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John Carley

John Carley is 48 years old and lives in the Pennine Hills of northern England, cradle of the British textile industry and home to the Industrial Revolution.

A polyglot and former musician John has a particular interest in the phonic properties of poetry and has written, performed and published a wide range of material in English, Italian, French and Piemoteis as well as literary translations from Urdu, Bangla and, more recently, Japanese.

In recent years his radical analogue to Japanese teikei (strict form) prosody, nicknamed the 'zip' style, has earned both consternation and support amongst those specialising in Japanese verse forms in the English language.

His fascination with Renku stems in part from a passionate belief in the transformational power of collaborative art, and in the unity of the human condition.

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