Members’ News May 2020

AHS Winter Haiga Kukai

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will be displayed on the AHS website around the time of the solstice and poets will be invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image.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.

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Members’ News, March 2020

To our valued members,

Firstly, our thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this unprecedented time. On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society Committee, we hope you’re all staying safe and well.

The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a pandemic unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Now more than ever, we need to unite and look after each other, we need to do our part by staying at home and following the guidelines of social distancing.

Writing haiku has many benefits. It deepens our understanding of the world and ourselves. In times like these, exploring one’s thoughts and feelings can be therapeutic. Equally, the act of sharing haiku in an uncertain world has the capacity to inspire, move and gladden the hearts of other people, helping to forge deeper connections with each other. We encourage all our members to continue to write and share haiku in any way they can.

On that note, we understand that many of you would have had scheduled regional haiku group meetings during this time, and while it may not be possible to physically attend these gatherings, we encourage you to find an alternative means of communicating and sharing haiku. Fortunately, we live in times where it is relatively easy to stay connected with a vast array of platforms to choose from. I hope you are able to find one that suits your needs and look forward to seeing the results of your ‘virtual meetings’.

In 2020, the AHS is celebrating 20 years of promoting and sharing haiku and there are many exciting activities planned to mark this significant milestone. So, while you are cooped up in your homes, make sure you check back to our website regularly for announcements relating to that. We can’t wait to share this news with you!

One day down the track, the sun will shine and it will be safe for everyone to resume usual activities. Until that day, stay well, look after yourself and those around you. And write haiku.

Yours in haiku,

Rob Scott
President, AHS

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Members’ News February 2020

AHS Presidency – Welcome and Thanks

Rob-Scott-AHSwebWe welcome Rob Scott to the role of President of the Australian Haiku Society. Rob Scott began his haiku journey while living in Tokyo in the mid-90’s where he became a member of the MIFA haiku circle. After writing haiku for almost 20 years, he released his first two collections, Out of Nowhere and Down to the Wire, both published by Red Moon Press (2016). In 2014, Rob completed his Master’s thesis entitled The History of Australian Haiku and the Emergence of a Local Accent, presenting a paper on his findings at the Second International Haiku Conference (2015) in Krakow, entitled Australian Haiku—Is it a Thing? He currently lives in Melbourne and has recently become a co-convener of the Fringe Myrtles haiku group. Rob is a proud member of the AHS and is excited by the opportunity to serve its members for the next 4 years.

“Firstly” he says, “I’d like to thank Vanessa for her hard work and dedication to her role as President of the AHS over these past 4 years. Her steady leadership and commitment to the promotion of haiku in this country has put the Society in a good place. I am sure I speak for everyone in expressing gratitude for Vanessa’s efforts and wishing her well in her future haiku (and non-haiku!) endeavours. It is an incredible honour for me to take on this role and I look forward to the challenge.”

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On behalf of the Australian Haiku Society we would like to acknowledge and thank Vanessa Proctor, for her service as President, of the AHS over the past four years.

In that time we have seen the establishment of our new website that elegantly showcases Australian haiku and the activities of our haiku poets to an international audience and encourages and promotes the contributions of our talented haiku poets. Over recent years interest in haiku has flourished, with several new groups starting up and interest in the website has grown significantly. The introduction of the popular haiku string and haiku kukai, has led to a great increase in membership with around 600 followers at last count.

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Members’ News, December 2019

Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai for 2019 has concluded and selections by Ron Moss have been made and will be announced soon. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. And thanks again to Ron for creating the images and for judging the competition, our gratitude is ongoing. Feel free to revisit the contributions for both the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories if you wish.
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Members’ News November 2019

Out on a Limb

A collaboration, two years in the making, between haiku poet Rose van Son and multi-media artists Denise Gillies and Lynne Mitchell has culminated in a stunning exhibition on the theme of nature at the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda, Western Australia. The opening of the exhibition, Out on a Limb, was held on the 16th of November 2019 and remains open until the 8th of December.
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