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…
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 Research Fellow and Director of Studies in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Corpus Christie College, 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 contemporary culture.