Haiku daze

Spent last weekend in Wellington, primarily to attend the launch of Given an Ordinary Stone, the NZ Poetry Society annual anthology (but also to do some shopping and see a garden!). One of the nicest parts of the launch is the dinner a few of us go to afterwards as it’s a chance to sit around and yak after the formalities.

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Thomas Bullock, designer of the cover of the latest NZPS anthology. Photo: Sandra Simpson



Nola Borrell is launching her first book of haiku this weekend in Lower Hutt so I’m wishing her all the best for that. I didn’t get a chance to talk to her about it, but I’ve seen a copy of the cover and it looks gorgeous.

waking echoes is designed by Briar Whitehead (designer of the taste of nashi, the 2008 New Zealand haiku anthology, co-edited by Nola). The book, which includes photos by Briar, Neil Whitehead and the author, will be launched by Laurice Gilbert. Copies are available from Nola, write to 177A Miromiro Rd., Normandale, Lower Hutt 5010 or email her. The book costs $15 at the launch or $17 posted.

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Nola Borrell at the launch of Given an Ordinary Stone. Photo: Sandra Simpson


Had an email waiting for me when I got back to advise that I’ve received a Commendation in the Polish Haiku Contest with:

late strawberries —
the story of how he saved me
gets a bit longer

Read all the winning haiku here.