Message from Vanessa Proctor – retiring AHS President

After four years in office, my term as President of the Australian Haiku Society has come to an end. It has been both an honour and a privilege to represent the society and to have been in touch with so many wonderful haiku poets, not only in Australia but worldwide. Interest in haiku and its related forms continues to grow and we’re seeing many more haiku-related events across the country. A highlight of my time in office has been working with such dedicated poets who have a passion for furthering our mission of promoting enjoyment of haiku within Australia and bringing Australian writers to the world haiku community. I would particularly like to thank Webmaster Lynette Arden, Secretary Simon Hanson, Vice-President Lyn Reeves and Facebook Co-ordinator Maureen Sexton who have all worked and continue to work tirelessly for the society.

I’d like to introduce you to the incoming AHS President, Rob Scott. Rob is an experienced and very well-regarded poet with a passion for haiku. Please read his bio on our site. The society is in very good hands.

Wishing you all the very best in this 20th year of the Australian Haiku Society. May you continue to write and enjoy Australian haiku for many years to come.

Vanessa Proctor

Retiring President, Australian Haiku Society

Call out for Haiku on Postcards

The Polish haiku poet, Krzysztof Kokot, has begun an initiative to collect picture postcards from all over the world, on which (on the reverse side), the sender/author will post their haiku with a view to creating an exhibition of the postcards.

Send one postcard with a view of your city/region with the haiku on the back. The haiku should not be connected with the view on the postcard, but should reflect your homeland.

Write the haiku by hand. No envelopes please.

Contact Krzysztof Kokot for more information at: kwkokot@poczta.onet.pl

Paperbark Haiku Group Summer Gathering 2020, Wednesday 12th February 10am to noon.

Please join us for a ginko/haiku gathering, Wednesday 12th February 10am to 12 noon. The Lounge Room Café, 187 James Street, Guildford WA, in the historic Guildford township. There’s 2 hour parking in the back streets.Close to the Guildford Railway Station, too! See you there.

Administrators: Maureen Sexton, Barry Sanbrook, Rose Van Son, Samar Ghose, Tash Adams.

Yone Noguchi compares hokku to “a tiny star … carrying the whole sky at its back.” He compares an English poem to “a mansion with windows widely open, even the pictures of its drawing-room visible from the outside. It does not tempt me much to see the within.” He says, “simplicity and the power of suggestion offer a superior poetic form.”

paperbarkhaiku@yahoo.com 

We are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/12352015101 708/

Red Dragonflies’ Christmas Meeting, 2019

On Saturday 7th December, 2019, the Red Dragonflies met at the NSW Art Gallery Café for coffee, a workshop and lunch.

The plan was to then proceed to the Botanic Gardens for a ginko but the smoke haze covering Sydney prevented this, so we remained at the Gallery.

Ten of us were in attendance, Vanessa Proctor hosted and welcomed Barbara Fisher, Dawn Bruce, Leanne Mumford, Willem Tibben, Beverley George, Laurel Astle, Garry Glover, Carol Reynolds and Margaret Mahony.

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Final Call for Submissions from Sydney and Neighbouring NSW Poets

Gordon Young is a British artist who has been commissioned to work in Sydney’s Inner West. His works are often in public places, sometimes on a large scale and usually based upon text. www.gordonyoung.net.

In Sydney he is working on a series of brick spheres, incorporating writing from the Australian poets Peter Goldsworthy and Amanda Stewart, as well as diverse content from song lyrics to diary entries, which will be cut into the brickwork.

Gordon has approached the Australian Haiku Society hoping to source some haiku for use on one of the spheres. The work will be located in a public park.

The brick spheres reference the 5000 bricks brought to Sydney on the First Fleet, Sydney’s built environment, and the Inner West’s heritage clay pits, brick kilns and chimneys.

The subject: The History of Sydney’s Brick Industry or A Walk

If you are resident in Sydney or neighbouring NSW, please send up to five haiku, published or unpublished to: vanessa@hr42.com by 18th November. Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion in this project.

Call for Submissions from Sydney and Neighbouring NSW Haiku Poets

Gordon Young is a British artist who has been commissioned to work in Sydney’s Inner West. His works are often in public places, sometimes on a large scale and usually based upon text. www.gordonyoung.net.

In Sydney he is working on a series of brick spheres, incorporating writing from the Australian poets Peter Goldsworthy and Amanda Stewart, as well as diverse content from song lyrics to diary entries, which will be cut into the brickwork.

Gordon has approached the Australian Haiku Society hoping to source some haiku for use on one of the spheres. The work will be located in a public park.

The brick spheres reference the 5000 bricks brought to Sydney on the First Fleet, Sydney’s built environment, and the Inner West’s heritage clay pits, brick kilns and chimneys.

The subject: The History of Sydney’s Brick Industry or A Walk

If you are resident in Sydney or neighbouring NSW, please send up to five haiku, published or unpublished to: vanessa@hr42.com by 18th November. Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion in this project.

Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting 2019

A small group of the Red Dragonflies met on Saturday 7th September: Vanessa Proctor, Barbara Fisher and Beverley George and newbie me, Wanda Amos down from Old Bar. In the leafy suburb of Pymble, Vanessa’s house was the meeting place and the trees swirled around us on that not so warm Spring day.

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