A small group of the Red Dragonflies met on Saturday 7th September: Vanessa Proctor, Barbara Fisher and Beverley George and newbie me, Wanda Amos down from Old Bar. In the leafy suburb of Pymble, Vanessa’s house was the meeting place and the trees swirled around us on that not so warm Spring day.
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.
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.
The summer meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday, 1st December, at Beverley George’s home at Pearl Beach, that lovely part of the central coast, north of Sydney. Vanessa Proctor, convenor of the group (and setter of challenging haiku topics), kindly took members Dawn Bruce and Barbara Fisher in her car – it’s a longish drive to get there so we got off to a later start than usual at about 12 noon.
First day of Spring!
What could be nicer than spending the morning discussing and workshopping haiku with the Red Dragonfly group at Vanessa Proctor’s home? Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Dawn Bruce were in attendance. Unfortunately Cynthia Rowe and Willem Tibben were unable to make it.
We workshopped haiku about sewing, pianos, bees and honey and using spring as a verb.
The ever popular ‘haiku in a bowl’ was played with haiku written without names.
All this was enjoyed while tasting a delicious banana cake fresh from the oven.
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.