AHS Haiku Readings and Ginko at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, 22nd August

A group of poets, led by Vanessa Proctor, AHS President, will be reading haiku at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival at the Auburn Botanic Gardens on Thursday 22nd August at 11am. The reading will take place in the rain forest area and will be followed by a ginko and the opportunity to write haiku. All are welcome to attend this event which is free for seniors, children and those who live in the Cumberland Council region.

https://www.cumberland.nsw.gov.au/seniors-day-sydney-cherry-blossom-festival

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 Dragonflies’ Winter Meeting, 2019

The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 1st June at Barbara Fisher’s home in Mosman. With a background of wonderful paintings on the walls, many of them created by our hostess, Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce, Bill Tibben, Cynthia Rowe and Barbara in a productive afternoon. Beverley George sent her apologies.

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ILLAWONG HAIKU GROUP AUTUMN MEETING

Tuesday 19th March 2019

It is sometimes said that bigger is better but at our first meeting for 2019 it must be said that is not always the case. While unfortunately three of our members Barbara, Gavin and Lana were unable to attend it allowed our small group to spend more time on all things ‘haiku’.

It was originally planned that our meeting be held outdoors at Burnum Burnum Sanctuary, Woronora. However, due to the unpredictable weather it was decided to meet at the very pleasant alternative Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre at Gymea.

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Red Dragonflies’ Autumn Meeting, 2019

Our first meeting this year was hosted by Cynthia Rowe on Saturday 2nd March. Others present were Barbara Fisher, Dawn  Bruce, Vanessa Proctor and Willem Tibben.

Vanessa had forwarded the exercises beforehand so everyone came well armed with work.

The most testing exercise was  to write a haiku about writing poetry (a subject dear to all poets) and for another we had to choose a favorite haiku and then say why we liked it.

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White Pebbles, Autumn Meeting 2019

The poet of ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, John Keats, would be proud of our group of Haikuists taking an autumnal walk around the Gosford /Edogawa Gardens on the Central Coast this past Saturday 9th March 2019.  We were aware of the concept of ichi-go ichi-e, the Japanese idiom ‘treasuring the unrepeatable nature of the moment.’ Continue reading “White Pebbles, Autumn Meeting 2019”