John Bird appointed to consider haiku definitions

Haiku Definitions- appointment

On behalf of the committee of the Australian Haiku Society I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Bird
to act on behalf of the Australian Haiku Society to consider the following questions and make recommendations to the Society on:
1. What haiku-related terms, if any, should the Australian Haiku Society define for its members?
2. What wording should be used in any such definitions?
3. What supporting or clarifying notes are required?
4. How should the Australian Haiku Society definitions be adopted and promulgated?

Beverley M George
President, Australian Haiku Society

Sand Between the Toes – a DPP initiative

Haiku, the short poem which originates in Japan, has probably never been more relevant than it is today. Haiku subject matter, with its emphasis on humanity’s place in the natural world, is the stuff of today’s headlines.

Indeed, in the words of one great English-language haijin, the late American Jack Stamm, haiku are headlines. By this he meant that in no more than 17 syllables, haiku cast bright spotlights on nature.

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3rd Pacific Rim Haiku Conference, Matsuyama, Japan, April 2007

Report: Beverley George

President
Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz)

Through haiku composing, you can exchange your way of thinking and deepen your understanding about the people beyond the borders, isms and religions. Kanda Sosuke.

It is impossible to imagine a more idyllic and appropriate setting for a haiku conference than in cherry blossom season at Matsuyama, the birthplace of the poet, Masaoka Shiki where this year marked the 140th anniversary of his birth.

Matsuyama is a castle city on the island of Shikoku and it is also famous for its ancient onsen (hot springs). It was in this city that the Matsuyama Declaration was signed in 1999 to establish the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Research Center. The Declaration signifies the generous intent of Japanese people to share haiku internationally.

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Dangerously Poetic Launch – sand between the toes: a haiku journey through Byron Bay and beyond

Dangerously Poetic Press will be launching sand between the toes, a haiku journey through Byron Bay and beyond CD/book at the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival on Sunday the 29th of July at 1:45 pm.  Dr. Jacqui Murray will do the honours. Poet, journalist, historian and broadcaster, she has been writing haiku for many years. In that time she has been an international haiku judge, co-ordinated the JAL World Childrens’ Haiku Contest in Australia and has been widely published. She is also a founding editor of the haiku magazine, Paper Wasp.  About the cd/book, she has said, A lyrical reaffirmation of nature in haiku, music and organic sound to calm the senses and feed the soul.

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Jodie Hawthorne at New Voices Festival 2007, July 8th and 9th

A celebration of debut works at Eltham Bookshop, 970 Main Rd, Eltham.

Each session will begin with a haiku by Jodie Hawthorne, author of Watching Pilgrims Watching Me: haiku from Shangri-la.

There is a review of Jodie’s book in the latest issue of Famous Reporter.

Also in Famous Reporter #35:

Haiku by Ron Moss, Rodney Williams, Martina Taeker, Andrew Reeves, Ross Bolleter, Janet Howie, Quendryth Young, Jo McInerney, Bob Jones, Mark Prendergast, Nathalie Buckland, Marina Scott, Maureen Sexton, Lorin Ford, Patricia Prime, Judith E.P. Johnson, Carla Sari and Max Ryan

July 06, 2007

Regional Representative for WA appointed

The Australian Haiku Society [HaikuOz] is delighted to announce the appointment of Maureen Sexton as Regional Representative for Western Australia.

For two consecutive years Maureen worked with the City of Perth Library to produce a haiku ‘wall’ event. In recent times her own haiku have been published in The Heron’s Nest, Famous Reporter, Stylus Poetry Journal and FreeXpression.

Beverley George
President
on behalf of the committee

June 25, 2007 Report on Haiku : Sensations of a Lifetime

A two-part workshop presented by Janice Bostok

as part of the Queensland Poetry Festival 2007 Outreach programme
supported by the Brisbane City Council
and the Mt Ommaney Library

‘When the pupils are ready the teacher will come.’

Full workshops and a healthy waiting list for the two free sessions at the Mt Ommaney Library in Brisbane’s Centenary Suburbs this June 10th and 24th made it clear that plenty of people were more than ready to explore the pleasures and challenges of haiku and related forms under Janice Bostok’s gentle guidance.

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