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July 30, 2008

INTERNATIONAL HAIKU CONTEST - "ONE THOUSAND CRANES", ROMANIA 2008

The International Art Partnership (IAP) is an international project which promotes the Japanese art of paper folding known as origami.

At the initiative of its founders, Aleksandr and Larisa Levashov from Russia, the International Festival "Origami Peace Tree" (OPT, http://www.peacetree.info/main.php) has taken place in different countries since 2000. Romania will be the host of this autumn edition. On this occasion, the organizers ("Miron Costin" Highschool, Iasi, Romania) have also decided to launch an international haiku contest.

Entitled "One Thousand Cranes", this competition wants to be a bridge between haiku and origami. The title of the contest reminds both of the famous legend of the Japanese people (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thousand_origami_cranes) and of the moving story of the Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki
(http://www.sadako.org/sadakostory.htm). Her trust and endeavour as well as "the origami tree" are an urge to respect life in all its circumstances. That is why, we considered that such a contest could contribute to the amplification of the impact of OPT festival also by means of poetry.

We invite you to participate both in the haiku contest and, with origami models, in the OPT Festival Romania 2008
(http://www.peacetree.info/romania2008.php).


The rules of the contest

1. People regardless of age and nationality, with the exception of the
members of the organisational team, may participate in the contest.
2. The contest is fee free.
3. Original poems which haven't been published so far in magazines, in
journals, in books or on the internet, are preferred.
4. You must send two haikus in English and they should be as close as
possible to the classical canons of this type of poetry (5-7-5 syllables,
kigo, kireji etc.).
5. The first haiku will compulsorily deal with the origami theme, while the
other is at will.
6. The poems will be sent only by e-mail at the following address
origamitara@yahoo.com. At subject you will write haiku contest. The mail
must contain the poems in the order mentioned above, as well as the personal
data of the contestant (name, surname, age, profession, full postal address,
e-mail address).
7. The deadline is on the 15th of September 2008.
8. The secretary of the contest will copy and transmit the list of poems to
the members of the jury by e-mail, without mentioning the contestants' names
or personal data.
9. The jury will take into account, first of all, the concordance with the
classical rules of haiku.
10. The jury will have a free hand in awarding a number of three prizes for
each theme. It will also have a free hand in deciding whether to award
commendations or not. The number will depend on the quality of the poems.
Each rewarded author will receive an anthology of haikus that participated
in the contest and a diploma.
11. The prizes will be announced between 3rd and 9th of November 2008,
during the OPT Festival Romania 2008. The official announcement will be also
posted on the internet on the following sites:
http://www.licmcostin.ro/,
http://www.peacetree.info,
http://variantaenglezeasca.blogspot.com/,
http://romaniankukai.blogspot.com/ .
12. The awarded poems and also the best un-awarded poems will be published
in a contest's anthology.
13. The authors who send poems to the International Haiku Contest "One
Thousand Cranes" Romania 2008 must agree that their poems should be
published in a contest's anthology without any financial claim.
14. The prizes will be sent by post by 30th of March 2009.

The English version by Daniela Ciubotariu
"Miron Costin" Highschool Iasi, Romania

July 29, 2008

HAIKU COMPETITION FOR UNDER 18s

The annual Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition, 2008 is now open. This year, we have two awards for those in the under 18 age group: one for free format poems on the theme of ‘Diversity’ and one for haiku. Each award has a prize of $100.

We encourage parents, teachers and community members to alert young people to this opportunity. The entry fee is three 50 cent Australian postal stamps, or the equivalent of AU$1.50 for overseas entries. Further information and printable entry form via this link to the MPU website: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mpuinc/MPU/Competitions.html

Lorin Ford will be judging the haiku competition. Whilst haiku written in the 5-7-5 syllable pattern are acceptable, this pattern is no longer the contemporary norm. She’ll be looking for ‘unpadded’ haiku which employ fresh imagery, ‘showing, not telling’ and rhythmical flow.

Lorin’s recently released haiku book, ‘a wattle seedpod’, is available through publisher, Post Pressed, http://www.postpressed.com.au/ or contact Lorin at lorinmford@bigpond.com

Tasmania State Library - graphics exhibition

News just to hand of the Go Graphic exhibition which will feature manga by Madeleine Rosca and also haiku and haibun by Ron Moss.
It starts on July 30 and we hope to have a report about it very soon.
http://events.discovertasmania.com/Events/Controller/view_event.asp?id=4749

Haiku: the art of the short poem [film]


Thanks to Ron Moss for an alert about the trailer of this short film, shot by Tazuo Yamaguchi at HNA 2007 in Winston Salem .
Subscribers to Mayfly published by Brooks Books will also find information enclosed with the latest issue.
To view the trailer visit http://www.brooksbookshaiku.com/haikufilm/
What is haiku for? Haiku is for sharing. William J Higginson


July 24, 2008

Ginko with Lysenko

Ginko with Lysenko #5

Host: Myron Lysenko

Date: Sunday, July 27, 2008
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Flinder St. Station Intersection
Street: cnr Flinders St. & Swanston St.
City/Town: Melbourne, Australia

Contact Info Phone: 93874323
Email: myronpoet@hotmail.com

Description:

Meet in the public bar of Young & Jackson's at 10.45am.

Write haiku in the street, at the station and in the cathedral, following specified techniques.

Feedback can be given on all haiku written.

Bring notebook and biro.

Cost $15.

July 21, 2008

Haiku - Three Questions

Beverley George shares her response to Haiku - Three Questions with us this week. Click on one of the following links to view Beverley's answers.

http://tobaccoroadpoet.blogspot.com/

http://tobaccoroadpoet.blogspot.com/2008/07/beverley-george-three-questions.html

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

Members’ Publications: Lorin Ford

Members’ Publications: Lorin Ford

a wattle seedpod – published by Post Pressed 2008
109 haiku by Lorin Ford, original cover art by Ron Moss
ISBN 978-1921214-34-9, 36pp, AU$10.00 + p&p;
Book cover, a sample page and mini-reviews by Ferris Gilli, Beverley George and Lyn Reeves are available for viewing at:
http://www.postpressed.com.au/

Mini-review by Jane Reichhold :

My copy of a wattle seedpod just arrived yesterday and though I will be reviewing it in the October issue of Lynx I wanted you to have my first impressions.

It is a beautifully made little book and is full of marvellous haiku. There is a gentle humor in so many of the poems. Often people cannot figure out what haiku humor means (some use it for meanness or satire about other people) but Lorin has it exactly right. Her gentleness and kindness for all she observes allows her the freedom to show us the humor in the best possible way. A couple that left smiles on my face:

street cafe -
sparrows wait
on the tables

flooded road
a soft drink bottle
turns left

This is an excellent book to have and to use as a gift for showing others what haiku can do and be.

Jane Reichhold


Review by Ferris Gilli

Reading Lorin Ford's poems, I feel connected to the poet's native Australia. Her impeccable imagery takes me right smack dab to her side of the world. Brilliantly inviting, a wattle seedpod offers readers close-up looks at small yet crucial events—ordinary events that often go unnoticed until a haiku poet such as Ford comes along.

Easily responding to the sensory pull of these haiku, I see the damp gleam of a calf's fur "licked into curls" and the visible breaths of children and cows on cold nights. I feel with stiff fingers the rough surface of kindling wood, smell the rain that comes with a magpie's clear notes, and taste wine from a clay cup. In "snapper run," showing not the fisherman but "his red cigarette tip / bobbing on the bay," Ford ensures the poem's undeniable credibility.

Mindful of the caveat to apply poetic devices cautiously and sparingly in haiku, on occasion Ford instinctively uses figurative language to expand perceptivity: a magpie "singing down rain; "a grey tabby / pours from the shed roof"; "a dry leaf shuffles."

Ford is adept at using a broad range of focus to draw deserved attention to everyday drama: "sliver moon / the sheath of a cat's claw . . .." With style and grace, her haiku reflect the weight of drought, heat, hard winters, death, and birth. Naturalist and poet, she takes me to a place where day-to-day existence can be as harsh and dangerous as it is rewarded with breathtaking beauty. Lorin Ford moves easily between human and natural worlds, most often seamlessly blending the two in an ideal haiku balance. Her poems' universal appeal will keep readers dipping into this fine collection.

Ferris Gilli

a wattle seedpod is available from Post Pressed or contact Lorin at lorinmford@bigpond.com

July 19, 2008

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Ginko

Adelaide Botanic Gardens Ginko
Date: Saturday 13th Sept
Time: 10.45 am.
Place: the café near the pond in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Activities:
After meeting at the café at 10.45 am and a brief orientation, by Lynette Arden and Martina Taeker, there will be time for individuals to walk around the gardens or find a place to sit and soak up the surroundings while writing haiku or taking notes for later writing. After this we will gather at the café again for refreshments, and to share and write haiku.
We anticipate spending about three hours writing and enjoying haiku in the gardens. A more precise program will be decided on the day, taking into account the weather and the desires of those who attend.
Martina Taeker
Regional Representative SA

Book Launch ­­-- a wattle seedpod

Haiku Events: Book Launch ­­-- a wattle seedpod

Lorin Ford’s first collection of haiku, a wattle seedpod, will be launched on Friday, 25th July 2008 by Kris Hemensley, receiver of The Christopher Brennan Award for poetry, at Melbourne's best-loved poetry bookshop, Collected Works.

Launch details:
http://laryalee.users.sunwave.net/lorinposter.htm
Book cover, a sample page and mini-reviews by Ferris Gilli, Beverley George and Lyn Reeves are available for viewing at:
http://www.postpressed.com.au/
a wattle seedpod is available from Post Pressed or contact Lorin at lorinmford@bigpond.com

OVERLOAD POETRY FESTIVAL - HAIKU READING

Haiku, Erotiku, Rooku & Footyku

Sunday August 10th, 5-7pm. At DANTES, Gertrude Street Fitzroy.
Featured Readers: Paul Skec, Michael de Valle, Emilie Zoe Baker, Lia Hills, Michelle Leber, Rob Scott, Sue Stanford, Matt Hetherington, Carla Sari, Maurice McNamara, Kevin Brophy, Myron Lysenko. Plus Open Section.

Its back! The big hit from previous Overload festivals. Short bubble bursts from a contemporary Basho heaven. Come along and soothe your busy mind by listening to a mesmerising variety of short form poetry.

Enquiries: Myron Lysenko 03-9387 4323

July 17, 2008

Haiku events - Victoria August 6

THE NEON CITY
Sue Stanford’s English language haiku
launched by Myron Lysenko
MC Lia Hills
with Guy Harris on guitar
Auditorium of the Japanese Studies Centre
(Bld 54, the grey building west of the bus loop)
Clayton Campus, Monash University
1:00 for 1:10
Wednesday 6th August

Plus Hiroshima Day Commemoration
with Hideko Nakamura

July 08, 2008

More news from W.A.



Perth haiku poet Maureen Sexton, has had nine haiku published on the Swan River Trust's new River Guardians website. You can view Maureen's haiku at: http://www.riverguardians.com/Lists/River%20Tales/CustomDispForm.aspx?ID=4. Look under River Tales. The River Guardian website relates to the Swan and Canning Rivers, which flow through the suburbs of Perth.

Haiku workshops with Jodie Hawthorne

Haiku workshops with Jodie Hawthorne

During Tasmanian Living Writers Week, Jodie will be giving two haiku workshops and exhibiting her haiga.

Zen Zone-a Haiga exhibition 15th-24th August

Opening Night of exhibit: 6.30-8.30pm @ Entally Estate, Hadspen

Workshop Dates:

11am Wednesday 20th August

11am Saturday 23rd August

@ Entally Estate, Hadspen

Jodie’s haiku from Tibet are published in’ Watching Pilgrims Watching Me’ and were featured on the recent Haiku in Australia program on Poetica. It is available from http://www.pardalote.com.au
For information: deqenmoon@yahoo.com.au

Jodie will also be performing ten chocolate haiku at the Latrobe Chocolate Winterfest on Sunday 8th July.
http://www.chocolatewinterfest.com.au/index.html
posted by Dawn Bruce

July 07, 2008

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.

Who responded to The Bookfellow’s invitation? With his usual flourish, Stephens writes: ‘the lists were filled with competitors for the haikai prize—knights and dames; but none showed remarkable prowess’. Stephens had explained to his readers that haiku consisted of ‘three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables’. He provided three examples that had been published in the English competition and (probably quoting the Academy) said that the haiku’s style is ‘light and fresh, a swift, fugitive impression more often than not ending with a surprise’. (Bulletin, 8 July 1899)

But Stephens was disappointed with the quality of entries. ‘Some attempts too closely imitated the models; others were poetical, but unmelodious; a third class were melodious and unpoetical. It does not seem clear that the form is well suited to English ... But they say the haikai is residuum of a long series of experiments; and genius could no doubt do wonders with it. Local talent has only produced tiny portents’. (Bulletin, 12 August 1899) Despite some misgivings, Stephens awarded the prize money to Crawford’s ‘Flannel-flow’rs’ entry, declaring: ‘his third line could be intensified’.

‘R. Crawford’ was Robert Crawford, a Sydney-born poet educated at The King’s School and The University of Sydney. Crawford included his ‘Flannel-flow’rs’ haiku in his first volume of poetry, Lyric Moods: Various Verses (1904) and in the expanded collection Lyric Moods (1909). In 1921 he published Leafy Bliss, a collection he revised and enlarged in 1924. Again, his prize-winning haiku is included—but with a change to the first line. Crawford discarded the dancing flannel flowers from his Bulletin entry and changed the first five syllables to read: ‘Daffodils dancing’.

Stephens’ required ‘Australasian reference’ had disappeared and what is possibly the first Australian haiku lost its distinctive Antipodean note.

Tessa Wooldridge
July 2008

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.

The very first overseas JAL-sponsored haiku contest was in 1964 in America. James W Hackett took out first prize with his now famous:

A bitter morning:
sparrows sitting together
without any necks

A considerable time gap followed until JAL decided to sponsor another major contest in conjunction with World Expo ’86 in Canada. This time, however, the participants were primary school children – who proved to be both willing and able. So delighted was JAL with the result that it committed itself to another contest at the next World Expo – Expo 88 in Brisbane. By an odd series of coincidences the local person chosen to coordinate the contest was Jacqui Murray. Jacqui still remembers the odd brief she was given – encourage as many children as possible to enter. By further happy coincidence, however, haiku was part of the Queensland primary curriculum and, with help from the Queensland Department of Education, news of the contest spread far and wide.

To the surprise and delight of JAL, tens of thousands of children, from schools as far apart as the Gold Coast, Mount Isa in the far north-west and Thursday Island in Queensland’s far north, entered the contest. Jacqui’s next problem was finding people with knowledge of haiku who would be prepared to undertake the monumental task of judging so many entries. An obvious choice was Janice Bostok but, unfortunately, no one knew where she then living. Another was (the late) Professor Joyce Ackroyd who had headed up the Department of Japanese at the University of Queensland. Joyce was an early Australian haiku exponent who began writing haiku in beautiful Japanese calligraphy in the first half of the 20th century. She was later awarded an Emperor’s medal for her contribution to Japanese culture. But, whilst she was prepared to take part, the huge judging task was then beyond her physical capabilities.

Finally, two Brisbane poets – John Knight and Ross Clark – agreed to assist Jacqui with the task. JAL would fly haiku poets, Jack Stamm, an American who was a long term resident of Japan, and Professor Kazuo Sato, Professor of Comparative Literature at Waseda University, to Brisbane to cast their eyes over the final selections. Professor Ackroyd agreed to do likewise. In the meantime, Jack Stamm, Professor Sato and Kaneko Tohta, president of Japan’s Modern Haiku Association, would visit Brisbane to give a master class to Jacqui, John and Ross and take part in other Japanese cultural activities to help publicize the event.

The result was a sudden upsurge in interest in a form of poetry few Australians knew anything about. The huge success of the contest and associated visits by haiku masters generated much public interest and media publicity. This gave haiku a new platform from which to again move forward in Australia. JAL was so delighted with the success of the Expo 88 contest that it launched a biennial international Children’s Haiku Contest in 1990. It also continued to sponsor a haiku contest, coordinated by Jacqui Murray, for children in Queensland for the next ten years. This ensured a continued interest in haiku amongst teachers and children. The JAL Foundation also appointed Jacqui Murray as one of its international haiku judges and an English language editor for its series of Haiku by Children books published every second year from the world contests.

Another outcome for Australian haiku was the formation of the PaperWasp group by Ross, John and Jacqui. The group was opened to public membership in 1994. Amongst the first to be welcomed was Australia’s most prominent and prolific haijin, Janice M. Bostok. Janice brought with her a wealth of experience and knowledge. With fresh enthusiasm, and support from haijin in Japan, haiku again started to forge ahead in Australia.

The contact with Jack Stamm and Kazuo Sato would last until their deaths. Both were very enthusiastic about their self-imposed teaching mission and gave generously of their time and knowledge. So too was JAL’s Shunichi Shibohta who was responsible for the planning of haiku events at Brisbane’s Expo 88. His interest in haiku’s progress in Australia has endured beyond his retirement as secretary of the JAL Foundation – which took over the running of haiku contests in 1990. He remains an ardent reader of the PaperWasp journal and today believes the future of haiku may lie in the West rather than in Japan.

PaperWasp: a journal of haiku was launched in 1995. The original objective of the founding members, Jacqui, Ross and John, was to provide a public forum for Australian haiku and to further haiku ‘education’ in Australia. Despite its relative youth, it is now the oldest haiku journal in Australia. This is thanks largely to the generosity of JAL, which continued to pay PaperWasp for children’s haiku contest judging for some years after Expo 88; to Professor Sato who made a large personal donation to the journal; and, to Janice Bostok who likewise made a generous personal donation to help PaperWasp survive at a critical juncture.

PaperWasp has given a public voice to many who are now household names in the pantheon of Australian haiku luminaries. To name but a few they include Lyn Reeves, John Bird, Beverley George and Graham Nunn. Now under the able stewardship of secretary Katherine Samuelowicz, PaperWasp is finally on a relatively stable financial footing. It has members and supporters across the world but remains committed to the philosophy of encouraging all who aspire to write haiku and to the development of a truly Australian haiku ‘voice’. To this end individual members are extremely active in literary circles, publishing, and in other organizations and groups associated with haiku. PaperWasp runs the annual Jack Stamm Haiku Contest and publishes occasional collections of haiku.

It is difficult to assess PaperWasp’s contribution to haiku in Australia but there is little doubt that it did provide a focal point and an outlet for haiku, senryu, tanka and renga at a time when a dedicated journal was a novelty in Australia. The fact that it has survived, and indeed now continues to flourish, at a time when the Net has brought the world into our homes and so many other publishing opportunities to our fingertips, serves as testament to its ongoing value and the esteem in which it is still held.

Jacqui Murray

haiku in India

The popularity of Haiku in India is growing rapidly
as a review by Charles Trumball of a book edited by Angelee Deodhar shows.
You will also find news of a book of haiku by children

http://www.modernhaiku.org/bookreviews/IndiaHaiku2008.html

July 06, 2008

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.

The first segment commenced with five poems from the 16th century Japanese haiku master, Bashō, my favourite being:

the stillness –
soaking into stones
cicada cry

Amelia Fielden, a professional Japanese translator and renowned writer and translator of Japanese poetry, followed with a reading of poet Chiyo-ni’s work Chiyo-ni, , who later became a nun, is a female counterpart of Bashō. Amelia read four poems to represent each season, the spring poem being:

to tangle or untangle
the willow –
it’s up to the wind

Beverley and Amelia read together a haiku sequence entitled ‘White Pebbles’ ─ Shiroki jari, written by Beverley George, in these same gardens, and translated by Tokyo tanka poet, Mariko Kitakubo. A poignant reading, alternatively, Beverley in English ─ Amelia in Japanese.

A short break was followed by a reading of nineteen contemporary haiku by Australian haiku poets, clear notes of a bell separating each one.


widowhood:
his wedding ring
in the jewel box

Dawn Bruce

unable to see
my neighbours’ house
I sense her light

Janice Bostok

after
a winter haircut ─
winter ears

Michael Thorley

These three examples illustrate a range of emotions, sadness . . .loneliness . . . humour . . . left to be interpreted by the listener.

A sequence, entitled, Village Hall April 25, 2006 which paid tribute to similar Anzac Day observances around Australia, completed the readings. It was very moving to hear this read in the resounding timbre of a man’s voice.[Written by Beverley George, read by David George.]

Beverley concluded by suggesting people might like to wander the gardens and compose their own haiku . . . some indeed did.

The event was hosted by the Sister Cities Association. Haiku readers were Meredith Collins, Margaret Grace, David George, Beverley George and Amelia Fielden

July 04, 2008

Haiku Happenings

When browsing this website, don't forget to look under the various States
Recently added to this site are news items from:
NSW : Haiku reading in Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden
WA: Haiku workshop, competition and library haiku wall
QLD: Words and Water Dragons A Haiku event with a difference August 3
TAS: A workshop with Jodie Hawthorne plus other news
VIC: book launch: haiku by Sue Stanford plus Hiroshima Day remembrance
book launch: haiku by Lorin Ford
SA: a ginko in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens planned for September

Under Publications
you will find recently added news from India

Words and Water Dragons

The Japanese Garden in the Mt Cootha botanical gardens is a bow in the direction of haiku's homeland. From there it's a short walk to the rest of the world, or at least the parts of it that thrive at the foot of Mt Cootha. The gardens are landmined with haiku waiting to explode with the brute force of a butterfly's wingbeat, with all the fire of a Bird of Paradise.
This August 3 sees the third annual haiku reading in the Japanese Gardens, run as an outreach event of the Queensland Poetry Festival. This event is better than toffee apples at a fair. This is a venue where you don't just hear haiku but genuinely experience them.
A leisurely Sunday morning in the Japanese Garden, the pleasure of simple Japanese-style poetry in the Australian setting, and a little music …

warm rock
water dragon
winks a roguish eye
Haiku: Ynes Sanz

Informal readings by poets Ross Clark, Quendryth Young and Jacqui Murray
Music by Ann Bermingham and Helen Rowe
Programme includes an open session - bring your own haiku, tanka etc to read
Join us for a relaxed and enjoyable morning

Words and water dragons
Ross Clark, Quendryth Young and Jacqui Murray
Japanese Garden 11 am till 1 pm
Sunday 3 August 2008
FREE

Queensland Poetry Festival 2008 Outreach • Info: www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com
Inquiries: ysanz@optusnet.com.au 07) 3715 6317

July 03, 2008

City of Perth Haiku Competition Guidelines:

Haiku and Senryu will be accepted.

• Entries must be previously unpublished, nor entered in our
previous Haiku competitions.

• Entries are limited to 5 per entrant and must all be on one A4
paper. The name of the poet must be included at the bottom of
this page.

• A separate sheet must have name and contact details.

• The contact sheet must also list the first line of each poem.

• Font size to be at least 22pt.

• Any font style is acceptable.

• Entries will be judged purely on the text.

• Any pictures or decorations must fit on the page with the Haiku.

Entries OPEN on Monday 21 July , and CLOSE at 6pm Thursday
7 August.

Entries will not be accepted outside these dates.

Submit entries marked “ HAIKU 2008 ” :

Deliver… to the City of Perth Library, 573 Hay St Perth

Post … GPO Box C120 Perth 6839

Email … library.perth@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Emailed poems must be sent as a word document attachment

Prizes : 1st - $ 75, 2nd - $ 50, 3rd - $40

Winners will be listed in the Library on Monday 1 September andon Library’s web page .

Entries will be displayed on the Poetry Wall in the Library Monday 1 September - Saturday 13 September 2008

Haiku will not be returned unless accompanied with a stamped, self - addressed envelope

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. You can view Nicholas' haiku at: http://www.riverguardians.com/Lists/River%20Tales/CustomDispForm.aspx?ID=2. The River Guardian website relates to the Swan and Canning Rivers, which flow through the suburbs of Perth.
Congratulations Nicholas!

City of Perth Library with WA Poets Inc celebrates National Poetry Week 2008
Haiku Competition

Opens Monday 21st July and closes 6 pm Thursday 7th August

Haiku entries will be displayed on the Haiku Wall at City of Perth Library from Monday 1st September 2008
Cost: Free
Where: 573 Hay St
More information available soon.
Phone 9461 3581
Visit: http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/web/Living/City-of-Perth-Library/
Email: anna.teasdale@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
Haiku Workshop with Maureen Sexton

Monday 1st September
1 pm to 3 pm
City of Perth Library, 573 Hay St , Perth
Please book
Cost: Free
Phone: 9461 3581
Email: anna.teasdale@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Haiku Wall
Begins Monday 1st September 2008

Where: City of Perth Library, 573 Hay St , Perth

More information soon.

Phone 9461 3581

Visit: http://www.perth.wa.gov.au/web/Living/City-of-Perth-Library/
Email: anna.teasdale@cityofperth.wa.gov.au