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.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 3 June 2017

Ten members of the Bindii group attended a tanka workshop led by Dawn Colsey and Lynette Arden at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.

Lee Bentley, as chair of the meeting, welcomed the presenters at 12.30.

Some written material had been distributed to members by email prior the meeting and links to further articles are displayed on Bindii Facebook page

Several members brought in a range of journals and books containing tanka, so all could share a range of published work.

The workshop started with some thoughts on tanka styles discussed by Dawn and Lynette, with examples from both Japanese and English language writers.

Members were then invited to select a favourite tanka, from the journals that had been distributed, and write it on the whiteboard for discussion.

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