Haiku and Tanka Events in South Australia

In September Regional Representative, Martina Taeker, gave a haiku workshop which was well-received by all who attended.

In November, when I was visiting Adelaide, I was privileged to be a dinner guest of the lively Kensington and Norwood Writers who have since celebrated a 20th anniversary event, attended by sixty people. To find out more about this group visit

The members write in a variety of genres but were eager, along with several attendees from other groups, to explore tanka in a workshop I gave at the SA Writers Centre. The workshop considered the way in which tanka were written in the Heian Court Period in Japan over 1,000 years ago before looking at some modern examples and how to begin to write them.

I would like to thank Lynette Arden for her enthusiasm and kindness and send warm greetings to everyone who attended either or both events.

Beverley George
Editor: Eucalypt: Australia's first literary journal dedicated to tanka