Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 44 (summer)

Skate Park, Ballina NSW    Thursday 2 February 2016 

After recent ginko at a coastal lake, an inland creek, and a pocket of rainforest, a return to the ocean seemed appropriate for the Cloudcatchers’ summer ginko. A summer gathering it was indeed, with a temperature of 37ºC in the shade.

The heat featured in many first drafts, but a gentle sea breeze did soften the intensity of our discomfort. The venue was the Skate Park in Ballina, where North Creek empties into the Richmond River, in sight of the river mouth. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 44 (summer)”

‘Eucalypt’ Anthology Book Launch

An anthology of 108 tanka from the first twenty-one issues of Eucalypt: a tanka journal will be launched at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft, NSW, between 10.30 a.m. and 12.00 midday, on Saturday, 18 February.

Edited by the journal’s founding editor, Beverley George, the anthology is entitled A Temple Bell Sounds.

It will be launched by Kiyoko Ogawa (poet, editor and essayist from Otsu, Japan).

The launch will feature readings from poets whose work is included in A Temple Bell Sounds and/or in Eucalypt 21, co-edited by Beverley George and Julie Thorndyke.

RSVP for this launch is essential.
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New Secretary for the Australian Haiku Society

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Simon Hanson as the new Secretary of the Australian Haiku Society.  Simon will take over the Secretary position from around the beginning of March, after a handover period.

I would like to thank Rodney Williams, our outgoing Secretary, for his tireless work for the AHS over the past two and a half years.  He has added greatly to the Society with his enthusiasm and passion for haiku.

 

Vanessa Proctor, President Australian Haiku Society

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 4 February 2017

After the haiku workshop by Julia Wakefield on 28 January, our February meeting was a follow up haiku workshop, again led by Julia.

There were five members present: Julia Wakefield, Lee Bentley, Lynette Arden, Susan O’Brien and Lindy Warrell.

The meeting commenced with a round of introductions by members. We had two new members attending and it was good to get to know something about their writing aims and experience, as well as some of their other interests.

Julia distributed examples of haiku by both modern writers and ancient. We read these carefully and talked about our favourites and what they meant to us. It was interesting to get entirely different interpretations of the same haiku, in some instances. It was also interesting to notice that most of the favourites selected by one member were also appreciated by the others in the group, with the occasional definite disagreement. Continue reading “Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 4 February 2017”

Marietta McGregor is February Featured Poet in Mann Library

mann-library-daily-haikuAustralian poet Marietta McGregor has been chosen as the haiku poet for daily haiku presented in February 2017 by the Mann Library.

Enjoy some of Marietta’s work each day of February by going to the link. After the month has passed, the work will still be available in the archive of the postings.

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku

Read about the project here