Liv Torc, #BBCLocalPoet 2019 for BBC Radio Somerset, asked her friends to tell her how they were feeling, in the form of a haiku. (Three lines, 5-7-5 syllables).

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 are making their favourite #haiflu into weekly films: a vivid document of these strange times.

The many libraries and schools involved are all invited to keep writing, keep posting, and put their accumulated haiflu on display on National Poetry Day, October 1. Organisations that want to run a haiflu competition should download Liv’s useful Branding Guidelines first.

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


Check out this step-by-step guide from Jyoti Careswell, Head of English and Media at Lister School (@Ms_Careswell on Twitter). She challenged her students to write #haiflu of their own, and now you can do the same.