Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 3 February 2018

For the first meeting of Bindii for 2018, Julia Wakefield and Sara Sims prepared a workshop on tanka.

Present: Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Margaret Fensom, Sara Abend-Sims, Marilyn Linn, Athena Zaknic, Julia Wakefield and Sue Heinemann.

Apologies: Dawn Colsey, Lee Bentley, Belinda Broughton, and Annie Fox.

Workshop: Julia distributed written information on the basic principles of writing tanka and went through the points with the group. Some examples of tanka were then read and discussed.

Sara then provided several tanka writing stimulants to the members, and we were invited to write and share our results.

  1. take an existing haiku and add two lines to form a tanka
  2. write a tanka from a stimulus first line provided. Each member was provided with a different line.
  3. We each wrote a line of a tanka, starting with a given line and then passing it to others to complete line by line. It was agreed that this was an interesting exercise and produced some results that could be worked on.

 Members then workshopped the tanka they had produced from writing stimuli provided by email during January.

NEXT MEETING: Saturday 7 April. This will be held at the Box Factory, as not enough members were interested in going on a ginko. As we had thought of going to Adelaide Zoo, it was decided there would be a focus on ‘animal’ haiku, tanka etc at our April meeting.

The meeting finished at 2.30 pm.

Minutes taken by Lynette Arden. 3 February 2018







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