Two tanka events in Canberra in October

Australian poet/ translator/ editor Amelia Fielden is helping to organise two tanka-related events in Canberra across the one weekend in the middle of October. The first will be a launch of the Australian/ Japanese anthology Poems to Wear, to be held at Manning Clark House in Forrest between 7-9 p.m. on Friday, 14 October. The second will be a Tanka Seminar, to be conducted at the Australian National University between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, 15 October. Any enquiries should please be emailed to Amelia Fielden:

For both events, Japanese poet Noriko Tanaka will again come to Canberra to lend her expertise and perspectives on tanka.

Poems to Wear will be launched by Dr Carol Hayes, Senior Lecturer in Japanese at the ANU.

Poets with work published in this anthology are strongly encouraged to read their work at the launch – please advise Amelia in advance of your intention to participate.

Rupert Summerson will play musical items on his shakuhachi during the evening.

After interval, P.S.Cottier will launch another publication, Colouring In: the Four Seasons of Four Poets, featuring responsive tanka by Genie Nakano & Neal Whitman, USA, plus Gerry Jacobson & Amelia Fielden, Australia.

People intending to participate in the Tanka Seminar on the following day (arranged by Dr Hayes) will need to advise Amelia Fielden of their interest as soon as possible (well before October, please).

To be led by Noriko Tanaka and Carol Hayes, the first half of this seminar will provide the opportunity for volunteers to critique tanka from the Poems to Wear anthology.

The second half of the Seminar will involve a workshop of tanka strings/ sequences in English on set themes, to be co-ordinated and led by the facilitator of the Limestone Poets group, Kathy Kituai.

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