empty garden is the frst collection of tanka by Beverley George. Recently she launched "Eucalypt: a tanka journal", Australia's first literary journal for tanka only, confirming her entusiasm for this thirteen hundred year old genre.
This book contains more than sixty tanka and five tanka sequences. Themes throughout draw from the poet's own rich life, and from careful observation of others. Her method of composition reflects best contemporary practice for tanka written in English as well as demonstrating her deep respect for traditional waka, as tanka was known from the Heian period until around 1900.
Spinifex: haiku is a new haiku collection by Beverley George. It contains many of her prize-winning haiku and haiku sequences, and her haibun, Gathering Coke, which was voted best of issue by Presence readers.'
"... the form and style of Beverley's writing is current international best practise for haiku-in-English. Spinifex is a book to delight the haiku-lover, to grace any haijin's bookcase, and to serve as an exemplar for the novice haiku writer.' - John Bird
'Beverley George's haiku take us on a compelling journey through the Australian landscape from the coast to country towns. These intimate, keenly observed poems deserve to be read again and again. Spinifex is a collection to be treasured.' - Vanessa Proctor
Sneeze Power [ for children 7-9] is published by Blake Education (2006). Available from Beecroft Bookshop -
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Discover how this gentle two year collaboration between an Australian writer and a seventeen year old South African illustrator came to be.