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Come on a ginko with me

spring breeze
at her thighs
the towel loosens


In late October/early November, as Spring bursts in all its beauty, I will be leading a series of six ginko (haiku walk) around this fine city of ours and its stunning surrounds. Masaoka Shiki, one of the four pillars of haiku (along with Basho, Buson & Issa), believed that haiku poets should practice shasei – sketching from life – in order to heighten their powers of observation. A traditional way of developing these powers and opening yourself up to the everyday magic that awaits, is to participate in a ginko. On a ginko, participants are encouraged to jot down notes about what they can see, hear, smell, touch and taste as well as making notes on other thoughts and feelings that may arise during the walk. At the conclusion of the walk, participants then share their notes and spend time writing and workshopping their haiku.

As part of the last series, we visited Sandgate Beach, Downfall Creek, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park & Southbank, and some stunning haiku were composed, many of which I had the pleasure of publishing on this site and many of which have gone on to be published in journals and magazines all around the world.

Here’s a couple of links to haiku written on the Mt Coot-tha and New Farm Park Ginko earlier this year to give you a taste.

So if you want to develop your haiku-eye and start your Sunday’s off in a meditative headspace, come on a ginko with me…

Details are below:

Ginko (Haiku Walk) with Graham Nunn

Dates: Sundays 16, 23, 30 October and 13, 20 and 27 November

Venue: We gather at Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland

Time: 9am – 10.30am

Fees: Flat Fee $95 for the six sessions

Bookings: You can book online here or contact QWC by calling 07 3842 9922.


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Diving into the haiku pond

Haiku can be a slippery thing, but the form has grown in popularity the world over, with many fine journals now dedicated to publishing haiku and other Japanese forms. So for those wanting to dive a little deeper into the haiku pond, I will be leading people through a workshop this Friday night at the delightful Valori Espresso Lounge, that begins by exploring some of the (many) definitions of haiku, including my favourite by Jack Kerouac:

I propose that the “Western Haiku” simply say a lot in three short lines in any western language. Above all, a haiku must be very simple and free of poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella.

Together, we will then bust a few myths about the need to count syllables, discuss the fragment and phrase theory, explore the concepts of wabi and sabi, examine 8 techniques for writing quality haiku used by many of the haiku masters and then finally look at some techniques for revising your work and places to publish.

This workshop runs as a precursor to the June Full Moon Ginko which I will be leading from Valori Espresso Lounge on Friday June 17.

There are still limited places left in both the workshop and the ginko. Each session is priced at $20 each, so if you would like to book a spot you can contact Therese and Maurizio at valoriespressoloungeandgallery@hotmail.com

Valori Espresso Lounge is located at 71C Landsborough Ave, Scarborough.

The workshop runs from 6:30pm – 8pm.

Here’s two recent haiku from my trip to Blackall:

                                                                   first frost
                                                                   the silence
                                                                   of each white breath


                                                                   road home
                                                                   a crow’s wing waves
                                                                   up from the tar


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Fine tune those words… two poetry workshop opportunities

There are many wonderful things about living in Brisbane. One of those things is being close to the QLD Writers Centre HQ at State Library of QLD. The good folk at QLD Writers Centre are always looking for new ways to assist poets with the development of their craft and there are a couple of workshops coming up in March/April that are well worth checking out.

Course 1: Ginko with Graham Nunn

I am thrilled to be running the first of these courses, which will focus on the art of haiku, through engaging in a number of ginko (haiku walks) around this fine city of ours. Together we will take in the sights, scents & sounds of Brisbane and turn those experiences into haiku that crackle.

We will discuss the history of the haiku, explore what makes a haiku work, look at some techniques for writing haiku and discuss markets for getting your haiku published. 

So if you want to Ginko with this Lost Shark, you can find all of the details here on the QWC Website

Dates for the ginko are: Sundays 13, 20, and 27 March, 3, 10, and 17 April and sessions will run from 9am to 10:30am

Cost for the 6 sessions is a very reasonable $95. Bookings essential!

Course 2: Poetry Manuscript Development

If you are at the stage of putting together a poetry manuscript, then this is the course for you. Former UQP Editor, Bronwyn Lea will provide formal guidance to help make your manuscript sing. The sessions will focus on crafting, structuring, and editing your manuscript, as well as providing valuable inside information about current poetry markets in Australia. If you have a poetry manuscript in the making, Bronwyn will provide all the tools you need to pull it together for publication.

 Dates for the course are: Thursdays 7 April, 5 May, 9 June, 7 July and 4 August and sessions run for 6pm – 8pm.

To book your spot head to the QWC website.


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