Haiku News from Tasmania (five items)

Lyn Reeves has a number of her haiku featured in a new exhibition of paintings by Desiree Fitzgibbon. Codex - opens at Handmark Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart on 23 April and runs until 19 May. Lyn will read her haiku at the opening.

The Haiku Journey - A joyful life-long practice of mindfulness and attention,with Ron Moss
Learn the ancient Japanese art of writing haiku, then walk in the tranquil surrounds of the Botanical Gardens to develop your inspiration. Conclude with a stunning slideshow presentation of haiga, haiku blended with artwork. This workshop is suitable for people new to writing as well as experienced writers.
The morning will cover a brief history of haiku; the question of syllables; what is the form of modern haiku (what makes it a haiku); techniques for writing and revision. The afternoon will feature a Ginko Walk, a quiet personal walk with the opportunity to write; time to workshop our haiku and share them if you choose; other forms, haibun, renku – the way of collaborative writing; haiga (haiku and art) with a slideshow presentation; publishing opportunities and the global haiku community; haiku as a life-long path of mindfulness and attention.
When: Saturday 1 May, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: $48 members, $88 non-members
Venue: Training room, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart.
Bookings: or phone 6224 0029

Kindling the Spark: A Journey into Tanka, with Jenny Barnard
Take time out to feel the essence of beauty and mystery as expressed In a simple five line poem, the tanka. The tanka extends the haiku, using its keenness of sensory perception but with an additional emotive or personal layer. We will explore this beautiful form, its conciseness and musicality. Learn how to write a tanka, using modern language or colloquialisms, to evoke a moment or a memory. This workshop is suitable for people new to writing as well as experienced writers.
When: Saturday 29 May. 1pm – 4pm
Cost: $33 members, $65 non-members
Venue: Legacy House, 159 Macquarie Street Hobart.
Bookings: or phone 6224 0029
Tasmanian publisher, Pardalote Press, recently released a new collection of translations of ancient Chinese poetry by Ian Johnston. Waiting for the Owl is reviewed by Barry Hill in the May issue of Australian Book Review.

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Haiku submissions for the June issue of Famous Reporter have closed. Submissions for the December issue can be sent to guest editor Janice Bostok at before 30 September, 2010.