It was a lively meeting at Gosford/ Edogawa Gardens and Regional Gallery and one which has sparked warm responses from those who attended. Present were Samantha Hyde, Marilyn Humbert, Kent Robinson, Gail Hennessy, Wendy Stringer, Maire Glacken, Verna Rieschild, Colleen Keating, Beverley George and our newest member, Gwen Bitti. Anne Birt and Rozanne Collins were unable to attend and were missed. We hope to see them in September. Membership is capped at twelve people but of course we will welcome visitors from time to time. Continue reading “White Pebbles Winter Haiku Meeting June 16th 2018”
The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 2nd June, 11.30am-2.30pm at Dawn Bruce’s home in St Leonards. Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce, Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Cynthia Rowe in a series of stimulating exercises. Willem Tibben, our sixth member, was unable to attend. We missed him but look forward to seeing him at our spring meeting.
Vanessa can always be relied upon to provide interesting and often challenging topics for haiku. This winter’s ranged from writing a wordy plus a minimalist version on the same theme to reflections prompted by the recent royal wedding and an acknowledgement of World Bicycle Day. Anonymous contributions of two poems per person to the haiku bowl provoked the usual interest and amusement.
A most enjoyable meeting.
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 16th.
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.
Continue reading “White Pebbles Haiku Group Autumn 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.
Present on this pre-Christmas occasion were Maire Glacken, Gail Hennessy, Samantha Hyde, Colleen Keating, Verna Rieschild and Beverley George.
We slipped easily into our optional routine of catching up briefly for coffee and chat prior to our ginko but at 10:30 sharp we were all out of the door and walking silently in the beautifully designed Gosford/Edogawa garden, noting seasonal changes and listening to the waterfall, cicada hum, the flurry of duck wings and the splash of koi. Red dragonflies skimmed over reeds and water lilies and the bed of white pebbles beside the pond were gleaming in sunlight.
Armed with worksheets of suggested haiku topics we strolled and jotted before meeting up in the tea-hut to exchange our ideas.
Seasonal busyness meant that several members were unable to attend this particular occasion but we all look forward to catching up for our autumn meeting on March 10th.
Convenor: White Pebbles Haiku Group
December 9th, 2017
The Gosford/Edogawa Japanese Gardens on the Central Coast was the venue for the inaugural meeting of this group on September 23rd. Members travelled from Sydney, Newcastle and various parts of the Coast to attend. We began with a relaxed orientation session on the terrace overlooking the garden while we determined our group name, frequency of meetings and general procedures.
It was unanimously decided that we would meet four times a year, once in each season, and would bring several haiku in response to prompts sent in advance of the meetings. However the main activity would be a ginko to observe and record the changes the seasons brought to this authentically designed garden, with many of its features gifted from Japan.
Beverley George was recently invited to contribute to the Poet’s Breakfast section of Australian Poetry Blog, Another Lost Shark
Beverley takes us deep into the intertidal space of her morning and allows us to linger over the sounds and imagery that are just beyond her back/front fence, so grab a cup of tea, and let your mind unwind… this is a breakfast landscape to lose yourself in.
Haiku Readings Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
Tokyo tanka poet, Mariko Kitakubo, joined Beverley George, president of the Australian Haiku Society, at the Gosford Regional Gallery and Art Centre on Friday 13th from 4 -5 pm for a celebration of haiku. Nearly forty local residents attended the occasion and were welcomed by the curator of the Regional Gallery, Tim Braham.
Included in the reading was a haiku sequence “White Pebbles” which Beverley wrote in the adjoining Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden. This was interspersed with Mariko reading “Shiroki Jari”, her translation into Japanese of this sequence.
Some bushfire haiku from the Australian Haiku Society web-site were also read, which many found greatly moving. It was also an opportunity to tell members of the local community about the conference coming to the Central Coast in September.