Booking is now open for Haiku at Slimbridge; a visit to the famous wildlife sanctuary in Gloucestershire, in the south west of England, where Call of the Page (Alan Summers and Karen Hoy) will be holding a haiku poetry workshop on April 6th 2019. More information here.

Alan Summers and Karen Hoy are running the Haiku at Slimbridge event. This is a visit to the famous wildlife sanctuary, where Call of the Page will be holding a haiku poetry walk, and workshop, known as a “ginko” on April 6th 2019.

Call of the Page (formerly With Words) is a small creative writing, literature and literacy organisation with an international outlook, based in Wiltshire in the South West of England.


We love the power of words, from single words, to three-thousand verse community poems, and this is reflected in the past events of With Words and its colleagues.


The courses, events and activities we run are largely coloured by our enthusiasm for Asian poetry forms, particularly the Japanese forms haiku and tanka.  Other forms that interest us are haibun, sonnets, renga, and longform poetry.

Our mission is to help people to make the most of words – whether that’s through advanced creative writing or discovering the meaning and power in just one word.

We have the pleasure of working with some really talented writers, but it’s also very rewarding for us to help advance verbal and written literacy in those who are currently under-served through educational circumstance, or are under confident in the literacy they already have.

We currently operate under the “sole trader” status of Alan Summers. Our medium-term plan is to establish official not-for-profit status as a Community Interest Company.

We hope you enjoy exploring the Call of the Page website.

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