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.
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.”
The Australian Haiku Society (AHS) was invited to take part in The Melbourne Writer’s Festival this year. As a Victorian representative, I was contacted by Janel Yau, project manager at the Melbourne Immigration Museum who asked if we would be able to assist people write haiku and run an open stage reading featuring their work. Continue reading “Melbourne Writer’s Festival”
A group of poets, led by Vanessa Proctor, AHS President, will be reading haiku at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival at the Auburn Botanic Gardens on Thursday 22nd August at 11am. The reading will take place in the rain forest area and will be followed by a ginko and the opportunity to write haiku. All are welcome to attend this event which is free for seniors, children and those who live in the Cumberland Council region.
As part of the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival, Myron Lysenko will be leading a haiku workshop on Sunday 14th July.
Myron has been teaching contemporary haiku since the end of the twentieth century. He will show examples of haiku and will teach you how to compose haiku and how to use specific techniques to achieve this. If you are in Melbourne this weekend take the opportunity to learn more about the art and craft of contemporary haiku.
You can find more details and book for the workshop here
Myron is the Victorian regional representative for Australian Haiku Society. His haiku collection a rosebush grabs my sleeve was published by Flat Chat Press in 2005. He won an international haiku prize in Japan in 2004 – the Suruga Baika Literary Award for Haiku. His haiku have been published in many overseas and Australian haiku journals. Myron was part of RookuTroupe – a trio of haiku poets instrumental in having haiku published on Melbourne’s suburban trains in 2006. Myron conducts ginko in scenic surroundings in Victoria.
The poets of Watersmeet celebrated International Haiku Day on Wednesday 17th April by creating a window of haiku at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart. Fullers generously made space in the front of the shop, pushing back shelves and placing a table just inside the window where we spread a collection of haiku books for people to browse. The staff provided us with A5 size cards, the border designed by Ron Moss, on which we wrote our own or a favourite haiku. These we taped to the window for passers-by to read. A similar event held in 2006 was “Haiku Grafffiti” where we wrote on the shop windows – because of the time it took to clean the windows back then, it was decided to use cards this time. Continue reading “Haiku Window- International Haiku Day”
A haiku event will take place at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, Auburn on Thursday 23rd August, 10:00 – 11:00am. The event will include a haiku reading by a group of haiku poets and a ginko led by AHS President, Vanessa Proctor.
After months of preparation of the site and selection of content, the editors of Echidna Tracks – Simon Hanson, Lynette Arden and myself (Lyn Reeves) – are pleased to announce the launch of our first issue.
Go here to enjoy the wide-ranging voices and observations of Places we Live: cities, suburbs, towns. Haiku will be posted one a day until the issue is complete. If you would like to receive a daily haiku in your inbox, sign up to follow by email. Continue reading “Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku”