Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 3 December 2016

For our final meeting of 2016, a small group of four members shared some haiku and their experiences of writing and working with haiku during 2016.

Dawn Colsey chaired the meeting and other attendees were: Lee Bentley, Lynette Arden and Jill Gower.

Apologies: Maeve Archibald, Sara Abend-Sims, Margaret Dingle, Belinda Broughton, Julia Wakefield and Athena Zaknic.

Dawn opened the meeting by welcoming members and extending congratulations, on behalf of members, to Sara Abend-Sims for her fine haibun published in December 2016 Haibun Today.

The Bindii program for 2017 was discussed and will be displayed on our website. Haiku Bindii

January: beginners’ haiku workshop, run by Julia Wakefield

February: follow up to the January workshop (Julia Wakefield)

April: ginko (Adelaide Botanic Gardens proposed), led by Lee Bentley, with email workshop to follow (Lynette Arden to organize)

June: haibun workshop (Maeve Archibald)

August: workshop of haibun (Maeve Archibald)

October: tanka workshop ‘What makes a tanka work?’ by Lynette Arden and Dawn Colsey.

December: end of year celebration.

Lee Bentley talked about her involvement with the Langhorne Creek Literary Festival haiku competition. Bindii sponsors the competition and provides funds for the prizes, training material for the primary schools involved and an expert judge for the competition (Lee). Members present decided that Bindii will sponsor the competition from our funds on an ongoing basis. A separate report will be provided by Lee.

Jill  read some of her haiku on a Christmas theme. Members looked at some concrete haiku by Marlene Mountain (The Old Tin Roof) that are available on line. Lynette read a haiku sequence, Lee  shared some favourite senryu by Alexis Rotella and Dawn read some of her recent haiku and tanka.

The meeting finished at 1.40.

Lynette Arden


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