I would like to welcome Lyn Reeves as the new Vice President of the Australian Haiku Society. Lyn has been involved in the Society since its inception and brings a great deal of experience to the role.
I would like to thank Lynette Arden, our outgoing Vice President, for the huge amount of work she has done for the AHS over the past four and a half years. She has been very dedicated to her role as Vice President and has made a lasting contribution to the Society. We are fortunate that she will remain involved in the AHS in her capacity as Web Manager.
Vanessa Proctor, AHS President
The Red Dragonflies warmly welcomed their newest member, Willem Tibben on Saturday and immediately set him to work to write the meeting report below:
The Red Dragonflies gathered at the welcoming home of Barbara Fisher for their winter meeting. Present were: Dawn Bruce, Cynthia Rowe, Vanessa Proctor, Willem Tibben, and our host.
Vanessa had set the homework around four themes: absence, parenting, going barefoot and chocolate. She had also asked everyone to bring two haiku each for the ‘bowl’. After a round of copy distribution and dexterous folding (‘macramé haiku’ someone ventured) we were away…
Continue reading “Red Dragonflies’ Winter Meeting, 2017”
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”
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.
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”
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”
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.
President, Australian Haiku Society