Members’ News – February, 2017

Australian poets to enjoy haiku-based successes across the month of February include Earl Livings, Marietta McGregor and Simon Hanson.

Earl Livings has had one of his poems voted as being among the top three haiku published in Ireland’s Shamrock Haiku Journal during 2016.

Marietta McGregor’s work in haiku has been recognised within a Mann Library feature.

Marietta also gained an Honourable Mention in the Iris Little Haiku Contest conducted by the Three Rivers Haiku Association in Croatia, as did Simon Hanson.

Newly appointed as the Secretary for the Australian Haiku Society, Simon has likewise recently had a photo haiku selected for the NHK Haiku Masters series, where it has been incorporated into a TV / Internet broadcast program.
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‘Eucalypt’ Anthology Book Launch

An anthology of 108 tanka from the first twenty-one issues of Eucalypt: a tanka journal will be launched at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft, NSW, between 10.30 a.m. and 12.00 midday, on Saturday, 18 February.

Edited by the journal’s founding editor, Beverley George, the anthology is entitled A Temple Bell Sounds.

It will be launched by Kiyoko Ogawa (poet, editor and essayist from Otsu, Japan).

The launch will feature readings from poets whose work is included in A Temple Bell Sounds and/or in Eucalypt 21, co-edited by Beverley George and Julie Thorndyke.

RSVP for this launch is essential.
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Successes in January


Australian haiku poets to enjoy special successes during the month of Janaury, 2017, included: Quendryth Young, for winning a second prize in the annual Kusamakura Haiku Competition in Japan; and Ron C. Moss, for having a haiku-inscribed stone unveiled on the Katikati Haiku Pathway in New Zealand.

Full results for the Kusamakura Haiku Competition can be accessed through this link: 

Details about the new addition to New Zealand’s Haiku Pathway can be viewed here:
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Beverley George chapbook – THF Book of the Week

In the final week of December, Australian haiku poet Beverley George was honoured by having her haiku chapbook The Birds That Stay featured in the Book of the Week archive on The Haiku Foundation website:

The chapbook’s title poem was one of Beverley’s haiku to be highlighted:

first frost
the birds that stay
the birds that go

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New website for Haiku NewZ & NZPS

Message from Sandra Simpson: 

Haiku NewZ, and its parent the New Zealand Poetry Society, have moved to a new website which has a fresh look.

Find Haiku Happenings here:

To access and navigate the rest of the pages, hover your mouse over Affiliates in the top menu. A drop-down tab will appear that says Haiku New Zealand. Point your mouse at this tab and a drop-down menu with all the page names appears to the right.
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Launch of ‘River’s Edge’ by Owen Bullock

On December 5, Smith’s Alternative Bookshop was packed for the Canberra launch of Owen Bullock’s fourth poetry collection, River’s Edge (Recent Work Press, 2016). Bullock is a PhD Candidate at the University of Canberra and former editor of Kokako, the New Zealand based journal of haiku, tanka and related forms. He also holds a Canberra Critics’ Award (2015). That Beverley George travelled from the Central Coast of New South Wales to launch this book speaks volumes for its quality.
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Ginko With Lysenko #29 — the end of spring

Venue: St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Sunday November 20th 11.30am—4pm.

Present: Myron Lysenko, Ela Fornalska, Sol Oost, Kate Brabon, Chris Lynch, Ben Oost, Louise Hopewell, Takanori Hayakawa, Rory Hudson.

There was a fun run in the city so most of us turned up late, but we still managed to start proceedings at 11.30 am. I began the ginko by giving a focus for our writing: kigo and kire. I explained these concepts and Taka and Chris expanded on them. I read several haiku as examples then we went our separate ways through the park for 40 minutes writing haiku or notes about our sensory observations.
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