• The British Haiku Society was founded in 1990. We are a registered charity in the UK No. 1002064.
  • The BHS is pioneering the appreciation and writing of haiku in the UK, and has links also with similar organisations throughout the world.
  • There are currently approximately 250 members, four-fifths of whom live in the UK.
  • Members receive for their subscriptions the Society journal, Blithe Spirit, a newsletter called The Brief, a Members Address List, use of the Society’s library (postal loans possible), various other occasional papers, and a vote at the AGM and biennial committee elections. Periodically members receive invitations to specially organised events, such as discussion groups, workshops and haiku walks, with a national conference held every year. There is also a members-only on-line Discussion Forum at Yahoo Groups.
More information about Haiku- another kind of poetry
  • We also publish books concerning haiku and related matters.
  • We are active in promoting the teaching of haiku in schools and colleges, and able to provide readers/course and workshop leaders/speakers for poetry groups, etc. We have also created a haiku teaching/learning kit for schools (free download).
  • We administer the British Haiku Awards for haiku and haibun and tanka.
  • Our efforts in the fields of literature and education were recognised in 1996 by a Japan Festival Award (second place in tandem with Sadlers Wells Opera) the first prize being won by the British Museum. In 2008 our journal Blithe ┬áSpirit achieved fifth place (from 175┬ámagazines considered)in the International Network & Community of Writers (Incwriters) Outstanding Contributions to Literature(Magazines) Award.

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