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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Canning River WA Ginko 2015 – Mari Warabiny Haiku Group

Haiku Walk: Canning River Ginko 2015 will be brought to you by the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group (West Australia).

Date: Saturday, 10th October

Time: 10.30am till approximately 1.30 p.m.

Venue: Canning River Eco Education Centre, Samphire Room

Address: Corner of Kent St and Queens Park Rd, Wilson (walking distance from Albany Highway).

RSVP: Please reply by email to Facebookmariwarabinyhaikugroup@yahoo.com

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Simon Hanson wins European Quarterly Kukai Autumn 2015 edition

Congratulations to South Australian Simon Hanson for winning first prize in the Autumn 2015 edition of the European Quarterly Kukai.

sardine catch
the flicker of moonlight
on the sand

158 authors from 37 countries participated.


Simon’s haiku was awarded 58 points from participants in the following countries: CAN, BRA, BUL, POL, BUL, GER, GER, UK, UK, AUS, BIH ,AUS – UK, LIT, IND, SUI, IND, AUS, ITA, SUI, BIH, USA – PORT, IND)

The following comments on the competition were made by the organizers: The beginning of autumn is the period when a significant group of authors is on holiday. Despite this in 11th edition of the competition participated 158 people from 37 countries. Topic – food – is not easy. But most participants have sent good and even brilliant haiku. Haiku of the first three places were at the forefront from the beginning of the vote. First place was won by Simon Hanson of Australia. Second place went to Marion Clarke from Northern Ireland. Third place went to debutante in our competition Vandana Parashar from India.

Red Kelpie Haiku Group Meeting & Ginko #5

For Red Kelpies’ spring meeting, on September 13th, it was back to our ‘home base’ in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens and again we were lucky with the weather: fine with a warm breeze from the North.

Blue irises were out, azaleas blossomed in colourful banks; the large, white variety was the one that scented the pathway with a truly beautiful perfume. Shrub-sized prunus blossoms in a gaudy pink shouted at the subtler ranks of hellebores. Wild Elders from Africa waved their cloudy canopies of blossom. The eels, in large numbers, writhed along sleepily in the shallows of the lake and the little Black Ducks paddled over them, unfazed.

People taking the punt tours looked picturesque under the white paper umbrellas supplied to them.

Everything seemed to be basking luxuriously in the welcome sunshine. Spring at last, after a particularly cold, miserable winter!

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Red Dragonflies Spring Meeting 2015

The Red Dragonflies Haiku group met on Saturday, 12th September at 11.30 am at member Lesley Walter’s home for their 2015 spring gathering. Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce, Vanessa Proctor and Barbara Fisher were present. Apology from Beverley George, whose husband is ill. As usual there were some challenging exercises set by convenor Vanessa, which stimulated many fresh and interesting responses, and included much discussion and laughter. The meeting concluded at 2.30 pm.

Barbara Fisher

A Hundred Gourds 4:4 released

It’s the first day of spring in Melbourne. Blossoms are blooming, peas and broad beans are shooting up and the snails are leaving ample evidence that they’ve come out of hibernation. In North America, the bushfire/wildfire season is waning and the milder days of autumn approaching. The world still turns.

Welcome to the 16th issue of “A Hundred Gourds”, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry is now online for your reading pleasure.


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Results from the 2015 Creatrix Haiku Prize

Congratulations to Simon Hanson for winning second prize in the 2015 Creatrix Haiku Prize, for the following haiku:

ah! even darker
at night

Competition judge Matt Hetherington made the following comments:

“… the second prize winner by Simon Hanson resonated with me for its starkness and dark joy. Like many others, it had a deep truthfulness hidden behind apparent simplicity.”

The following haiku by another Australian poet – Helen Taylor – was listed as Commended in the same contest:

hair across her face
she turns
into the wind

The 2015 Creatrix Haiku Prize was selected from Issue 26 to Issue 29 of the Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal.