Illawong Haiku Group – Winter 2020

Illawong Haiku Group held their Winter meeting on Tuesday, 16th June. With the ever changing rules relating to Covid 19 we gladly accepted the invitation from Margaret Mahony to hold our meeting at her home. Six ladies attended.

Internet exercises were held during the ‘lockdown’ period which included a commentary on a selected haiku, a haiku string with the very apt theme of Covid followed by haibun. Instructive information about each form accompanied the exercises. We attempted haiga but decided this would be easier face to face.

Our meeting began with a Q&A session relating to our on line exercises and everyone agreed it worked so well we will continue to extend our learning in this way between meetings.
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Illawong Isolation Exercising

Illawong Haiku Group usually meets seasonally but during isolation and with the use of modern technology we are staying connected. This is good for our mental health, improving our haiku writing and mentoring our newbies.

Our first exercise was writing a commentary on a selected haiku. The second exercise was writing three haiku on the subject of Covid. The haiku were then compiled into a list and circulated for everyone to rank in order of preference for each writer. The best haiku for each writer resulted in this string:

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Illawong Haiku Group

Summer 2020

It was encouraging to me as Convenor and a good start to the haiku year that all current members were present at our Summer meeting held on Tuesday 28th January. Previously our meeting dates were tailored to accommodate as many members as possible. This year however we will hold subsequent meetings on the third Tuesday of the month that begins each season so dates can be noted on calendars well in advance.
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Illawong Haiku Group Spring 2019 Ginko

We chose the Joseph Banks Native Plant Reserve at Kareela to hold our 2019 Spring Ginko after our pleasant experience there last Spring and it didn’t disappoint. It was a sparkling blue sky day with the native flora looking its best and exhibiting its adaptability to adjust to climatic changes. Beds of pink and white paper daisies and clumps of kangaroo paws in various colours greeted us at the car park.

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Left to right: Ros Pitt, Carol Reynolds & Margaret Mahony

In true old fashioned picnic style, our crowd of three began with a ‘cuppa’ from the thermos and some Baker’s Delight treats at a nearby picnic table suitably sited under the shade of the large eucalypts. To the sound of bird song and the sight of a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets dining on Gymea Lily we caught up on the various activities that have kept us busy since we last met. As the sunlight started to break through the shade we decided to relocate. As always a stroll through the natural environment created a calmness and presence in preparation to work through our recently created haiku. The melodious notes in the background provided by a Butcher Bird added to the ambience.
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ILLAWONG HAIKU GROUP WINTER MEETING

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Four members were present at our Winter meeting held once again in the café at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre at Gymea. We opted to postpone our plans to head to the city until Spring when the weather will be more favourable for an outdoor ginko. After two indoor meetings we will be ready to break out and seek further inspiration for our writing.

Illawong June 2019
Patricia Meredith, Margaret Mahony, Carol Reynolds and Ros Pitt

When we first arrived at ‘coffee hour’ it was very noisy so we adjusted our meeting schedule and once the rush hour was over we moved to a quieter corner position and carried on.
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Illawong Haiku Group – Winter Meeting 2019

Illawong Haiku Group – Winter Meeting 2019

Tuesday 25th June, 10.00am to 1.00pm approximately

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre, Gymea

We will meet near the cafe at 10am for morning tea. Those who wish to share lunch afterwards can make an executive decision as to where.

One of the exercises we will be working on is a group submission in response to the request by the Australian Haiku Society for Featured Haiku commentaries.

Hopefully time will allow us to observe the current exhibition ‘Rococolonial’ featuring in the Gallery.

Visitors welcome. Please contact Carol via email if interested.

Carol Reynolds

ILLAWONG HAIKU GROUP AUTUMN MEETING

Tuesday 19th March 2019

It is sometimes said that bigger is better but at our first meeting for 2019 it must be said that is not always the case. While unfortunately three of our members Barbara, Gavin and Lana were unable to attend it allowed our small group to spend more time on all things ‘haiku’.

It was originally planned that our meeting be held outdoors at Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, Woronora. However, due to the unpredictable weather it was decided to meet at the very pleasant alternative Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre at Gymea.

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