Roberta Beary’s Visit to Melbourne

On Monday 13th March, a group of poets met at Ola Cohn’s Fairies Tree in Melbourne’s iconic Fitzroy Gardens to meet with Roberta Beary, the Haiku Foundation’s Roving Ambassador.

Tucked away from the busy activities of Melbourne’ s Moomba festival, the expanse of grass lawns and trees were a perfect location.

Those who attended were Sophia Frentz, Jayashree Maniyill, Janet Howie, Lorin Ford, Madhuri Pillai, Marisa Fazio, Takanori Hayakawa, Ela Fornalska and Jennifer Sutherland. Continue reading “Roberta Beary’s Visit to Melbourne”

Cloudcatchers Haiku Sequence in the Wake of Cyclone Debbie

During the April ginko held by the Cloudcatcher group, it was suggested by our patron, John Bird, that we each submit haiku images regarding the local flood situation experienced in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, as our response to the disaster.  Some of these have been crafted into a sequence, edited by Nathalie Buckland.

You can read the sequence by clicking on the link below.

Debbie Sequence

Quendryth Young

A Message from the President

I would like to send a message of support to all our members in Queensland and northern NSW in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and in this time of extreme flooding.  We sincerely hope that you and your families remain safe and well.

In happier news, March has been an exciting month for haiku in Australia.  The month began with Roberta Beary’s visit to Sydney, then Melbourne, meeting haiku poets in both cities.  Roberta is the Roving Ambassador for the Haiku Foundation this year.  Penny Harter, another distinguished American haiku poet, met poets in Melbourne. Continue reading “A Message from the President”

Red Dragonflies’ Autumn Meeting, 2017

The Red Dragonflies’ first meeting of the year was held on a particularly wet and blustery day on 18th March at Vanessa Proctor’s home. Four members were present: Barbara Fisher, Beverley George, Vanessa Proctor and Cynthia Rowe. We workshopped haiku about happiness, birds in urban environments, forests and haiku using the technique of Narrowing Focus. Continue reading “Red Dragonflies’ Autumn Meeting, 2017”

Launch of New Australian Haiku Society Website – 21st June, 2016

On this Winter’s Solstice day, I am proud to announce the launch of the new Australian Haiku Society website. The website celebrates both Australian haiku and Australia itself. Our country is showcased not only through poetry, but also through many stunning photographs taken by our members. Our goals remain the same as they have always been, to promote the enjoyment of haiku within Australian and to bring Australian writers to the world haiku community.

I would like to thank Robyn Smith for her many years service as webmaster of the previous HaikuOz website. Robyn’s work has enabled our Society to have a strong and continuous voice. I would also like to say a big thank you to the AHS Committee and the Website Subcommittee, in particular Lynette Arden for her tireless efforts in making the new website possible. Please feel free to visit the site at any time and become a follower to receive updates whenever they are posted. I look forward to a very bright future for Australian haiku and for our Society.

Vanessa Proctor

President, Australian Haiku Society

 

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