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Haiku for Breakfast - light side up

We’re celebrating National Poetry Day’s theme of Light this year on Radio 3 Breakfast by asking you to write a haiku on the theme of light, and in response to some pieces of music that you’ll hear on the show.

A haiku is an old Japanese form that can have a number of definitions, but the one I work with is that it has three lines, with the first line having five syllables, the second line having seven syllables, and the third line having five. Often the haiku is about nature, and sometimes the third line illuminates the first two.

The advantage (and the possible challenge) of the haiku is that it is brief. It calls for economy of language, it insists that no words is wasted.

So, have a go. It’s a bit of fun. Music is non-linguistic, of course, but it’s always interesting to try and write about it, as we always find with the Proms Poetry Competition. I look forward to reading your Haiku on Thursday!

Here’s one by me to start you off, based on The Lark Ascending…

Morning’s liquid light

Moving in feathered music

Across dawn’s blue page

Ian McMillan

Radio 3 Sleep Competition: Terms & Conditions

1. The competitions are open to all residents of the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, except BBC employees, their close relatives and anyone connected with the competition.

2. The competition will be run from Friday 18th September on Breakfast and In Tune, Saturday 19th September and Sunday 20th on Breakfast only, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd on Breakfast and In Tune. Entry to the competitions is by email only to A question will be asked Answers must be received by no later than midnight on the Tuesday 22nd

3. All entrants must supply their names and a contact telephone number at which they can be reached. Illegible entries or those received outside the opening times will not be considered.

4. The winning entrants will be the first 10 correct entries drawn at random after the closing time.

5. The winners will be offered the opportunity to attend the world premiere live performance of Max Richter’s Sleep at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE.  The performance takes place at the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection. . A camping bed will be provided for the 8 hour live performance. Attendees will need to arrive by 11pm on the date of the broadcast, a full briefing will be sent out in advance to successful winners.  For the avoidance of doubt there are no other fees, expenses or costs offered by the BBC.

6. The event involves sleeping in an unusual location surrounded by delicate historical objects. Eating is not permitted in the event space and only bottled water is allowed. If you have unusual sleeping requirements you will be asked about this if successful, we will do our best to accommodate requirements but this may not be possible.  The BBC reserves the right to refuse entry or to eject participants.

7. Please be aware that any event in Wellcome Collection may be photographed, filmed or otherwise recorded for the purpose of furthering the Wellcome Trust’s charitable objective of promoting public engagement with science, through whatever medium worldwide. Images and footage will be used by the BBC and Max Richter for future projects and publicity.   By participating in the event you may be asked to take part in other media interviews.

8. This competition is open for entrants aged 18 years or older. Ticket holders are responsible for checking and observing admission requirements to the venue.

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12. Only one entry is allowed per entrant

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17. The BBC Code of Conduct for competitions applied and can be found at

18. This competition is promoted by the BBC. The laws of England and Wales shall apply to these Terms and Conditions.

Radio 3 Carol Competition 2015

Britten: Les Illuminations

Can you set Roger McGough's specially-written 'Comes the Light' poem to music?

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