The British Haiku Society, for a modest annual subscription, offers its 250–300 members a variety of services: an acclaimed quarterly journal, Blithe Spirit, of poetry, articles and reviews; quarterly newsletters; an annual membership list to facilitate networking and organisation of regional groups; a library of books in the field of haiku, on postal loan; entry to contests; workshops and other events, some residential; tutoring for beginners by arrangement; and we take part in poetry festivals.

Although based in the UK, we attract members from many other countries worldwide; these represent as many as 20% of the total membership, and international exchanges are fostered. To celebrate National Poetry Day in Britain, in 1997, and enjoying the generous sponsorship of Eurotunnel, BHS organised a gathering of some 20 poets from 7 nations in Calais, and then travelled back with them to Folkestone. We shared events with them on both sides of the English Channel in a single day, and while travelling amused ourselves with the novelty of composing haiku under the sea. This event spawned a series of international meetings, including three European Haiku Conferences, in the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.

(for Haiku Scotland)

(for Haiku Ireland)

(for Haiku Society of America)

Blarney Castle Gardens

(This press publishes a selection of collections and anthologies, and annual Snapshot Calendars, comprising winning competition entries.)

Poetry Library, Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1

(This library has a substantial number of haiku books and periodicals in its collections, and also makes selections from Blithe Spirit available on-line.)

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