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 to 8.00pm)
Welcoming Reception (drinks, welcome speech from BHS President Colin Blundell, conference anthology readings, interactive book signing / getting to know each other)

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

  • Judy Kendall: Lecture and Workshop on the theme ‘Haiku Crossing Cultures: Harmony in Diversity’
  • Ralf Broeker: Sci-bun
  • Charles Trumbull: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Haiku Aesthetic

Saturday afternoon, June 1st (2.00pm -6.00pm)

  • Ikuyo Yoshimura: RH Blyth’s influence on the modern haiku world
  • David Lanoue: Gendai Issa
  • Ginko in St Albans (a haiku walk around St Albans taking in the cathedral, the park and other interesting places)
  • Kukai (sharing of haiku written on the ginko at the Maltings Arts Theatre)
  • Green Wood Haiku Performance

Saturday evening, June 1st (7.30pm)
Meal for all in a local restaurant (optional)

Sunday morning, June 2nd (10.00am to 2.00pm)

  • Ian Storr: Haiku, Glass and the British Coastline
  • Antoaneta Nikolova, Yordan Georgiev: Nano-haiku
  • Paul Chambers: The Lorca Project
  • Anna Maris: Haiku, language and cultural reference
  • Performance of traditional Japanese music and dance lead by David W Hughes and a kendo demonstration by Yutaka Matsubayashi
  • Plenary session led by Iliyana Stoyanova and David Bingham

We are also producing an anthology under the conference theme ‘Haiku Crossing Cultures, Harmony within Diversity’, so each participant is invited to send 3-5 unpublished haiku (minimum of 3) from which one will be chosen for publication. We will consider any style or theme. 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.

The fee for this 3-day event is £40 (payable by PayPal at  thebritishhaikusociety (a) gmail . com ; or if needed by cheques for UK participants).

We will also be providing you with information about hotels and B&Bs at a range of prices and travel advice.
Here is a short glimpse at what St Albans has to offer:

Please note the places for the conference are limited so you are advised to confirm your attendance ASAP. Conference booking deadline is 14 February 2019.

Do let us know if you have any other questions:

David Bingham
david . hodgebower (a) tiscali . co . uk

Iliyana Stoyanova
iliyana (a) fastmail . co . uk

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