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20thJuly, 2014

Presence 50 is now being mailed out: UK subscribers should receive their copies by the end of July, and overseas subscribers by the end of August. After these dates, please contact us if you have not received your copy.

11thJune, 2014

Martin Lucas's Ph. D. thesis ‘Haiku in Britain: theory, practice, context’ has now been digitized by the British Library. It is available free of charge for anyone to download from the EThOS website. Registration with EThOS is required but this is free. It is also possible to order CD, DVD, print or bound copies from EThOS for a fee.

You can access it here: Haiku in Britain.

17th April, 2014

We are very sorry to have to share the sad news about Martin, we have received from his brother Len. Unfortunately a body found at Lytham Beach, south of Blackpool, on Monday morning, has now been formally identified as Martin. Len says that it is most likely that Martin’s last moments were spent along the river Ribble, an area which he loved and celebrated in a number of his wonderful haiku. Martin will of course be missed enormously by his friends and family, but he leaves, too, a huge gap in the haiku world and particularly at this magazine.

5th January, 2013

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12th December, 2012

Editing arrangements for issue 48 take a familiar shape – Martin’s back to work on the email; Matthew is taking postal submissions and reviews; and Ian is taking haibun. We’ve had to raise subscription prices to cover a large increase in postage costs, and all details of the new rates are on the Subscriptions page.

7th February, 2010

The new version of the Presence website is now online. All the content is still here, in pretty much the same place, but it's had a major facelift—and been reengineered (using xHTML and external CSS, if you’re interested in such things), which should make it display properly in most browsers.

The graphic in the header is taken from one of Helen Robinson’s images for the Haiku Presence Exhibition.

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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones: a way into haiku by Martin Lucas

Front cover of Stepping Stones Following in the footsteps of R. H. Blyth’s famous commentaries on Japanese haiku, this unique British anthology combines appreciation, analysis and imagination, initiating the unfolding process of discovery that takes us deeper into the meaning of haiku.

Features 366 haiku and senryu by 71 poets, each with a short paragraph of commentary.

192pp, ISBN 978-0-9522397-9-6

There is only one word for Stepping Stones: Excellent!
What shows through, I think, is your love of haiku.
Pamela Brown, letter to the author.

UK price: £12 plus £1.50 p&p
Europe: €19 plus €4 p&p (airmail)
USA: US$26 plus US$8 p&p (airmail)
(Euro and US$ orders payable in cash)

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