Melbourne Haiku Readings – March/April

Haiku Reading – March

“THANGS CAFE”
502 Lygon St East Brunswick 8pm FREE
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THURSDAY MARCH 20th, 2008.
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HAIKU NIGHT
Sue Stanford, Carla Sari, Matt Hetherington, Helen Begley
Michael de Valle & Myron Lysenko
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all poets & haikuists welcome to read in OPEN SECTION
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Paul Gibson Roy to MC proceedings.
Good food & booze on sale. Free entry
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Poetry night organized by Paul Gibson.

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INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL DE VALLE

“Moving Galleries” is an on-going project, initiated by a trio of haijin calling themselves Rooku Troupe. They have been instrumental in getting haiku published on decals in Melbourne’s suburban trains.

Here is an interview with a writer who has his haiku currently riding around the Melbourne tracks.

A writer of poetry, haiku, short stories and novels, Michael de Valle’s poetry has featured in both the Moving Galleries pilot and the Spring 2007 Exhibition. Moving Galleries editor, and poet, Leanne Hills, approached Michael to discuss his influences.

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Rooku on Trains/Moving Galleries Project

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 will see the launch of the Moving Galleries Spring 2007 Exhibition at Flinders Street Station by The Minister for the Arts and Public Transport, The Hon. Lynne Kosky.

Moving Galleries is a travelling exhibition of art and poetry which enables emerging and
established Victorian artists to showcase their talent. It is also designed to enhance the travel experience for Melbourne’s train commuters, and build on Melbourne’s reputation as a thriving cultural and creative capital.

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Another haiku opportunity

Poam, the newsletter of the Melbourne Poets’ Union, includes a haiku page in each bi-monthly issue. Poets receive payment of $3 per haiku and there is a book prize for one haiku, chosen by the newsletter editor each time.

You need to be a member of the Melbourne Poets Union to submit haiku – but it’s worth joining anyway, especially for Victorian poets.

Send your submission to the haiku editor, Peter Macrow

Peter is the managing editor of Blue Giraffe poetry magazine. He also is poetry editor for the ezine, The Tasmanian Times.

Thangs Cafi Haiku Reading

Thangs Cafi is holding a haiku reading to celebrate Spring and Summer on Thursday November 16th at 8pm. Featured readers will be Sue Stanford, Matt Hetherington, Leanne Hills, Antony Ley and Myron Lysenko.

There will also be an open reading of haiku, and prizes will be presented to the most striking and memorable haiku of the night.

THANGS CAFI 502 Lygon Street, Brunswick East (near Albion Road). Enquiries to Roger 9383.7851 or Paul Gibson Roy at this email address: roypg@unimelb.edu.au

Haiku on Trains

Report by Myron Lysenko

On April 6th 2006, 36 haiku appeared on decals in Melbourne’s trains and they will ride the rails for the next four months. This exciting project was the brainchild of poet Leanne Hills, who approached Connex Trains about the idea in August last year. She recruited Haiku Oz members, Matt Hetherington and Myron Lysenko to help her with her proposal.

The selected haiku includes work by renowned haiku practitioners such as Carla Sari, Sue Stanford, Mary Hind and John West; established Melbourne poets such as Alicia Sometimes, Catherine Bateson, Ian McBryde and Phil Ilton; and introduces extremely young poets such as primary school students Taman Ulrich and Eva Kulessa-Spires. Melbourne’s omnipresent mayor John So is also represented with a haiku about Melbourne Square.

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