Members’ News, December 2021

Dear AHS members,

I would like to take this opportunity, once again, to wish you all a happy, prosperous, and most of all, safe 2022. Filled with haiku, of course.

Nothing could have prepared us for the challenges of the past two years, as poets and humans. Covid has not only rearranged our lives, it has shone a light on our values.  Writing haiku is a peaceful and creative pursuit – a process of discovery fundamentally driven by ingenuity and further enriched by opportunities to share and learn.  In that sense, our values have not changed. In fact, in 2021, we have excelled in our endeavours. As a community, we should be proud of the riches that our collective, creative spirits have produced.

I would like to pay a special tribute to all the local haiku groups around the country that continued to meet and share haiku whenever and however they could assemble. I have enjoyed reading your group reports throughout the year immensely.

A huge thank you to all those poets who participated in the various activities and competitions run by the AHS this year. (There will be more to come next year. Stay tuned!)  Of course, this year, we announced the inaugural winner of the John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku – a competition that attracted 890 poems from 41 countries. Our regular haiku strings and kukais also attracted hundreds of writers from far and wide.

I would also like to thank all those haiku poets who took the trouble to contact me throughout the year for advice, encouragement, or just to share some thoughts. I am very grateful for this and look forward to more correspondence next year.

There are some exciting things to come next year for the AHS and I look forward to sharing them with you all.

See you in 2022.
Happy New Year!
Rob Scott

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AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2021

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Summer Solstice Haiku String.

We will be holding this Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, occurring in Australia this year on Wednesday, 22nd December 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Tuesday 28th December to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part.

Contributions to the haiku string have now closed. Thank you to all the participating poets. Please enjoy the haiku.

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Preliminary Notice: AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2021

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Summer Solstice Haiku String.

We will be holding the Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, which occurs in Australia this year on Wednesday 22nd December, 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Monday 28th December to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Contributions may be made on the website during these dates only (not before).

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White Pebbles Summer Meeting

December 2021

What a delight it was to meet up with fellow members for our summer meeting at our regular venue, the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery. Regrettably, and for understood and respected reasons, several of our members were unable to attend and they were missed. Present were Kent Robinson, Samantha Hyde, Gwen Bitti, Verna Rieschild and Beverley George. A welcome guest was poet Michael Thorley.

L to R:  Michael Thorley, Beverley George, Gwen Bitti,
Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Kent Robinson

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