Announcement of AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2018

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

We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, which occurs in Australia on Saturday, 22nd December 2018. The String will remain open for contributions until Monday 24th December to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Continue reading “Announcement of AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2018”

Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 11 December 2018

What a bumper end of year meeting!

As always, our greetings were heartfelt and joyous as we arrived at The Oaks and settled around a table under the trees. The sun was just beginning to shine again after a cloudy morning and between bursts of carolling, some magpies were shoving food down the throats of squawking young. Everyone was there – Glenys Ferguson, Kathy Kituai, Hazel Hall, Marietta McGregor, Gregory Piko and Jan Dobb. Continue reading “Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra”

Red Dragonflies’ Summer Meeting, 2018

The summer meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday, 1st December, at Beverley George’s home at Pearl Beach, that lovely part of the central coast, north of Sydney. Vanessa Proctor, convenor of the group (and setter of challenging haiku topics), kindly took members Dawn Bruce and Barbara Fisher in her car  –  it’s a longish drive to get there so we got off to a later start than usual at about 12 noon.

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Red Kelpie Haiku Group #18

Having woken the cat and I with a huge sonic boom, the thunderstorm climaxed and passed in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, 2nd December, the date of the RKHG’s summer meeting.  Although it was a cool morning with a forecast of “possible showers”, we were in luck: no rain.  Five members of the RKHG met at the Botanic Gardens and apologies were received from Robyn Cairns, Robbie Coburn and Marisa Fazio. Many plants were in flower, including the small yard of Flanders Poppies near the Shrine of Remembrance, the Southern Magnolia with its huge blossoms and the lovely, old-fashioned hydrangeas. The air was fresh after the night’s rain and we saw, unusually, a single shearwater (mutton bird) dozing in the sun. It had probably sought refuge there from the night’s storm.

Our topic for the day, led by Takanori Hayakawa  (Taka) was both challenging and interesting: ‘Kigo in Kyoto and Melbourne’. We were privileged to be guided through kigo culture “from the horse’s mouth”, so to speak. Continue reading “Red Kelpie Haiku Group #18”