Haiku in the Bulletin, 1899

Flannel-flow’rs dancing
To the dawn on the hill-tops…
The Vision of Spring!

Is this the first prize-winning haiku published in an Australian journal or newspaper? It appeared over the name ‘R. Crawford’ in the Bulletin’s famous Red Page on 12 August 1899 along with 13 other haiku and two haiku sequences. Crawford and his fellow poets were responding to an invitation, extended by A. G. Stephens (aka The Bookfellow), to submit ‘some haikais, which must have an Australasian reference’. Stephens offered 10s. 6d.—roughly the equivalent of a day’s wage—for the best entry received.
Stephens’ interest in the haiku form was piqued by a similar competition run in the British journal Academy and Literature. Both competitions probably stemmed from the publication in England of W. G. Aston’s History of Japanese Literature.

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Perspectives on History – Haiku History 1980 –

Haiku in Australia was in the doldrums for quite a time after Janice M Bostok’s pioneering work. By the late 1980s only a few isolated poets were still engaged with haiku. All that began to change in 1988 – the year of World Expo 88 in Brisbane. The impetus came directly from Japan when Japan Airlines (JAL) decided to be a major sponsor of the Japan pavilion by sponsoring a haiku contest for children and other associated activities. This followed other successes in America and Canada. Continue reading “Perspectives on History – Haiku History 1980 –”

Haiku in the Garden

Haiku in Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden, 5 July 2008

report by M L Grace

These lovely Japanese style gardens provided a perfect setting for the reading of haiku,
with last autumn leaves clinging to maples and a backdrop of silver birches overlooking a koi pond and pagoda.

Beverley George ─ President of The Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz) and well known, widely published poet, organised the readings which were preceded by dynamic Taiko drummers who awoke the audience and provided the contrasting silence for the haiku readers.

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July 02, 2008

Haiku News from Western Australia

News from Western Australia
sent by the Australian Haiku Society Regional Representative Maureen Sexton

Perth haiku poet Nicholas Barwell, has had nine haiku published on the Swan River Trust’s new River Guardians website. The River Guardian website relates to the Swan and Canning Rivers, which flow through the suburbs of Perth.
Congratulations Nicholas!

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Central Coast NSW – Haiku reading at Edogawa Gardens

On July 5 between 11 and 1, the Central Coast branch of the Australian Sister Cities Association will host an event at the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden. This is to celebrate International Sister Cities Day.

Entertainment will include drumming, haiku reading and “Spirit of the Coast Harmony. Refreshments are provided and entry fee is $5. RSVP Margaret Hardy 02 4369 4534 Margarethardy1@bigpond.com

MPU Haiku & Rooku Workshop

Friday 27th JUNE — Melbourne Poets’ Union Haiku and Rooku Workshop.

Time: 7.15 for 7:30pm
Venue: The Space, Victorian Writers Centre, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000.
Cost: Non-members – $9, Concession, $7, members $6

Light refreshments provided.

Haiku and Rooku

Leanne Hills and Matt Hetherington will lead participants towards developing haiku or rooku (an Aussie version of haiku) which demonstrate a genuine connection to the land, with tips for getting your rooku on board Moving Galleries.
http://movinggalleries.org/

Members News – Quendryth Young

In the latest edition of “HAIKU” – Magazine of Romanian-Japanese

Relationships – a haiku is included, written by Quendryth Young:

sick neighbour –
the bare branches
of her magnolia

This was awarded second prize in the Romanian Haiku Society’s
International Haiku Contest, Bucharest, May 2008.

The same edition of the magazine carries a review by Vasile Moldovan
of Quendryth’s book of haiku, The Whole Body Singing, both in English,
and in translation into Romanian.’

sent in by John Bird