Tanka Huddle Chapbook

The Tanka Huddle critique group has published a chapbook of selected poems, simply entitled Tanka Huddle. This is a fantastic opportunity to read a sampling of modern tanka by Australian poets Anne Benjamin, Shona Bridge, Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti , Jan Foster, Beverley George, Yvonne Hales, Anne Howard , Carmel Summers, David Terelinck, and Julie Thorndyke.

A limited number of chapbooks are available for purchase. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please send $7 (from within Australia) or $10 (from overseas) to: J. Thorndyke, 3 Forest Knoll, Castle Hill, 2154 NSW Australia [price includes postage and handling].

Please email enquiries to j.thorndyke@bigpond.com

Julie Thorndyke

Limestone Tanka Poets, 17th April 2011 meeting

The smell of gums in car park and wet-earth aroma rising from ferns under the bridge you cross as your make your way towards Hudson Cafe, where an intimate group of four Limestone Tanka Poets are to meet over coffee. It’s autumn, the trees dazzle in their Jacob clothing and what could be better than to write on location this time of the year, in the Canberra Botanical Gardens.

Facilitator, Kathy Kituai reports

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Bindii 6 April 2011

Report on Bindii Group Haibun Workshop 6 April 2011

Maeve Archibald: The workshop was presented in 3 x two hour sequential sessions. I planned the workshop this way as I considered the work too intensive to be conducted effectively in a one day session. Likewise the aspects I wanted to cover required more than 1 x two hour session, which is our usual time unit.

The aim of the workshop was to work towards a Haibun of approx 600 words and including a minimum of 3 haiku. I chose this frame as giving more than adequate opportunity for exploring both prose and poetry as poetic elements of expression in the Haibun genre.

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The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 – Results

Australian haiku writers have again made a good showing in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press, UK).

Congratulations to Lorin Ford and Vanessa Proctor for their winning haiku, ‘on a bare twig’ (January) and ‘cloudwatching’ (June) in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 and to Jo McInerney for her runner-up haiku, ‘old scars’.

Full results are posted here:


and orders for the Calendar may be made via the website, too.

Greg Piko

Bindii 2 April 2011

Report on BINDII MEETING 2 April 2011

Present: Maeve Archibald, Lesley Charlesworth, Veronica Shanks, Athena Zaknic, Lyn Arden, Belinda Broughton, Helen Pryor, Jill Gower, Judith Ahmed, Margaret Rawlinson.

Apologies: Margaret Fensom, Rosemary Davidson, Rachael Mead, Marilyn Linn.

General Business:
The Bindii reading at the State Library of South Australia on Wed 16th March, organized by Friendly St poets, was received very well by the large audience who attended. There were six performers from the Bindii group, representing the work of 16 Bindii poets.

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