Members’ News June 2018

The Winter Solstice is now behind us and so too our Haiku String. A sincere thank you to everyone who took part, your contributions are much appreciated. Such an event is an occasion for welcomed creative output and it is always interesting to see the diversity and range of offerings. You can revisit the Winter Solstice collection here

Groups and Gatherings

To catch up on the latest happenings with a number of regional groups over the last month click on the links below.

Red Dragonflies


Red Kelpies


Mari Warabiny

Haiku @ The Oaks

White Pebbles Haiku Group

Illawong Haiku Group: Notification of next meeting

The next meeting of the Illawong Haiku Group will be held on Tuesday, 31st July, meeting at 11 am at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre at Gymea. Please consider this an invitation. If would like to come along please let Carol Reynolds know via email

Book Launch

Janet Howie’s, rePresenting Nature, was launched at the Williamstown Literary Festival on Sunday June 17th. It was a warm and cheerful event with sixty-six (including Janet’s grandson) in attendance in the former Council Chamber at the Williamstown Town Hall, Melbourne.

The book consists of twenty pairs of poems and paintings, seven haiga, and an essay entitled, A Personal Perspective on Art and Nature. The book’s themes around art and nature and its many connections with experience struck a sympathetic chord with those present.

Roz Edmond, a freelance editor and artist/gardener, who launched the book wrote in the blurb –

‘It is her intense intimacy with the universe around her, her quiet, spiritual, confident close-up observation on fruit and leaf and sky that is so engaging.
And we are reminded of personal experiences which many of us may share.’

Copies are available. Email Janet Howie

Janet Howie Launch
Janet Howie

Photo by Jonathan Griffiths

Windfall: Australian Haiku

A reminder to Australian haiku poets that submissions to Windfall: Australian Haiku Issue 7 will be open throughout July 2018.  Please send up to six haiku relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcome.


please note change of address for postal submissions.

For further information please click here.

Echidna Tracks

We hope you have been enjoying the daily postings on Australia’s newest online haiku journal. I can report that the editors Lynette Arden, Lyn Reeves and Simon Hanson are very pleased indeed for the opportunity to share the fine work of poets and grateful for the enthusiasm and support the project has received from many quarters of the haiku community. Please feel free to visit anytime and to join the mailing list if you would like to receive daily notifications by clicking follow on the website. You will also find information on the website on the theme for the next submission period scheduled for October.



Members’ News compiled by Simon Hanson

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