100 Days of The Daily Haiku
Amanda White is a writer and creative practitioner whose published work includes poetry collections by Flambard Press, children’s books with Barefoot Books, travel guides with Time Out and short film scripts with director Andrew Gillman.
About The Daily Haiku:
As a writer and creative practitioner specialising in arts for health, at the start of UK Lockdown I decided to create an accessible and engaging group centred around writing. Having run previous writing workshops, I wanted to also add the option for participants to add images including photos, video and artwork. The Daily Haiku was created and has grown into a thriving group of over 2500 diverse members who continue to help shape its direction by suggesting new threads, such as a mid-week slow collaborative renga. To help fix our daily and weekly themes we use running polls which members can add and vote on.
Feedback has been wonderful with members enjoying the daily creative outlet, connecting with others and being distracted from the pressures of the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19. Our membership began in Cornwall, where I live, spread to the rest of the UK and is now international. Our membership includes those who have never written before, those starting to write again, and others who are established writers. We decided to invite members to record their haikus and submit artwork, music and photographs or stand-alone haikus to celebrate 100 days of The Daily Haiku which culminated in the production of this film.