On a fine spring day, warm with a cool breeze and blue skies sporting a few white clouds, five haiku enthusiasts from Paperbark Haiku: Melissa Moffat, Elizabeth Nicholls, Rose van Son, Barry Sanbrook and Maureen Sexton, met for a ginko and to discuss the intricacies and simplicities of haiku, in the Meeting Room at the Dome Café, Maylands, WA.
Five of us met at the State Library for a two-hour discussion and critique session. Members present were Julia Wakefield, Maeve Archibald, Dawn Colsey, Steve Wigg and Stella Damarjati. We had a apologies from, Marilyn Linn, Jill Gower, Lynette Arden and Athena Zaknic.
A Haiku Ginko is being hosted by GRAI on 12th November for members of the GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) community and for anyone who may be interested during Pride Month (Western Australia).
Gordon Young is a British artist who has been commissioned to work in Sydney’s Inner West. His works are often in public places, sometimes on a large scale and usually based upon text. www.gordonyoung.net.
In Sydney he is working on a series of brick spheres, incorporating writing from the Australian poets Peter Goldsworthy and Amanda Stewart, as well as diverse content from song lyrics to diary entries, which will be cut into the brickwork.
Gordon has approached the Australian Haiku Society hoping to source some haiku for use on one of the spheres. The work will be located in a public park.
The brick spheres reference the 5000 bricks brought to Sydney on the First Fleet, Sydney’s built environment, and the Inner West’s heritage clay pits, brick kilns and chimneys.
The subject: The History of Sydney’s Brick Industry or A Walk
If you are resident in Sydney or neighbouring NSW, please send up to five haiku, published or unpublished to: email@example.com by 18th November. Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion in this project.
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.
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. Continue reading “Illawong Haiku Group Spring 2019 Ginko”
For our Spring Meeting at the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery at East Gosford we were greeted by sunny skies and an occasional cool wind. The gardens were adorned with colourful azaleas and delicate fronds of mauve wisteria contrasting with the manicured green bushes that form an integral part of this tranquil area.
A small group of the Red Dragonflies met on Saturday 7th September: Vanessa Proctor, Barbara Fisher and Beverley George and newbie me, Wanda Amos down from Old Bar. In the leafy suburb of Pymble, Vanessa’s house was the meeting place and the trees swirled around us on that not so warm Spring day.