Lists, and more lists. We had our final planning meeting yesterday and now it’s just down to getting this thing to the start line!
Live-in delegates begin arriving on Friday afternoon so I’ve been busy getting the welcome packs together. Our headline speaker, Jim Kacian, arrives tomorrow afternoon having arrived in the country on Monday. Another of our tutors, Lawrence Marceau, also arrived back in the country on Monday after having spent the past 6 months in Kyoto on sabbatical.
Once the festival gets rolling on Friday it will take on a life of its own and we’re looking forward to (mostly) sitting back and enjoying it.
As of today we have 31 delegates signed up with maybe two more in the wings. Most are full-time delegates, which means they are attending everything from Friday evening to the high-powered panel session early on Sunday afternoon.
Five of the delegates are trekking across the Tasman for the event, making the festival an exceptional opportunity for networking.
High powered? Well, yes, considering that in the room will be the president of the New Zealand Poetry Society, the president of HaikuOz plus a past president, and a past president of the Haiku Society of America. All questions answered!
The final piece of the funding jigsaw has fallen into place – news today that money has been granted through the Creative Communities Scheme, administered by Creative Tauranga on behalf of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils.
We are very grateful for the grant.
Please note that both festival organisers will be uncontactable between April 1 and 15, inclusive. So if you have any questions, please ask sooner rather than later. We both promise to be back on board on April 16, jet lag be damned!
Have just signed up our fourth delegate from Australia! The festival is set to be an exciting mix of faces old and new – one of the things we have enjoyed most about previous festivals is the opportunity to “put faces to names” and establish new friendships.
Good news from Tauranga Rotary Club – members have agreed to pay for the bus hire to get delegates to and from the Haiku Pathway at Katikati. Now … for a fine afternoon in mid-winter!
It has just been pointed out that it’s not clear when the cut-off date for day registrants (ie, those not living in) is. We have amended the registration form to show that as June 1 – final numbers need to be known ahead of time for catering purposes and the size of bus required for the Katikati trip.
Getting the word out beyond the immediate haiku community can be tricky … so having an item appear on Beattie’s Book Blog today is a bit of a coup.
Former publisher Graham Beattie is untiring in his promotion of books, reading and writing and his blog receives over 2000 visitors every day!
We have decided to extend live-in registrations until March 15 as we know there are a few people still humming and hawing.
Unfortunately, tutor Tony Beyer has had to pull out of the festival programme … however, Beverley George has stepped up and will tutor a workshop on tanka. Please see the Programme page for details.
Just a reminder folks – a deposit for those intending to live in is due by February 29 at the latest. Accommodation at the venue is limited so please don’t miss out!
January 9, 2012
Nothing like starting the New Year off with a bang – I have been spending the first days of the year selecting haiku by New Zealand authors to form a month’s worth of per diem poems for The Haiku Foundation website.
Great fun reading through back issues of Kokako and the three anthologies to find haiku that speak about this country and its inhabitants.
The per diem feature will appear in April.
Our very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and productive New Year
– Sandra & Margaret
Christmas recipe –
all the ingredients
except my mother’s hands
– Sandra Simpson
published in Ice Diver, the New Zealand Poetry Anthology, 2011.
There have been some small upwards adjustments of the meal prices at the RSA and these have been reflected in the price options shown on the Registrations page.
Our apologies for this but it was beyond our control.
We’ve had our first enrolment – from Australia. Kia ora and welcome!
And have heard from another Australian today who intends coming. It will be so nice for the haiku communities on either side of the Tasman to get to know one another a little better.