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Charlie Byrne’s Annual Japanese Poetry Event

Hisa reads on the perfect second-hand books finding you just as you need them! We can certainly vouch for that!We are very pleased to announce our annual Japanese – Irish poetry evening, on Saturday the 27th of February at 6pm. This year world renowned Tanka poet Hisa Kagawa will be joined by poets Annie and Ted Deppe, with PA provided by Reverend Patrick Towers.  

This will be our sixth annual Irish – Japanese poetry evening, organised with Wa Cafe, and we’re delighted to have Hisa Kagawa and Annie and Ted Deppe read together. Hisa Kagawa has previously read with Gerry Hanberry, Mary Donoghue, Moya Cannon, Louis De Paor and Nikki Griffin. Japanese Tanka poet Hisa Kigawa will read in Japanese and English, and Annie and Ted Deppe will read in English, in this unique exchange. Reverend Patrick Towers will introduce the poets, and refreshments will be provided by (Charlie Byrne’s favourite) Wa Cafe.

HisaAbout 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.



annie and tedAnnie Deppe is the author of two books of poetry, Wren Cantata (2009), and Sitting in the Sky (2003), both published in Ireland by Summer Palace Press. She is the recipient of writer’s grants from the Irish Arts Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and her work has appeared in The Forward Book of Poetry 2004. She holds an MFA from Lancaster University, England, and is Associate Coordinator of Stonecoast in Ireland. She and Ted shared the visiting writer position at Westminster College in Utah in 2012, at Bay Path College in Massachusetts in 2015, and at Randolph College in Virginia in 2015. She works as a free-lance mentor and editor, and she has co-directed with Ted four writer’s weeks for Curlew Writing Conferences.  Since 2000, Annie and Ted have for the most part made their home on the west coast of Ireland, and they presently live in Connemara.


Ted Deppe is the author of Children of the Air and The Wanderer King (Alice James Books, 1990 and 1996); Cape Clear: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, Ireland, 2002); Orpheus on the Red Line (Tupelo, 2009); and Beautiful Wheel (Arlen House in March 2014). A new collection of poems, Liminal Blue, is due out from Arlen House in 2016. Ted holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. A recipient of two grants from the NEA and a Pushcart Prize, he has been writer in residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, and Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Ted has taught creative writing in graduate programs in the U.S., Ireland, and England.  He is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program, and directs Stonecoast in Ireland.

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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