Bristol writer Emily Koch has teamed up with ten local illustrators to capture some of the city’s feathered and furry inhabitants.

Ten of Emily’s haikus – short, three-line poems – have been brought to life for a colourful touring exhibition, which Bristol artist Dave Bain helped to curate.

The illustrated poems will go on display at Grain Barge from September 1 to October 11, and will move to The Snug at The Tobacco Factory from November 3 to December 29.

Artists involved in the exhibition are: Amy Timms, Lindsay McDonagh, Laurie Stansfield, Rosanna Tasker, Dave Bain, Harriet Lee Merrion, Dawn Cooper, Sarah Dennis, Bett Norris and Anna Higgie.

From squirrels to robins, foxes to pet cats, butterflies to toads – there’s something for everyone.

About Emily

Emily is an author and journalist, whose debut novel will be published by Penguin Random House imprint Harvill Secker in 2018. She runs regular Bristol writing workshops as part of WriteClub, which she co-founded.

Emily said: ‘Us humans share Bristol with many other living beings, and I wanted to celebrate them. Whenever you leave the house, you can be sure to see someone walking their dog, or a bird of some kind, or a fox hunting for its next meal in your bins. They all enrich our daily lives.

‘Haikus are the perfect kind of poem to catch a fleeting moment in the world we live in. Each one of these poems captures the character of a different animal.

‘I’ve loved watching the development of the illustrations inspired by my words – they are beautiful, full of life and at times also very funny. This exhibition is a showcase for the amazing artistic talent this city has to offer.’

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Grain Barge
Mardyke Wharf
Hotwell Rd
Bristol, BS8 4RU

The Feathers and Fur exhibition will run until 11 October, and will then move to Tobacco Factory until 11 November.

Entrance to the exhibition is free. For more information visit the Grain Barge website.