White Pebbles Haiku Group update

Although we usually meet only quarterly, current circumstances encouraged us to also have a brief email catch-up in April, sharing current news and at least one haiku each. Members were very responsive and we all enjoyed it so much we have a similar email meeting planned for May. We are looking forward to resuming our ginko and workshop meeting at Gosford/Edogawa Garden when that again becomes possible but meantime we all value being in touch.

Beverley George
Convenor

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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White Pebbles, Autumn 2020

Far fewer of us than usual were able to attend this autumn meeting but those present understood the wise and valid reasons of our absentees and wished them well.

After our catch-up coffee, we set off, walking in light rain. As always special sights delighted us: fragments of tiny blossoms scattered through white pebbles; dense foliage across the wisteria archway; the rattle of wind in the bamboo patch.

We retired to the meeting room and our round table to workshop poems written in response to the previously circulated worksheet or newly written on our ginko.

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ILLAWONG HAIKU GROUP – AUTUMN 2020

Our scheduled meeting day, Tuesday 17th March, dawned under a cloud filled sky with rain forecast. The decision was made to stay with Plan A as the Oatley Park venue provided shelter if the weather went south.

Illawong Haiku Group held its inaugural meeting in June 2017 outside The Castle at Oatley Park so it was decided almost three years on to make a return visit. Little did we know that during that time the park had been given a major upgrade and there were numerous undercover tables and chairs to choose from in a more open area.

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L to R: Alison Miller, Patricia Meredith, Margaret Ruckert, Lana Wayne, Carol Reynolds and Roslyn Pitt

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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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White Pebbles Summer Ginko 2019

On Saturday the 14th of December the White Pebbles Haiku Group met at the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens for a summer ginko and lunch.

Seven White Pebbles’ members attended. Beverley George convened the meeting and welcomed Maire Glacken, Colleen Keating, Verna Rieschild, Gwen Bitti, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde and Kent Robinson. Continue reading “White Pebbles Summer Ginko 2019”

Red Dragonflies’ Christmas Meeting, 2019

On Saturday 7th December, 2019, the Red Dragonflies met at the NSW Art Gallery Café for coffee, a workshop and lunch.

The plan was to then proceed to the Botanic Gardens for a ginko but the smoke haze covering Sydney prevented this, so we remained at the Gallery.

Ten of us were in attendance, Vanessa Proctor hosted and welcomed Barbara Fisher, Dawn Bruce, Leanne Mumford, Willem Tibben, Beverley George, Laurel Astle, Garry Glover, Carol Reynolds and Margaret Mahony.

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Final Call for Submissions from Sydney and Neighbouring NSW Poets

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: vanessa@hr42.com by 18th November. Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion in this project.