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.
(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.)