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

A New Vice President for the Australian Haiku Society

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

New Secretary for the Australian Haiku Society

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.


New Committee Members — Simon Hanson and Jan Dobb

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.

Vanessa Proctor

Launch of New Australian Haiku Society Website – 21st June, 2016

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.

Vanessa Proctor

President, Australian Haiku Society



History of Haiku in Australia

A History of Haiku in Australia, written by Beverley George and Lyn Reeeves. The file is available for download in PDF here.


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