Launch of Haiku Bindii

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group launched the second issue of their Journal on 25 April 2015. Haiku Bindii Vol. 2 Willow Light was launched by poet Rob Walker.
See our Haiku Bindii page for purchase details.

Friday, 12 May 2017

What Makes a Tanka Work?

The Bindii workshop on 3 June, coordinated by Dawn Colsey and Lyn Arden, will look at 'what makes a tanka work'.
Meeting time: 12.30 - 2.30 in the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.
Members will receive more detail by email. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please contact us on

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Report on the Bindii 1 April Ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

On a beautiful autumn day, seven members of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group met for a ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
Adelaide Botanic Gardens
We gathered at the Simpson Kiosk near the Main Lake at 11 am. The morning had a real taste of the coolness of autumn, and members remarked on the number of magpies they had seen while getting to the meeting place.

Our ginko leader for the day was Lee Bentley and other members present were:  Lynette Arden, Margaret Fensom, Belinda Broughton, Ervin Janek, Dawn Colsey and Maeve Archibald.

After a brief orientation by Lee, we spent the next hour wandering individually to different spots in these magnificent gardens, taking notes, jotting down haiku and tanka and taking photos of any features that seemed of significance.

At noon, we gathered for lunch at the Simpson Kiosk, sitting out on the paved area under the shade of spreading trees with ducks and waterhens wandering by our feet and magpies perching in nearby trees.

After lunch, we shared the haiku and tanka we had started, along with observations and photos.

Members who attended the ginko will take part in an email workshop organized by Lynette Arden. An email to start the workshop will be sent to members on 8 April.   

Our next meeting will be at our usual venue of the Box Factory, from 12.30 to 2.30 on Saturday 3 June. Dawn Colsey and Lynette Arden will lead a workshop on ‘What Makes a Tanka Work’.

Lynette Arden

Co-Convener Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Saturday 1 April: Ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Our April meeting will be a ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, led by Lee Bentley.

Meet at 11 a.m. at the Botanic Gardens Café near the central lake.

A ginko is a haiku walk.

Further details will be emailed to those interested by Lee Bentley.

If you have not been to a meeting of this group before and would like to attend the ginko, please email us at

Monday, 27 February 2017

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

HAIKU DAY ON 5 MARCH as part of the Spoken Word Exhibition at the State Heritage Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal from 4 -19 March, 2017.

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.

During this event we will also have a Haiku wall, which the public will be invited to contribute to.
At the end of the session at 2:45 we will have a performance by a Capella group Eclectica. The group consists of Maria Vouis, Nigel Casson and Julia Wakefield who sing unaccompanied 3 part harmonies, write and perform their own songs, poetry and short stories. Their performance of 15 to 20 minutes will feature songs, poetry and something unexpected.
Local schools will also be involved in a Haiku Wall.