From where I sit rainbow lorikeets are busy feeding on the nectar of orange and gold grevillia flowers, butcher birds are more boisterous than usual and blue-faced honey eaters are most assertively putting my poor cat in his place. All this can only mean one thing; we are approaching the Spring Equinox occurring this year on the 23rd of September in the southern hemisphere. Stay tuned for an announcement of our next Haiku Kukai to celebrate this event.
Step by Step
Haiku by Hazel Hall and tai chi by Angelina Egan
A unique combination of haiku and tai chi showing the 24 Step Tai Chi (Yang) sequence, this chapbook with photographs by Bethany Egan turns each step into a meditation.
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Great for a small gift (fitting into a standard envelope) Step by Step is available from the Ginninderra Press.
A DVD showing the actual flow of this sequence will be available as a special feature of Issue 8 of Frameless Sky.
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Performance and Ginko
A reading by a group of haiku poets and a ginko led by Vanessa Proctor took place at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, Auburn on 23rd August. A more detailed report will be posted to this site shortly.
New Zealand Poetry Society Contest
Results from the much anticipated New Zealand Poetry Society Haiku Contest have been announced. Our most notable success goes to one of the youngest in the haiku community. Natalie Barclay was awarded First Place in the junior section of the Jeanette Stace Memorial Award judged by Quendryth Young. Natalie also gained an additional three high commendations in the contest. Congratulations also to Quendryth Young and Ron C. Moss for high commendations in the open section judged by Katherine Raine. We look forward to reading all selected haiku when they become available.
Groups and Gatherings
Feel free to revisit the latest reports from some of our regional groups.
Terry Ann Carter
Well known Canadian poet Terry Ann Carter is visiting a number of our regional haiku groups here in Australia during September. More information can be found on her website or by visiting her on Facebook.
Any interested haiku writer is welcome to join the Red Kelpies in their meeting with Terri Ann Carter on Sunday 16th of September. For more details of the meeting place contact Lorin Ford at haikugourds at gmail dot com
10th Yamadera Memorial Museum Haiku Contest 2018
The Submission Collection has now been published with a heartening number of Australian haiku poets included. There were sixteen applicants from Australia which was the fourth highest, exceeded only by Croatia, USA and Bulgaria.
For your enjoyment, the latest haiga video by Ron C. Moss accompanied with music by Steve Hodge.
Members’ News compiled by Simon Hanson