The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas meeting and Ginko, 2017. Report by Margaret Mahony.

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.

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Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting, 2017

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.

Beverley George

Red Dragonflies’ Winter Meeting, 2017

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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Red Dragonflies’ Autumn Meeting, 2017

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”

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.

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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