Red Dragonflies Summer Meeting 2016

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”

Winter Meeting of the Red Dragonflies

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”

Red Dragonflies – summer gathering 2016

Red Dragonflies met on Saturday the 5th March at Barbara Fisher’s home for their summer gathering to workshop haiku and enjoy each other’s company.

Present were Lesley Walter, Barbara Fisher, Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce and their leader Vanessa Proctor.

Unfortunately Beverley George couldn’t make it.

Vanessa had set some very challenging writing exercises, but everyone rose to the occasion and the haiku presented were varied and fresh.

Two marked haiku were placed in the bowl after lunch and read in turn. This is always a popular activity as everyone tries to guess the author.

The meeting finished at 1:30.

– Dawn Bruce

The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas Meeting and Ginko, 2015

On the 5th December Red Dragonflies, Vanessa Proctor, Cynthia Rowe, Barbara Fisher and Dawn Bruce, met for a ginko of the Great Masters Exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. Members Beverley George and Lesley Walter were unable to attend and were sorely missed.

After the ginko, lunch was enjoyed on the café patio and haiku writing exercises read and workshopped. Small Christmas gifts and good wishes for the 2016 writing year were exchanged over coffee.

Dawn Bruce

Red Dragonflies Spring Meeting 2015

The Red Dragonflies Haiku group met on Saturday, 12th September at 11.30 am at member Lesley Walter’s home for their 2015 spring gathering. Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce, Vanessa Proctor and Barbara Fisher were present. Apology from Beverley George, whose husband is ill. As usual there were some challenging exercises set by convenor Vanessa, which stimulated many fresh and interesting responses, and included much discussion and laughter. The meeting concluded at 2.30 pm.

Barbara Fisher

Red Dragonflies Summer Meeting and Ginko December 12th, 2014

The large beach-side studio of artists Jocelyn Maugham and Robin Norling at Patonga was the inspiring meeting-place for the Red Dragonflies in summer 2014. We were free not only to wander the galleries admiring the diversity of artwork, making notes, but also to climb the stairs to the giant studio, sidestepping buckets of paint and drip cloths, brushes soaking, easels and stools; a chaise longue for posing. Continue reading “Red Dragonflies Summer Meeting and Ginko December 12th, 2014”

Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting 2014

The spring meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 25th October at Dawn Bruce’s home in St. Leonards. Dawn kindly met us at the garage entrance so that we could all go up in the internal lift together.

To a background view of early-blooming jacaranda and distant Blue Mountains, Vanessa Proctor led members Beverley George, Cynthia Rowe, Barbara Fisher and Dawn in a productive afternoon. Lesley Walter sent her apologies. Vanessa had given the group a challenging and erudite set of exercises, which produced some interesting haiku. The meeting was, as always, convivial, and given that the themes were historically and artistically inspired, extremely informative. Thank you, Vanessa and thank you, Dawn!

Cynthia Rowe

Red Dragonflies winter meeting 2014

The Red Dragonflies, with the inclusion of guest, Bill Tibben, held their winter meeting on Saturday 19th July at Vanessa Proctor’s home. With the smells of freshly baked bread and buttermilk cake with passionfruit icing wafting about us, we workshopped our pre-set exercises which had presented the usual challenge, i.e. to compose original haiku on topics including a night in the country, a winter plant, and International Friendship Day.

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