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
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Simon Hanson as the new Secretary of the Australian Haiku Society. Simon will take over the Secretary position from around the beginning of March, after a handover period.
I would like to thank Rodney Williams, our outgoing Secretary, for his tireless work for the AHS over the past two and a half years. He has added greatly to the Society with his enthusiasm and passion for haiku.
Vanessa Proctor, President Australian Haiku Society
Wollumbin Haiku Workshop was formed in 2004 by John Bird, who invited Nathalie Buckland and Quendryth Young, all members of the Australian Haiku Society, to join him in discussing the haiku genre, the sharing of literature and rigorous criticism of each others’ work. Full-day monthly gatherings were held at the home of Quendryth in Alstonville NSW, with Nathalie and John travelling 50 and 45 kilometers respectively.
Continue reading “WOLLUMBIN HAIKU WORKSHOP”
The AHS is delighted to welcome two new committee members. Simon Hanson joined us in June as joint Regional Representative for Queensland and has undertaken the job of selecting and posting our Featured Haiku every week. Jan Dobb joined us this month as our very first Regional Representative for the ACT. For further information please visit our Committee page.
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
A History of Haiku in Australia, written by Beverley George and Lyn Reeeves. The file is available for download in PDF here.
A HISTORY OF HAIKU IN AUST -June16 2016
History of Haiku in Australia: Collected Work by Australian Poets
This history was first displayed on The Haiku Foundation which also contains histories and samples of other countries’ haiku: The Haiku Foundation: World of Haiku
Presentation to John Bird
Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head NSW
Thursday 5 May 2016
This was no ordinary ginko. Earlier in the year the committee of the Australian Haiku Society, with Vanessa Proctor as president, resolved to honour John Bird with recognition of the invaluable role he has played, not only in the formation of the society, but for his initiative and application in developing and promoting Australian haiku. The AHS requested the presentation be made at the autumn ginko of the Cloudcatchers, on the Far North Coast of NSW.
This is where John lives, where he was first drawn to the genre and to an early association with Janice Bostok, (the acknowleged pioneering haiku poet in Australia), where they together edited the first and subsequent editions of the Australian Haiku Anthology. This is where, over ten years ago, John drew together haiku poets in the area to form the Cloudcatchers group, of which he remains the patron. All members owe a great deal to John for his input into their sensitivity, their craftsmanship and into their lives. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 41 (autumn) 2016”
An extract from this work – under the title “Australian Haiku in the Global Context” – had been published as a feature in “A Hundred Gourds” 4:1 December 2014:
As the Managing Editor for “A Hundred Gourds” – Lorin Ford – notes, “It’s an important piece, quoting many haiku by Australians.”