For Instance, Sweetheart Book Launch

Forty Years of Love Songs (1970-2010)
Written by Kawano Yuuko and Nagata Kazuhiro
Translated into English by Amelia Fielden

An extraordinary love story unfolds in these pages, more than forty years of a wife and husband balancing the reality of being in relationship with the truth of each their 'own-being' through the exacting discipline of tanka poetry. Day by day, they observed and concentrated their ever-shifting emotions into five-line capsules. It is t a fairy tale; all sides of love find expression here, including its loneliness, uncertainty and ephemerality even after decades of marriage. This record proves there is 'ordinary' in the everyday of human life, not when it is borne witness to by poets with wide-open, honest hearts. - Sonja Arntzen, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, translator of the Kagero Diary and Sarashina Diary

6.00  Guests arrive
6.15  Rupert plays shakuhachi
6.30  Welcome to Country and Participants
6.35  Introduction and Book Launch – Carol Hayes
6.50  Short Talk – Amelia Fielden
6.55  Readings Emi Yoshida Terpstra, Shunichi Ikeda and Carol Hayes
7.05  Rupert playing shakuhachi

Supported by the ANU Japan Institute


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