Magic Fish Dreaming

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A poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland.

Encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems.

“Luminous and jubilant, Magic Fish Dreaming explores an imaginative world of rainforest and cassowary, the flicker of geckos and the roll of quolls. Whimsical poems and exquisite images invite readers to venture into vibrant, magical places, rich with stories and legends. 

Like the work of Michael Rosen and Shirley Hughes, images and words combine to evoke the textures and spirit of landscapes. Here, though, it is a vibrant Australian world readers discover, one alive with the colour and energy of nature and many cultures. “

Felicity Plunkett, Poet and Poetry Editor for University of Queensland Press

Paper back, ISBN   9780980731187.

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17 poems, 48 pages in total, title index, 2 sections, 210mm X284mm, extensive educational notes and suggested activities available.

Suitable for reading with children all ages and for independent readers eight and up.  A treasured book to grow up with and revisit!

 

For Queensland Readers  Magic Fish Dreaming is currently available at:

Riverbend Books (Bullimba, Brisbane)

Little Gnome (Wynnum, Brisbane)

Mary Ryan’s Books, Music and Coffee (Milton, Brisbane)

Big B Books, (Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast)

Hidden Words Bookshop (Kuranda)

Mary Who Bookshop (Townsville)

 

Coming soon to  

Annie’s Books on Peregian (Sunshine Coast)

Berkelouw Eumundi Book Store (Sunshine Coast)

 

Public Libraries  please contact  Peter Pal

 

Coming soon respected School Supplier!

(in consultation and will list them soon)

Tasmania book shop (we hope!)

 

To order outside of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Kuranda and Townsville:

Available by direct order to  all those in Australia living outside areas where the book is stocked:
Email gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

For now schools  if in Brisbane contact one of the above bookstores; other schools can order from me directly. (Educational material available!)

 

All other purchasers once our suppliers are sorted, as some can send overseas!

We’ll let you know when international distribution happens.

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To read our full list Honour Blog Roll Thankyous

A special thank you to Write Links,  Book Links, the Children’s Book Academy, the Inspiration Garden, Soul Food Writing buddies,  friends from writing groups I have been in, blog followers, the Creative community of Far North Queensland and the Baha’is for their  support.

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Positively Reviewed (more reviews on their way!)

 

Penny Harrison, Kids Book Review

Reading Time, Children’s Book Council Australia

Just Kids Lit Review

Vacen Taylor’s Review (Good Reads)

Georgina Ballantine Review (Good Reads Review)

Dimity Powell’s Review

 

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Magic Fish Dreaming News

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June will be presenting her ‘unique story’ in a panel for the Sandcliffe Writers Festival.

April 29th 9am-10.30  Brackenridge Library

The panel is Unique Journeys:

Join authors June Perkins, Duncan Richardson and Michael Aird’ as they talk about their inspiration  and ideas and what compels them on their creative journey, where they are today, and where they hope to be in the future.’

For more information about the festival (lots of other great events, all free except for the literary dinner with Matthew Condon) contact Adele Moy, sandcliffewritersfestival@gmail.com

The festival also has a facebook page.

There will also be a poetry writing workshop with Angela Peita, on the same day at 1.30-3.30 pm.  For bookings contact the Bracken Ridge Library, 32691102

Other News

Queensland Writers Centre, recently featured June in their Queensland Writer’s Life series.  June says,’It is a great honour to be included amongst some great Queensland Writers, such as Jackie French! Nick Earls and more!’

Helene is doing fantastically.  You can find her six picture books, that’s right six picture books, listed in her biography for this site.  We welcome her to recently becoming an Australian citizen with her whole family!  How lucky is Australia!

Helene loves all the books she is involved with creating and is an absolute inspiration.  The Velveteen Rabbit has just been translated into Chinese!

Library Workshops

Some fantastic news is that  Helene and June have some workshops coming up at libraries in Brisbane in the June holidays.  We hope to create more fans for poetry and art in combination for children’s books!  We will be collaborating on these workshops and we’re so happy that we get to work together again! We’d love to see more artistic poetry books in the world.

Suppliers and Bookshops

We hope to very soon announce  school/tafe, childcare suppliers and more book stores OUTSIDE of Brisbane stocking Magic Fish Dreaming!  (maybe Tasmania!) We are working super hard to ensure the book makes it into more libraries!  Please send us your very positive energy as we embark on broadening the reach of Magic Fish Dreaming and start field tripping.

Community

We are working to connect with any community that loves caring for nature, supporting diversity and poetry and of course Queensland.  We think our book is a great tool for encouraging mindfulness and have a psychologist let us know she is using it with her clients.  How wonderful!

We will be back when we have more to share!  But thank you to everyone who keeps helping us spread the word about the book.

Special thanks to some of the students  and staff at the Keystones unit, at QUT, who are taking the news about the book to their children’s schools.  That is just so special!

From the Tweet-sphere

The author of the Outlander Series, left this message, after my proud mother-in-law tweeted her about Magic Fish Dreaming.  Thanks Helen Perkins for sharing the news about the book and how lovely that Diana Gabaldon replied!

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Keep a look out for upcoming book signings!

‘Reading With’ photo competition.

You have all this week to share your best ‘reading with’ someone photograph (make sure you have permission to share with anyone in the pic) and a few words about it, and we will pick the one we loved the most and, send you Magic Fish Dreaming.

If you already have Magic Fish Dreaming we’ll post another small surprise or you can give the book to a friend!

Share your photograph either on our facebook page or on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #readtomemagicfishdreaming.

Grandparent Loves the Book!

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Receiving messages like this about Magic Fish Dreaming, is just so special.

Hi June,

Just want to tell you that I love your book. Can’t decide what is my favorite poem. Looking forward to read more and more for my grandkids.

I love and admire your work. And the illustrations by Helene are just gorgeous.

“Secret spot reflecting inner essence of trees but hiding bubbles of crocodiles” Beautiful. This feels like the essence of life itself. And our journey here.

Thank you so much. Please do this again.

I will surely back you again for bringing something so special to fruition.

Thanks again.

Best wishes for you

Catherine

Kids Book Review Interview

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Hooray!  Just letting you know that today there is an interview with June on Kids Book Review Interview   (done by Penny Harrison)

You can find  some earlier interviews here:

Readilearn Interview (with Norah Colvin)

ABC interview (sound cloud)

Poet Turns to Crowd Funding (sound cloud)

Karen Tyrrell Interview

Dimity Powell’s Interview

Ali Stegert Interview

Tales from Pasifika interview

Also of Interest!

Interview with Artist Helene Magisson

Article by Helene Magisson on the Story Behind Magic Fish Dreaming

Our Latest Good Reads Review

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Vacen Taylor‘s review

Mar 08, 2017

Magic Fish Dreaming is one of those books destined for parents who understand the importance of reading a book to their children, a book that discovers magic in the country and its creatures. The words are joyful and magical. The illustrations are lovable, alive with shape, imagery and spirit.

This book is filled with poems that draw you into the peacefulness of the Australian bush. Poems that celebrate the creatures like Geckos’ Dance, Beyond Caterpillar Days, Tawny and Wishing for a Fish invite readers on a rhythmic journey with images to help them along the way.

Poems that feature the power of our environment like Storm Dancers and Lost at Sea gather readers up and ask them to explore the heart of far north Queensland.

This is a book for everyone, to read quietly under a tree or to snuggle on the side of the bed and read aloud to the ones they love. It will certainly enrich the lives of those who read it.

Vacen Taylor

Some New Poems

Although selling copies of Magic Fish Dreaming can keep me busy, I always put aside special time for writing poems.

I have been submitting them to Australian Children’s Poetry and encourage you to check out their excellent prompts!  They are so much fun!

I’ve been doing some submissions for projects and hope to have good news for our fans soon.

With submissions of both projects and poetry publications I like to forget about them once they are in, working on my writing helps me to take my mind off them.  At this stage all I can say is that some of these are not just for Magic Fish Dreaming, but the cause of poetry and children in general!  Please cross your fingers and send your positive wishes !

I’ve always loved collaborating and recently began to have conversations with a number of Australian poets for children. I have always loved poetry and think it offers so much to children and families, so finding other like minded creatives to chat with is inspiring!

Here is one of the poems I had accepted to the Australian Children’s Poetry Blog.

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Art Class

 

For Vincent’s  ‘The  Starry,  Starry Night’

 

Outlines crash into swirls

Miss Del Amico asks, what do you see?

Is that a sky of blue curls?

Outlines crash into swirls

Time to dive for some pearls

Will I find this painting’s key?

Outlines crash into swirls

Miss Del Amico asks, what do you see ?

June Perkins
  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #8

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June said: This is a triolet using the prompt ‘Blurred.’ The first words that came into my head were, ‘outlines crash into swirls’.

The trickiest thing with this poem was picking the artist.  Would they be someone I personally knew who painted, a fictional small child, or someone who everyone knows that paints?  I thought of a famous artist who used swirls, Vincent Van Gough.

I added the dedication to help with understanding of the poem.

I imagine this poem is an art class for early childhood with a teacher who likes to introduce the children to great artists, and likes to encourage them to look beyond the surface of the painting, into what it means to the artist who paints it.  I decided to name the teacher after my favourite art teacher at high school.