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.
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.
The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas Meeting and Ginko was held on the 2nd December, 2017 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, led by Vanessa Proctor. Also attending were Barbara Fisher, Beverley George, Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce, Willem Tibben and two guests Carol Reynolds and Margaret Mahony from Discovery Writers and the newly formed Illawong Haiku Group.
Continue reading “The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas meeting and Ginko, 2017. Report by Margaret Mahony.”
The Red Dragonflies’ spring meeting, led by Vanessa Proctor, was hosted by Dawn Bruce. Also present were Cynthia Rowe, Bill Tibben and Beverley George.
We all enjoyed the challenge of writing to season-related topics and sharing helpful critiquing of our haiku, some of which were presented anonymously. There was much laughter along with renewed enthusiasm for this diminutive but challenging genre and we all look forward to our summer meeting in December.
The Red Dragonflies warmly welcomed their newest member, Willem Tibben on Saturday and immediately set him to work to write the meeting report below:
The Red Dragonflies gathered at the welcoming home of Barbara Fisher for their winter meeting. Present were: Dawn Bruce, Cynthia Rowe, Vanessa Proctor, Willem Tibben, and our host.
Vanessa had set the homework around four themes: absence, parenting, going barefoot and chocolate. She had also asked everyone to bring two haiku each for the ‘bowl’. After a round of copy distribution and dexterous folding (‘macramé haiku’ someone ventured) we were away…
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The Red Dragonflies’ first meeting of the year was held on a particularly wet and blustery day on 18th March at Vanessa Proctor’s home. Four members were present: Barbara Fisher, Beverley George, Vanessa Proctor and Cynthia Rowe. We workshopped haiku about happiness, birds in urban environments, forests and haiku using the technique of Narrowing Focus. Continue reading “Red Dragonflies’ Autumn Meeting, 2017”
Members of the Red Dragonflies were unable to meet in person this quarter, so instead we decided to complete a shisan renku by email where I acted as sabaki. The renku’s title is ‘A Dream of Persimmons’ and was most enjoyable to write. After eight years of writing and discussing haiku together, we found that our rapport was still strong even though we weren’t writing face-to-face.
Vanessa Proctor Continue reading “Red Dragonflies Summer Meeting 2016”
The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies had to be postponed from the usual Saturday because of that particular weekend’s stormy weather and so was held on Monday, 20th June, 11 to 2pm at convenor Vanessa Proctor’s home in Pymble.
Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Cynthia Rowe were present. There were only four of us because Dawn Bruce was overseas and, to our great sadness our much-loved member, Lesley Walter, died in May.
We began our meeting with tributes to Lesley, whose incisive and insightful haiku had always given us so much pleasure. Her poems were so fresh and original and often reflected her great sense of humour. Each of us read haiku we had written and dedicated to her. These were handwritten (by Vanessa) in a card and sent to her family. Continue reading “Winter Meeting of the Red Dragonflies”