April 22, 2014

Janice M Bostok Haiku Award 2014

The award returns in 2014 to celebrate the work of Australian haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok with a First Prize of $250, a Second Prize of $75 and Third Prize of $25.

The closing date is 1 September 2014 and results will be announced in December when an award anthology will be published by the sponsor, paper wasp, of which Janice Bostok was a member for 20 years. All entries must be in the haiku form, in English and be the original, unpublished, work of the author.

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April 17, 2014

Vale Martin Lucas

It is with great sadness that we advise the passing of English haiku poet, Martin Lucas, who has been found dead on a beach at St Annes Lancashire after a search lasting many weeks.

http://blogpreston.co.uk/2014/04/body-of-missing-preston-man-martin-lucas-found-on-beach/

Among other achievements, Martin held a PhD in the study of haiku and was editor of the haiku journal, Presence.

In 2009 Martin attended the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference held in Terrigal, New South Wales, where many Australian haiku writers had the opportunity to meet him, hear his thoughts on writing haiku and enjoy his company. Australian writers were also in regular contact with Martin through their contributions to Presence.

Martin's friendly manner and thoughtful approach to the writing of haiku will be missed by poets around the world. A New Zealand tribute to Martin can be found at:

http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haikunews/haikuhappenings

April 14, 2014

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No.33

Ginko No.33 (autumn) held at Meldrum Park, Ballina, 10 April 2014

The sun was out, the tide was out and the blue soldier crabs were out in abundance. The Cloudcatchers’ autumn ginko was held on Thursday 10 April at Meldrum Park, in Ballina, on the banks of North Creek, which empties into the Richmond River just before its mouth.

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April 12, 2014

Red Dragonflies Autumn Meeting 2014

The Red Dragonflies gathered on Saturday 12th April on a rainy afternoon at Barbara Fisher’s home for our autumn meeting. All members were present. Over cups of tea and coffee and some spectacular cake made by Barbara, we workshopped poems on topics ranging from family pets, to the night sky, to the subject of happiness. Interestingly, the poems on happiness were all written in a particularly clear and accessible way and resonated strongly with our own personal experience of happiness. We left the meeting fulfilled after an afternoon of good company, good food and excellent poetry.

Vanessa Proctor

April 07, 2014

Bindii Ginko at Himeji Gardens 5 April 2014

Five members came to the Ginko at Himeji Gardens on a very pleasant, sunshiny autumn afternoon. Margaret Fensom led the Ginko and was joined by Lyn Arden, Dawn Colsey, Maeve Archibald and Alicia Holbrook.


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