Cloudcatchers’ Ginko # 64, 2022

Thursday 24 February (summer) 2022
Home of Quendryth Young, Alstonville NSW

Laurel Astle                            Coffs Harbour NSW
Robbie Braithwaite              Tregeagle NSW
Nathalie Buckland                Lismore NSW
Helen Davison                       Lismore NSW
Quendryth Young                 Alstonville NSW
Norma Watts                          Ballina NSW (part-time)
Angela Smith                         Byron Bay (virtual ginko)

Somehow it had been difficult for the Cloudcatchers to settle on a suitable date for our summer ginko this year, but eventually six of us were able to gather on the last Thursday of the season, with another joining in by participating in a ‘virtual ginko’ at that time.

Here on the Far North Coast of NSW the weather has generally been kind this year, with no long stretch of heat, and no bushfire warnings. However the dreaded summer rains descended this week, with rising waterways and flooding, but fortunately none of our members was water-bound.

Standing: Laurel Astle, Helen Davison, Nathalie Buckland
Seated: Robbie Braithewaite, Quendryth Young
Norma Watts was able to join us for a while.

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Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 8 February 2022

Filtered sunshine and leafy shadows—a perfect summer day at The Oaks as we began another year of haiku together. How good to be back again—Hazel Hall, Gregory Piko, Marietta McGregor, Glenys Ferguson, and Jan Dobb. Again though, we missed Kathy Kituai and our fond thoughts were with her.

Hazel arrived with extra copies of our recently published anthology The Ink Sinks Deeper and Marietta took several of these to post off to potential reviewers. As Hazel responded to questions about the Picaro Poets imprint of Ginninderra Press, she encouraged our publishing of personal chapbooks. Meanwhile, we have been delighted with Greg’s review of the Oaks anthology on his website      

As another year gets under way, Jan checked on people’s views about our gatherings. Any suggestions? Changes? Preferences? The consensus was to continue as is, enjoying the spontaneity and stimulation of each other’s company and input, and of not being bound by homework or obligatory expectations. All except Marietta—who admitted that she rather likes a bit of homework. With that, she was encouraged to undertake her own and to bring us the results. So that’s exactly what she did—immediately!

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AHS Position Available – Secretary

Dear AHS members,

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the AHS Committee in the role of Secretary. After many years of excellent service to the AHS, current secretary, Simon Hanson, has decided to step away to devote more time and energy to personal interests including writing. The committee is indebted to Simon for his dedication and wise counsel over a long period of time and wish him the very best for his future endeavours.

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