Members’ News, July 2019

Haiga Kukai

The results for the Australian Haiku Society Haiga Kukai for both seasonal and non-seasonal categories have been announced and can be accessed in these links along with the judge’s comments. Once again a special thank you to Ron Moss for supplying these wonderful images and for adjudicating the kukai; much appreciated.

Thanks to all who took part in this kukai, your contributions gave the party life and colour. Congratulations also to all awarded entries including:

First place (non-seasonal)

aunt’s passing
the way tomorrow
never comes

Rose van Son


First place (seasonal)

snowball fight
grandpa’s belly
white with snow

Lucy Whitehead


4th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest

Congratulations to Madhuri Pillai for a most impressive First place in this popular contest.

ultrasound gel
as she circles the probe
I read her face

Madhuri Pillai

Madhuri was also Highly commended with:

cancer diagnosis
i add a red lipstick
to my collection

Madhuri Pillai

You can enjoy all the selected senryu and judge’s comments here (opening as a PDF)

Three Rivers Haiku Gourd Contest

Congratulations to Mark Miller for Third place with:

farmers market
sharing a watermelon
two lovers lips to lips

Mark Miller


and an Honourable mention to Vanessa Proctor with:

a xylophone
made from dried gourds
sound of the earth

Vanessa Proctor
All results can be accessed here.

Australian Haiku

The Haiku Foundation is currently promoting the links to Haiku in Australia Collated by Lyn Reeves and Beverley George and A History of Haiku in Australia by Beverley George and Lyn Reeves (updated June 2016) (both links opening as PDFs)

In this later document one reads; It is believed that the following haiku by Robert Crawford is the first published Australian haiku (1899):

Flannel-flow’rs dancing
To the dawn on the hill-tops…
The Vision of Spring!

Groups and Gatherings

Catch up on the latest report from Bombora

Number Eight Wire – Review

Do enjoy this review by Vanessa Proctor of the long-awaited Fourth New Zealand Haiku Anthology – Number Eight Wire. Bound to be an excellent read, Ordering details can be found here.
Broken Starfish -Book Launch

A reminder that Broken Starfish – a collection of haiku and ink paintings by Ron C. Moss will be launched in Hobart Tasmania by Lyn Reeves on Friday 23rd of August at 5 pm.

Book Launch Flyer resized



Members’ News compiled by Simon Hanson


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