One edge
hanging over the mountain--
the Milky Way


meeting old friends
1000 renga verses keep us
out of the rain

Roger McGough loves our 1000 Verse Renga Project,
and thinks it's a lovely idea!



Ashi said...

1000 Renga verse
friends keep coming
a lot of paperwork
it is lovely idea - when will the result be visible?

Alan Summers said...

Hi Ashi,

The project is now 2000 verses strong! ;-)

Roger McGough thinks it's a lovely idea, and we have extended the whole project into Christmas with a big final display and competition for the New Year.

We still have local and international schools writing renga right now.

International haiku writers are still sending in verses.

It will be a mammoth task to edit this overall renga. The library is offering to help me with this, and my With Words admin officer is collating all verses and comments etc...

I'm hoping to earn some money so that I can pay myself to take time off to do this fulltime.

All I can say is watch this space! ;-)



BBC renga article

newspaper (area17 pic) article


Leatherdykeuk said...

It really is a fabulous project!

Alan Summers said...

Thanks guys!

The planning behind this project (which is multi-platform) started back in February this year.

The amount of outreach and behind the scenes activities increased when Bath Libraries had their new brilliant Reader Development Officer June Wentland.

We've got so many schools involved now, with their teachers, dinner ladies, maintenance staff as well children. Schools are even looking to add the style of interaction I brought with the renga into their teaching methods.

So many people have been touched by this project so it is an absolute thrill that Roger McGough really likes our project!