The results for the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku have now been posted. Congratulations to the awarded poets; Louise Hopewell, Matthew Paul and Jennifer Sutherland for First, Second and Third Places respectively. Congratulations also to those gaining Honourable Mentions. Our gratitude is extended to all who participated in this most successful event; your contributions are deeply appreciated. Our sincere thanks to our judges; Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch for their enthusiastic commitment to the event and for their expert and insightful comments. Our sincere thanks (once again) to Ron C. Moss for creating the certificates and the magnificent paintings accompanying First, Second and Third places. You can revisit the selected haiku and judge’s comments here.
Paperbark haiku group held their Autumn Ginko at Adachi Park in Belmont, Perth on a warm but smoky morning. Unfortunately there were prescribed burns in the Perth hinterland which led to poor visibility and an obvious health risk to people with breathing problems. As a result there was a disappointing turnout with only three of the group attending.
Despite this it proved to be a very interesting and productive session with the participants reading some of their favourite haiku and then walking around the park making observations for their haiku. Rose van Son, Coral Carter and Barry Sanbrook attempted to use other than the traditional three line haiku to experiment with single, two or four line poems and some of these are included below.
A reminder that Echidna Tracks will be accepting submissions for Issue 7 on the theme of Light & Colour throughout the month of April. The editors for this issue invite your previously unpublished haiku and senryu on that theme. Please read the guidelines carefully.
Submissions may be made via the Submissions form throughout April 2021.
Djeran noongar season Friday 30th April, 1 pm (Australian Western Standard Time for Perth, Western Australia)
Please have some haiku to share during the meeting and be prepared to key the haiku into the comments box when requested, so everyone can see as well hear the haiku. They can be haiku you wrote at our Ginko at Adachi Park, or haiku you wrote on your own ginko, in your own time, preferably between 24th and 30th April.
Please either private message Maureen Sexton on Facebook/Messenger or email for the link to the zoom meeting.
Wednesday 28 April 2021 10 am to 12 noon (approx) Adachi Park 132 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot Western Australia
Currently it’s Djeran Season in Noongar seasons. Djeran is a season of adulthood. April-May. Ant season
We will meet next to the car park. Please bring with you a notebook and pen, some water and something to eat and drink if you wish. It may be a good idea to have a folding chair with you, in case the picnic tables and chairs are taken. We will have a short meeting, then head off on our ginko (haiku walk) before we meet up again to share our haiku and observations.
The autumn sun held a hint of chill as we gathered for our monthly chinwag at The Oaks. Around us the seasonal colours were gently on the change. We were all present this time: Kathy Kituai, Glenys Ferguson, Hazel Hall, Gregory Piko, Marietta McGregor and Jan Dobb. Also present was visitor Sue, a house guest of Jan, who was curious to experience some close-up haiku.