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Three Orkney Winter Nijuin Renga. Three Orkney winter journeys, through life, love and other seasons: surprise at every turn, harmony at the collective centre.

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Following Alec Findlay's workshop at the Pier Arts Centre in August 2008, a group of us began to meet, once a month or so, to spend the day writing a renga: 20 short verses...

A form of collaborative writing formed in Japan. A session typically begins with a template such as the one that follows, and agreement about how to move on from one verse to the next.

The three renga included here were all based on that template, and in each case everyone wrote a verse as a suggestion for the next in the series... 

The rules matter less in their spirit, or so we have found. Each verse should link with the one before (though not in a narrative sense) and it should also lead in a new direction.

'You have to have a party to write a renga: like an Orkney dance, it goes linking and moving on.'


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