Results of the 2nd With Words International Online Haiku Competition (2009)

On behalf of everyone at Haiku Oz, I would like to extend my congratulations to Ron Moss for his recent success in taking out first prize in the With Words International Online Haiku Competition with his haiku:

record heat
a soon-to-be mum
backs into a wave

A full judges report can be read here: http://www.withwords.org.uk/results.html

August 26, 2009

Haiku Workshops in Perth

Workshop: Haiku Day with Graham Nunn (QLD) & Maureen Sexton (WA)

Venue: Great Southern Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth.
Part one of this workshop will run from 10am – 12pm and address the following topics:

– a brief history of haiku
– defining haiku
– are the syllables important?
– haiku purpose
– fragment and phrase theory
– wabi and sabi
– techniques for writing haiku
– techniques for revising your work

Part II, will run from 1 pm to 3 pm and include a ginko and a look at publishing haiku in Australia and beyond.

Red Dragonflies spring meeting

At the spring meeting of the Red Dragonflies on August 22 at Vanessa Proctor’s home, members were led by Vanessa through the rigours of writing a 12 verse Shishan renku. As several members were new to this style of writing, there was some confusion and much hilarity to begin with, but as confidence grew, everyone settled to the task. A very enjoyable meeting.

August 16, 2009

SA Haiku group members, Lyn Arden, Belinda Broughton, Alex Ask and Marilyn Linn met on 1st August at the SA Writers Centre. Some of the members went out for a ginko in the back alleys or the Botanic Gardens.

After a hour we met again and spent the rest of the meeting looking at each other’s work
and making suggestions for improvements. We find this most valuable, as we learn a lot
from one another during the process.

By Belinda Broughton

Haiku Society of America 2009 Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winning authors and editors, HSA 2009 Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation and Criticism – an’ya and Cherie Hunter Day, Judges.

The FIrst Place award is for Best First Book and is made possible by Leroy Kanterman, co-founder of the Haiku Society of America , in memory of his wife Mildred Kanterman.

First Place for Best First Book: “a wattle seedpod” – Lorin Ford
Post Pressed 207/50 Macquarie St , Teneriffe, Qld, 4005 Australia .

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MARI WARABINY HAIKU GROUP

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group is a group of haiku enthusiasts in WA who give feedback on each others’ haiku by email. We all recognise the need to critique our haiku, no matter how experienced or inexperienced we are. We follow guidelines for haiku writing based on the Submission Guidelines for haiku sent to the Creatrix Journal, and the Haiku Information provided for Creatrix haiku submissions. We will occasionally participate in Ginko (haiku walks) and also meet to read and discuss haiku. We don’t expect members to attend all our ginko or meetings.

Mari Warabiny are Nyungar words meaning ‘Billowing Clouds’.

Tanka workshop at Murrurrundi

In June I was invited to give a tanka workshop for Warrah Writers at Murrurrundi.

Murrurrundi is a delightful country town with fascinating rock formations nearby. The meeting place for the Warrah Writersis a room at the railway station which looked bleak when we entered but was soon made cosy and appealing by enterprising members. Two rugs were laid on the floor and four matching blue cloths on each long table. Two antique lamps were placed on the tables and a fire was expertly laid in the fireplace. In no time it was blazing and warmed the room effectively for the two and a half hours the workshop lasted. One slight interruption occurred when an 80 truck coal train passed by only feet away.

A stage two workshop for Warrah Writers is being planned for next year and also an address to a reading group called Scrolls, based near Quirindi . Scrolls was established over forty years ago and has over thirty active members.

Beverley George