Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group: 1 April Ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

On a beautiful autumn day, seven members of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group met for a ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Adelaide Botanic Gardens

We gathered at the Simpson Kiosk near the Main Lake at 11 am. The morning had a real taste of the coolness of autumn, and members remarked on the number of magpies they had seen while getting to the meeting place.

Our ginko leader for the day was Lee Bentley and other members present were: Lynette Arden, Margaret Fensom, Belinda Broughton, Ervin Janek, Dawn Colsey and Maeve Archibald. Continue reading “Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group: 1 April Ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens”

Haiku in Lobethal 5th March 2017

“Words” Seeing, Listening, Feeling

report by Curator Anne Griffiths

As part of our Adelaide Fringe exhibition incorporating the visual arts, spoken word and performance art, members of Haiku Bindii were invited to feature in a special Haiku Day on Sunday March 5th.

The exhibition has invited artists to respond to text either of their own or in collaboration with poets and writers. This has eventuated in over 100 pieces of art being displayed in the Old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal. The exhibition will run from 11am- 4pm Saturdays and Sundays until March 19th. Each Sunday during the exhibition a spoken word event has been planned. Continue reading “Haiku in Lobethal 5th March 2017”

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 4 February 2017

After the haiku workshop by Julia Wakefield on 28 January, our February meeting was a follow up haiku workshop, again led by Julia.

There were five members present: Julia Wakefield, Lee Bentley, Lynette Arden, Susan O’Brien and Lindy Warrell.

The meeting commenced with a round of introductions by members. We had two new members attending and it was good to get to know something about their writing aims and experience, as well as some of their other interests.

Julia distributed examples of haiku by both modern writers and ancient. We read these carefully and talked about our favourites and what they meant to us. It was interesting to get entirely different interpretations of the same haiku, in some instances. It was also interesting to notice that most of the favourites selected by one member were also appreciated by the others in the group, with the occasional definite disagreement. Continue reading “Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 4 February 2017”

Haiku Workshop by Julia Wakefield

28 January 2017 Haiku Workshop by Julia Wakefield

The workshop, held at the Box Factory Community Centre in Adelaide, from 1 – 3 pm, was attended by ten people, of whom eight had not attended a Bindii workshop previously.

Julia started off by discussing what made a good haiku and distributed examples and some guidelines for attendees to read. There was some discussion about the examples and what each haiku meant to the various participants.

Julia then moved to a brief overview of the guidelines for writing haiku. There was some discussion as to what certain guidelines meant, for example the 5/7/5 rule, which has been discarded outside Japan, and the options for writing in three lines or other variants. The various formats were examined to see if a haiku written in one style, such as one line, would be just as effective if transferred to three lines. The use of the phrase/fragment composition technique was discussed in some detail, with examples. Continue reading “Haiku Workshop by Julia Wakefield”

Haiku Workshop for Beginners: 28 January 2017

Julia Wakefield Houghton is running an open workshop at the Box Factory in Adelaide, where you can learn the basics of writing haiku, or refine your skills. Bookings are required, as numbers are restricted. There is a small payment and afternoon tea will be provided. Full details in the PDF file

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Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition

2016 was the fourth year of the Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition, in which young writers of prose and poetry competed to win individual prizes, as well as books for their school. Last year Lynette Arden and Lee Bentley developed a haiku guide for the teachers, which was well received and used again this year. Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group sponsored prizes for haiku, across the year groups of Grades 2-3;  4-5;  6-7; and 8-10. In 2016 a special commendation was also issued by judge Lee Bentley for the most outstanding haiku overall. Continue reading “Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition”

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 1 October 2016

The Bindii group met at 12.30, at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.

Belinda Broughton gave a comprehensive workshop on haiga. She started with a PowerPoint presentation that included examples of the different styles of haiga, from the traditional Japanese forms and simple brush drawings to modern photo haiga and many other examples, such as collage. Belinda also showed some of her own haiga in different styles, including some on rice paper, and sketch book notes, and others that had been derived from her photos, or sketched electronically in various computer programs. Continue reading “Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 1 October 2016”