AHS Autumn Haiga Kukai: Call for Submissions

The Australian Haiku Society is delighted to announce that it will be holding a Haiga Kukai on the autumn equinox 2017.  Two images by Ron Moss will be displayed on the AHS website from 20th March and poets are invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image from that time until 27th March.  Ron will then select the winning haiku which will be displayed on the AHS website.

Please note that if more than one haiku per image is submitted by any individual, only the first haiku sent will be considered.

Submissions will only be accepted if entered in the comments section.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although the copyright will remain with the author

No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.


Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.


Mari Warabiny Call for Assistance

The Melville City Council has invited Mari Warabiny to hold a Haiku display and have-a-go stall at the 1,000 Paper Cranes Picnic and Fun Day.

We urgently require local members to give an hour or two of their time to be present at the stall; then have a look around, sample food, soak in the environment, perhaps even write a few haiku!

You can promote & display your own family friendly haiku and even bring the family and make a day of it.

Sunday 19th March, 2017. 1000 Paper Cranes Community Picnic and Fun Day


Chairs, trestle table and marquee provided.

This is an opportunity to promote Mari Warabiny and Haiku Oz as well as plant a tiny seed in someone’s life.

Go to www.melvillecity.com.au for more information on the event & print a template to fold a colourful paper crane.

Thank you

Tash Adams
Mari Warabiny Haiku Group


Mari Warabiny are Nyungar words meaning billowing clouds

Ginko with Lysenko #31 (Autumn lights with Penny Harter)

Announcement from Myron Lysenko

Sunday 26th March Noon – 4pm Tea Rooms Geelong Botanical Gardens 1-49 Garden St Geelong


Very excited to announce that noted USA haijin Penny Harter is visiting Australia again and will attend this special ginko.

Enquiries: Myron 0475 062 067 myronpoet@hotmail.com

Penny Harter, author of many types of poetry, was born in New York City. In the early 1970s Harter started writing haiku. She moved to Santa Fe with her husband and writing colleague, William Higginson. Continue reading “Ginko with Lysenko #31 (Autumn lights with Penny Harter)”

Haiku in Lobethal 5th March 2017

“Words” Seeing, Listening, Feeling

report by Curator Anne Griffiths

As part of our Adelaide Fringe exhibition incorporating the visual arts, spoken word and performance art, members of Haiku Bindii were invited to feature in a special Haiku Day on Sunday March 5th.

The exhibition has invited artists to respond to text either of their own or in collaboration with poets and writers. This has eventuated in over 100 pieces of art being displayed in the Old Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal. The exhibition will run from 11am- 4pm Saturdays and Sundays until March 19th. Each Sunday during the exhibition a spoken word event has been planned. Continue reading “Haiku in Lobethal 5th March 2017”

Report on the Haiku Workshop at Lobethal Woollen Mill: 5 March 2017

The workshop was presented by Julia Wakefield, who has provided the following report:

I was invited by Anne Griffiths to conduct a one hour workshop on the art of writing haiku at the h.ART Spoken words Exhibition at Lobethal Woollen Mill on March 5 2017.

This was followed by a reading by Bindii members: Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Jill Gower and Belinda Broughton.

The workshop attracted ten people, ranging from complete beginners to a couple of Bindii members (Belinda Broughton and Jill Gower)who were happy to share their own experience and expertise. Continue reading “Report on the Haiku Workshop at Lobethal Woollen Mill: 5 March 2017”

Blowing Up Balloons: Sydney and Yass book launches


Vanessa Proctor from Sydney and Gregory Piko from Yass have collaborated in writing a book of haiku that celebrate the joys of parenthood from the creation of a new life through to early childhood.

The book is titled Blowing Up Balloons: baby poems for parents and is published by Red Moon Press. Vanessa and Gregory will be launching Blowing Up Balloons (BUB) in both Sydney and Yass over the coming weeks with everyone invited to attend.

The Sydney launch will take place at 2pm on Saturday 25th March at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft.
RSVP staff@thechildrensbookshop.com.au 

The Yass launch will take place at 2pm the following Saturday, 1st April, at Tootsie’s café and gallery which can be found at 289 Comur Street, Yass.

Copies of BUB are available from Gregory’s website, http://www.gregorypiko.com, or you can email Vanessa using the following address: vanessa@hr42.com

Gregory Piko