February 14, 2016

An Evening of Poetry and Music: Bindii readers at Halifax Café, 11 February 2016

On Thursday, 11 February, I spent an evening at the Halifax Café with a large and enthusiastic audience for the ten Bindii poets who read their work. We were also fortunate to have musicians Munetaka Umehara and Alexander Ask performing A Midsummer Walk, their original work for Japanese flute and didgeridoo. Munetaka’s great niece Natsumi performed on percussion to accompany the other musicians. A great effort, as she had just arrived from Japan at 2.30 pm that day.

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February 11, 2016

New President Australian Haiku Society

After almost five years as President of the Australian Haiku Society, I have decided it is time to step down and hand over the office to someone who will further the development and growth of AHS.

HaikuOz is in the fortunate position of having a capable and highly respected haiku poet who has agreed to take on the role. Congratulations to Vanessa Proctor who is the new President of the Australian Haiku Society.

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February 09, 2016

Cynthia Rowe – Living Haiku Anthology

Australia writer Cynthia Rowe has offered her thoughts defining what haiku is for her. A portfolio of her haiku is in the process of being created too.


Report on Bindii Japanese Poetry Genres Group Meeting: 6 February 2016

Ten Bindii members met at The Box Factory for a workshop by Julia Wakefield on ‘What Makes a Good Haiku’. Julia presented a thoroughly researched workshop, looking at examples of haiku that have been critically acclaimed, and members discussed what made them ‘good haiku’. Julia focused not only on three-line haiku, but had plentiful examples of one-line haiku and also some four-line haiku. It was interesting for members to discuss the impact of the format of these haiku and why the author had chosen that particular format, instead of sticking to the more usual three line.

An Evening of Poetry and Music at Halifax Café on Thursday 11 Feb at 6.45.
This event has been organized by Bindii on behalf of the Adelaide City Council and the Box Factory Community Centre.

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February 08, 2016

Cloudcatcher Ginko #40

Ginko #40
Torakina Park, Brunswick Heads NSW
Thursday 4 February 2016

The tenth anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the Cloudcatcher haiku group was celebrated at the very same picnic table where the original gathering took place on 5 December 2005. Torakina Park, in Brunswick Heads, where the Brunswick River meets the sea, has been a favourite site for ginko, and this was the fourteenth assemblage there by the group. Janice Bostok, known as the haiku pioneer of Australia, was with us at that first meeting (as she was also at a number of subsequent ginko), inspiring participants with her astute comments and some impromptu haiku of her own.

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