October 04, 2015

Bindii Spring Ginko in Himeji Gardens

On Saturday 3 October, a beautiful sunshiny day, although a little warmer than expected, seven members of Bindii group left the Box Factory at noon to take the brief walk through back streets to Himeji Gardens.

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September 30, 2015

Jennifer Sutherland to present at HNA 2015

Australian haiku poet Jennifer Sutherland has been invited to act as a presenter at the Haiku North America Conference, which will be held between October 14-18, 2015, at Union College, Schenectady, in upstate New York.

In her presentation, Jennifer will focus on haiku groups and the benefits of participating co-operatively/ collaboratively in developing shared knowledge and skills in regard to haiku writing.

In doing so, she will draw upon her experience as secretary of the Red Kelpies haiku group in Victoria (as led by Lorin Ford) – Jennifer will also talk about other haiku groups she has taken part in online.

Conference leader Michael Dylan Welch advises that a range of other Australian haiku poets will be attending as well – along with our congratulations to Jennifer, thanks from the AHS likewise goes out in advance to Marietta McGregor, who has kindly agreed to write a report about HNA 2015 for posting on “HaikuOz”.

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Blood Donation Haiku Contest – Croatia

Poets are invited to participate in a haiku contest on the theme of blood donation that is being conducted in Croatia.

Entrants may submit up to three (3) haiku on this subject.

Entries should be included in the body of an email, to be sent to: blood.donation.haiku@gmail.com

Also included should be the poet’s name, email address and postal address.

Entry is free.

The closing date is 30 November, 2015.

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Wild Plum On-line Haiku Anthology – Behind the Tree Line

Australian haiku poets have been strongly represented in the first digital anthology from “Wild Plum Haiku Journal”, called “Behind the Tree Line”.

Featuring 11 haiku written by 8 Australian haiku poets, “Behind the tree line” is a selection of 45 haiku chosen by Gabriel Sawicki from all poems published by the journal in 2015.

It can be accessed at this link:

In order of appearance, work by the following Australian haiku poets is featured in “Behind the Tree Line” – Simon Hanson, Quendryth Young and Myron Lysenko (each with two haiku selected); plus Duncan Richardson, Jade Pisani, Mark Miller, Marietta McGregor and Barbara A. Taylor (with Barbara also represented in the haiga section):

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September 29, 2015

Call for submissions: Haiku and Tanka anthology – Poems to Wear

Australian editor Amelia Fielden will collaborate with Japanese poet Noriko Tanaka and Australia/ Japan poet Saeko Ogi, to compile a new bi-lingual anthology of haiku and tanka – on the theme of things one wears – to be published in 2016.

Submissions are welcome from Australians writing poems “to wear”, using Japanese-based short-forms, towards the Australian half of this joint book.

Submissions should be emailed to Amelia Fielden at anafielden@gmail.com., following these guidelines:

Deadline: 30 November, 2015

Types of submissions acceptable: up to 6 haiku; or up to 6 tanka; or a mixture of the two, with no more than 6 pieces in total (but no sequences, haibun or tanka prose, please).

Theme: haiku and/ or tanka about things that people wear, including garments, footwear and accessories – hats, gloves, belts, jewellery, ribbons, make-up, umbrellas, etc.

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