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.
I am delighted to be able to announce the winners of the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku. The response to the competition, conceived to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Australian Haiku Society, has been overwhelming to say the least. A total of 890 poems were received from an incredible 41 countries – an outstanding result for a new competition. Thank you to all poets for contributing their poems.
Our judges have chosen their top three haiku and honourable mentions whose poems appear below. I would like to thank the judges, Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch, for their diligence and enthusiasm for this award. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to Ron Moss for providing the winners with beautiful ink drawings featuring their poems.
Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head NSW
Thursday 5 May 2016
This was no ordinary ginko. Earlier in the year the committee of the Australian Haiku Society, with Vanessa Proctor as president, resolved to honour John Bird with recognition of the invaluable role he has played, not only in the formation of the society, but for his initiative and application in developing and promoting Australian haiku. The AHS requested the presentation be made at the autumn ginko of the Cloudcatchers, on the Far North Coast of NSW. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 41 (autumn) 2016”