May 21, 2015

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko #37

Cloudcatchers’ Autumn Ginko 2015

The wild, wild weather at the end of April caused the postponement of our autumn ginko. However, two weeks later, on 14 May, atmospheric conditions were superb as we explored a new venue. Thursday Plantation (a tea tree plantation) is situated on the outskirts of Ballina and features the plantation itself, a maze and a rainforest remnant. We had been warned of an abundance of mosquitos, but a slight chill in the air kept them at bay, and the notices Beware of Snakes did not concern us.

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May 19, 2015

Red Dragonflies Autumn Meeting 2015

The Red Dragonflies had a rewarding autumn meeting kindly hosted by Lesley Walter and her husband Terry. As well as Lesley, Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Vanessa Proctor attended. The atmosphere was convivial as we sampled a delicious variety of cakes, drank Terry's excellent coffee and discussed haiku over an overflowing haiku bowl. Haiku for discussion were on the subjects of migrating birds, families and home-grown food. As always, topics for the haiku bowl were individually chosen and varied from travel to the streets of Sydney and from lighthouses to rabbits.

Vanessa Proctor

May 09, 2015

Australians prominent in Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2015

Congratulations to Australian haiku poets Vanesa Proctor (Sydney), Simon Hanson (Allendale) and Marietta McGregor (Canberra) for figuring prominently in the Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2015.

Vanesa won third prize with the following poem:

an open door
evening shadows reach out
to frogsong

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Success in Genjuan Haibun Contest 2015

Congratulations to Australian haiku poet Barbara A. Taylor for winning one of four prizes in the Genjuan Haibun Contest 2015 (Japan's only international haibun competition).

The Grand Prix was taken out by Sonam Chhoki (from Bhutan) for a piece entitled “Mining Memories”.

Barbara A. Taylor’s haibun “Cattle Dreaming” claimed one of three Cottage Prizes (along with Doris Lynch, USA, for “Inupiat Lessons”; and Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy, India/UK, for “A Cycle Ride”).

Competition organiser and co-judge Stephen Gill advises that the four prize-winning pieces – as well as guidelines for next year's contest – will be made available on the Hailstone Icebox site in due course:

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Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award 2015

John Stevenson, Managing Editor of “The Heron's Nest”, invites haiku poets to enter the Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award for 2015.

Entry fee: None.

Maximum number of haiku allowed: Five (5) haiku in English.

Deadline for entries: June 1, 2015.

How to enter: Email entries to John Stevenson at

Put "Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Award" in the subject line.

Place haiku in the body of the email only (attachments will not be opened).

Include your name and your location, as you would like to see each listed.

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