Solastalgia – an antidote

16 February – 15 March 2020

Belinda Broughton, Jesse Budel, Liz Butler, Deb Cantrill, Louise Feneley, Gaynor Hartvigsen, Melissa Hellwig, Heidi Kenyon, Aaron Poole, Evette Sunset, Laura Wills, Jo Wilmot.

In a heart-felt response to the current environmental crisis, Adelaide and regional artists explore transformative ways to mitigate the grief and disconnect associated with the passing of a once-familiar and trusted experience of ‘home’.

Click on the link below for the exhibition flyer with further information on opening night speakers, performances, exhibition hours, venue and location. Everyone is welcome.

Invitation – Solastalgia v4

An Introduction to Haiku: Workshop by Julia Wakefield

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Presents

An introduction to Haiku

bird imagehaiku
what are they
why we write them

Saturday 6 April, from 12.30 – 2.30 pm
Box Factory
59 Regent St,

Cost: $8

The haiku is an ancient Japanese poetry form, but it is as relevant today as it has always been. Western poets have adopted and adapted the form to suit contemporary tastes, and the fact that the form continues to evolve in Japan is, paradoxically, entirely in keeping with tradition.

Bindii member Julia Wakefield will give a brief introduction to the combined complexity and simplicity of the haiku form. After a short break, there will be a series of group exercises that focus on composing haiku.

Refreshments provided.

To book, contact Julia at or call 0433975590

Word file: info for haiku workshop 2019 (003)

PDF file: info for haiku workshop 2019



Haiku in Lobethal 5th March 2017

“Words” Seeing, Listening, Feeling

report by Curator Anne Griffiths

As part of our Adelaide Fringe exhibition incorporating the visual arts, spoken word and performance art, members of Haiku Bindii were invited to feature in a special Haiku Day on Sunday March 5th.

The exhibition has invited artists to respond to text either of their own or in collaboration with poets and writers. This has eventuated in over 100 pieces of art being displayed in the Old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal. The exhibition will run from 11am- 4pm Saturdays and Sundays until March 19th. Each Sunday during the exhibition a spoken word event has been planned. Continue reading “Haiku in Lobethal 5th March 2017”

Report on the Haiku Workshop at Lobethal Woollen Mill: 5 March 2017

The workshop was presented by Julia Wakefield, who has provided the following report:

I was invited by Anne Griffiths to conduct a one hour workshop on the art of writing haiku at the h.ART Spoken words Exhibition at Lobethal Woollen Mill on March 5 2017.

This was followed by a reading by Bindii members: Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Jill Gower and Belinda Broughton.

The workshop attracted ten people, ranging from complete beginners to a couple of Bindii members (Belinda Broughton and Jill Gower)who were happy to share their own experience and expertise. Continue reading “Report on the Haiku Workshop at Lobethal Woollen Mill: 5 March 2017”

Haiku at the Spoken Word Exhibition by h.ART at The Lobethal Fringe Event

h.ART are pleased to announce their inaugural Fringe exhibition event at the exciting new emerging arts venue at the State Heritage Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal from 4 -19 March, 2017.
The focus is on the power of text and visual language to create dialogue.


Commencing Sunday, 5 March from 1.00 – 3.00 pm a Haiku Workshop conducted by Julia Wakefield-Houghton Printmaker, Illustrator and Teacher, followed by Haiku readings by members of Haiku Bindi, Belinda Broughton, Lyn Arden, Jill Gower and Maeve Archibald.

A short introduction to the rules and how we can break them will be followed by a series of writing exercises. Hopefully a few original haiku will result! Julia is a member of the only SA poetry group dedicated to writing Japanese style poetry in English.

Participation in the Haiku Workshop is by gold coin donation.
Bookings arranged by contacting
Anne Griffiths on 0431 374 616.

See full details of the exhibition and associated writing events here Continue reading “Haiku at the Spoken Word Exhibition by h.ART at The Lobethal Fringe Event”

Haiku Workshop for Beginners: 28 January 2017

Julia Wakefield Houghton is running an open workshop at the Box Factory in Adelaide, where you can learn the basics of writing haiku, or refine your skills. Bookings are required, as numbers are restricted. There is a small payment and afternoon tea will be provided. Full details in the PDF file

julia-wakefield-workshop Continue reading “Haiku Workshop for Beginners: 28 January 2017”

Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition

2016 was the fourth year of the Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition, in which young writers of prose and poetry competed to win individual prizes, as well as books for their school. Last year Lynette Arden and Lee Bentley developed a haiku guide for the teachers, which was well received and used again this year. Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group sponsored prizes for haiku, across the year groups of Grades 2-3;  4-5;  6-7; and 8-10. In 2016 a special commendation was also issued by judge Lee Bentley for the most outstanding haiku overall. Continue reading “Langhorne Creek Young People’s Writers’ Competition”

South Australian Events


Langhorne Creek Writers’ Festival: Young people’s Haiku Competition 2015

Bindii Japanese Genres Poetry Group sponsored the four prizes awarded in this first year of the haiku competition. Ten schools from around South Australia participated. Fourteen teachers used the curriculum material provided by Bindii to the Langhorne Creek Festival organizers to teach haiku.

With an average class size of thirty, around 420 students were taught haiku by the Langhorne Creek Writers’ Festival. In each school the three best haiku from each grade category were entered. There were 26 entries. In addition to the four First Prize Winners, there were 10 commended poems.
In their report the judges (Lynette Arden and Lee Bentley from Bindii) commented: ‘the winning haiku in each of the categories were chosen because they have strong clear images with emotional impact and good haiku structure with two distinct parts to each poem. Among the other entries it was pleasing to see that the students have really looked at using concrete imagery in their haiku.’
At the award presentation, the winners were recognized with a certificate, the First Prize Winners won $50 and a basket of books for their school library.
All sixteen participating schools attended the Literacy Day at Langhorne Creek School on 14 September. Over 70 students attended.

AUGUST 22, 2011

Salisbury Writers Festival 2011 Haiga Results

Haiga results from Steve Davidson, Salisbury council arts officer.

Congratulations to the following:

Highly commended:
Sheree Furtak Ellis Haiga of the north
Lilliana Rose A moments rest
Sarah Reece After the storm

3rd Prize: Barbara Taylor Gingko window
2nd Prize: Margaret Rawlinson Breeze
1st Prize: Belinda Broughton Sunday

JUNE 09, 2010

Haiku/Haibun Workshop with Martina Taeker

Report on Haiku/Haibun Workshop given by Martina Taeker 5 June 2010

Sixteen people attended the haiku/haibun workshop organized by Friendly St Poets at the Box Factory in Adelaide on 5 June.

Martina Taeker gave a well devised and very clear presentation to help those starting to write both haiku and haibun, with plenty of examples to illustrate her points.

Some of the points she made first were to dispel the myth that haiku should be written in the 5/7/5 form in English. Martina pointed out the differences in English language sound syllables and Japanese written onji, which make seventeen English syllables appear far too long when compared with a Japanese haiku.

Other points she stressed were the importance of content in the Japanese poetry form and that haiku were objective and nature based. The reader must work to interpret the haiku. The reader must make the connections rather than have the poet spell them out. Such a short poetry form can contain a lot of depth and subtlety. She also stressed the importance of Australian poets using their own landscape in writing haiku, rather than imitating the language and imagery of Japanese poets.

Martina then touched on guidelines regarding seasonal references, punctuation, capitalization, titles and the importance of using concrete imagery from all the senses in haiku. She noted that the shape of the haiku on the page could enhance the effect of the poem: three, one, two and more rarely four lines being the most popular arrangements in English. She discussed the presence of people in haiku poetry and the senryu form.

A practice session in writing haiku followed this discussion, with Martina offering individual advice to participants.
Following a break for a sumptuous afternoon tea provided by Friendly St Poets, Martina presented information on haibun, again providing a number of examples to demonstrate the points she was making. Again, she emphasised the importance of imagery and urged those attempting haibun to focus on not too large a topic and to leave out extraneous detail. She also stressed the importance of the haiku in haibun.

This session was valuable not only to newcomers to the form, but as a reminder to those of us with more experience, of the beauty of a well expressed haiku or haibun.

Lynette Arden