New South Wales tanka programme with Mariko: March 2013

In March 2013, Tokyo poet, Mariko Kitakubo, will revisit Australia, performing her tanka poetry bilingually with Beverley George, editor of the journal Eucalypt and President of the Australian Haiku Society 2006-10.

Tanka, meaning short songs, is a 1300 year old poetic genre from Japan, relevant to the way we think and feel today. Mariko and Beverley have performed together in Tokyo, Sydney, Canberra, and Tamworth and on the Central Coast. In late March they will perform at two venues in Adelaide.

Below are details of three events to be held in New South Wales this month.

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With Cherries on Top: Free Online Haiku Book

Press Here is pleased to announce that With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo is now available for free download. This anthology, edited by Michael Dylan Welch, features 190 haiku and senryu by 79 worldwide contributors to the National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) page on Facebook.

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Launch of Wind through the Wheatfields: held 3 February 2013

The writer-friendly Hughenden Hotel at Woollahra was the venue on February 3rd, for the launch by David Terelinck of Wind through the Wheatfields: Tanka by Beverley George writing with Friends.

This is a book of response tanka, gently gathered over years, and featuring the poetry of Andre Surridge, David Terelinck, Dy Andreasen, Giselle Maya, Janice M Bostok, Julie Thorndyke, Kathy Kituai, Kirsty Karkow, Maria Steyn, Meredith Ferris, M L Grace and Owen Bullock. Illustrations are by Pim Sarti.

The event was attended by 60 people and included the launch by Dawn Bruce of Beverley’s tanka chapbook, This Pinging Hail, with cover illustrations by Tumi K Steyn.