I am honoured to take up the role of President of the Australian Haiku Society. Firstly, I’d like to pay tribute to those who had the foresight to found HaikuOz in 2000. The original mission to promote haiku within Australia and to bring Australian writers to the world haiku community has been so successful that Australian haiku is flourishing as never before. This is largely due to the many people who have worked tirelessly to promote Australian haiku, both in Australia and overseas. I look forward to a very bright future for HaikuOz and for English-language haiku itself.
Australian Haiku Society
I am delighted to announce that Dr Jacqui Murray: Founder, Paper Wasp and Founding Editor, paper wasp: a journal of haiku, has accepted the position of Patron of the Australian Haiku Society.
Given the leadership she has shown in supporting and championing haiku writing in Australia, not to mention the extraordinary work done in co-founding paper wasp – the longest running Australian haiku journal still in print – we believe that as Patron she will be able to keep alive the ideals in furthering the development of haiku in Australia.
Dr Jacqui Murray will be a wonderful asset to HaikuOz and we look forward to working with her.
President, Australian Haiku Society
In 2009, members of the Australian Haiku Society were greatly moved by the suffering of those affected by the terrible bushfires in Victoria, Australia. Beverley George, then President of the Society, wrote at the time:
“I feel certain I speak on behalf of everyone who comes to this web-site, when I send our deepest regrets to those who have suffered most in these tragic fires in Victoria: the people who have lost the people they love, their homes, their neighbourhood, their way of life, their landscape and livestock, and their pets.
May each of you, victim or helper, who has witnessed the loss of human and animal life, and of habitat, under merciless and unexpected circumstance, be granted healing in due course.
Special thoughts to those people, rendered powerless, who still wait to hear the fate of loved ones. Our hearts are with you.”
While all Australians struggled for words to convey their dismay at the suffering caused by the devastating bushfires, many poets tried to share their feelings in haiku which were posted on the HaikuOz web site as a tribute to the victims of the bushfires. Those haiku are recorded below:
Continue reading “Bushfires in Victoria: February 2009”