Roberta Beary Visiting Australia

Roberta Beary, The Roving Haiku Foundation Ambassador for 2017, will be arriving in  Australia on 1st March after a successful trip to New Zealand where she met many NZ haiku poets.  Roberta will be heading first to Sydney and also has plans to visit Tasmania and Melbourne.  If you would like to contact her, please get in touch via her Facebook page or email her at

Vanessa Proctor

Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)

Many Australian haiku and tanka poets will be deeply saddened to read of the death of Jane Reichhold, an inspirational and generous scholar, translator, writer and publisher of all Japanese short forms. Jane’s death was reported on AHA, the haiku and other forms forum she founded in 2006. The announcement was made there on August 5th, though it appears she may have died a week ago. Her contribution in this field has been enormous and she will be very greatly missed. There are many Australian haiku and tanka writers whose work she has prompted, encouraged and informed.
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Vale Lesley Walter

Lesley Walter, valued member of the Red Dragonflies, sadly passed away on 21st May. Lesley came from a background of mainstream poetry where she was a very well-respected poet.  With this grounding, she brought a fresh and innovative spirit to haiku.  She had a wonderful sense of humour and was  rigorous both in her questioning of haiku ‘rules’  and in her comments on others’ work.  The group greatly appreciated her frankness.  We will miss her poetry, her insight and her friendship.

Vanessa Proctor

blue-sky day
the way that little girl skipped
when her mum said yes

Lesley Walter