Coló Buchanan was born in Northern Ireland in 1973. He has been a
writer of fiction for most of his life, a vocation he refers to —
half-jokingly —as both a blessing and affliction. He has been a
student of Eastern philosophy for some years, particularly Zen, Taoism
and the Sufi faith. He practices zazen on a daily basis and solitary
hiking retreats for longer spells of meditation. (His favoured space
for these is the small mountain range of Mourne, best known as the inspiration
behind C.S. Lewis’ land of Narnia).
Coló was inspired to write in the Japanese short-form during a stay at
a Soto Zen Monastery, where he first came across a book on the tanka
of Ryokan. From penning tanka, he naturally turned to the penning of
haiku. He looks forward to creating many more haiku in the years to
come and gaining a greater depth and skill with the form.
In the meanwhile, he continues to experience the moment.