ILLAWONG WINTER MEETING

Tuesday 21st June 2022

The saying, ‘timing is everything’, fitted our meeting schedule perfectly as we gathered on Tuesday, 21st June, the date of the Winter Equinox, with five members present. Patricia was unable to join us for health reasons but has assured us she will be back.

We assembled at Carol’s home where we enjoyed morning tea, then drove together to Albert Delardes Reserve just 10 minutes away; a lesser-known spot offering the perfect aspect for our Winter meeting. Warmed by the sun yet protected from any wind, we were able to sit peacefully surrounded by bushland and look out over the sparkling water of the Georges River.  Perfect haiku conditions.

After a short ‘recce’ we sat on the wooden bench seats and took turns to read our responses to the set exercises of writing a Winter haiku and a haiku for a plant or flower that evoked a memory.  Information on Hanakotoba had been circulated prior to provide inspiration.

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Members’ News, July 2022

Dear Members,

This month’s edition of the newsletter is courtesy of the new secretary of the AHS, Leanne Mumford. Leanne has taken over the reins from Simon Hanson, who has performed in the role with distinction and grace over recent years. We thank Simon for his dedication to the role and wish him all the best for his future endeavors. Leanne is no stranger to the Australian haiku community, her haiku having been widely published over the past 10 years and the AHS is grateful to her for her enthusiasm for the position. Leanne will be assisted in her duties by Clem Byard, a haiku poet from Melbourne, who has kindly offered his services, providing assistance in the role when required. We look forward to working with you both. 

This month, we marked the winter solstice with a haiku string, which attracted almost 200 haiku from 95 poets. Thank you to all the poets who contributed from far and wide. We love reading your poems.

And finally, our community was saddened this month to learn of the passing of John Bird, the co-founder of the Australian Haiku Society, a deep thinker about haiku and one of our finest poets. Tributes have been flowing in and we thank Quendryth Young for the wonderful eulogy she shared with us about John. He is an important figure in Australian haiku and will be forever remembered.

Vale John Bird.

Rob Scott

President, AHS.


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Vale John Bird

23.12.1932 … 22.5.2022

John Bird, Founder AHS

At the Australian Haiku Society we are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of John Bird who, in November 2000, co-founded our society with Janice Bostok. John was much loved and admired as a poet, mentor and friend. His generous encouragement of the writing of Australian haiku continues to this day. The following eulogy by Quendryth Young and tributes from other Cloudcatchers, a group that John began, attest to this. His influence goes far beyond this haiku friendship group that was so close to his heart. Many of us have been touched by John’s impact on our own haiku journeys.

This page will remain open for two weeks for your personal comments and tributes for a man who passionately but humbly steered the development of a uniquely Australian voice celebrating the culture and environment of our place in the world of haiku.

Lyn Reeves

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AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2022

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

We will be holding this Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice, occurring in Australia this year on Tuesday, 21st June, 2022. The String will remain open for contributions until Tuesday 28th June to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part.

The string has now closed. Thanks to all the poets who shared their haiku. We are pleased to have contributions from many countries. While comments on haiku are welcomed while the string is open, comments that are not haiku have now been removed to make it easier for readers.

Haiku String – Instructions

The AHS invites you to share with us your original, previously unpublished haiku or senryu on the theme of Climate Change.  We invite you to explore a multiplicity of ideas in the String without necessarily using the term climate change, though you may if you wish.

The haiku will be linked by subject and theme, it is not necessary for each haiku to relate to the one before it.

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Preliminary Notice: AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2022

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

We will be holding the Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice, which occurs in Australia this year on Tuesday 21st June, 2022. The String will remain open for contributions until Sunday 26th June to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Contributions may be made on the website during these dates only (not before).

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