Cotham School Bristol UK


haiku and haiga

five women
only walk never rush
evening rain

loren lewis-cole


bright sky
the wind blowing dust
into my face

sally kite norman

limp hair
hangs past my cheeks
beating rain

zosia bredow

promises unkept
a little girl plays
in the garden


sunset sky
the trample of feet over bridge
over water

holly ford


in a barrel of water
morning light


frosted leaves
a man stoops
under the darkening sky

suzy robinson

tired men
the smell of food
drawing them in

matthew lodge

thunder rumbles
her long flowing robes

jessie wildgoose

the masters rage
drowning out the servants sorrow
strangling grip

sarah britton


a fat girl
sat on a fat cat
a blossomful tree

daniel warilow

drifting through the mist
cold sand

ed leeming

writing a letter
the mischievous cat
plays with her work

jack drowley

dreamy ocean
fishing boats swarm
against puffing clouds

orlando hill


breathless quiet
a long day finishes
on wide smooth roads

zoë glatt

the trees stay silent
in the late evening

huw thomas


evening light
the wind hollows through
the leaves of a tree

henry roger-jones



All these works were made during workshop with haiku poet and artist paul conneally as part of cotham school’s excellence in cities gifted and talented programme. The workshops were organised by Head of Art Sue Watson – the work in part examines the fragmentary nature of life - the whole being so much more than the parts.


During the day the students were introduced to the haiku of great Japanese haiku masters like Basho and Issa and some of the modern western haiku greats such as William J Higginson and marlene mountain.


The students also studied Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) and went on a ‘ginko’ – a haiku walk – to collect fragments in the form of both words and physical objects that they then used to make their haiga (pictures with haiku). These haiga existed physically for perhaps no more than twenty minutes – but here they are in digital form for you to enjoy



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