Forthcoming International Haiku Conference 2019

IHC St Albans

International Haiku Conference – St Albans, UK

(31 May – 2 June 2019)


The BHS is the sponsor and organizer of an International Haiku Conference which will take place at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans, UK on the weekend of Friday, 31 May to Sunday – 2 June 2019. The overall theme of the conference is ‘Haiku Crossing Cultures, Harmony within Diversity’.

The programme for the conference is as follows:

Friday evening, May 31st (6.00pm – 8.30pm)

  • Drinks on arrival 
  • Welcoming to Conference, Iliyana Stoyanova and David Bingham 
  • Welcome speech from the BHS President, Colin Blundell 
  • Shared readings from ‘where silence becomes song’, the conference anthology
  • Recital of tanka by Mariko Kitakubo accompanied by Rick Wilson playing the shakuhachi 

Saturday morning, June 1st (10.00am – 1.00am)

  • Judy Kendall: Haiku – The Whirlpools of Translation
  • Ralf Broeker: “Scibun or What Kind of Haiku They Don’t Read on Rigel IV?”
  • Charles Trumbull: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Haiku Aesthetic

Saturday afternoon, June 1st (2.00pm – 6.30pm)

  • Ikuyo Yoshimura: R.H.Blyth and his influence in the modern haiku world: Relationship between Blyth and James W. Hackett
  • David Lanoue (Xavier University of Louisiana): Gendai Issa
  • Ginko: A haiku walk around St Albans
  • An opportunity to take part in a workshop with the haiga artist, Elisaveta Ilieva
  • Sharing haiku written on the ginko
  • The Scent of Ordinary Things – A performance, including music, song, visuals and drama, from members of the Greenwood Haiku group who are based in Shropshire
  • Announcement of the results of the conference haiku contest

Sunday morning, June 2nd (10.00am – 1.50pm)

  • Ian Storr: A Sense of Place: Haiku, Glass and the British Coast
  • Antoaneta Nikolova and Yordan M. Georgiev: Nano-haiku: A Possible Meeting Point between East and West (Antoaneta Nikolova is  funded by the European Union through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action, Horizon 2020, as a part of her individual project “Perception of Eastern Teachings in Europe”)
  • Paul Chambers: The Trembling of the Moment – The Haiku of Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Anna Maris: Haiku in Scandinavia – Language and Cultural Reference
  • Traditional Song, Dance, and Swordplay of Japan : A concert of folk songs and dances from Okinawa and Akita led by David Hughes, plus a kendo demonstration by Yutaka Matsubayashi
  • Plenary session led by Iliyana Stoyanova and David Bingham

Sunday afternoon, June 2nd – 2.00pm

There will be a farewell meal in a local Turkish restaurant  for anyone who is able to stay for the afternoon (the cost of the meal is not covered by the conference fee).

We are also producing a conference anthology called ‘where silence becomes song’. The anthology will be launched at the reception on the opening night.

During the conference a bookshop will give the participants the opportunity not only to sell their own books/booklets but also to get acquainted with publications from other haiku poets.

Iliyana Stoyanova and David Bingham
(International Haiku Conference Organising Committee – UK, 2019)