The Stanza Group, Saturday May 23rd – Sunday May 24th

During this weekend, a group of performance writers, working under the name of ‘The Stanza Group’, will be working in the gallery making in-situ work in response to the artwork on display in the exhibition and a magic lantern installation that will be set up during that weekend. This is a great opportunity to see and talk to the performance writing artists, as well as engage with the wonders of the magic lantern.

Symposium, Saturday May 31st, 11am-1pm

A number of the artists whose work is on display in the exhibition will be present to talk about their work and discuss the exhibition. There will be an open question and answer session with all participants in the symposium. A free event and open to all.

Writing Haiku, Saturday June 7th, 11am-12pm

Haiku are very short poems – generally just three lines long – and are written in simple language, but can be powerfully evocative.

This event is a writing mini-workshop with Alan Summers, who will talk about the history and contemporary practice of combining haiku and art. The workshop includes time for you to write your own haiku inspired by the art work in the exhibition.

Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning and Pushcart Prize nominated poet, who has been studying and writing haiku for over twenty years, and has been published internationally and translated into more than a dozen languages. He loves to teach and run workshops, bringing people to the Asian writing forms, and through his organisation With Words has students all over the English-speaking world.

A free event and open to all.

Alan’s blog:


Poetry Reading, Saturday June 7th, 3:00pm
Momoko” is the first chapter of a long narrative poem, which tells the story of a man traveling to visit his former lover at her home in the country. The man is fragile-seeming and speaks a wry commentary which is mired as much in the landscape of the present, as it is in his past. ‘Something is unfinished’, he is told; ‘nobody likes to be left with a mystery’.

Lizzie Latham is a writer, spoken word poet and visual artist living and working in London.

Performances by artists

Carl Gent, Friday May 23rd 8pm

Cerys Thomas, Saturday May 24th, 2pm

Camilla Nelson, Friday 30th May, 1pm




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    Writing Haiku, Saturday June 7th, 11am-12pm
    Alan Summers and Karen Hoy


    Using some of my published haiku poetry with certain key words as an example of where we could go creating haiku (plural/singular spelling) from a work of art:

    In the Gallery:

    Close up:


    Playing with mirror and reflection, sunflower, flower, over:


    A riff (or segue) for “over”:

    Because the words are over various surfaces over and over again, and we also have to face things, face facts that are over…

    the shape of her scowl
    slides over mine
    this fingerprint love

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits: c.2.2. Anthology of short-verse ed. Brendan Slater & Alan Summers (Yet To Be Named Free Press 2013)


    Alluding to a Damien Hirst artwork entitled Charity:

    overlooked crowbar—
    all the stars are escaping
    to light up offices

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits: Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)


    Sunflower to flower…


    sunflower heart
    the chiffchaff sings
    its name

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits:
    tinywords 13.2 2013 (ISSN 2157-5010)
    eJournal/eMagazine San Mateo, CA : D.F. Tweney : El Camino Press

    a two-spot ladybug
    turns me around

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits: Acorn #31 2013


    Reflections off surfaces…


    visor reflection—
    first man on the moon
    on record

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits:
    Dark Pens, a journal of moon haiku (1.1 2013)

    in the river reflection
    he watches himself
    watch the sunset

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: paper wasp spring/oct 1997; Haiku Enlightenment, Gabriel Rosenstock Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009) ISBN (10): 1-4438-0521-1, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-0521-6


    … to sunlight, fidelity to flower in the wind and an allusion to Edith Piaf whose nickname was little sparrow and a song she made famous was Non, Je ne regrette rien

    watery sunlight-
    the flower’s fidelity
    with a bumblebee

    Alan Summers
    Publication Credits: Under the Basho Vol 1.1 Autumn 2013

    little sparrow
    I regret nothing
    flowers in the wind

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: haijinx volume IV, issue 1 (2011)

    More sun…

    sunlit sweat
    the young vagrant
    sucks a thumb

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Haiku Harvest vol. 4 no. 1 (2003); Haiku Harvest: 2000 – 2006 (Modern English Tanka Press 2007); Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)


    And finally the old diary finished and starting anew for Spring…

    winter sun-
    leaving the farm one last time
    old diary finished

    Alan Summers
    Publications credits: Blithe Spirit vol. 5 no. 2 (1995); sundog haiku journal: an australian year, sunfast press (1997 reprinted 1998)


    Always look outside the ‘frame’ of an artwork and include what might be overlooked at first glance.

    Haiku: Out of the Frame©Alan Summers 2014

    Alan Summers


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