Ginko Invitation

Whether new to haiku or experienced you are invited to a Ginko with Lysenko # 34.

Sunday 11th March, 2pm – 5pm, Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Meet at the Terrace Tearooms, near Ornamental Lake. If you’re already a haiku writer, join us for some inspiration, sharing and discussion. If you’d like to try haiku but don’t know where to start, this cross-cultural event is free and beginners are welcome. Poets Myron Lysenko and Takanori Hayakawa will lead you through some tips on writing haiku, explaining both the Japanese tradition and the way haiku works in English.  This event is a follow-up to last year’s Japanese Australian Poetry Festival.

Enquiries: Myron Lysenko 0475 062 067

Ginko 2017


Ginko with Lysenko #31 (Autumn lights with Penny Harter)

Announcement from Myron Lysenko

Sunday 26th March Noon – 4pm Tea Rooms Geelong Botanical Gardens 1-49 Garden St Geelong

Very excited to announce that noted USA haijin Penny Harter is visiting Australia again and will attend this special ginko.

Enquiries: Myron 0475 062 067

Penny Harter, author of many types of poetry, was born in New York City. In the early 1970s Harter started writing haiku. She moved to Santa Fe with her husband and writing colleague, William Higginson. Continue reading “Ginko with Lysenko #31 (Autumn lights with Penny Harter)”

Report on Ginko With Lysenko #30, Summer in the Park

Participants: Takanori Hayakawa, Anne M Carson, Rory Hudon, Carolyn Leach-Paholski, Myron Lysenko. Also present: Tony Smith, photographer.

The weather was hot and humid, the grass was blonde (which was how one of the poets described it) and the river was low. There were fewer people in the park than I’d thought there would be. But still, five poets and a photographer gathered at a café deep in the middle of the park to engage in haiku activities and discussions. Continue reading “Report on Ginko With Lysenko #30, Summer in the Park”

Summer in the Park: Ginko with Lysenko #30

Brimbank Park, Keilor Park DrIive,  Keilor East .
Saturday 4th February, noon until 4pmbrimbnak-park-002

Meet just before midday at the Leaping Lizard Cafe, Brimbank Park.
Myron will have a handout sheet with the haiku techniques we will focus on during the day.

Suitable for beginners as well as experienced haiku poets.
Bring a picnic lunch.
Cost: $30 full/ $20 concession.
Please contact Myron if you are interested in this event:

Ginko With Lysenko #29 — the end of spring

Venue: St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Sunday November 20th 11.30am—4pm.

Present: Myron Lysenko, Ela Fornalska, Sol Oost, Kate Brabon, Chris Lynch, Ben Oost, Louise Hopewell, Takanori Hayakawa, Rory Hudson.

There was a fun run in the city so most of us turned up late, but we still managed to start proceedings at 11.30 am. I began the ginko by giving a focus for our writing: kigo and kire. I explained these concepts and Taka and Chris expanded on them. I read several haiku as examples then we went our separate ways through the park for 40 minutes writing haiku or notes about our sensory observations.
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Ginko With Lysenko #29 (End of Spring)

Event: Ginko with Lysenko #29 (end of Spring).
Date: Sunday, 20th November, 2016.
Location: St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Herbert St, St Kilda, Victoria.
Time: Gather at 10.45 a.m.
Items needed: Walking shoes; things to write with.
Cost: $30 ($20 concession).
Food: Bring a picnic lunch.
Guidelines/ support: Group leader Myron Lysenko will provide a handout detailing haiku techniques. Together the group will then create, share and workshop haiku in a friendly and supportive environment.
Suitability: Appropriate for both beginners and experienced haiku poets.

November 25, 2014

Sunday 7 December 2.00-4.30 p.m.

$30 per person ($20 concession)

Woodend Neighbourhood House

47 Forest Street, Woodend

For bookings: (03) 5427 1845

Join Myron Lysenko and learn about the subtleties and techniques of haiku writing, before heading off on a gentle walk to find inspiration and write several of your own haiku

Ginko With Lysenko: #17

Traditional haiku is sometimes about the changing of the seasons so the last day of winter, 31 August, is a perfect date for a haiku walk in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Meet just before 11am at The Terrace tea rooms beside the Ornamental Lake. The closest entry point is through Gate A, which is on the corner of Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Street.

Bring pen and notebook. Also, please bring your own lunch or buy some from the expensive café.

Costs: $20 full
$12 concession

As places are limited, please contact Myron if you wish to attend at :