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Charlie Byrne’s Annual Japanese Poetry Event

Hisa Kagawa and her husband with last year's poets, Annie and Ted Deppe

Hisa Kagawa and her husband with last year’s poets, Annie and Ted Deppe

We are very pleased to announce our annual Japanese – Irish poetry evening, on Saturday the 4th of March 2017 at 6 pm. 

This is our 10th year to host renowned Tanka poet Hisa Kagawa, who will read her poems in Japanese followed by an English translation, read by the Reverend Patrick Towers. The Irish poets on the night will be Martin Dyar, whose acclaimed collection, “Maiden Names” was described by Roy Foster as “Funny, astute and marvelously judged” and our own virtuoso Little John, who will read from his collection of Haiku “The Apocalypse came on a Friday”.


Refreshments and food will be served by the ever popular Wa Cafe.

About Hisa Kagawa

Hisa Kagawa writes a type of traditional Japanese poetry called tanka and is one of Japan’s most established poets. Based in Osaka, she is the winner of Japan’s prestigious Kadokara Tanka Award and the Wakayama Bokusui Award.She is a regular judge for tanka awards in Japan and has published many collections of tanka, including The Blue, which appeared in March 2012. She visits Ireland and the UK each year, and writes tanka inspired by her travels. She is a regular visitor to Galway. Tanka is a Japanese traditional poem consisting of thirty one syllables with 5-7-5/7-7 Mora pattern. It is a much older form (appeared 7th-8th century) than Haiku.

martin dyar
Martin Dyar was born is Sligo and grew up in Swinford in County Mayo. A graduate of NUIG and TCD, his poetry has received a number of honours, including the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. In 2010 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. He has also been a writer in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. His debut collection, Maiden Names, published by Arlen House, was shortlisted for the 2014 Piggott Prize. He has received two Arts Council Literature Bursary Awards.

little john nee

Little John Nee is a writer performer and musician based in the West of Ireland. His theatre and radio shows have received critical acclaim internationally. In The Apocalypse Came on a Friday, he reveals himself as a haiku poet of charm, courage and conviction. Entirely in tune with this venerable tradition of the illuminating moment, he nevertheless remains his own man, his wit and a welcome punky attitude only adding to the sense of a very fine poet coming into his stride – and perhaps at any moment about to break into dance or song.

M.C. on the night will be Rev, Patrick Towers.

All are welcome to this event which is sure to be an evening not to be missed! For more information about this event, simply contact us.

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