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David Cobb, educational writer specialising in EFL; high school courses, now standard in West Africa, Middle East; these actually mention haiku. Founded British Haiku Society, 1990, president 1997-2001, launched Blithe Spirit, 1991, produced loan exhibition, haiku teaching kit, 1993; organised seminal meeting of European haiku poets, under the English Channel, 1997; pioneering haibun, Spring Journey to the Saxon Shore, 1997; ed. Iron Book of British Haiku (70 contributors), 1998; organised national haiku competition for The Times, 2000; editor, British Museum Haiku, 2002; cross-media events, e.g. Haiku and Glass Exhibition, 2003-2004; a voice for haiku at UK poetry festivals. Honours include four HSA Merit Book Awards. David passed away on November 6, 2020.


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