We are very pleased to announce our annual Japanese – Irish poetry evening, on Saturday the 28th of February at 6pm. This year world renowned Tanka poet Hisa Kagawa will be joined by award-winning Galway poet Gerry Hanberry. This will be our fifth annual Irish – Japanese poetry evening, organised with Wa Cafe, and we’re delighted to have Hisa Kagawa and Gerry Hanberry read together. Hisa Kagawa has previously read with Mary Donoghue, Moya Cannon, Louis De Paor and Nikki Griffin. Japanese Tanka poet Hisa Kigawa will read in Japanese and English, and Gerry Hanberry 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.
Hisa Kagawa writes a type of traditional Japanese poetry called tanka. Based in Osaka, she is the winner of Japan’s prestigious Kadokara Tanka Award and the Wakayama Bokusui Award. 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
About Gerry Hanberry
Gerard Hanberry is an award-winning Galway poet and has published four collections of poetry to date and also a biography of the Wilde family, More Lives Than One - The Remarkable Wilde Family Through the Generations (Collins Press, 2011). His most recent poetry collection is 'What Our Shoes Say About Us' published by Salmon Poetry in July 2014. This follows the collection 'At Grattan Road' published by Salmon Poetry in 2009. Paul Perry, reviewing the collection 'At Grattan Road' for the Irish Times, said it was "bursting at the seams with fine poems". Hanberry's first collection, Rough Night, was published in 2002 by Stonebridge Publications, Wales. This was followed in 2005 by Something Like Lovers, also from Stonebridge Publications. In summer 2004 Hanberry won the Brendan Kennelly/Sunday Tribune Poetry Award.Hanberry’s poetry has been published widely in many literary journals and newspapers in ireland and further afield and he has been shortlisted for many of Ireland’s top poetry prizes, including a Sunday Tribune/Hennessy Award in 2000, Strokestown Prize 2003 and RTÉ’s Rattlebag Poetry Slam 2003. He won the Galway City and Co. Council's Poetry Award for National Poetry Day 2009 (the poem can be read at the external link for Galway Advertiser below and is now in his most recent collection). In 2000 he won the Originals Short Story prize in Listowel Writers' Week. An early draft of his biography of Oscar Wilde and his extraordinary family More Lives Than One was shortlisted for the Kingston University Non-Fiction Prize. He has been invited to read and deliver workshops at many literature festivals and been broadcast on Lyric FM, Galway Bay FM, Newstalk, Midwest Radio, Cape Cod Radio in the US, Ireland's RTE and in Australia. His poems have appeared on Dublin's Dart, the Irish equivalent of Poems on the Underground.Hanberry holds an MA in Writing from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he teaches a Creative Writing course to undergraduates. He is also a teacher of English at St. Enda's College, Salthill. He was a journalist during the 1980s and 1990s, writing a weekly column for the Galway Observer under the name "Joe Barry". In addition he performs regularly as a singer-songwriter and runs occasional creative writing and poetry appreciation workshops.Our Japanese – Irish poetry evening takes place on Saturday the 28th of February at 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided by Wa Cafe and everyone is welcome!