Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning poet translated and published in over fourteen countries. He has fifteen years of experience of English-language haiku, working alongside Western and Japanese haiku writers. Alan is also the founder of With Words, an organisation for literacy projects which promotes the enjoyment of haiku and other poetry. As well as giving workshops on haiku, and other Asian forms of poetry, he is invited to give readings at a number of poetry events, as well as talks on haiku. Alan is also working on his children’s novel as well as ekphrastic poetry commissions. Current Residency: Embassy of Japan, 2009. Roving Japan-UK 150 Haiku & Renga Poet-in-Residence.
Haiku & Renga; Ekphrastic Poetry; and Children’s Fiction & Poetry.
Publications & Performance History
Alan has appeared in over 75 haiku anthologies. Selected Publications:
– ‘The Haiku Camera’ pamphlet collection Forthcoming 2009
– ‘Selected Haiku Poems 1992-1999 (2010)
– Sundog haiku journal: an Australian year, Sunfast Press 1997 reprinted 1998 California State Library – Main Catalog Call Number: HAIKU S852su 1997
– Moonlighting – pamphlet collection British Haiku Society Intimations Pamphlet Series (1996)
– Japanese newspaper publications: Yomiuri Shimbun (14 million readers); Mainichi Shimbun; The Japan Times; and The Mie Times.
– Poetry Editor ‘The Poetic Image – Haiku and Photography’ National Academy of Writing / Birmingham Words Pamphlet (2006) An anthology of thirty-one poets and photographers from Birmingham to Brazil.
– Co-Editor ‘Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints’ ISBN: 09539234-2-8 (2002) Poetry Can/Japan 2001/Bristol Museum & Art Gallery jointly funded publication. “Parade of Life is very impressive.” Hiroaki Sano, Japanese Embassy
Workshop & Reading Experience
– Wolds Words Festival Lincolnshire Friday 23rd October 2009 EVENT #1 Haiku & Senryu Workshop 5 10.00am to 12.00pm Navigation Warehouse, LOUTH http://www.louthcanal.org.uk/warehouse.html This workshop is suitable for beginners right through to advanced writers. There will be exercises and group discussion/Q&A and a complimentary Haiku Journal notebook. *Special Offer: Only £7.50 if you book onto both Haiku & Senryu Workshop and Haiku Walk. EVENT #2 Haiku Walk £5 2.00pm to 3.30pm Begins at Navigation Warehouse, LOUTH http://www.louthcanal.org.uk/warehouse.html “Haiku are poems rooted in natural history and the seasons; they make us conspirators with wildlife, as nature half-writes the haiku before we’ve even put pen to paper. Become a co-poet with nature!” Alan Summers *Special Offer: Only £7.50 if you book onto both Haiku & Senryu Workshop and Haiku Walk. Wolds Words 2009 Festival : http://woldswords.net/festival.html How to book… Call 01507 329437 Email email@example.com Box Office open: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
– Workshops/Readings Royal Festival Hall, London, September 2009 The Spirit of Issa: readings and haiku walk at Pestival Royal Festival Hall, London, September 2008 Thames Festival and Japan-UK 150: Micro-one-to-one haiku workshops; and “Haiku Journal” launch plus Promoter & Event Co-organiser of “Wing Beats” book launch Poetry Society’s Poetry Cafe Reading and Hosting Q&A session re “Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku” book launch
– 2nd British Sign Language Haiku Festival 2010 (date tbc) University of Bristol Centre for Deaf Studies (with “With Words”) Polyverse Poetry Festival, July 2010 (English & Drama Department of Loughborough University, Leicestershire): Micro-workshops on haiku and a talk on Basho and Kerouac RESIDENTIAL COURSE LEADER Claridge House, Surrey, Spring 2009 and Spring 2010
– POETRY “the haiku way”, leader on one week residential course (includes raku firing; haiku; senryu; haibun; tanka; and renga)