Next Gadigal Ginko: 10am Saturday 13th July 2024, Camperdown, Sydney

Register Now for Haiku Down Under 2024

The second Haiku Down Under conference will take place online via Zoom from Friday to Sunday, August 16-18, 2024, with the theme of A Sensory Journey.  Register for free via the online form on the Register pagePlease visit the website for current details of the conference, including the programme.

Writer & Photographer

Newtown, Sydney, Australia - unceded Gadigal land

Over recent months my haiku been published in:

With great sadness, I'd like to acknowledge the untimely recent death of Ghanaian poet Adjei Agyei-Baah, who was living in New Zealand while completing his PhD at the University of Waikato. Adjei was a widely published poet and a co-founder of the Africa Haiku Network and also of the journal The Mamba. Haikupedia entry. 27th January 2024 Haiku Down Under Facebook post.

Gadigal Ginko is an opportunity for Sydney-based haiku poets to gather on an occasional basis. The fifth Gadigal Ginko took place on Tuesday 16th April, 2024.

Haiku Down Under 2022 was held via Zoom over the weekend of 7th-9th October, with over 200 registered participants from Australia, New Zealand and further afield. This was the first ever trans-Tasman haiku conference. I'm extremely grateful to the presenters for the work they put into their sessions and to all the participants who helped to make it an enjoyable weekend. I would like to say a very big thank you to my co-organisers, Sue Courtney (New Zealand), Carole Harrison (Australia) and Sherry Grant (New Zealand), as well as Sandra Simpson (New Zealand), who helped to initiate the project. You can read Sandra's summary of Haiku Down Under at her breath haiku collection site.

After joining the committee of the Australian Haiku Society as Secretary in May 2022, on 1st April 2024 I became the President.

In April 2020 a poem of mine was one of six to receive a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems 2019 from The Haiku Foundation. It's the first time one of my haiku has been even shortlisted for an award, so I feel extremely honoured and in very illustrious company. I'm very grateful to the judges, to the editors of Echidna Tracks who published my haiku in 2019, and to whoever nominated my poem.

Foundation member of Inkstone Poetry Forum November 2016.

Frequent guest member of Meguro International Haiku Circle in Tokyo; first visited 2013.

Haiku Links

My haiku and haiga


Australian Haiku Society homepage

Haiku NewZ from New Zealand Poetry Society

The Haiku Foundation website

Haiku Society of America website

Haiku Northwest website

Africa Haiku Network website

Other Poets' pages

Haiku Dreaming Australia - compiled by John Bird

Greg Piko: Gregory Piko Poetry blog

Sue Courtney's haiku pages

Sandra Simpson's breath haiku collection blog

Michael Dylan Welch’s poetry blog: Graceguts

Simone Busch’s haiku and photos: Weighing Words

David McMurray: Asahi Haikuist Network

Simone Busch’s haiku and photos: Weighing Words

Journals & other Publications

Echidna Tracks  a new Australian haiku journal in 2018

Seashores a new international print journal in 2018

Creatrix Haiku published by WA Poets Inc

Kokako becoming a digital journal in 2024, based in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Heron’s Nest

Modern Haiku Journal

Drifting Sands - Journal of Haibun and Tanka Prose

The Mamba journal of the Africa Haiku Network


Autumn Moon Haiku Journal

Kingfisher international print journal

The Living Haiku Anthology

A Hundred Gourds (2011-2016) - now archived at The Haiku Foundation

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Copyright Leanne Mumford - Last updated 14th June 2024. This website was created on unceded Gadigal land.