of us.
In 2016 With Words officially became Call of the Page.
Phone: +44 (0)7979656775
Alan is a Japan Times award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominated poet, with a Masters Degree in
Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. His work has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W.
Norton 2013): http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=4294972241
He has extensive experience as a tutor and workshop facilitator in live and online workshops and other events. Alongside this he is also an experienced editor, both for anthologies, and for magazines, specializing in haiku, tanka and related genres. He was previously a founding co-editor for Haijinx - haiku with humor; and Bones Journal which still continues to publish groundbreaking contemporary haiku.
In September 2015 NHK TV of Japan filmed Alan. A link to the television episode which was on both worldwide release and adapted for domestic viewing in Japan:
Europe meets Japan - Alan's Haiku
on Japanese Television NHK World:
In Spring 2017 it was announced that Alan Summers was the recipient of a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems: This was awarded by The Haiku Foundation for haiku in 2016, and from 660 nominations.
Alan’s collection Does Fish-God Know contains contemporary and experimental haiku with short verse published by Yet To Be
Named Free Press. He is also bringing out a book titled Writing Poetry: the haiku way.
In January 2017 Alan was invited to become the new President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society.
Course Director, and Tutor
Karen is the Call of the Page Course Director, as well as a tutor in her own right. She has had haiku appear in various respected haiku journals, and in Another Country, Haiku Poetry from Wales (ISBN: 9781848513068 Gomer Press 2011) edited by Nigel Jenkins, Ken Jones, and Lynne Rees (Gomer Press 2011) showcasing the haiku pioneers of Wales, U.K.
Karen also appears in these highly respected haiku anthologies:
The Humours of Haiku ed. David Cobb
ISBN-13: 978-0956572547 (Iron Press 2012)
A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku
(Tancho Press 2015) ed. Bruce Ross; Koko Kato; Dietmar Tauchner; Patricia Prime ISBN-13: 978-0983714125
nada annunaad: an anthology of contemporary world haiku
ed. Kala Ramesh, Sanjuktaa Asopa and Shloka Shankar, Vishwakarma Publications, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-9385665332
Prize: Joint Best Anthology, Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Awards for 2017
She appears in My Mother Threw Knives (Second Light Publications 2006); and was Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Magazine's Nature Writer of the Year competition (2009).
In May 2017 she appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman (ISBN: 9781911027195 Nine Arches Press 2017) which is "packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos, this book showcases a diversity of styles, opinions, and survival strategies for a world that often works to shut D/deaf and Disabled people down":
Karen has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Bristol University.
As well as a poet and short story writer, Karen is a film-maker and has worked on documentaries and wildlife films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channels and other leading broadcasters.