Hyakunin Isshu

And a new opportunity for English-speaking tanka poets

As most tanka writers would be aware “Hyakunin Isshu is an anthology of one hundred Japanese waka poems composed between the 7th and 13th centuries. The anthology was later adapted into a card game deck and played a significant role in familiarising Japanese people, both young and old, with classic literature.” It still does.

Although the anthology has been translated into English in book form by various people, until very recently the card game deck had not. In September 2019, the Japan Foundation (JPF), in Sydney promoted the game’s first English translation and offered the opportunity to play it in their premises at Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Sydney.

Please read about this game and invitation here.

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Twentieth Bowerbird Tanka Group Meeting

The twentieth Bowerbird Tanka group meeting was celebrated on 30th March 2019, in the Crommelin Arboretum at Pearl Beach. Again it was heart-warming to note how far poets will travel to explore and share the poetic genre of tanka. Delegates came from Canberra (3), Bathurst, Tamworth, Newcastle and various parts of Sydney and each contributed so much to the day.

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19th Bowerbird Tanka Workshop at Arboretum

The venue for the 19th Bowerbird Tanka workshop was not this time ‘Wirraminna’ but  the newly upgraded gardeners’ cottage in the Crommelin Native Arboretum, in Pearl Beach. The venue proved very satisfactory and inspiring for the 13 delegates, with wide double doors of the cottage opening to a grassy slope. The two main workshops on music (Hazel Hall) and tanka as medication (Carmel Summers) were well-received. You can read about them in the report by Kent Robinson on the Eucalypt web-site under the heading Bowerbird along with  tanka appraisals by Beatrice Yell and Yvonne Hales and a fitting celebration of the landscape around us by Michael Thorley which alluded to the many tanka about trees published in the first issue of “Eucalypt: a tanka journal”.

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Limestone Tanka Poets

Blackburn Homestead Retreat 22nd – 24th June 2018

Apart from the chilly weather, the Limestone Tanka Poets Blackburn Homestead retreat (Yass) could not have gone any better; workshops were crammed with information and food bounteous and delicious. The first session on Saturday 23rd, Let’s Get Started (Kathy Kituai), focused on the inspirational power of mandala’s. When relaxing the mind into creative mode, nothing could be better or more fun. Continue reading “Limestone Tanka Poets”

Launch of Only in Silence and Eucalypt 24

On Saturday, 12th May 2018, a large number of poets and other interested people retreated from the congestion of Saturday morning traffic to the quiet upstairs room at the Beecroft Children’s Bookshop.  They were gathered to celebrate the launch of Beverley George’s latest book Only in Silence and also the #24 edition of Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal, editor Julie Thorndyke. Continue reading “Launch of Only in Silence and Eucalypt 24”