A new collection of Australian themed rengay by Simon Hanson & Ron C. Moss has been launched and published by Caroline Skanne and is now available for free download at wildflower poetry press and at hedgerow: a journal of small poems. Ancient Bloodlines is accompanied by the evocative watercolours of Ron C. Moss and features a particularly innovative style of text formatting he has developed. With “delicate touches of humour and delight, with tones that range from serious and sombre to playful and respectful. Enjoy the paths they have made for you in Ancient Bloodlines, but also lose yourself in these vivid verses so you can find your own” (from the foreword by Michael Dylan Welch).
On the 24th March, in the beautiful surrounds of the Allport Library in Hobart, I had the honour of launching Ron Moss’s recent book, Bushfire Moon, with the following words:
I first met Ron about seventeen years ago when his friend Ross Coward brought him along to a meeting of the then recently formed haiku group, Watersmeet. I remember sitting around the long table in the Salamanca Arts Centre meeting room. We had each brought along an object from nature as a prompt for writing, and when it came to sharing our jottings I was struck by the detailed observation and insight in the pieces Ron read out. I can still see the trail of tiny black ants Continue reading “Launch of Bushfire Moon”
Small Worlds is a book/catalogue of paintings in an exhibition by Hobart painter, Luke Wagner. Each of fifteen paintings of bonsai is accompanied by a haiku by Lyn, in a limited edition, beautifully presented hard cover publication. Paintings and book details can be viewed at http://www.colvillegallery.com.au/artists/lukewagner.php
The book was launched at the exhibition opening on the 5th March and is available from the gallery and from Hobart Bookshop.
Vanessa Proctor from Sydney and Gregory Piko from Yass have collaborated in writing a book of haiku that celebrate the joys of parenthood from the creation of a new life through to early childhood.
The book is titled Blowing Up Balloons: baby poems for parents and is published by Red Moon Press. Vanessa and Gregory will be launching Blowing Up Balloons (BUB) in both Sydney and Yass over the coming weeks with everyone invited to attend.
An anthology of 108 tanka from the first twenty-one issues of Eucalypt: a tanka journal will be launched at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft, NSW, between 10.30 a.m. and 12.00 midday, on Saturday, 18 February.
Edited by the journal’s founding editor, Beverley George, the anthology is entitled A Temple Bell Sounds.
It will be launched by Kiyoko Ogawa (poet, editor and essayist from Otsu, Japan).
The launch will feature readings from poets whose work is included in A Temple Bell Sounds and/or in Eucalypt 21, co-edited by Beverley George and Julie Thorndyke.
On December 5, Smith’s Alternative Bookshop was packed for the Canberra launch of Owen Bullock’s fourth poetry collection, River’s Edge (Recent Work Press, 2016). Bullock is a PhD Candidate at the University of Canberra and former editor of Kokako, the New Zealand based journal of haiku, tanka and related forms. He also holds a Canberra Critics’ Award (2015). That Beverley George travelled from the Central Coast of New South Wales to launch this book speaks volumes for its quality. Continue reading “Launch of ‘River’s Edge’ by Owen Bullock”