I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year, filled with the joy of writing haiku. 2020 has been a difficult year which has brought many challenges and much sadness. As I’m sure all of you would agree, reading and writing haiku has provided much needed sustenance in a year full of anxiety and grief. Moreover, the opportunity to reach out to the broader haiku community across Australia and beyond via Zoom was a particular and unexpected pleasure. I sincerely hope this vibrant and communal spirit continues into this year.
It has been a productive year for the AHS as we celebrated our 20th year, and we have more exciting plans for the year ahead, including the announcement of the winner of the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku.
Thank you all for you valuable support for my first year as President and I look forward to continued support and more of your wonderful haiku in 2021.
Happy New Year! Rob Scott
The AHS Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai has concluded with an excellent response from participants. Contributions are now being considered by the adjudicator Ron Moss. You can revisit the entries here for both the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories.
Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku Issue 6 – on the theme of Shelter begins today. Thank you so much to all who submitted work to the issue. Even if your work was not included this time around, we greatly appreciate the offering and look forward to hearing from you again in April during the submission period for issue 7 on the theme of Light & Colour.
John Bird recently contacted us with an email addressed to Rob Scott;
‘I am delighted and honoured to have my name associated with the AHS International Haiku Competition. I am also delighted that you have taken the reins at the Australian Haiku Society – the Society has been blessed with excellent leadership teams which is evidenced in its progress. I know the AHS will benefit from your leadership and I hope you have lots of fun in the Chair.
The signs of spring are most definitely all around—in the greater frequency of sunnier days, in the plants and trees and in the activities of a whole range of insects, animals and birds. The Spring Equinox falls on September 22nd in the Southern Hemisphere this year and to celebrate, the Australian Haiku Society will host a Haiku String on and around that date. Everyone is invited to participate and we look forward to your offerings. A submission form will be made available on the website at the time of the equinox. More information will be posted to the website soon including the announcement of a theme.
Thank you to all who contributed to the Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai and also to those who may have just dropped in to enjoy the offerings. Ron Moss is now giving the entries his careful consideration and will get back to us in due course. If you wish you can revisit those entries here for the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories.
The Australian Haiku Society will be holding a Haiga Kukai for the Winter Solstice occurring this year in Australia on the 21st June. Once again Ron Moss has generously provided two images which will be displayed on the AHS website around the time of the solstice and poets will be invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image. Ron will then select the winning haiku which will be displayed on the AHS website. More details will be posted to this site soon.