Members’ News April 2017

April has been a productive month in the world of haiku and very pleasingly creative contributions from Australia continue to blossom forth. While our news (perhaps too often) tends to focus on some of the more recognised examples of haiku success it is well to remember that kids having a go at haiku in the classroom, new group members just embarking on the haiku journey and people anywhere asking the question ‘what is haiku’ are all instances good news. If you have any stories of haiku happenings at the grassroots we’d love to hear them.

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Launch of Bushfire Moon

Ron Moss and Heather Scandrett at the launch of Bushfire Moon

On the 24th March, in the beautiful surrounds of the Allport Library in Hobart, I had the honour of launching Ron Moss’s recent book, Bushfire Moon, with the following words:

I first met Ron about seventeen years ago when his friend Ross Coward brought him along to a meeting of the then recently formed haiku group, Watersmeet. I remember sitting around the long table in the Salamanca Arts Centre meeting room. We had each brought along an object from nature as a prompt for writing, and when it came to sharing our jottings I was struck by the detailed observation and insight in the pieces Ron read out. I can still see the trail of tiny black ants Continue reading “Launch of Bushfire Moon”

A Message from the President

I would like to send a message of support to all our members in Queensland and northern NSW in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and in this time of extreme flooding.  We sincerely hope that you and your families remain safe and well.

In happier news, March has been an exciting month for haiku in Australia.  The month began with Roberta Beary’s visit to Sydney, then Melbourne, meeting haiku poets in both cities.  Roberta is the Roving Ambassador for the Haiku Foundation this year.  Penny Harter, another distinguished American haiku poet, met poets in Melbourne. Continue reading “A Message from the President”

Members’ News March 2017

Competition Successes

A number of Australian poets were recognised in various competitions during this last month including Cynthia Rowe and Madhuri Pillai who were Runners Up in the Golden Haiku Contest with:

sugar high
the undulating flight
of a honeyeater

………. Cynthia Rowe

spring bloom
the heady breath
of new jonquils

………. Madhuri Pillai

first daffodil
a song under
my breath…

………. Madhuri Pillai

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Members’ News – February, 2017

Australian poets to enjoy haiku-based successes across the month of February include Earl Livings, Marietta McGregor and Simon Hanson.

Earl Livings has had one of his poems voted as being among the top three haiku published in Ireland’s Shamrock Haiku Journal during 2016.

Marietta McGregor’s work in haiku has been recognised within a Mann Library feature.

Marietta also gained an Honourable Mention in the Iris Little Haiku Contest conducted by the Three Rivers Haiku Association in Croatia, as did Simon Hanson.

Newly appointed as the Secretary for the Australian Haiku Society, Simon has likewise recently had a photo haiku selected for the NHK Haiku Masters series, where it has been incorporated into a TV / Internet broadcast program.
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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

Marietta McGregor is February Featured Poet in Mann Library

mann-library-daily-haikuAustralian poet Marietta McGregor has been chosen as the haiku poet for daily haiku presented in February 2017 by the Mann Library.

Enjoy some of Marietta’s work each day of February by going to the link. After the month has passed, the work will still be available in the archive of the postings.

Mann Library’s Daily Haiku

Read about the project here


Successes in January


Australian haiku poets to enjoy special successes during the month of Janaury, 2017, included: Quendryth Young, for winning a second prize in the annual Kusamakura Haiku Competition in Japan; and Ron C. Moss, for having a haiku-inscribed stone unveiled on the Katikati Haiku Pathway in New Zealand.

Full results for the Kusamakura Haiku Competition can be accessed through this link: 

Details about the new addition to New Zealand’s Haiku Pathway can be viewed here:
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