Stereotypes abound in our latest Capital Collection exhibition, London Types, a set of printed woodcut prints by the renowned painter and printer William Nicholson, wit
How about some poetry to start the day? Oxgangs Library recently hosted its first ever Renga poetry session. Renga is a thousand year old Japanese form of shared writing, where participants sit, listen, write and read their poetry together.
So here we present the fruits of their labour – Oxgangs Renga
The frosty snow fell soft
perfectly laid out
on a winter’s night
Streets of frost, ice dark
scarfs, coats, duvets, gloves, boots, furs –
porridge or soup, logs fires or snow
What is Renga? Renga is a thousand year old Japanese form of shared writing. People sit, listen, write and read their poetry together. It’s an art of time and space as well as words and images.
Intrigued? Well, our Reader in Residence Ryan Van Winkle will be hosting our very first “Sharing Haiku and Renga” session on Wednesday 16th January at 2.30pm at Oxgangs Library. Why not come along and create something beautiful?
Reader-in-Residence Ryan Van Winkle writes…
The joy of working with children in schools has always been the amount of pure, weird, creativity at play. Abstract images and thoughts could often give legendary surrealists a run for their money.
Alongside Niall Walker, Edinburgh Libraries ‘Reading Champion’, the kids at St. Katharine’s came up with this blazingly odd haiku. We loved it so much, we got them to draw some pictures and turned it into this original animation. We’re pretty proud of it and hope you take a moment to enjoy.
A guest post by Harry Giles
There’s a lot of reasons I love open mic. I love the curious audiences, the way you’re always free to try something new out, the relaxed atmosphere and lack of pressure, the audiences who’re always half writers as well, so pretty supportive and friendly. But most of all I love open mics – and spend a lot of time organising and hosting them – because I love the fantastic range of people and poems you find at them.
Here are just some of our events during October. Check with your local library to find out what’s happening in your area.
Everybody has an old favourite poem and, over the years, I’ve had a chance to read most of them. Over and over again — ‘Daffodils’ and ‘My Lurve is like a Red Red Rose’ and ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ and a handful of other regulars come up every session or two.Truly, it is a delight to read these poems and watch the lips of those who’ve memorised them move in time — “Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee…”.
However, it is always splendid to be surprised and this group at McDonald Road Library were calling out poems I’d never had the opportunity to read out.
Here’s our latest guest post from Poet in Residence Ryan Van Winkle:
It was a sunny day when I appeared at the newly re-furbished Morningside Library – a gateway to the world. Rainy days are good for library events and sunny days normally mean a dip in attendance but – bucking every forcast – we had a lovely group of children and two minders ready and willing to read poems.
Ryan Van Winkle, our poet in residence, writes:
It was an honour and a privilege to speak at the commencement for the
2012 class of Newington’s Monster Defence Force. The Newington Monster Defence Force is Newington’s last line of defence against infrequent, but dangerous, surprise monster attacks. These brave children built robot armour and went on a short parade through Newington Library to build their already proud spirits and courage.