Members’ News, December 2019

Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai for 2019 has concluded and selections by Ron Moss have been made and will be announced soon. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. And thanks again to Ron for creating the images and for judging the competition, our gratitude is ongoing. Feel free to revisit the contributions for both the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories if you wish.

Andre Surridge, 1951 -2019

As the year comes to a close, there is some sad news with the passing of New Zealand poet Andre Surridge. He was a kind and gentle soul and his poetry was of the first order. Some of his work has been showcased in our Featured Haiku NZ segment recently. He will be sorely missed by so many.

Please visit December’s Haiku Happenings by Sandra Simpson to read more about Andre along with some of the moving tributes to this wonderful man.

Vanessa Proctor


Field of Stars Review

Sandra Simpson has written a review of field of stars by Lyn Reeves. The review can be read here.

Field of Stars is published by Walleah Press and available from their online bookstore.

It can also be ordered from Hobart Bookshop and Fullers Bookshop.


International Kusamakura Haiku Competition

Congratulations to Madhuri Pillai for a second prize in the International Kusamakura Haiku Competition with:

almost spring
I stir a magpie trill
into my tea

Madhuri Pillai


All awarded haiku for this and previous years can be found here.


Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition

The results of the IHS International Haiku Competition 2019 have been announced. Among the placings Simon Hanson received a second for:

subterranean river
the long journey
suddenly moonlit

In alphabetical order, Simon Hanson, Mark Miller and Cynthia Rowe also received honourable mentions with:

clearwater stream glassfish filled with light

Simon Hanson

wild lavender
all the fussiness
of honeybees

Mark Miller

after the rain

Cynthia Rowe

All selections can be found here as well as those for previous years.

Committee Break

Our hard working committee is having a break over January so please hold off on enquiries and reports etc until February. We look forward to being back on deck then.

Thank you all so much for your contributions, interest and involvements over 2019, we wish you all a happy and creative New Year.  2020 can you believe it!

Members’ News compiled by Simon Hanson

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