Prior Notification of AHS Spring 2018 Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society is delighted to announce that it will be holding a Haiga Kukai on the Spring equinox 2018. Two images by Ron Moss will be displayed on the AHS website from 23rd September and poets are invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image from that time until 29th September. Ron will then select the winning haiku which will be displayed on the AHS website.
Please note that if more than one haiku per image is submitted by any individual, only the first haiku sent will be considered.
Submissions will only be accepted if entered in the comments section, which can be found at the bottom of the post.
By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although the copyright will remain with the author.
No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.
Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.

THF Per Diem

Australian haiku poet Rob Scott is guest editor for this month’s Per Diem on The Haiku Foundation. Each day during September a haiku touching on the theme of sport will be featured on the THF website. The collection is certain to include a rich variety of sports and styles.

Windfall: Australian Haiku

A reminder to Australian haiku poets that submissions to Windfall: Australian Haiku Issue 7 will be open throughout July 2018.  Please send up to six haiku relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcome.


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Bombora Haiku Group

Tuesday 26th June

Bombora Haiku Group met for its June meeting last Tuesday with four members. Present were Melody O’Neil, Dawn Toomey, Yvonne Lockwood, and Giddy Nielsen-Sweep. Rhian Mac apologised and we missed her lively input and hope she will be back with us next month. Raelene Purtill was sadly also unable to attend due to a family bereavement.

Our subject for the month was ‘hot and cold.’ The subject seemed even more appropriate as the day was cold (for Queensland) and we sat around the wood stove in my lounge room.

We are open for new members, ready to welcome beginners to advanced. Anyone interested should email:

Giddy Nielsen-Sweep

L to R—Giddy Nielsen-Sweep, Dawn Toomey – (inserted), Yvonne Lockwood, and Melody O’Neil

Announcement: Forthcoming AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2018

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2018.

We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice, which occurs in Australia on Thursday 21st June, 2018. The String will remain open for contributions until Saturday 23rd June to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Continue reading “Announcement: Forthcoming AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2018”

Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 June 2018

Members met at the Box Factory for our meeting on 2 June, with Maeve Archibald as our workshop presenter.

The meeting consisted of a series of exercises designed to stimulate ideas for writing haibun. Maeve presented each exercise and the participants wrote, and then read what they had written. We hope, of course, that this will result in some worthwhile haibun being developed after the meeting.

So that other groups can share the workshop ideas, we have added them below this report. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 June 2018”

Illawong Haiku Group Autumn Ginko

The Illawong Autumn Ginko was held on 11 April 2018 at Como Pleasure Grounds, Como NSW. In attendance were Carol Reynolds, Margaret Mahony, Pat Meredith and Ros Pitt. We started with coffee at Blackfish Café overlooking beautiful Carina Bay. Later we sat in the grounds to discuss haiku written by us and others which resonated. Wandering alone for about half an hour we jotted down ideas and some wrote haiku. The day was glorious, nature at its best providing plenty of inspiration. We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the park and offered more haiku for critique, then said our goodbyes until next season. This is only our third meeting as we are a new group founded by Carol. Hopefully our numbers will grow.

New members and visitors welcome.

Contact Carol by email:

Margaret Mahony