Ian Humphreys' Haiku Pick Me Ups

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An interactive poetry installation at The Brontë Parsonage Museum

An interactive poetry installation at The Brontë Parsonage Museum

Experience the power of haiku to lift your spirits during the dark winter days.

Our 'Haiku Pick Me Ups' installation is in the exhibition room throughout January and February, created by Writer in Residence Ian Humphreys. Pick a haiku and discover if the words move you in some way.

During the summer of 2023, Brontë Parsonage Writer in Residence, Ian Humphreys, led walking and writing workshops on Haworth Moor with local groups. During these ‘walkshops’, hundreds of haiku were written – each short poem inspired by nature, the wild, and the Brontës.

You’ll find a First Aid Kit in the exhibition room, filled with flowers and poems. Many of these tiny poems are uplifting. Some are thought-provoking, some are challenging, some are personal or soul baring. Not all of them are traditional. A handful aren’t even three lines long!

Contributors include dozens of members of West Yorkshire social groups, Brontë fans and academics, local poets and writers, Brontë Parsonage Museum staff, and visitors to the museum – just like you.

You can also have a go at writing your own haiku, and popping it in a box to be added to our First Aid Kit.
Date: Saturday 20 January - Sunday 3 March
Venue: The Exhibition Room at The Brontë Parsonage Museum

Free with entry to the museum. No need to book.

Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His debut poetry collection, 'Zebra' (Nine Arches Press), was nominated for the Portico Prize. His second collection, 'Tormentil' (Nine Arches) won a Royal Society of Literature ‘Literature Matters’ Award while in progress. Ian is the editor of 'Why I Write Poetry' (Nine Arches), and the producer and co-editor of 'After Sylvia: Poems and Essays in Celebration of Sylvia Plath' (Nine Arches). His work has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry and won the Hamish Canham Prize. Ian is widely published in journals, including 'The Poetry Review', 'The Rialto' and 'Poetry London', and has written for the BBC. He is a fellow of The Complete Works, and Writer in Residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum (2023/24). ianhumphreyspoet.com
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