Dawn Gorman believes poetry should be everywhere - puts it on beermats,
uses it to
work with people with memory loss, facilitates writing workshops, organises poetry
events and runs international poetry competitions. She is widely published, and has
performed in New York, Paris, London - and lots of smaller places in between.
“Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket;
you put your life into it and make something out of that.” Mary Oliver
Guest Poet: Alan Summers
Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning writer, a Pushcart Prize nominated poet, and is featured in Europe meets Japan by NHK World TV of Japan. He runs With Words, which organises haiku-based projects, as well as online courses often based around haiku and related genres. He is the former General Secretary of the British Haiku Society, and is published in anthologies such as Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W W Norton 2013). Yomiuri Shimbun (14 million readers in Japan) said that Alan is a "Widely known haiku poet...as dry as vintage champagne". Alan's latest book, Writing Poetry: The Haiku Way is due out in September 2016.