April 24, 2013

Genjuan Haibun Contest 2013: Results

The results of this year's Genjuan Haibun Contest (Japan's only one!) have been announced here:

and the three awarded pieces may be read via the page link (Genjuan '13 Winning Haibun) on the right hand side of the results page.

Stephen Gill

April 22, 2013

Member publication - A bird-loving man: haiku and tanka.

Rodney Williams has just published a selection of his work in Japanese short forms, entitled A bird-loving man: haiku and tanka. Interspersed throughout the text are linocut illustrations by Gippsland artist Helen Timbury, who also designed the front cover. Available through the Ginninderra Press website, the book is priced at $22 RRP (plus postage and handling).

The back-cover blurb features these comments from Patricia Prime, editor of Kokako (NZ):
A bird-loving man: haiku and tanka collects haiku, tanka, haibun, tanka prose and sequences from a variety of locations and experiences. Rodney Williams’ poems have a thoughtful musicality and romance, a sense of humour and sadness to which many people will relate. The poems are carefully crafted, honest and unsentimental, working well on many levels and eliciting a variety of genuine emotions in the reader. They have such sharp details that one can immediately visualise the context. Here we encounter poems that readers living in Australia will be able to interpret with their direct knowledge of local birds, beaches, forests and wildlife. But this is not to say that international readers will not also enjoy the poems, as many are broadly relevant to life.

April 05, 2013

FreeXpresSion Haiku Competition results

Congratulations to Janet Howie, Victoria, for taking out First Prize in the Haiku Section of the FreeXpresSion 2013 Literary Competition with

mountain gorge
a passing cloud
loses its shadow

Highly Commended:

Susan Scott, NSW
Rodney Williams, Victoria
Carol Reynolds, NSW
Simon Hanson, South Australia
Dawn Bruce, NSW


Jennifer Sutherland, Vic
Arjun von Caemmerer, Tasmania
Rodney Williams, Victoria
Ernest J Berry, New Zealand
Steven Carter, USA

Winners’ haiku and the judge’s comments are available in the May issue of FreeXpresSion magazine. Details as follows: Send AUS$5.00 for the May edition which will include a supplement containing all the monetary prize-winning entries in full, or $2.50 just for the supplement. Overseas subscribers please add a further $5.00 for airmail postage. Send to PO Box 4 West Hoxton NSW 2171 Australia. Please make sure you include your name and address.

Congratulations to all!

April 04, 2013

Myron Lysenko Ginko at Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Ginko #16 is to be held at Melbourne Botanic Gardens, led by Myron Lysenko on Sunday 28th April 2013 from 11am – 3pm. Meet at Tea Rooms by the lake just before 11am. Bring notebook and pen. Costs: $20 full/$12 concession. Enquiries:

April 03, 2013

Final Issue of Famous Reporter

Famous Reporter, the long running and much respected journal edited by Ralph Wessman and Lyn Reeves, has ceased publication. The final issue, #44, was produced in December 2012.