Saturday, December 30, 2006

almost new year

almost new year the hangman's erection falls limp

Friday, December 22, 2006

the muckish

propososal for a poetry platform/mound with pit of words
the piece is envisaged as being in a school's grounds

paul conneally 2006

do not inhale

for a better world play golf on the moon

paul conneally


Friday, December 15, 2006

14 Nights in Carnac

14 Nights in Carnac

mixed media - book and oak leaves

14 Nights in Carnac - a piece made by UK artist Paul Conneally (Little Onion) in July 2006. The artist spent 14 nights in Carnac famous for its megoliths its standing stones. He lived and slept below two oak trees. Each night reading sections of Haruki Murakami's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle plucking an oak leaf from the trees and placing it inside the book as a bookmark.

The finished piece is the book with the leaves pressed inside it.

Friday, November 10, 2006

winter fair

winter fair
a man picks candyfloss
from his beard

Little Onion

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Work made as a video installation for the City of London Festival 2006 by Paul Conneally with pupils from a school in the Borough of Tower Hamlets, London, UK.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Interview with Susumu Takiguchi and D.W. Bender

Little Onion's interview with Debra Woolard bender and Susumu Takiguchi Chair of World Haiku Club:

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Cadbury College Renga

Here's a short video made by artist Nikki Pugh during the Cadbury College Renga. Master Poet for the piece is Paul Conneally (Little Onion) working with artists Gavin Wade and Alec Finlay on the '3 Estates Renga - 100 verses for 3 Estates' - music was everywhere - the video is silent but you'll hear the music if you watch carefully and catch the beat... it takes a little while to load so excuse the wait and then check out Little Onion's cool dance moves....

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Digital Haiku

Some time ago I was commisioned by The Rural Media Company to work on what we called the 'Digital Haiku Project'. It was partly funded by the Sasakawa Foundation and North Shropshire Education Action Zone. I find it's now out and available as a video:

The Rural Media Company undertake some really exciting and worthwhile projects - you can access them from their website which you'll get to if you click the picture above.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Hawkesley Square Renga

Just got back from Carnac and the standing stones.


Found Nikki Pugh's photographs of the Hawkesley Square Renga - part of the 100 verses for Three Estates projects that i'm working as master poet on for Gavin Wade and Alec Finlay

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Hidden Worlds Happening

i felt a real sense of happiness during the Hidden Worlds happening
to be part of such an event was wonderful
so many open hearted artist working together and alongside each other
in this allotment garden space

here are some pictures

the above two pictures are of Keith Hoffman-Dorn's ice and metal installation

here is Lee's garden shed camera with a picture taken during the event by the shed on the shed

above is Alec Finlay's birdbox piece

one of Little Onion's wordsearch portraits

one of 11 lasertransferred onto the paving stones

this one is of Sue Crabtree

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Lady Manners School Bakewell UK

Work made by young people (age 12/13) with Little Onion in Bakewell UK

Friday, June 30, 2006

Hidden Worlds

Here's the flyer for Hidden Worlds and that's Little Onion in amongst the poppies.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Where The Bee Sucks

made some pieces including this video

where the bee sucks
click above to view or download higher quality

ninety years
on from the somme
a bee leaving a poppy

the poppies are here and now
people and birdsong in the garden too
the song takes us somewhere else
time and place

joe scouting out birds for the birdbox

giving up some time
to engage with the garden
has proved really useful

someone's three year old collects pebbles

i have made two new poem forrms
one involving sliding tiles
like those little plastic games
you get in lucky bags

a woman tells me her shed is a camera

and one that i'm really excited about
using wordsearches to map individuals or groups
associations feelings memories
around places people objects
in this case allotments

the sound of rain on a sheet of metal

each wordsearch
is unique to that individual or group
that provides the words

tea made on a calor gaz stove

i've asked people and groups on the allotments to give me ten words

here is dave's:

dave's an allotment holder
tells me everyone else
on the allotments
is miserable

so did several others
once in their own space
for many that's heaven

i think they are probably
less miserable than dave says
and he says it with pride
in a broad d h lawrence
nottingham accent

paul conneally

Friday, June 23, 2006

'In Search of Oldton' Radio Play

BBC Radio 4 includes 'In Search of Oldton' radio play in major 'Memory' season

Just had this in from Tim Wright - I really enjoyed being part of this project and also contributing to the radio play - if you listen carefully you will hear me in the broadcast reading a 'memory'...

Dear All

I'm pleased to announce that the radio play 'In Search of Oldton', inspired by the web site In Search of Oldton
, has a confirmed broadcast date on Radio 4 of 2.15pm, Monday 24th July 2006.

It's being featured as part of a major BBC season abount memory - see
- and should also be available online for seven days after broadcast. I hope you enjoy it.

I continue to accept further contributions to the site, and packs of playing cards are still for sale!

Thanks to everyone who has supported this project.


Tim Wright .

Thursday, June 22, 2006

so many nights
spent praying to mary
a cherry stone

Little Onion

Haiga Online Issue 7

The new edition of Haiga Online is up - worth checking out as usual.

Haiga Online
haiga shown is from 'Stripped' a series of haiga by paul conneally

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

wisteria coils
all the way up the down pipe
a house mouse

Little Onion

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Three Estates Renga

This Saturday sees the first renga session of the Three Estates Renga - one hundred verses for three estates. The piece is conceived by artists Alec Finlay and Gavin Wade and forms part of Gavin's ongoing work 'Strategic Questions'.
Paul Conneally (Little Onion) will be Master Poet for the piece which will involve 6 renga sessions in the community with the community of the Kings Norton 'Three Estates'. The sessions will take place across the year across the seasons. The renga will create a word map of the estates and is in response to Buckminster Fuller's strategic question 'What is animate?'

Here's Gavin in the Three Estates Marquee which he set up and had a practice workshop in last Saturday - the day of England's first match in the 2006 World Cup Finals...

The first renga will be in The Fold, Pool Farm Estate, Kings Norton, Birmingham, UK, Saturday the 17th of June 2006.
an early morning
of back pain and vomit
white climbing roses

Little Onion

Monday, June 12, 2006

West Cornforth Primary School

dark morning sky a man is playing a flute

the haiku drainpipe

made by children of West Cornforth Primary School

with Little Onion May 2006

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The White Moon

Here are some poems from one of the sessions I ran at Elmfield Primary a couple of weeks ago. I did several sessons including, reception/yr1/yr2, year 3/4s and Yr5/6 - every child in the school!

Diifferent workshops for each group.

The Reception class made this during the day I was there after the workshop with me -haiku and origami jumping frogs:


Haiku Poems by children in Year 5/6 at Elmfield Primary School, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

This class had a story-telling session from Little Onion all about the Master Poet Basho and were also introduced by Little Onion to Ukiyo-e - Japanese woodblock prints before going on to write their own haiku in response to prints. The children learnt about the 5/7/5 syllable structure that haiku in Japanese follow and then went beyond this to study the western haiku form that very rarely follows such a pattern. It would be interesting to see what pictures other children or adults might make in response to these very imagistic poems.

at dawn
people are setting off
to another place

Sean O`Hare

a lady is reading
a letter from her boy friend
long twisted branches

Wenzday Chappell

heavy wind
people are struggling
to get home

Eden Newby

bare trees
walking from the shops
all the way home again

Adam Sheehan

three ladies
with no shoes
the blue night


distant mountains
as we row through the water
fish jump to meet us

Lauryn Bennett.

on the cliff
over the waters
distant trees

Jordan Hymers

water splashing
wave forming
in the river

Jake Ward

in the jungle,
animals are fighting,
cats killing

Bethany Jade Carlyle

everyone in the house
is looking around
I carry rich people.

Tiffany Young

fishers in canoes
a train passes by
puffing out smoke

Craig Burke

the white moon
in the blue sky
long trees

Courtney Cant Plaskett

candle light
I imagine skeletons
in the rain

Channon Nixon

the parade
fills me with joy
beautiful kimonos

Cameron Woodcock

the feel of fear
a man has just killed someone
with a sword

Callum Francis

people are walking
through the bitter snow
birds fly

Callum Robb

a train driving past
a big mountain
it is day time

Chloe Danielle Smith-Race


Saturday, June 03, 2006

This May a month of wet coldness. More so than I can ever remember. The tree peony's huge blooms dashed and brown. Meanwhile water authorities impose drought orders.



Friday, June 02, 2006

On The Road

Been out and about.

Workshops, readings, meeting up with other artists, poets and the like.

Here's a few from Kirk Merrington, County Durham, UK.

Eight and nine year olds:

sailing a ship
on the pacific ocean
hard work

Tabitha West

men working
in the street
red hot

the moon's out
mammy's buying something
at a stall

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Haiku Hike - Tomomi Iguchi

Here's some information about Tomomi who I'm happy to be involved with on her current Crossover 2006 work 'Renewabilty' that includes the Haiku Hike project over London's Olympic Development site. As well as the walks across the London Olympic sites we encourage people around the world to walk and share haiku, thoughts, feelings with us via text, video, images - you can find out where to send these by looking at:

Haiku Hike (World Walks)

Here's Tomomi:

Tomomi Iguchi
Director, Crossover uk.Japan / England Tomomi Iguchi, a Japanese artist, curator and director of Crossover UK based in London, to promote greater understanding and tolerance between different cultures by developing cross-cultural events and networking initiatives within the creative sectors. She organized 'Crossovers for Japan 2001' in UK that was widely acclaimed by participants and founders alike. The concept behind these projects is based on the directors' own personal cultural experiences around aspects of nature and culture within the urban environment. As a Japanese artist living in the UK, Tomomi is interested in contrasting eastern and western cultural attitudes towards nature and the environment. Crossover uk has explored this territory through exhibitions and conferences in both the UK and Japan and would like to continue to develop this consideration of the relationship between nature, culture and environment.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

world cup fever
the flag of st. george
from every other window

location: Newton Ayclclffe, County Durham, UK

summer sneeze i trap my finger in the shop's fridge door

location: Billy Row, County Durham, May 2006

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Haiku Hike

Here's news of a project taking place over this Summer:


Maybe some of you would like to share a walk - where you walked a haiku or two and any feelings the environment evoked etc - maybe even haibun... and pictures... or videos from you mobile phones... any kind of walk... not just in countryside... urban... anywhere...

Send your walks to me at:

put haiku hike in the subject line... i'll get them to Tomomi.

nettled legs
a linnet is singing
in the blackthorn

Little Onion
miscarriage a dandelion seed stuck to her cheek
Little Onion

Saturday, May 06, 2006

bikini line
every seventh wave
a bit smaller

Little Onion

Friday, May 05, 2006

To Mile End And A Bit Further

I'm preparing for workshops in London for the City of London Festival. Will be doing two days at a Primary School in Docklands - right next to the Thames. Really looking forward to it. Will also be meeting up with Tomomi Iguchi an artist who runs Crossovers UK - I really admire the work that she has brought together over the last few years exploring environmental issues via multidisciplinary art projects. Tomomi is based in Tower Hamlets but has ininitiated projects the world over especially linking Japan and UK artists. Her current project in preparation includes work in Mile End Park Art Pavillion and on the proposed London Olympic Development Site.

bags packed
a four-leafed clover
by the front door

Little Onion

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

gear shift
a patchwork of rape
and new sown barley

Little Onion

Monday, May 01, 2006

a brass band
leads the workers' walk
may flowers

Little Onion

Saturday, April 29, 2006

pulling weeds
the sound of a man
blowing his nose

Little Onion

Rosemary Flowers

a child shouts
'coming ready or not'
rosemary flowers

Paul Conneally

Sunday, April 23, 2006

MR HAIKU at RAMM Feburay 2006

Spent today collating work done by children and their families in workshop with me as MR HAIKU at Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum back in Febuary. That day was enlivened even further by the presence in addition to MR HAIKU of poet Alan Summers. The workshops were geared up to encourage new ways of interpretation of artefacts in a very traditional museum gallery in this case the stuffed animal gallery - via poetry.... I'll share back some here at a future date -in the meantime here's a couple:

a barn owl glides
through the starlit sky
grasping claws

Steffanie Griffiths

beautiful tiger
people are talking about



Saturday, April 22, 2006

last home match
of the season
a mexican wave

Little Onion

Thursday, April 20, 2006

A Trip to Calke Abbey

Easter Monday and a trip to Calke Abbey. Since my father-in-law's stroke the house itself is impossible for us to visit and so we make for the walled gardens. Noel gets a lift on what appears to be a converted golf buggy driven by a National Trust volunteer. We walk.

Spring has been cold and all growth is a good two weeks or so behind what we've come to expect. A few plants, gooseberry and red currants, are coming into leaf but most of the beds are freshly tilled and bare.

the auricula theatre
staged with pansies
dad's wheelchair

Little Onion

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

we walk hand in hand
my jacket on her shoulders
through the day's last light
lobster pots and sweet whitebait
the keepers of cormorants

Little Onion

Sunday, April 16, 2006

a single siskin
at the feeding station
blue violas

Little Onion

Saturday, April 15, 2006

easter saturday
the year's first mowings
in a plastic bag

Little Onion

Friday, April 14, 2006

First Dandelion

first dandelion
my son beats me
at swingball

Little Onion

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Showery Day

showery day
girls run for the shelter
of Top Shop
Little Onion
The picture is "Three Girls in the rain" by Kuniyoshi an Ukiyo-e woodblock print.
here's a link to a piece that made me think of the print again

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A Rockery Wren

a rockery wren
stakes out her territory
blue aubrietia

Little Onion

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Midnight's Kiss

midnight's kiss
the slow up and down
of my son's chest

Little Onion

Palm Sunday

palm sunday
a scattering of hailstones
in the wheelbarrow

Little Onion

Saturday, April 08, 2006

A Broken Bottle

a broken bottle
in the playground
gorse flowers

Little Onion

Thursday, April 06, 2006

My Inner-self

my inner-self
repeats on me

Little Onion

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Daffodil Wind

a daffodil wind
just one magpie
in the flat field

Little Onion

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


stopped in my tracks
by a small bird's singing
this spring breeze

Little Onion

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Spring Melt

Down by the disused station starts a trail. We follow the river our warm clothes buttoned up against the cold. Long fleeced sheep huddled together by a dry stone wall. It's early March and there are still small patches of snow here and there along the way.

spring melt
a pair of dippers skim
the sound of water

Little Onion

Haiku Mike has a picture taken so many miles away from where this is written about but which brought me straight back to it when i saw it. You can see it here Falls - there are some wonderful photographs at Mike's site.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Almost Easter

almost easter
the car salesman tells me
to lighten up

Little Onion

Pink Tulip Petals

pink tulip petals
strewn across the hearth rug
his mother's black eye

Little Onion

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


underground journey
the closeness of strangers
on my breath

Paul Conneally

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Shower After Shower

shower after shower
a crow with a large stick
crosses the rainbow

Little Onion

Friday, March 24, 2006

Forty Springs

I climb the step ladder into the loft dropping on the way up one of my Homer Simpson carpet slippers that the kids bought me last year. The struggle to find the light switch. As usual I marvel aloud at the contents making a mental note to finally sort things out catalogue my huge record collection check if the old reel-to-reel tape machine still works and to put some more floor boards down. Here's the box. I won't take a peek until we're down again in fact not until we're downstairs in the kitchen.

forty springs
my son and I watch
the tortoise blink

Little Onion

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

March Hares

march hares
our football gets stuck
in a gorse bush

Little Onion

Monday, March 20, 2006

Back Pain

6 AM - I hobble to the toilet then downstairs for coffee, cereal and exactly half an hour of morning TV. A discussion on the merits of synthetic phonics.

spring equinox
the sound of light hail
against the bay window
Little Onion

Thursday, March 16, 2006


warm sunny days
a child's red spade
with a wooden handle
down the beach
comes a line of donkeys
their braying
a weather beaten man
in a sweat stained trilby
teenage tantrum
sometimes it's hard to tell
snowflake from blossom
Little Onion
The original was:

I remember a warm sunny day in Cleethorpes. A child's red spade with a wooden handle. Down the beach comes a line of donkeys led by a weather beaten man in an old trilby. Their braying startles an old woman from her dreams.

teenage tantrum
sometimes it's hard to tell
snowflake from blossom
Little Onion

Some Links:
Cleethorpes .. Beach Donkeys

I Like To Say "Peace"

I like to say
"peace" now and then
as how space might be
between stumbling
and rising up again
Cecilia, a person I've never corresponded with before, sent me this poem today. At first in a slightly different form but now in tanka form.
It is one of the joys of the 'blogging' world that new connections between people, between works and across cultures naturally arise. Cecilia and I share with you some of our short correspondance about the above poem and how it became tanka with this post.
Along with her poem Cecilia sent me a link to her space: clearcandy daily. I enjoyed the entries here very much - go take a look!
Little Onion
Dear Cecilia,

Thank you for sharing your poem with me:

I like to say "peace" now and then
as how space might be between,
stumbling and rising up again.

I looked at some of your haiku on your blog and they are more haiku like than the above poem (which i like). For me this poem is more tanka-like than haiku and i'd suggest a reaarangement of the line breaks perhaps to see what it looks like as tanka:

I like to say
"peace" now and then
as how space might be
between stumbling
and rising up again

and now i'm reading again and finding the room for a cut a kireji after line 2 perhaps let me see...

I like to say
"peace" now and then
the space
between stumbling
and rising up again

What do you think of the two tanka-like versions? Is one better than the other - or maybe you hate both :-)

A more haiku-like or senryu-like version might be:

I like to say "peace"
the space between stumbling
and rising up again

But maybe it loses something in the shortening

I hope that you don't mind my exploring your verse in this way.

I like to say "peace" now and then too,


Little Onion

Dear Little Onion :),

I appreciate your reply very much. Let me tell you that I have no background or any training with poetry/haiku writing. So your replycomes as a HUGE welcome to me. I would like to learnmore and objective criticism like you did would certainly veer me into the right steps towards presenting good forms of writings. I like the (first) tanka version of the update youmade on my poem. The shortened, second version, does lose part of the meaning.

Thank you once again.



Monday, March 13, 2006

All Piercings Considered

Off to London just for the day. We wander through stalls set up inside old buildings, streets and passageways. I notice our fellow gazers, shoppers, walkers appear to be mainly Italian and Japanese in search of that special souvenir, some glimpse of authenticity, a mohicaned youth wearing a sandwich board, all piercings considered.

It starts to snow.

camden market
too many buddhas
to contemplate
Little Onion

Some Links:
Camden Lock .. Piercing in Camden .. Cyber Dog .. Stables Market

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Down by the Black Brook

Down by the Black Brook we find signs of spring. New shoots on the hawthorn but not yet any blossom. A few minnows in amongst the coke cans. And here in the shelter of a willow, is it some child's den?

a damp mattress
scattered with needles
the coot's legs

Little Onion

Some Links:
The Chemical House .. Coot

Friday, March 10, 2006

S (p) (c) Am

on average i get one a day
a new proposition
to be a business associate
of some overthrown politician's wife
neice daugter son
spring rain
the sound of junk mail
in the letterbox
Little Onion
Click below for Heavy Industries take on it

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Under The Wave

Under The Wave is a sculptural piece piece originally proposed for making and installation in the Irish seaside town of Bundoran. The work proposed is participatory in its making, the artist working with the area's master-craftemen surfboard shapers and the community to create three surfboards featuring haiku written in workshop by members of the local community - surfers, grandmothers, holidaymakers, housewives, priests, schoolchildren...

The piece involves a documented (filmed etc.) riding of the boards by local surfers at a community event before they are finally wall mounted - their final resting place - although there would be nothing to stop the boards being taken down and ridden again at some point in the future.

Although originally proposed for Bundoran (in the end not commisioned) the piece or a similar piece could be undertaken anywhere where a local community is connected with surfing. It aims to celebrate and explore not only the surfing and the connections across the wider community but also raise attention to the craft skills, the artistry of the surfboard shapers - often missed whilst local painters and potters become clebrated as THE local craftspeople, local artists, their wares littering gallery sections of souvenir shops.

mice made
of foreign shells
Greetings from St.Ives
Little Onion

Monday, March 06, 2006


Pancake Day came followed by Ash Wednesday and I think to stop drinking or at least cut down but of course someone calls around and brings a bottle and Lent lasts just one day.
Little Onion

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Spring Fixture

spring fixture

a man with 'made in england'

across his forehead


Little Onion

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

No Fish But A Feather

spring tide
no fish but a feather
and a condom
Little Onion
This photograph was taken from the new footbridge across the River Tyne between Necastle and Gateshead. The building in the river is BALTIC.

Small Things

I realise that I've been shouting too much too often at the children mainly but sometimes my wife too and always about things that aren't really that important. Small things.
a flock of goldfinch
in amongst the gorse flowers
bed linen
Little Onion

Monday, February 20, 2006

Hankies, Bells and Big Sticks

Some do venture out on Christmas morning but it's with the coming of spring that they start to appear in town squares, pub gardens, on village greens and anywhere vaguely associated with folklore, celtic crosses, local landmarks.

I used to laugh at them, avoid them even, but not now, though I rarely search them out. Their hankies, bells and big sticks.

with new buds

and blooms

the morris men


Little Onion

On Waking

a night of clenched teeth and vivid dreams
even before dawn
the twitering of song birds
and her tangled hair
Little Onion

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Geese Watch

evening run
my stride lengthens
with the day
The days are getting longer as the Sun visibly does its thing with the Earth. What a relationship they have moving a little closer then away again and all life tuned in to their every movement. Birds the world over prepare to fly. Some North some South.

geese watch
our binoculars
search the sky
Paul Conneally


Well still some time until the local ponds and gardens become alive with frogs and toads.

The above haiku is Basho's famous 'Old Pond' stanza:

old pond
a frog leaps in
water's sound

I'm hoping that everyone takes Basho's lead and jumps right into the haikai pond and makes some waves some noise but not so much that the old world sounds, traditions and processes are drowned out or swamped rather built on, moved on from.

spring hike

we follow an old map

to new places


Little Onion


Skin After Skin

Little Onion - that's what I've become - peeling back one skin to reveal another.

Travelling the roads reading and writing what some call poems some small thoughts.

Wake this morning to freezing fog. Not such a good idea to unpeel to reveal much in this temperature.

Maybe later.

Little Onion