Upcoming Book Launch & Reading

Cloud Hands – the latest collection of haiku, haiku sequences, haibun and ink paintings by Ron C. Moss will be launched on Friday 11th March at 5 pm at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts in Hobart. Bookings are required.

Further details on the flyer below.

Copies are now available directly from Ron who can be contacted via email here

Contest Results

A Little Iris Haiku Contest, Croatia 2021

Judged by Debbie Strange

Congratulations to Gregory Piko for an Honorable Mention with:

pastel sunrise
the soft cover
of this book

Gregory Piko

All selected haiku and commentary can be found here

Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2021

Congratulations to the following poets for Honourable Mentions with:

alpine meadow
the sky descends
into gentians

Marietta McGregor

the rattle of a coin
in the beggar’s cup

Mark Miller

brewing tea
night and day
become one

Greg Piko

All selected haiku can be found here

Portarlington Haiku Society

The Portarlington Haiku Society came to fruition in October 2021 and has been operating on-line for the past five months until today when nine of its twelve members came together in person, a few to meet for the very first time. We met at the Pt Richards Reserve where a formally-mapped Haiku Trail exists, initiated by two of our members nearly three years ago.

Today, after introductions all round, we discussed the value of haiku and the Guidelines for Writing Haiku as published by the AHS from a workshop by Quendryth Young. We all agreed that this guide was one of the best we have found for the haiku beginner and have adopted it as our group’s go to information text.

We each read a haiku that we have come across in our reading that particularly resonates with us, then read one of our own recent pieces, telling of our inspiration and allowing for discussion. We also discussed how many highly acclaimed published works frequently contradict the guidelines but determined that rules are made to be broken and that each person takes on board what is best for them. We also discussed our own recent group renga and the best way to proceed with those.

The group are happy with the current newsletters and monthly kukai and it was suggested that we maintain our regular on-line communication with a face-to-face meeting occurring seasonally, with the occasional ginko tossed in for those willing and able on the designated dates. Most importantly, we all had a jolly good time and are all keen to learn through participation.

Jenny Macaulay (Facilitator)

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko # 64, 2022

Thursday 24 February (summer) 2022
Home of Quendryth Young, Alstonville NSW

Laurel Astle                            Coffs Harbour NSW
Robbie Braithwaite              Tregeagle NSW
Nathalie Buckland                Lismore NSW
Helen Davison                       Lismore NSW
Quendryth Young                 Alstonville NSW
Norma Watts                          Ballina NSW (part-time)
Angela Smith                         Byron Bay (virtual ginko)

Somehow it had been difficult for the Cloudcatchers to settle on a suitable date for our summer ginko this year, but eventually six of us were able to gather on the last Thursday of the season, with another joining in by participating in a ‘virtual ginko’ at that time.

Here on the Far North Coast of NSW the weather has generally been kind this year, with no long stretch of heat, and no bushfire warnings. However the dreaded summer rains descended this week, with rising waterways and flooding, but fortunately none of our members was water-bound.

Standing: Laurel Astle, Helen Davison, Nathalie Buckland
Seated: Robbie Braithewaite, Quendryth Young
Norma Watts was able to join us for a while.

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