Do you fancy writing short poems about Uist? Do you want to add text to your artwork? See below for details…

Uist Haiku is a project to write short, 3-line poems (“haiku”) about life in Uist. Some of these are accompanied or inspired by artwork (“haiga”) from Uist artists.

The project is a new collaboration between the Uist Writers Group and the Uist Arts Association.

The poems and images are available on the UAA website and on social media. In June, we plan to publish a printed booklet of poems and images (a zine!): if there is enough interest, we would hope to turn this into a regular publication. We also hope to hold Haiku writing workshops in English and Gaelic.

How can you participate?

  • You can submit your poems, images or both. We’ll try to match images to poems
  • Poems can be on any topic as long as they reflect on some aspect of life in Uist
  • Poems must be in the Haiku format (see our website for the format)
  • Poems may be in English or Gaelic
  • We want to hear from local voices: you should be a resident or former resident of Uist, defined broadly as Berneray to Barra
  • You don’t need to be a member of the Uist Arts Association or the Uist Writers Group in order to participate

Check out our website for an explanation of haiku, full details of the project and to read the first set of poems from the Writers Group:

If you are looking for inspiration, try our Waiting Room of images looking for a poem

Or join our Uist Haiku Facebook Group and submit your work there:

 Or you can submit text and images (and any questions) by an email to

Peter Ferguson, Pauline Prior-Pitt