International Haiku Poetry Day Event Review

Paperbark Haiku
Ginko/Haiku Gathering to celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, 17th April 2019
First Edition café at the State Library of Western Australia in the heart of Perth CBD.

Nine poets had gathered around a long table in the midst of the hubbub. They had travelled from all over the city to mark and celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day for 2019 at Paperbark Haiku’s invitation. It was the largest turn out of Paperbark Haiku WA (formerly Mari Warabiny) membership in recent memory for a ginko. The other attendees besides Maureen Sexton were Rose Van Son, Liz Nicholls, Mimma Harrison, Gary de Piazzi, Coral Carter, Melissa Moffat, Tricia Cole, and Samar Ghose.
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Twentieth Bowerbird Tanka Group Meeting

The twentieth Bowerbird Tanka group meeting was celebrated on 30th March 2019, in the Crommelin Arboretum at Pearl Beach. Again it was heart-warming to note how far poets will travel to explore and share the poetic genre of tanka. Delegates came from Canberra (3), Bathurst, Tamworth, Newcastle and various parts of Sydney and each contributed so much to the day.

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Bombora Autumn Report

Congratulations to Ulla McFarlane of Spain who is the winner of the Bombora members autumn competition with her haiku:

grey dust
settles in every crevice
relentless drought

I’m proud of our members, three of whom have been writing haiku for only a year now. Well done Dawn, Melody, Yvonne, and Ulla, who’s been writing a little longer. Continue reading “Bombora Autumn Report”

Members’ News March 2019

Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand, especially the Muslim community over the recent tragedy in Christchurch, we stand with you, share your pain and embrace your love and friendship.

Autumn Equinox Haiku String

Thank you to all participants in our recent Autumn Equinox Haiku String on the theme of City Life, your contributions are much appreciated. You can revisit the String at your leisure here .
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Autumn Ginko / Haiku Gathering

International Haiku Poetry Day
Wednesday 17th April 2019

If you’re in Perth, Western Australia, come and join the Paperbark Haiku Group for an Autumn Ginko / Haiku Gathering.

First Edition Cafe
State Library of Western Australia
25 Francis Street
Perth Cultural Centre
Perth WA 6000

10 am onwards

We will meet first for a short discussion, then we will go on our ginko (haiku walk) around the close by parks and shops. Afterward, we will reconvene to share, write and discuss all things haiku.


Coffee, tea, lunch, cakes, snacks, etc are all available at Dome Café.

There is also an online component on Facebook to help
celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, hosted by Bee Jay
from Sharing Haiku Knowledge at:

Maureen Sexton

Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Although only a month since we last gathered beneath the trees for a cuppa, there was so much to talk about that at first, we had trouble restraining ourselves to just one conversation! All of us were there again — Glenys Ferguson, Gregory Piko, Kathy Kituai, Hazel Hall, Marietta McGregor and Jan Dobb. And there again, with their lively conversations, were the magpies and cockatoos.

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