December 24, 2011

Congratulations to Dr Sharon Dean

Huge congratulations to Dr Sharon Dean, who has had the degree of Doctor of Philosophy conferred upon her by the Griffith University QLD. Her thesis was entitled ‘White Heron: The Authorised Biography of Australian Pioneering Haiku Writer, Janice Bostok.’

Sharon was present at the time of the formation of Cloudcatchers, in December 2005, where she had conversation with Janice Bostok. You will recall that Janice, our Patron, died in September this year. Sharon has maintained a passionate interest in all Cloudcatchers, and their activities and successes, though her work situation has prevented her from attending ginko recently. She has been congratulated by the Dean of the Griffith Graduate Research School on her outstanding achievement and the significance of her work and its contribution to the field of research.

Sharon won the Haiku Dreaming Australia Competition in 2009. And it was a haiku of Sharon’s that was the only one chosen to illustrate the genre in the review of the ‘Third Australian Haiku Anthology’ which appeared in ‘Spectrum’ (Sydney Morning Herald) last Saturday. We are fortunate and privileged to number her as one of us.

Quendryth Young
Cloudcatchers Coordinator