Jutei and Basho by Esther Theiler

Esther Theiler’s new book Jutei and Basho is now available from Ginninderra Press.


Jutei was a woman who lived in Japan in the seventeenth century and had a relationship of some kind with the great haiku master, Matsuo Basho. This is an imaginative re-construction of the life of Jutei, intertwined with the historically known life of Basho and written in the spirit of haibun and haiku.

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Red Dragonflies’ Summer Meeting

A ginko had been on the agenda for the Red Dragonflies’ meeting at Pearl Beach on Saturday 26th November, however, inclement weather put a decided stop to that plan. The weather being assuredly for ducks rather than dragonflies, we met, instead, at Beverley George’s home, where we workshopped our pre-written haiku before the skies fortuitously cleared and we managed to flit around Beverley’s home and garden in quasi-ginko fashion. By the time we arrived at the beachside café for lunch, the day had turned quite summery. Our spirits more than matched the sunny afternoon. All in all, a thoroughly uplifting occasion.

after the rain
the laughter of kookaburras
suddenly joins ours

Lesley Walter

Update on Australian Tanka Groups: November, 2011

There is an increasing number of very active Tanka Groups around Australia. The following summary of their activities was recently provided to the Bowerbird Group.

The Tanka Groups:
Bowerbird Tanka Group (Pearl Beach, NSW)
Breathstream Tanka Poets (Geelong, Victoria)
Bottlebrush Tanka Group (North Sydney, NSW)
Tanka Huddle (North Rocks, Sydney, NSW)
Moonrise, a group within a group (St Leonards, NSW)
The Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group (Adelaide, SA)
Limestone Tanka Poets (Canberra, ACT)

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2011 Polish Haiku Competition: Results

A hearty congratulations to our own Australian Haiku Society President, Cynthia Rowe, who has taken out first prize in the 2011 Polish International Haiku Competition. You can read Cynthia’s haiku in English, and translated into Polish, at the links below. Cynthia’s haiku is presented together with comments from the competition’s Final Judge, Jane Reichhold. The competition attracted entries from 41 countries including 14 writers from Australia.

Bindii 5 November 2011

Lyn Arden conducted a workshop on haiku/senryu. The workshop touched on the origins of senryu, varying definitions of senryu, opinions about what might be called haiku or senryu, a look at examples of 19th and 20th century Japanese senryu and examples of senryu written in English by various authors. Members of the group then shared and workshopped some of their senryu.

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Launch of Haiku Bindii, Vol. 1 Journeys 2011

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group are delighted to invite you to the launch of Haiku Bindii Vol. 1 Journeys 2011, to be launched by:

Mr Adam Wynn, Hon. Consul-General for Japan in South Australia

This is a free event. Please join us at the Box Factory 159 Regent St South, Adelaide from 4 pm on 3 December 2011. Refreshments will be served and there will be readings by the Bindii poets.

Haiku Bindii contains haiku, tanka, renku, haiga and haibun.
Enquiries: Lynette Arden Email: lynettea100@yahoo.com

BINDII POETS: Judith Ahmed, Bett Angel-Stawarz, Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Alexander Ask, Lee Bentley, Belinda Broughton, Pam Brow, Lesley Charlesworth, Dawn Colsey, Margaret Fensom, Nigel Ford, Jill Gower, Marilyn Linn, Rachael Mead, Margaret Rawlinson, Veronica Shanks, Robin Sinclair, Julia Wakefield, Athena Zaknic.

(SA Japanese Poetry Genres Group)