Poetry, place, haiku and the launch of Quay Words Winter at Exeter Custom House

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Posted Monday, September 30, 2019 - 9:55pm

Literature Works and the University of Exeter Places of Poetry project proudly announce the launch of Quay Words Winter at Exeter Custom House with a special event celebrating place, poetry, Devon, heritage and haiku.

On Thursday 3rd October at 6pm, we mark National Poetry Day with poet Sara-Jane Arbury, who will introduce and perform a sequence, or renga, of haiku. The haiku were all contributed by members of the public who visited historic locations around the city as part of the recent Exeter Heritage Open Days. As writer-in-residence for Exeter Heritage Open Days, Sara-Jane invited people to write their own haiku inspired by the location and she has put them together as a renga.

Haiku is a Japanese verse form of three lines and just seventeen syllables. Haiku give a snapshot of life and feeling. As with all poetry, every word counts.

Contributors to the Places of Poetry project, who have written poems about places in Devon, are also invited to share their poem(s) at the mic following Sara-Jane’s performance.

This is a free event. Further information is available here. For interviews, please contact Helen Chaloner, CEO of Literature Works: ceo@literatureworks.org.uk / 07970-436992