|Location:||Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire|
I`m lead tutor/director of With Words which promotes the love of words through workshops and events for all kinds of people of all kinds of ability.
The With Words home page has a link to my Area 17 events blog.
I often use haiku as a tool to help people become comfortable with words in general and to also enjoy poetry.
I`m a Japan Times award-winning writer, Pushcart Prize nominated poet, and 2009 Japan Embassy "Japan-UK 150" roving haiku and renga poet-in-residence.
I often use renga poetry (group poem where each verse is written by a different person) as an ice-breaker and team-building exercise.
Availability: My rates vary on what you would like from me, and for how long.
I do online tutoring workshops from two hours, all day, more than one day to a week or more.
Willing to travel: 50 miles
Experience: I`ve led workshops for adults families schools for over ten years at various venues from the Royal Festival Hall, London to independent bookshops schools festivals at-Bristol Youth Parliament etc... My first residential week course was re-booked over breakfast on the last day of the course!
You are a great teacher, and I know what I`m saying. Thank you for everything you gave us.â
Sue, 2009 Residential Course
Still on a high! You helped me move past a real boulder I had been lugging aroundâ¦I am very grateful and enjoying my writing much more.â
Julie, 2009 Residential Course
"You have a remarkable talent for touching and enriching peopleâs
Royal Festival Hall, London With Words Spirit of Issa/Pestival Sept.
"I really enjoyed meeting you and taking part in the Haiku Workshop...feedback from other participants has also been very complimentary - they really enjoyed it."
Maria De Souza, Community Arts Officer
Off The Shelf Festival of Writing & Reading, SHEFFIELD
"astonishingly moving haiku" YOMIURI SHIMBUN January 2005
"widely known haiku poet...as dry as vintage champagne"
YOMIURI SHIMBUN (Japan) September 2002
"...humanises the city." Takashi Nonin, Mainichi Daily News, JAPAN
"...you are one of the poets I have been most interested in. I love your haiku style." Keiko Izawa, Yokohama, JAPAN
"I was really moved by [the poem] and it is definitely the best compliment a painting can have." Paco Pomet, Madrid based artist
"All the teachers involved in the workshops have said how much they enjoyed them and how valuable they were for the pupils."
Tim Anderson (Teacher/Governor),
Kingsfield School, S. Gloucestershire
"You have a very gentle and encouraging way with the students __ and you have been generous with your time in giving them deep and positive comments!"
Isabelle Prondzynski, CMS Ireland Associate Mission Partner
Please keep up the great work!â Patrick Wafula, Community Based Organization (CBO) Teacher, Nairobi, Kenya, Africa 2007
"Alan, I have never come across anyone who could stretch âwordsâ in more directions than you can."
Merrill Ann Gonzales, U.S.A.
Haiku Journal Writing Course:
"I`m one of the lucky ones who got a place. Really looking forward to it."
Felicity, Bath U.K.
"I was on your side of the Atlantic __ I`d be there in a flash!" Kelly M. U.S.A.
"I wish I could go on a haiku walk! Let me know if you`re ever in the USA!" Alison, U.S.A.
"Anyone lucky enough to write a renga with Alan will certainly learn what words can do." Merrill, U.S.A.
Qualifications: M.A. in Creative Writing,
Bath Spa University 2007-2008
Diploma in Creative Writing,
University of Bristol 2001
Has References: Yes
Will Tutor Online: Yes