Red Kelpie Haiku Group #15, March 2018

There’ve been two RKHG meetings over the last several weeks, a very enjoyable, informal meeting with Santa Fe haiku poet, Sondra Byrne, and our scheduled autumn meeting.

Meeting Sondra

On Sunday 25th February Robyn Cairns, Marisa Fazio, Lorin Ford, Jayashree Maniyil, Janet Howie and Madhuri Pillai were privileged to meet with Sondra in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. Here we are in the Rose Pavilion:

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From left to right: Sondra Byrne, Janet Howie, Marisa Fazio, Robyn Cairns, Lorin Ford, Madhuri Pillai. Photo by Jayashree Maniyil.

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Mari Warabiny Autumn Ginko

by Maureen Sexton

On Saturday 10th March a group of haiku writers gathered at the First Edition Café for a ginko in the lush, urban Perth Cultural Centre. We were surrounded by the State Library of WA, the Art Gallery of WA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Big Screen, the Urban Orchard, the Native Wetlands, the Interactive Play Space and the WA Museum, currently being refurbished. It was a hot day of 31 degrees, but already leaves were falling and scattering, in typical autumn fashion.

Over coffee and muffins, we shared some of our favourite haiku, and why those particular haiku resonated with us. Then we parted to go on our individual walks to write haiku. Continue reading “Mari Warabiny Autumn Ginko”

White Pebbles Haiku Group Autumn 2018

The autumn meeting of the White Pebbles Haiku Group took place at Gosford / Edogawa Gardens on March 10th. Present were Marilyn Humbert, Gail Hennessy, Maire Glacken, Verna Rieschild, Kent Robinson, Beverley George, Colleen Keating, Rozanne Collins and Wendy Stringer. Apologies were received from Samantha Hyde and Anne Birt, both of whom were travelling. We look forward to seeing them at our winter meeting on June 17th.

As usual, we met at 10 for an informal half hour chat and coffee on the café patio, before commencing our ginko promptly at 10:30. We work from a pre-distributed handout which includes prompts and examples to get us comfortably started and soon we are scattered throughout the garden’s expanse individually writing what we are observing.
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Red Dragonflies’ Autumn Meeting, 2018


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Red Dragonflies’ autumn meeting, which was scheduled for Saturday 3rd March, had to be cancelled at the last minute. Instead of meeting in person we workshopped each others’ haiku via email. The haiku exercises for this meeting were based around World Wildlife Day, women in the workplace and the technique of sense switching. While the online comments were most helpful, we missed the spontaneity and warmth of meeting each other in person. We’re looking forward to seeing each other again and discussing haiku in more depth at our June meeting.

Vanessa Proctor


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


Watersmeet Summer Ginko

photo: Andrew Reeves

At our first ginko for the year, on Friday 16th February, we were wondering where summer had gone as we met at the Japanese Gardens in the Royal Hobart Botanical Gardens, rugged up against a cold westerly wind.

There were only four of us, partly due to the unseasonal weather, though Ron Moss’s volunteer fire brigade was called away to Bruny Island to fight a house fire that had gotten out of control in the gusty conditions.

Ross Coward recalled how Watersmeet had its beginning in 2000 in this place.  Tom Daly had brought along a copy of the Watersmeet: haiku anthology from which we read several haiku, including a favourite of mine by Ross: Continue reading “Watersmeet Summer Ginko”

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group

Join with the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group on their first Ginko (Haiku Walk) for 2018.

Saturday 10th March at 10 am.

We will gather at First Edition Café in the State Library of WA in the Perth Cultural Centre at 10 am for coffee and to discuss haiku for a short time.

We will then go on our separate walks to observe and take notes of our surroundings, using all our senses.

At 11.30 we will gather again at First Edition Café for a bit to eat, drink and to share our observations, any haiku we may have already written while on the walk, and to write haiku together.

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to by Wednesday 7th March so we can let First Edition Café know how many will be attending. They are generously holding a table and chairs for us on one end of the café for the first and second sittings.

Maureen Sexton

Cloudcatcher: Ginko No.48 (summer) Lennox Head

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Cloudcatcher summer ginko is generally held the first week after school goes back. This year it also happened to be the first day of the ‘cool change’ and it rained. A hurried ring-around altered the meeting place from Lake Ainsworth to a picnic shelter in the town, with a short walk to the beach. The surf had been predicted as ‘hazardous’, and indeed looked really wild, with an offshore wind holding up the curves of the numerous white-topped milky-grey waves. However, through the drizzle we discerned half a dozen boardriders taking up the challenge, and rewarded with some glorious rides. A row of seagulls lined the fence, facing into the strong breeze to hold their feathers back, swallows flew up and down the steps to the beach, and a pelican chose the highest pole to keep an eye on it all.

Seven of us around the table read from the recent issue of Windfall, specifically the five haiku by Cloudcatchers included in it. We tried the new method of reading haiku as reported in HaikuOz by Jan Dodd (suggested by her American visitor Sheila Sondik): L1, then L1 & L2, then L1 & L2 & L3. However there was a consensus of opinion that this interfered with the placement of the keriji, and the two-part nature of a traditional haiku presentation, so we decided not to implement this procedure in the future. Continue reading “Cloudcatcher: Ginko No.48 (summer) Lennox Head”