Well known haiku poet and creative writer Margaret Beverland travelled from Tauranga to Rotorua to view my haiku and poetry exhibition.
Margaret is a very positive and encouraging which is what you need in a haiku mentor. She critiques my haiku and encourages me to submit for publication.
Margaret is going to be the co-editor of Kokako, (New Zealand's premier haiku, tanka and haibun magazine that is published twice annually in April and September), from issue 17,
Issue 15 has just been published and it's full of gems. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in subscribing
The cover is by haiku poet Kirsten Cliff.
There's still time...
Vote for your favourite haiku and write a haiku of your own in response to one of mine, pop it in the box and the winner will recieve one free photo...
This has been extended to September 10th in the Rotorua Public Library...Over one hundred people have viewed my exhibition and written comments in my book.
Fantastic response, thanks so far to everyone who has participated.
Derryn Pittar, my creative writing and poetry buddy came over from Papamoa to see my exhibition.
She enjoyed making up haiku to my images.
It is always so nice to have friends make extra efforts to be supportive like this.
I have made a number of great friends from Tauranga Writers, they certainly are a switched on, positive and inspiring bunch of people.
Jackie Evans Poet, Book editor/writer and secretary of Rotorua Mad Poets Society votes for the Pelican...
Jackie recently compiled and edited a book of Poetry called The Sprit of Rotorua in Verse.
Three of my haiku are in it, which was a nice surprise. It's a great read and over 200 copies have already sold. It is available from Mcleods Booksellers in Rotorua.
Jenny Argante is regional delegate for the Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, formed in May. Jenny was recently awarded a CLL research grant to produce a monograph on Dame Evelyn Stokes, the woman who first linked geography and culture together academically, echoing the Maori connections between land and people. She’s off to the UK on 21st September, and says she expects to come back to find the Bay’s newest independent publisher, Ocean Books, well on the way to start-up. Jenny’s Poetry Pudding, originally published by Reed in 2007, will be one of the first titles up for sale. Ocean Books, offering print on demand and digital publication, is a co-operative venture between NZSA BOP and Tauranga Writers, of which Jenny is PR and information person, and a life member.
Sue Emms Lead Tutor for the Creative Writing Diploma at the Waiariki Institute of Technology.
Author of two published novels and numerous short stories.