Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting

We kicked off our Red Dragonflies’ meeting on Saturday 8th September with a visit to the Sphinx at Bobbin Head, a memorial carved out of natural sandstone by an ailing ex-soldier, William Shirley, as a tribute to his fallen AIF comrades. We then retired to Vanessa Proctor’s home in Pymble, where we spent a wonderfully creative afternoon composing a Junicho renku entitled “Unexpected Rain”.

A drop of champagne added to this very festive group activity, and we have just received the very good news that our renku is to be published in the December issue of A Hundred Gourds! An afternoon of creativity, composition, and congenial companionship was already more than reward enough, so news of an impending publication is truly icing on the cake!
Lesley Walter

Bindii Haibun Workshop September 2012

The Bindii Group met at the Box Factory for a haibun workshop presented by Belinda Broughton. Belinda distributed notes, which included examples of haibun, and briefly discussed the origins of the form and the requirements for writing haibun, such as issues of style and tense, how many haiku should be included and what topics were suitable.
She pointed out that this is a developing form in English and that a wide variety of styles, lengths and topics are both written and published.

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