Cloudcatchers Ginko #15 Thursday 22 October 2009


(Haiku group – Far North Coast of NSW)

Thursday 22 October presented very summery weather for our Spring Ginko. And the greetings were also warm, as fourteen of us assembled at Bangalow Weir, where the Wilson River was dammed many years ago to become the neighbourhood swimming hole. Birds, butterflies and water dragons still abound, with a background of roosters and cows adding to the aural content of our haiku. The ginko is a sharing, with no workshopping and no tuition. However we were blessed by the presence of Janice Bostok and John Bird, who by their participation and comments (at times illuminating, at times hilarious) contributed to the significant ambience of the day. Lunch together at the Bangalow Hotel rounded it all off sumptuously. The ‘after-ginko’ Round Robin is currently being undertaken, with enthusiastic involvement.
Quendryth Young

5 October 2009

Meeting of SA Haiku Group

The SA Haiku Group met at the SA Writers Centre on Saturday 5 October 2009. One of our first decisions was to adopt a Haiku Name for the group. This had been the subject of extended debate over several months. The name Bindii has been chosen. We have also decided to refer to ourselves principally as Bindii, but add SA Japanese Poetry Forms Group where more explanation is required.

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A new haiku/tanka journal has been started by Dick Whyte and Laurence

Stacey. The purpose of this journal is to explore current events and
news items through the poetic forms of haiku, senryu, tanka and kyoka.
There have been many attempts to marry the news with haiku poetry on
the internet, but as Liam Wilkinson wrote, “often using the 5-7-5
model… It’s the kind of thing to which serious writers, readers and
students of haiku and related forms would have a strong aversion.”
(read the rest of Liam’s article here:

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Results of the 2nd With Words International Online Haiku Competition (2009)

On behalf of everyone at Haiku Oz, I would like to extend my congratulations to Ron Moss for his recent success in taking out first prize in the With Words International Online Haiku Competition with his haiku:

record heat
a soon-to-be mum
backs into a wave

A full judges report can be read here:

August 26, 2009

Haiku Workshops in Perth

Workshop: Haiku Day with Graham Nunn (QLD) & Maureen Sexton (WA)

Venue: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth.
Part one of this workshop will run from 10am – 12pm and address the following topics:

– a brief history of haiku
– defining haiku
– are the syllables important?
– haiku purpose
– fragment and phrase theory
– wabi and sabi
– techniques for writing haiku
– techniques for revising your work

Part II, will run from 1 pm to 3 pm and include a ginko and a look at publishing haiku in Australia and beyond.