New South Wales tanka programme with Mariko: March 2013

In March 2013, Tokyo poet, Mariko Kitakubo, will revisit Australia, performing her tanka poetry bilingually with Beverley George, editor of the journal Eucalypt and President of the Australian Haiku Society 2006-10.

Tanka, meaning short songs, is a 1300 year old poetic genre from Japan, relevant to the way we think and feel today. Mariko and Beverley have performed together in Tokyo, Sydney, Canberra, and Tamworth and on the Central Coast. In late March they will perform at two venues in Adelaide.

Below are details of three events to be held in New South Wales this month.

Thursday March 21st 10:30 am - 11:45 am Peninsula Community Centre, 93 McMasters Rd., off Ocean Beach Road, Woy Woy. A U3A Central Coast (NSW) Inc. event.
East Meets West: Exploring Japanese Poetry: a performance Limited to 30 attendees. Three places remain. Bookings essential 0409743889

Thursday March 21st 6:30 pm Hornsby Library, 28-44 George St., Hornsby.
Learn about the ancient art of tanka poetry. Experience the artful and captivating Japanese readings presented by Mariko Kitakubo, visiting from Japan, joined with Beverley George with readings in English. Enhanced by Japanese percussion, dress and culture,the evening is sure to delight the soul and awaken the senses. Convenor: Kathleen Allan
Essential to register. Please call 9847 6614 or email

Friday March 22nd 6:00 –7:00 pm Roseville Wellness Group 3/32 Barcoo St., Roseville
An Evening Recital of Tanka. Beverley George and Mariko Kitakubo. Mariko plays the hamon as accompaniment. Light refreshments. All welcome. Please book on 02 94174772