November 2022: I hope that everyone who wanted to was able to participate in last month’s Haiku Down Under, a free online event that was brought together by Sue Courtney and Sherry Grant (NZ), and Leanne Mumford and Carole Harrison (Australia). Speakers beamed in from Canada, the US, England and Japan, as well as being in New Zealand and Australia. It was lovely to see some familiar faces in the audience and realise, too, that some people were trying haiku for the first time. Hope it sticks!
A charming aspect of the gathering was hearing the acknowledgement of the ancestral lands where the various speakers were located. That’s not something we do in Aotearoa New Zealand but Sue Courtney and Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ātiawa) came up trumps – and made history – with their presentation ‘A Showcase of Haiku from Aotearoa New Zealand presented in English and Te Reo Māori’. Twenty-six haiku were featured, read in English first then Vaughan read his te reo Maori translation. A splendid achievement by them both.
Find Haiku Happenings here. Contest listings have been updated, to, eek, the beginning of March 2023. I’ve gone that far ahead to include the very new news from the Australian Haiku Society of the John Bird Haiku Dreaming Award. Don’t forget to check the Publications page as another source of outlets for your work. This month’s article remains the same as last month’s with Bob Lucky introducing us to tanka prose – haibun with tanka is the easiest way to explain it. Life got away on me a bit in October!
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