Blithe Spirit Publication


If you received the latest issue of Blithe Spirit, the publication of the British Haiku Society of which I am currently a member, last week, you would have noticed a familiar name! My haiku on the theme of space (pictured below) was included in their summer issue. It wasn't my favorite haiku out of all the ones I submitted so I was surprised that they liked it so much but I'm not about to complain! 

"wish upon a withered star
crashing down tonight"
- Sophia Conway

In other news, I got an email on the morning of my Birthday this weekend from their editor, Iliyana S., notifying me that they chose one of my haibun to be included in their Fall issue! It's the first of my haibun to be published so I'm very excited. Keep an eye out for it this October.

I've had a surprising amount of success in having my work included in their publications so I'm very grateful to the whole publishing team for enjoying my work so much!

[Haibun: Generally, a haibun consists of one or more paragraphs of prose written in a concise, imagistic haikai style, and one or more haiku. However, there may be considerable variation of form.]

About the haiku:
As a child, I went through a phase of wanting to be an astronaut (thankfully, it didn't work out for me! I'm horribly claustrophobic anyway) but am still fascinated by all the beauty above just out of reach. While living in Quebec, I spent many date nights with my now-husband counting shooting stars (the nights are SO clear in the sticks of Chertsey) which probably helped inspire this haiku.