Writing Haiku – workshop this weekend!

MyronAs part of the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival, Myron Lysenko will be leading a haiku workshop on Sunday 14th July.

Myron has been teaching contemporary haiku since the end of the twentieth century. He will show examples of haiku and will teach you how to compose haiku and how to use specific techniques to achieve this. If you are in Melbourne this weekend take the opportunity to learn more about the art and craft of contemporary haiku.

You can find more details and book for the workshop here

Myron is the Victorian regional representative for Australian Haiku Society. His haiku collection a rosebush grabs my sleeve was published by Flat Chat Press in 2005. He won an international haiku prize in Japan in 2004 – the Suruga Baika Literary Award for Haiku. His haiku have been published in many overseas and Australian haiku journals. Myron was part of RookuTroupe – a trio of haiku poets instrumental in having haiku published on Melbourne’s suburban trains in 2006. Myron conducts ginko in scenic surroundings in Victoria.

Date: 14th July, 2019
Time: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Place: Siteworks: Workroom
533 Saxon Street, Brunswick, VIC

 

Bombora Haiku Meetings

Autumn/Winter meetings.

Bombora Haiku Group met in the Japanese gardens at Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens for their May meeting. What a treat! We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously and stayed afterwards for lunch at the Summit Restaurant. We immersed ourselves in the beauty of the Japanese gardens where everything was bright green. Misty light showers added to the atmosphere. We briefly inspected little waterfalls set amongst rocks and ferns and clipped shrubs as neat as round bald heads. Lastly, before retiring to eat, we viewed marvellous old bonsai, some of which were started back in the fifties. Continue reading “Bombora Haiku Meetings”

Paperbark Haiku Winter Ginko and Haiku Gathering

The Paperbark Haiku group met on the 26th June 2019 at the Dome Café (meeting room) in Maylands, Perth Western Australia for its Winter Ginko on a blustery day, the harbinger of approaching storms.

The early part of the meeting revolved around a discussion that debated the “Essence of Haiku”. Using a number of publications, including Blithe Spirit, Frogpond,  the British Haiku Society Anthology Wild, Third Australian Haiku Anthology, Spinifex by Beverley George and Walking The Tideline by Lyn Reeves, each participant chose a published haiku that resonated with them, and it was used to illustrate the differing ways haiku affect us, with emphasis on the spirit each invoked, and to get us all into ‘haiku mode’.
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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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White Pebbles Haiku Group Winter Meeting

June 15th, 2019

Unexpectedly, it was under bright blue skies that six of us gathered for our winter meeting.

Present were Colleen Keating, Marilyn Humbert, Maire Glacken, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Verna Rieschild and Beverley George. Apologies and kind thoughts were received from Kent Robinson, Gail Hennessy and Wendy Stringer, each of whom was unavoidably unable to attend on this occasion.

As usual we gathered informally at the café for coffee and brief chat, before we set off in silence at 10:30 for our ginko. Once again the Gosford /Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery proved an apt and inspiring venue for exploring the Japanese genre of haiku written in English. Each member carries with them a worksheet with some pre-prepared material and prompts for writing new haiku in this lovely garden with its waterfall and ponds, tea hut and bridges and the pebble garden with large boulders to remind us of Ryōan-ji. Close observation and original ideas are sparked, with sound and scent playing their roles too.
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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

Red Kelpie Haiku Group #20

Sunday the 2nd of June in Melbourne was a cold day with rain predicted. Victoria had snow in the hills and mountains in the previous week. It was officially he second day of winter and it certainly felt like winter to me, as I’d been holed up in my draughty house with the cat and noticed how short the days had become.  It’s Bashō’s “autumn deepens” haiku, though, that’s been coming to my mind:

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秋深き 隣は何を する人ぞ
aki fukaki tonari wa nani o suru hito zo

Autumn deepening –
my neighbour
how does he live, I wonder?

(translator: Haruo Shirane)
Source

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Cloudcatchers Autumn Ginko # 53

On the shores of Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, Northern NSW
Thursday, 2 May 2019

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head is a freshwater lake just across the road from the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by tea trees that stain its depths with tannin. The Jali people of the Bundjalung Nation, the original owners if this land, recognised the healing benefits of the lake’s natural oils.

The Sports and Recreation Centre, at the opposite end from the picnic area, sourced the lake with a scattering of colourful sails. The laughter of school children came from boats, paddle boards, canoes and swimmers. Voices approached us through the even greater clamour of abundant lorikeets overhead. Seagulls came from the ocean to cavort in dark waters. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Autumn Ginko # 53”