Haiku; Renga; Children's Literature; Ekphrastic Poetry
Alan Summers is the founder and lead tutor for With Words: an organisation to promote the love of words through literature, and literacy projects. Alan also runs The With Words International Online Haiku Competition. He is Literature Director, 2010 Bath Japanese Festival (May 2010) Alan is currently carrying out a large scale six month commission for Hull City Council linked to the Larkin 25 celebrations. He has been translated into over 15 languages including Japanese, and British Sign Language. POETRY COLLECTIONS 'A Click of Zen’ Selected Poems 1994-2010 (Winter 2010/2011) ‘Sundog Haiku Journal: an Australian Year” (1997 reprinted 1998) ‘Moonlighting’ British Haiku Society Pamphlet (1996) POETRY EDITOR 'The Poetic Image - Haiku and Photography' Birmingham Words/ National Academy of Writing Pamphlet (2006) CO-EDITOR 'Parade of Life: Poems inspired by Japanese Prints' (2002) ISBN: 09539234-2-8 Poetry Can/Bristol Museum and Art Gallery/Japan21 "Parade of Life is very impressive." Hiroaki Sano, Japanese Embassy RENGA EDITOR Notes from the Gean international haiku literature magazine Former General Secretary: British Haiku Society 1998-2000 AWARDS The Japan Times award for haiku and renga Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku FOURTH PLINTH Alan has also appeared on the highly regarded Antony Gormley’s One and Other Project on the Fourth Plinth (July 27th 2009) now archived by the British Library Trafalgar Square, London, “Important Words” event British Library Archive: http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20100223124345/http://www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/Alan_S Alan Summers BBC Fourth Plinth Interview: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8176398.stm Alan Summers (With Words) in Partnership with Bath Libraries (2009-2010) IN PARTNERSHIP: Bath Libraries Activities for both individuals and families living in B&NES: • BATH 1000 VERSE RENGA PROJECT Councillor Terry Gazzard, Bath and North East Somerset Council's cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture welcomed the project: "Schemes like this poetry project bring the whole community together and reinforce Bath's reputation as a global centre for the arts."
Life's as short as a haiku, live it.