11th May 2015 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Poet in the City presents a unique celebration of the Haiku. From its Japanese origins to its modern influence, this event will explore the fascinating history and legacy of a timeless classic.

Join acclaimed poet Don Paterson and a panel of Haiku experts in celebration of a poetic form that has fascinated both east and western cultures for centuries. Hear Haiku performed in Japanese and English translation, and watch as they come to life before your eyes with live illustration...

Financial_TimesThis is event is in association with the FT's Workplace Haikucompetition. In a special edition of the competition, winning poems covering two workplace topics will be performed and illustrated live at the event, and the shortlised poems will be projected on the night. See below for how to enter.*


Don Paterson is an award winning UK poet. Most recently, his collection Rain (Faber) won the 2009 Forward prize. He received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010. He teaches poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1996 has been poetry editor at Picador MacMillan. Don will be discussing his own use of short form poetry and the influence of Haiku on contemporary work.

Dr Alan Cummings is Senior Teaching Fellow In Japanese at the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea, SOAS. He is the author of numerous publications including Haiku: Love. The British Museum Press (2013). Alan will be exploring the historic Japanese origins of Haiku.

Dr Rebekah Clements is a Research Fellow at Queens' College at the University of Cambridge. She is a cultural historian of Japan, focusing on the history of translation and cross cultural contact. Rebekah will be exploring the influence of Haiku on modern culture.
This event is part of the Minimalism Unwrapped series at Kings Place.

*FT Workplace Haiku T&C's

Your Haiku should cover either the topic "the personal performance review" or the topic"the man from IT", ie don't try to cover both topics in one poem! You may enter up to one poem for each topic. The deadline is noon London time on April 30th. To enter the FT competition, simply email your poems to workplace.haiku@ft.com. Entries must be previously unpublished and the writer’s own work. The copyright remains that of the author, but submission is an automatic agreement to allow the FT to publish the poem in the newspaper, on its website and in various social media channels and for Poet in the City to perform and illustrate winning poems live at its event, and to project the shortlised poems.
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