May 25, 2016

Invitation to 5th Japan - Russia Haiku Contest!

Please find the details of this competition at the link.

May 23, 2016

Vale Lesley Walter

Lesley Walter, valued member of the Red Dragonflies, sadly passed away on 21st May. Lesley came from a background of mainstream poetry where she was a very well-respected poet. With this grounding, she brought a fresh and innovative spirit to haiku. She had a wonderful sense of humour and was rigorous both in her questioning of haiku 'rules' and in her comments on others' work. The group greatly appreciated her frankness. We will miss her poetry, her insight and her friendship.

Vanessa Proctor

blue-sky day
the way that little girl skipped
when her mum said yes

Lesley Walter

May 19, 2016

Book Launch

‘A Shared Umbrella: the responsive tanka & rengay of Beverley George & David Terelinck’ will be launched by Vanessa Proctor, President of the Australian Haiku Society, at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft NSW (opposite Beecroft Station) on Saturday 28th May 2016 at 1 pm.

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May 12, 2016

Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 41 (autumn) 2016

Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head NSW
Thursday 5 May 2016

This was no ordinary ginko. Earlier in the year the committee of the Australian Haiku Society, with Vanessa Proctor as president, resolved to honour John Bird with recognition of the invaluable role he has played, not only in the formation of the society, but for his initiative and application in developing and promoting Australian haiku. The AHS requested the presentation be made at the autumn ginko of the Cloudcatchers, on the Far North Coast of NSW.
This is where John lives, where he was first drawn to the genre and to an early association with Janice Bostok, (the acknowleged pioneering haiku poet in Australia), where they together edited the first and subsequent editions of the Australian Haiku Anthology. This is where, over ten years ago, John drew together haiku poets in the area to form the Cloudcatchers group, of which he remains the patron. All members owe a great deal to John for his input into their sensitivity, their craftsmanship and into their lives.

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May 07, 2016

Australians featured in THF’s “re: Virals 34”

Congratulations to Simon Hanson for being named as the latest weekly winner in the “re: Virals” segment on The Haiku Foundation website.

Yet commentaries by two other Australian-based writers – Janet Marsh and Cynthia Rowe – were also posted in response to the haiku given below, along with a further comment from Canadian Garry Eaton.
Written by Rodney Williams, this poem was selected by fellow Victorian Jo McInerney, after she had been named the previous winner in “re: Virals 33”:

glimpse of dolphin
beyond the river mouth …
friends a youth ago

- Rodney Williams

As the latest winner of “re: Virals”, Simon Hanson has selected a bi-lingual haiku from Ireland for comment by THF readers, with responses encouraged through The Haiku Foundation website:

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