As part of Dundee Literary Festival (21-25 October 2015) we invited our audiences and the wider local and international community to participate in finding unexpected haiku in online texts and sharing them over Twitter with the hashtag #NEoNhaiku. Haiku are a form of Japanese poetry comprised of three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables each. Inspired by the New York Times Haiku project, and developed locally by Albert Elwin using open source software, NEoN’s HaikuBot generates haiku by trawling through news stories in The Courier online.

The best of these serendipitous digital haiku were presented in the windows of NOMAS projects for the duration of the festival.