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August 27, 2014

Report of Bindii meeting 2 August 2014

Workshop on Janice Bostok and her contemporaries: Lynette Arden handed out information on the life of Janice Bostok, including comments about Janice’s impact on haiku poetry in Australia and USA.
Examples of work from Janice Bostok, Cor van den Heuvel, William J Higginson, Michael McClintock and Marlene Mountain were also distributed and read out by group members.

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June 09, 2014

Report on Bindii group meeting 7 June 2014

The Bindii Group met at the Box Factory: 59 Regent St South, Adelaide for our June meeting.
Karin Anderson presented a very well researched workshop on senryu, haiku and also touched on kyoka.

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April 07, 2014

Bindii Ginko at Himeji Gardens 5 April 2014

Five members came to the Ginko at Himeji Gardens on a very pleasant, sunshiny autumn afternoon. Margaret Fensom led the Ginko and was joined by Lyn Arden, Dawn Colsey, Maeve Archibald and Alicia Holbrook.


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February 10, 2014

Report on Bindii Meeting 1 February 2014

Our first meeting for 2014 was a follow up haibun workshop run by Maeve Archibald in November 2013. This gave members the opportunity to get and give feedback on haibun that had bee written subsequent to the November workshop.

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December 26, 2013

Bindii Minutes November 2013

There were seven members present at the November meeting in The Box Factory, Adelaide for our November workshop led by Maeve Archibald. Eight other members sent apologies.
General business: Beverley George’s latest Children’s book was passed around to members. Members talked briefly about changed meeting arrangements next year (2014).
We have booked for sessions running from 1-3 pm at the Box Factory on the first Saturday of the following months: February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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September 02, 2012

Bindii Group: September Haibun workshop

The Bindii Group met at the Box Factory for a haibun workshop presented by Belinda Broughton. Belinda distributed notes, which included examples of haibun, and briefly discussed the origins of the form and the requirements for writing haibun, such as issues of style and tense, how many haiku should be included and what topics were suitable.

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May 06, 2012

MINUTES OF BINDII MEETING 5 MAY 2012

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm Minutes of the meeting are provided below:

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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

September 04, 2010

BINDII MEETING 4 September 2010


Present: Marilyn Linn, Lyn Arden, Susan Kay, Alex Ask.
Apologies: Athena Zaknic, Dianne Hill, Pam Brow, Margaret Dingle (Fensom), Maeve Archibald, Dawn Colsey.
Meeting on a wild and windy day in Adelaide, we were glad of our sheltered place in the Box Factory.
We held a kukai, followed by discussion of some haiku that members wished to workshop and then looked at the renku form, including a renku currently being composed by three members of the group via email.
October Meeting: we decided to make this a ginko (haiku walk) at the Himeji Gardens in South Terrace. Meet at the Himeji Garden and bring lunch.
Lynette Arden 4 Sept 2010

August 11, 2010

BINDII MEETING 6 August 2010 report to HaikuOz

Present: Marilyn Linn, Lyn Arden, Susan Kay, Athena Zaknic, Dianne Hill, Margaret Dingle (Fensom).
Apologies: Alain and Elsa Rozanes, Pam Brow, Alex Ask, Maeve Archibald, Dawn Colsey.

We continued our discussion of the haiku form and also touched on haiga, Renku, tanka. Members workshopped haiku brought to the meeting.

September Meeting will be held at the Box Factory on Saturday 4 September at 10.30 am – 1 pm. Please bring your own tea/coffee and lunch. Activity will be decided on the day.

October Meeting: we decided to make this a ginko (haiku walk) at the Himeji Gardens in South Terrace. Meet at the Himeji Garden and bring lunch.

Lynette Arden 9 August 2010

July 07, 2010

Bindii July Meeting

BINDII MEETING 3 JULY 2010 report to HaikuOz

Present: Marilyn Linn, Lynette Arden, Susan Kay.

Apologies: Alain and Elsa Rozanes, Pam Brow, Alex Ask, Margaret Dingle (Fensom), Athena Zaknic.

As there were so few members attending the meeting we decided to concentrate on extending knowledge of the haiku form, with examples of haiku taken from the book resources at the meeting, and also by taking another look at some of the guidelines for writing haiku. This more in depth approach was felt by members present to have increased their understanding and I gather was very helpful. A number of haiku presented by members were workshopped.

August Meeting will be held at the Box Factory on Saturday 7 August at 10.30 am – 1 pm. Activity will be decided on the day.

Lynette Arden 3 July 2010

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

Bindi June Meeting

BINDII MEETING 5 JUNE 2010 report to HaikuOz

Present: Marilyn Linn, Margaret Dingle (Fensom), Lyn Arden, Alex Ask, Athena Zaknic, Maeve Archibald
Apologies: Alain and Elsa Rozanes, Pam Brow.

Alex Ask presented a PowerPoint presentation of his haiga. Alex’s haiga were much admired by members and should give the rest of us some inspiration, now we have seen what can be achieved.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to a kukai (sharing of haiku by members, who read their favourites after the contributions had been made anonymous).

One of the haiku from the kukai:

sticks of mist
folding winter sunlight
she flaps her fan

Maeve Archibald

The meeting concluded with lunch at around 12.30. A number of members stayed to attend the 2 pm haiku/haibun workshop run by Martina Taeker.

The next Bindii meeting will be at 10.30 am Saturday 3 July at the Box Factory. We plan to spend the meeting discussing tanka and possibly writing tanka.

Lynette Arden

Bindii June Meeting

BINDII MEETING 5 JUNE 2010 report to HaikuOz

Present: Marilyn Linn, Margaret Dingle (Fensom), Lyn Arden, Alex Ask, Athena Zaknic, Maeve Archibald
Apologies: Alain and Elsa Rozanes, Pam Brow.

Alex Ask presented a PowerPoint presentation of his haiga. Alex’s haiga were much admired by members and should give the rest of us some inspiration, now we have seen what can be achieved.

The rest of the meeting was devoted to a kukai (sharing of haiku by members, who read their favourites after the contributions had been made anonymous).

One of the haiku from the kukai:

sticks of mist
folding winter sunlight
she flaps her fan

Maeve Archibald

The meeting concluded with lunch at around 12.30. A number of members stayed to attend the 2 pm haiku/haibun workshop run by Martina Taeker.

The next Bindii meeting will be at 10.30 am Saturday 3 July at the Box Factory. We plan to spend the meeting discussing tanka and possibly writing tanka.

Lynette Arden

Salisbury Writers' Festival Haiga Competition

The Salisbury Writers' Festival is on again this year on the weekend of August 27 and so is the popular haiga poetry art exhibition and competition. You can find out all the info at: http://cweb.salisbury.sa.gov.au/manifest/servlet/page?pg=17553&stypen;=html

May 14, 2010

Friendly Street Poets haiku & habun Workshop

Friendly Street Poets
friendlystreetpoets.org.au
Haiku & Haibun Workshop

Where: The Box Factory 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
When: Saturday 5t h June 2 - 4.30pm

Writer and experienced teacher Martina Taeker (past Haiku Oz
SA representative) will present a workshop which examines these
two highly popular, but often misunderstood forms of Japanese
Poetry. If you are starting out you will be given easy explanations
and examples, enabling you to begin writing. If you are already
writing you are invited to bring work to class for expert help and
advice in editing and developing your craft.

Cost: $20 concession & FS Poets members / $25 waged
Cost includes a delicious afternoon tea

Forms will be available at the Workshop for the
FSP Haiku & Haibun competition 2010

May 12, 2010

Meeting of the Bindii Group April 10 2010

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory in Regent St Adelaide on Saturday 10 April, with nine members and one visitor present.

Alex Ask gave us a workshop on how to write haiga. Alex won the second prize in the Salisbury Council haiga competition in 2009. Thank you Alex for a very professionally presented workshop with lots of examples of haiga and also written material explaining the origin of the form and how to approach writing and designing a good haiga. Alex plans a PowerPoint presentation of some of his work at the June meeting of Bindii. The meeting concluded with lunch. Members were invited to participate in the barbeque held by the Community Centre.

May 10, 2010

Bindii Ginko – Adelaide Botanic Gardens 8 May 2010

After meeting at the Central Café near the lake in the Botanic Gardens at 11 am, we split up to walk individually and take notes and photos and write haiku. At 12 noon we again met at the café for a conversation over a leisurely lunch.

The gardens, in their autumn foliage, were stunning as always, and the rose garden in full bloom provided a wonderful display of both colour and scent.

Those interested in writing haiku would be welcome to join us at one of our meetings if in our area at the time.

Our next meeting will be held at the Box Factory 59 Regent St South, Adelaide at 10.30 am on Saturday June 5th.

Alex Ask is planning to show us a Powerpoint presentation of some of his haiga and we will also hold a kukai. Please bring some haiku for the kukai (sharing haiku). Other forms to share will also be welcome (tanka, haibun, haiga etc).

Lynette Arden

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April 26, 2010

SA news

Good news from South Australia that Friendly Street Poets intend convening
a haiku competition again this year.

Watch this space for details when available.

Bindii (SA) Haiku Group Meeting

Bindii (formerly SA Haiku Group) meeting 6 Feb 2009: Report to HaikuOz

We met at the Box Factory, Regent St South in Adelaide from 10.30 to 1 pm.

Present: Belinda Broughton, Marilyn Linn, Jill Gower, Lesley Charlesworth, Pam Brow, Dawn Colsey, Alex Ask, Lyn Arden.

Apologies: Margaret Fensom, Athena Zaknic.

A special thank you to Belinda Broughton from all members, and from Lyn in particular, for all her help in establishing our fledgling group. Belinda has indicated that for health reasons she will not be attending the group in future, as she needs to cut back on her activities.

Tanka Workshop by Belinda Broughton: Belinda presented to the group a tanka workshop, supported by written material and examples of favourite tanka. We then practiced writing some tanka, guided by Belinda’s expert advice. Thank you Belinda for your expert help and the informative workshop!

Kukai: following the workshop we held a kukai, sharing and enjoying haiku written by group members. The meeting finished at 1 pm.

The group will not meet in March, but we are planning to write a collaborative Renku between the February and April meeting via email.

Lynette Arden

January 16, 2010

Bindii Haiku Group December 2009 Report

Report to HaikuOz of the Bindii Haiku Group meeting 5 December 2009-11-07

Present: Lyn Arden, Maeve Archibald, Margaret Fensom, Marilyn Linn, Dawn
Colsey, Alex Ask, Athena Zaknic.
Apologies: Belinda Broughton

We met from 10 am to 1pm in SA Writers Centre.

The members present had previously decided to attempt writing a renku during
the meeting and opted to try a 12 verse renku as our first attempt at the
form. None of us had tried writing a renku before this, so we followed a
pattern of a 12 verse renku downloaded from the Internet.

We worked successively at each verse, first writing individually and then
putting them on the whiteboard for a general consensus by the group as to
which might make the most appropriate new verse. We found there was a fairly
even spread of work selected among members. This method of working was a
challenge for all of us and many interesting haiku came from the work,
including a number that we were not able to use in the renku.

One of our members, Belinda Broughton, will present a tanka workshop at our
next meeting, which will be held in the Box Factory, Regent St South,
Adelaide on Sat 6 February.

Lynette Arden

December 03, 2009

November meeting of Bindii (formerly SA Haiku Group)

Report of Meeting of Bindii (formerly SA Haiku Group) 7 November 2009-11-07

The meeting was held at the Box Factory in Regent St South, Adelaide.

Present: Lynette Arden, Maeve Archibald, Belinda Broughton, Margaret Fensom,
Marilyn Linn, Elsa and Alain Rozanes, Alex Ask, Athena Zaknic.

We held a kukai. Each member brought 3 haiku or found 3 haiku in books. We
circulated the haiku anonymously and each member read out favourites. There
were many haiku to appreciate and the experience was most enjoyable. We plan
to use this format again, along with other activities. Following the kukai
we had lunch while workshopping haiku and tanka brought by various members.

Lynette Arden

November 08, 2009

Bindii (formerly SA Haiku Group) Report of Meeting 7 November 2009

The meeting was held at the Box Factory in Regent St South, Adelaide.

Present: Lynette Arden, Maeve Archibald, Belinda Broughton, Margaret Fensom, Marilyn Linn, Elsa and Alain Rozanes, Alex Ask, Athena Zaknic.

We held a kukai. Each member brought 3 haiku or found 3 haiku in books. We circulated the haiku anonymously and each member read out favourites. There were many haiku to appreciate and the experience was most enjoyable. We plan to use this format again, along with other activities. Following the kukai we had lunch while workshopping haiku and tanka brought by various members.

Lynette Arden

October 04, 2009

Meeting of SA Haiku Group

The SA Haiku Group met at the SA Writers Centre on Saturday 5 October. 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.

Eight members attended the meeting. The two members attending the Wind over Water conference (Lynette Arden and Maeve Archibald) shared some of their experiences and we have made a copy of the Wind over Water Anthology available for borrowing by members of the group. Other books purchased at the conference will be available at meetings for members to peruse.


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August 16, 2009

Meeting of SA Haiku Group, 1 August 2009.

SA Haiku group members, Lyn Arden, Belinda Broughton, Alex Ask and Marilyn Linn met on
1st August at the SA Writers Centre. Some of the members went out for a ginko in the
back alleys or the Botanic Gardens.

After a hour we met again and spent the rest of the meeting looking at each other's work
and making suggestions for improvements. We find this most valuable, as we learn a lot
from one another during the process.

By Belinda Broughton

June 10, 2009

REPORT TO HAIKUOZ ON MEETING OF SA HAIKU GROUP ON 6 JUNE 2009

Seven members of the SA Haiku Group met from 10 am to 1pm at the SA Writers Centre: Lynette Arden, Belinda Broughton, Dawn Colsey, Martina Taeker, Margaret Fensom, Ali El Bougrini, and Jill Gower.

Apologies were received from Alexander Ask, Alain Rozanès, Elsa Rozanès and Maeve Archibald.

As it was rather a wintry day and members attending had brought haiku they had written since the previous meeting, the group decided to stay in the SA Writers Centre and workshop the haiku. Members in turn wrote haiku on the whiteboard for discussion and suggestions. The meeting ended at around 1 pm.

by Lynette Arden

April 06, 2009

Meeting of SA Haiku Group, 4 April 2009.

Members of The SA Haiku Group held their autumn meeting on 4 April 2009 at the SA Writers’ Centre. This was the first meeting of the group at their indoor location, as previous meetings had taken the ginko format and been held in public parks in Adelaide.

The group decided to take full advantage of the indoor facilities by having a workshop session. Each member in turn wrote a haiku on the whiteboard for comment. The resulting discussion was both interesting and lively. Afterwards, members of the group said they had gained a deeper knowledge of the form, as well as an appreciation of the variety of the work members had presented.

Following the meeting, those who were able to stay had lunch together in the café downstairs.

Lynette Arden

February 15, 2009

JAPANESE POETRY SEMINAR with Martina Taeker

Writer, poet and Haiku Oz SA representative Martina Taeker, is running a seminar on Japanese Poetry.
She will be focussing on :

TANKA & TANKA SEQUENCE.

WHEN : Saturday 21st February
2 - 4.30pm

WHERE: SA Writers' Centre 2nd floor Boardroom
East Rundle Street
(old Malcolm Reid building, entry via Cafe Brunelli)

COST : $25 concession/ $30 which includes a delicious afternoon tea
Come along on the day & pay
or ring 08-8362 8704 and book your place

There will be a competition announced at the Seminar which will have both monetary prizes and publication oportunities

Friendly Street Poets Inc.
PO Box 3697
Norwood SA 5067

December 01, 2008

Haiga Workshop at Kensington & Norwood Writers Group


On the evening of 26 November 2008 Allison Millcock, the haiga editor of Lynx online magazine, presented a workshop on haiga to the Kensington & Norwood Writers Group. This also attracted the attention of other haiku poets and a number of them attended the meeting.

Showing examples of her work via a PowerPoint presentation, Allison outlined various computer graphics techniques that she had used in making her images and described the ways of combining haiku with appropriate graphics. Successful combinations include link and shift (indirectly relating the text to the image), show rather than tell, and leading the eye from one point to the next. Her detailed presentation also described the use of borders and mats and the selection of appropriate fonts and signatures.

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November 09, 2008

SA Haiku Group: Ginko Report

The SA Haiku Group met on Saturday 8 November for a ginko, at the Himeji Garden on South Terrace, Adelaide, with nine haiku poets attending on a windswept and showery morning.

The garden, opened in 1985, was built to symbolize bonds of friendship with Himeji, Sister City of Adelaide and to help the people of Adelaide understand Japanese culture. It blends two classic Japanese styles: the ‘senzui ‘(lake and mountain garden) and the ‘kare senzui’ (dry garden) and contains features which are of profound religious significance to the Japanese people.

After general discussion on what members would like to gain from the group and future meetings of the group, we dispersed to walk, stand or perhaps find a comfortable rock to perch upon and enjoy the ambience.

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November 03, 2008

Matsuri on Mobara - report by Martina Taeker

On Sunday October 26th, the Matsuri on Mobara was held to celebrate the relationship of Salisbury, SA, with its sister city Mobara in Japan. Cultural activities included demonstrations of martial arts, Japanese dance and music, and stalls featured origami, ikebana, calligraphy and Japanese food.

A Japanese poetry stall manned by Martina Taeker and Allison Millcock, was one of the popular attractions. The display of Allison's haiga and Martina's haiku scrolls drew a lot of attention. Many people were delighted to find that haiku was much more than the "boring 5-7-5 stuff" they had been taught at school. Information about Japanese poetry was also available, and bookmarks from HaikuOz, Eucalypt, and Wind Over Water were eagerly snapped up. Copies of 'Gathering: Japanese poetry by South Australian poets' were sold as were haiga and haiku scrolls. The level of interest the poetry stall received shows that Japanese poetry is enjoyed by people of all ages in Australia.

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October 28, 2008

GINKO (HAIKU WALK) IN THE ADELAIDE BOTANIC GARDENS

previously published by the Society of Women Writers South Australia Inc.

On Saturday 13 September a group of twelve haiku enthusiasts met at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for a ginko In a sudden burst of spring warmth, the gardens were at their best. After a short meeting to discuss our plans the group split up, so individuals were free to walk about the gardens or, if they chose, to find a special place to pause and observe the variety of plant life, creatures and humans sharing the gardens on this sunny morning.

Carrying our notebooks and cameras or sketching pads, we planned to take notes, which would form the basis for writing haiku or perhaps haibun (prose and haiku), haiga (picture and haiku) or tanka (another Japanese poetry form).

In the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion I found the Victoria amazonica (Amazon Waterlily) and Nymphaea caerulea (Blue Nile waterlily) were both in flower. A lucky chance, as I had never seen the Amazon Waterlily in full bloom before.
I picked up a map of the gardens in the Botanic shop that showed the special plants for September then headed for the east side of the Museum of Economic Botany to admire the spikes of the giant Gymea Lily flowering like red flames.

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July 19, 2008

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Ginko

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Ginko
Date: Saturday 13th Sept
Time: 10.45 am.
Place: the café near the pond in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Activities:
After meeting at the café at 10.45 am and a brief orientation, by Lynette Arden and Martina Taeker, there will be time for individuals to walk around the gardens or find a place to sit and soak up the surroundings while writing haiku or taking notes for later writing. After this we will gather at the café again for refreshments, and to share and write haiku.
We anticipate spending about three hours writing and enjoying haiku in the gardens. A more precise program will be decided on the day, taking into account the weather and the desires of those who attend.
Martina Taeker
Regional Representative SA

June 08, 2008

Haiku and haibun in Adelaide- results of competition

More activities in Adelaide for Japanese poetry genres written in English

For results of haiku and haibun competiton, convened by Martina Taeker and others with a prize donated by Maeve Archbold visit

http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/

full details are there

Haiku activities in South Australia

From Lynette Arden of the Kensington and Norwood Writers group comes news of small haiku workshops, a proposed ginko, and a proposed workshop on haiga by Alison Millcock.

This is a lively group of writers and it all sounds like great fun, in the spirit of sharing haiku

March 29, 2008

Friendly Street Poets Inc. Japanese Poetry Competition

Friendly Street Poets Inc are running a Japanese Poetry Contest. The haiku section is restricted to residents of South Australia, but the haibun and haiku sequence sections are open to all. Closing date is May 6th 2008. For further details and an entry form visit http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au

January 27, 2008

Japanese Poetry Seminar

Friendly Street Poets Inc. is starting the 2008 seminar program with a Japanese Poetry Seminar on Saturday 16th February. Published poet and SA representative of HaikuOz, Martina Taeker, will be focussing on haiku, haiku sequence, and haibun.

Many people will already be familiar with Martina's practical yet highly informative style of teaching and her ability to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves. Hopefully a yummy afternoon tea will also help the creative process along. The seminar will be held on Saturday 16th February, from 2 - 4.30 pm at the SA Writers Centre.

Following the seminar, Friendly Street Poets Inc will be running a competition in all three categories. Although the haiku section will be restricted to residents of SA, the haiku sequence and haibun sections will be open to poets from other states. More details about the competition will be released after the seminar.

For further seminar details and the booking form please visit http://friendlystreetpoets.org.au/?cat=4

December 11, 2007

Congratulations - Dawn Colsey

Dawn Colsey, a South Australian writer, has won the Kaji Aso Studio "Remembrance" Poetry Contest 2007 Haibun Award, Boston USA. Dawn is a regular reader at Friendly Street Poets, a member of the Kensington & Norwood Writers Group, and belongs to Women Writing at Sophia, a feminist ecumenical women's centre. She was first introduced to haibun at a workshop run at the South Australian Writers Centre in September 2006 by SA Regional Representative Martina Taeker. Congratulations Dawn

by Martina Taeker

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July 07, 2007

Spinifex reviewed by Martina Taeker

Regional Rep Martina Taeker has a review of Spinifex published in the latest issue of Famous Reporter. You can read it online at: http://www.walleahpress.com.au/b25/index.php?s=Taeker

March 28, 2007

Rain Haiku Winner

Australian haiku poet, Lynette Arden, has recently had one of her haiku selected to appear on a haiku umbrella as part of the Rain Haiku competition. Lynette's haiku is one of only eight selected from the one thousand haiku received.

Her selected haiku:

city lunch in rain
neon lights flick colours
across the menu

HaikuOz congratulates Lynette on this fine achievement.

December 09, 2006

Haiku and Tanka Events in South Australia

In September Regional Representative, Martina Taeker, gave a haiku workshop which was well-received by all who attended.

In November, when I was visiting Adelaide, I was privileged to be a dinner guest of the lively Kensington and Norwood Writers who have since celebrated a 20th anniversary event, attended by sixty people. To find out more about this group visit http://www.norwoodwriters.com/

The members write in a variety of genres but were eager, along with several attendees from other groups, to explore tanka in a workshop I gave at the SA Writers Centre. The workshop considered the way in which tanka were written in the Heian Court Period in Japan over 1,000 years ago before looking at some modern examples and how to begin to write them.

I would like to thank Lynette Arden for her enthusiasm and kindness and send warm greetings to everyone who attended either or both events.

Beverley George
Editor: Eucalypt: Australia's first literary journal dedicated to tanka www.eucalypt.info

October 17, 2006

Tanka Workshop

South Australia Writers Centre– tanka workshop

On Thursday November 2nd, 6:30-9:30 pm, Beverley George will present a tanka workshop and is hoping to meet some HaikuOz poets there. Please contact the SA Writers Centre for further details or to make a booking.

This is the thirteenth workshop Beverley has presented this year but the first in another state. She is hoping the latter situation will change next year.

For information about tanka in Australia visit www.eucalypt.info

September 09, 2006

Haiku and Tanka Workshops in Adelaide

Martina Taeker, Regional Representative for HaikuOz in South Australia, will present a workshop titled 'The Essence of Haiku' on 23 September 2006 from 1:30-4:30 pm at the SA Writers Centre in Adelaide.

On 2 November 2006, from 6:30-9:30 pm, Beverley George, President of HaikuOz, will present a workshop at the SA Writers Centre titled 'Tanka: where East meets West'. Tanka is a 1300 year-old genre which is becoming increasingly popular with poets writing in English. The workshop will be limited to 15 people, to allow everyone the opportunity to participate. If interested in attending, you may wish to read in advance the foundation article, Tanka: the myriad leaves of words' on www.eucalypt.info > Articles

July 03, 2006

Haiku and Visual Art: A Winter Ginko

Martina Taeker, RR for SA, recently conducted a ginko in the Art Gallery of SA and based on her experiences offers some thoughts on how a winter ginko might be conducted indoors. To read the full article go to the Haiku Musings page.