Haiku: The one breath poetry

THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED. Thank you very much indeed to everyone who came along, and to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for holding the event. Pictures from the evening coming soon!


We are delighted to be asked by Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to help with a Haiku event around their exhibition Masters of Japanese Prints: Nature and seasons. As well as learning about haiku, and seeing the exhibition, there'll be a relaxed haiku writing workshop, using the wonderful Japanese prints on display as inspiration. 


The event, Haiku: the one breath poetry will take place on Thursday 5th September 2019 from 6.15pm to 9pm. 


For more information, and to book tickets, please click through to the museum website here. We're looking forward to joining Bristol poet and emcee Bertel Martin, and senior curator Kate Newnham, in welcoming you, on the evening of September 5th. A bar will be available, with the Museum doors open after hours especially for this event.

Cherry-blossom viewing at Asuka Hill, 1853 by Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-69) © Bristol Culture

If you're in Bristol for the day, please note that at 1.15pm, senior curator Kate Newnham will be giving a guided talk of the exhibition, called Savouring the seasons in Japanese prints, exploring the seasonal motifs in the work. More information about this talk here

If you can't get to Bristol...

The prints at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery are a wonderful resource, and one of the leading regional collections in the UK. The Nature and seasons category is actually the third stage of Masters of Japanese Prints, but the entire exhibition has been made available online. Recent conservation work has taken place on these pieces, in tandem with preparations for the exhibition, so it really is a special online resource.


All three stages of the Masters of Japanese Prints exhibition are available to view here, complete with cultural information for each image.

An opportunity for poets...

There is also an opportunity to submit haiku, senryu or tanka poetry online, based on (or matched to) Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's prints, from wherever in the world you are logging on. We are looking for poems to use as examples during the event, and some may also be selected for possible publication on the museum's website


UPDATE: The Poem Portal will now be open until at least through Sunday 8th September. For a chance of your haiku, senryu or tanka being used as an example of the event on the 5th, please submit by then, but we will continuing collecting poems for possible publication on the museum's website.


The Poem Portal is open to receive your haiku, senryu, or tanka linked to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's Japanese Prints. You may submit original work directly inspired by the pictures, or else match existing work (published or unpublished) to the prints. A tip: as you spend time with the images on the Museum's website, take a note of the work's title and/or reference number (starting with "Mb" at the bottom of each expanded image). You will need these to link your poem with your chosen print when you submit through the Poem Portal. Thank you very much, and enjoy the prints and your writing time!


Please check back here for developments, or else sign up to the Call of the Page newsletter, for announcements. For clarification, please note that submitting through the Poem Portal does not automatically add you to the newsletter list, as we need your separate permission for that should you wish to be added. Thank you!

Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill, 1857 by Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797-1858) © Bristol Culture

The banner image above is from Tōeizan Temple at Ueno, 1835-38 by Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797-1858) © Bristol Culture. Many thanks to Bristol Museums for permission to reproduce the Japanese print images on these webpages.





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