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Projet #haiflu

National Poetry Day 1 October 2020

Forward Arts Foundation is responsible for National Poetry Day, an annual mass celebration of poetry that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. As the artform’s most visible moment, it showcases the ways in which poetry adds value to society.

They enable poets, publishers, booksellers, schools, libraries, city councils, train operators, pubs, coffee shops and cultural organisations of all descriptions to work together year round to grow the audience for poetry: their partners include the BBC, Waterstones, the Booksellers Association and Gardners Books.

The next National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 1 October 2020 and the theme is ‘Vision’.

Project haiflu was created by spoken word artist Liv Torc as a way of documenting the social history of the Covid-19 pandemic, through crowd sourced haiku, photographs and weekly films. #haiflu is supported by National Poetry Day, Mind in Somerset, Time to Change Somerset and the Arts Council England.


Her invention, the haiflu, has inspired hundreds of witty, moving takes on the lockdown experience, and now you can join in too: just tag your creations #haiflu so everyone can see them. With the support of Arts Council England and National Poetry Day, Liv and composer Richard Monks have been making their favourite #haiflu into weekly films: vivid documents of these strange times see below.

Pen to Print is taking part in #haiflu week 15 June – 19 June send your #haiflu to us or post to our Social Media channels so that Liv can “weave” them together into one of her amazing compilation films.

Stand by for more on National Poetry Day social media channels. All involved are invited to keep writing, keep posting, and put their accumulated haiflu on display on National Poetry Day, 1 October 2020.

Sign up to  The National Poetry Day newsletter so you don’t miss out.

View Liv’s invitation to make a #haiflu, plus her latest compilations #haiflu films below, and head to Liv’s Youtube channel for more.

CLICK HERE for the National Poetry Day Website


How to write a ?

  1. Pause. Look. Listen
  2. Consider what is really holding court in your mind.
  3. Notice how you feel about it.
  4. Using few words, capture the moment and your feelings.
  5. Arrange them in haiku form: 3 lines, 5,7,5 syllables.
  6. Count the syllables on your fingers if it helps. We do
  7. Don’t rhyme

How to share your

  1. Share them on Twitter or Instgram with #haiflu
  2. Share them on Pen to Print’s Facebook page
  3. Share them on the National Poetry Day’s Facebook page
  4. Share them on Liv Torc’s Facebook profile ‘haiflu thread’.
  5. Tag your county or town too: this will be a local record for historians.