The Bindii Group met at the Box Factory for a haibun workshop presented by Belinda Broughton. Belinda distributed notes, which included examples of haibun, and briefly discussed the origins of the form and the requirements for writing haibun, such as issues of style and tense, how many haiku should be included and what topics were suitable.
She pointed out that this is a developing form in English and that a wide variety of styles, lengths and topics are both written and published.
The group then practiced experimental writing of haiku to fit in with prose examples that Belinda provided. These examples she felt leant themselves to the haibun style of writing. Members of the group composed haiku for different paragraphs of the prose and the final results were written on the whiteboard so we could share and comment on our efforts. The comments focused on how the suggested haiku fitted with the prose and how they could extend the meaning of the prose.
For the last part of the exercise we looked at our own work. Members read prose pieces they had brought and thought about composing haiku to fit, or composed prose to fit with haiku.
This workshop has given a lot of stimulus to for us continue writing haibun.
The resulting haibun will be the subject of a workshop in November led by Maeve Archibald.