Haiku Aotearoa 2008   

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Friday 18th

5 pm                 Registration
6 pm                 Evening meal
7 pm                 Keynote address. State of Haiku. Speaker: Cyril Childs

Saturday 19th

7.30 - 8.30 am  Breakfast
8.30                 Registration
9.00                 Choice of Workshops:
                            1. Beginners – What is Haiku? Led by Kerrin Sharpe
                            2. Experienced – Fine-tuning your Haiku: Led by Karen Peterson Butterworth and Nola Borrell
10.45                Morning tea
11-12.30 pm      Choice of:    
                            1. Introduction to Tanka: led by Owen Bullock. Tanka is a much older form of 
                                Japanese poetry than haiku,  usually written in five lines in English.
                            2. Towards a saijiki Aotearoa? A discussion on the merits and demerits of compiling a list of        
                                seasonal words / keywords for New Zealand: led by Barbara Strang  
12.30 - 1.30       Lunch
1.30                  Choice of:   
                             1. Introduction to Haibun: led by Joanna Preston. Haibun is a combination of prose and haiku
                             2. Renga (for the experienced): led by Jeff Harpeng
3.30 - 3.45        Afternoon tea
3.45- 5.00         Getting your work out there, publication, conventional and unconventional: Discussion led by Owen
                        Bullock and Richard von Sturmer
6 - 7pm             Evening meal
7 pm                 Book Launch:
'the taste of nashi', an anthology of New Zealand haiku launched by Laurice
8 pm                 “26 Tanka Films”: screening and talk by Richard von Sturmer     

Sunday 20th

7.30-8.30am      Breakfast
9 - 11 am           Ginko, a traditional haiku walk, led by Nola Borrell and  Karen Peterson Butterworth. Park next
                         to Bishop Julius.  Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) thought that haiku poets should practice shasei, 
                         “sketching from life”, in order to develop their powers of observation and description. A traditional
                         way to develop these skills is to participate in a ginko, a haiku walk.
11.00 - 11.15     Morning Tea
11.15 - 1 pm      Plenary discussion. Where have we come from, where are we going? The progress of the haiku
                         website, Role of NZPS, The experience of setting up and running Haiku Oz. Discussion led
                         by Laurice Gilbert of NZPS, Jeffrey Harpeng of Haiku Oz and Sandra Simpson
1.00 - 2.00         Lunch. End of Conference.