Animation Workshop Inspired by the Famous Children’s Poems of Colin West

6 children aged 9-12 had an amazing opportunity – making short animation films inspired by Colin West’s great poems for children. Facilitated by BAFTA – winner animator Nandita Jain and award-winning filmmaker Helmie Stil. Each film premiered on a big screen during the Filmpoem Festival at Depot cinema in Lewes.

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Haiku for Young People

Haiku are poems written with a limited number of syllables (not necessarily 5-7-5, fewer is often better), in the present tense, comparing sensory images of nature. There are no opinions or judgements from the author – limited adjectives, and mostly no adverbs, similes, metaphors or personification. They do not rhyme.

They can capture your heart, transporting you to the reality of that moment for the poet. The haiku is not complete, until it is read and understood by the reader.

Alan Summers is a Japanese poetry expert, a widely published and translated haiku poet, and a tutor & workshop leader. I have done workshops with Alan – he has a quietly extraordinary way of inspiring the ability to write haiku! (Which, in my case, mostly disappears a few hours later!)

Alan and his talented wife, Karen Hoy, have kindly sent some young people-accessible haiku.

 

painting fences

a wish to be the green

of dragons

 

Alan Summers

 

 

northern lights

a boy makes a ladder

out of his telescope

 

Alan Summers

 

 

almost lost

in the shimmer of water

several ducklings

 

Alan Summers

 

 

woodfire

flickering in the silence

corralled horses

 

Alan Summers

 

 

Kilimanjaro

looking for the peak

and then looking higher

 

Karen Hoy

 

Publications credits for haiku in order:

Alan Summers: Brass Bell theme: Colorful Haiku (May 2017)

Alan Summers: Blithe Spirit 24.3 (August 2014)

Alan Summers: Presence 42 (2010) (This haiku was hand carved into a river boulder on the Haiku Pathway, Katikati, North Island, New Zealand.)

Alan Summers: Modern Haiku vol. xxvi  no. 3 (USA 1995)

Karen Hoy: Part of This Lion Country sequence (Serengeti) Presence issue 57 March 2017 ISSN 1366-5367

 

Wanted – A Warwickshire Young Poet Laureate!

Could you be Young Poet Laureate?

Applications are open for Young Poet Laureate 2018

Are you aged 13 – 17?

Would you like to develop your poetry writing skills?

Could you perform to audiences?

Then apply to be Warwickshire’s Young Poet Laureate.

The position of Young Poet Laureate is unique, giving the appointed person an opportunity to work with Warwickshire Libraries.

Our poet laureate takes part in events and activities across the county under the mentorship of a professional poet.

Warwickshire Young Poet Laureates have performed on the radio, on film, at festivals and led their own poetry workshops.”

Details here: Warwickshire Libraries.