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

For more reviews

Paper back, ISBN   9780980731187.

17 poems, 48 pages in total, title index, 2 sections, 210mm X 284mm, extensive educational notes and suggested activities available.

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

(Please note Dreaming in the title is based on a poem in the book where the phrase ‘magic fish dreaming,’ is said and not in the context of Australian Indigenous Dreamtime. The author’s cultural background in second generation migrant of Bush Mekeo and Australian /English.)

 

 

 

FNQ Distributor

Local Authors Network

 

For Tasmanian Readers  Magic Fish Dreaming is now at:

 

Stories Bookshop   Level 1, 75 St John Street, Launceston

Fullers Bookshop  131 Collins St, Hobart

[Please note: The book may retail slightly higher in Tasmania due to postage costs, but we have done our best to keep it as low as we possibly can and it will be cheaper than ordering direct.]

 

For Queensland Readers  Magic Fish Dreaming is currently available at:

 

Cairns Books (Cairns)

Cairns Crystal Ball Bookshop

State Library Book Shop (South Bank, Brisbane)

Riverbend Books (Bullimba, Brisbane)

Big B Books, (Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast)

Little Gnome (Wynnum, Brisbane)

Berkelouw Eumundi Book Store (Sunshine Coast)

Books@Stones (Stones Corner, Brisbane)

Little Angels, Children Boutique  and Toys (Tully)

Hidden Words Bookshop (Kuranda)

Mary Who Bookshop (Townsville)

Chapter, (Yeppoon, Central QLD)

Annie’s Books on Peregian (Sunshine Coast)

 

 

Public Libraries  please contact 

Peter Pal

James Bennett

Wheeler’s Books Australia (Also Libraries and Early Education Centres)

 

School Supplier

Wheeler’s Books Australia (Also Libraries and Early Education Centres)

Riverbend Books (Bullimba, For Brisbane or any of the Above Brisbane Stores)

 

To order outside of QLD / Tasmania    $27 per copy within Australia

(postage costs reduced when ordering more than one, please email us)

 

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

 

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

We’ll let you know when international distribution happens or how we will handle international orders.  Feel free to send queries via email.

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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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Reviews (more reviews on their way!)

Educate, Empower Blog

Elizabeth Vercoe, Buzz Words

Penny Harrison, Kids Book Review

Children’s Book Academy Review and Interview

Australian Children’s Poetry Review

Reading Time, Children’s Book Council Australia

Just Write for Kids Lit Review, Romi Sharp

Vacen Taylor’s Review Good Reads

Georgina Ballantine Review Good Reads 

Dimity Powell’s Review

 

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Educate Empower, Workshops, Illumine and other News

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Another review is now available for people wanting a preview of Magic Fish Dreaming.

To read it visit Educate Empower Blog  I just love this review because it gives such a great list of suggested uses of the book and the honest responses of a few young readers.

Educate Empower blog is an absolutely beautiful blog, full of inspiring book reviews, and wonderful in that it looks at the educative potential of each book for the parent who loves to not only entertain their children but have teachable moments.

I am so happy that they reviewed my book.

Currently I am working on a plan for the last few months in the lead up to Christmas.  I’ll let you know when and where that means Magic Fish Dreaming is traveling to outside of Brisbane !

Helene and I are excited to announce that we will be running two workshops through the Brisbane libraries in January 2018 – on visual poetry and including water colour technique this time!  Hooray! These will run for two hours, rather than one as our first workshops did and we just know they are going to be so enjoyable.

We really love the opportunity to work together again, especially inspiring others in their own creative capacity and bringing out that potential we hope!  And yes these workshops will be free to the public.

In other news my wonderful designer Heidi is working on the design of more children’s books.  Seems people like the work she did for Magic Fish Dreaming so much she is receiving job offers.  Well done Heidi, proud of you my creative sister!

In a couple of weeks, October 7 and 8th at 2pm in the afternoon I am running workshops on writing inspired by art at the Illumine Exhibition.  These ones are for youth and adults.  You can check out the booking link here  ILLUMINE POETRY WORKSHOPS WITH JUNE PERKINS.

Hope you are having the most beautiful creative time.  And enjoying writing for the pure joy of it.

 

World Literacy Day with the Kids of Botongon

Replay of the Livestream of the Event.

Skype view from my office – Australia

What a special day to meet and speak with the children of Botongon.  I thank my dear friend Mel Irvine, for taking the magic of Magic Fish Dreaming and sharing it with the children.

Mel tried to make it seem as much as possible as if I was there, and moved the camera a few times so I could see the whole gathering  and setting as well as introducing me to people. The local women who work with Mel are very impressive in their care for the children too.

It was amazing and quite overwhelming to think of some children arriving early and waiting for up to two hours outside the gate to run up the stairs to go the world literacy day event.

After welcome songs, and prayers, and me also thanking all of our ancestors I spoke.

We had some common ground and I spoke with them about Australia’s typhoon – Yasi and my family’s experience of it.  It was something that brought some memories back for all of us in two parts of the world where massive cyclones have occurred.

I loved hearing the children sing in a number of languages and was very impressed that one young man recited ‘Gecko’s dance.’

I read ‘Rain Song’ and encouraged the gathering to tell that rain to go away.  For a moment it was as if we were all yelling out at the typhoons/cyclones we have been through.

But it was lovely that the meeting was so positive, joyful and focused on education.   Mel showed me the library! And lots of children were reading.  I was sad to hear they had lost their school after the typhoon, but they did soon return to school in tents!

Soon everyone was smiling again through memory tears. There is something about sharing the experience of a natural disaster that can’t be explained in words.

You can watch most of what unfolded in the replay of the livestream.

The children  introduced themselves one by one, and really enjoyed going up to the microphone.

A big thank you also to Helene the illustrator of Magic Fish Dreaming, who was thanked at the meeting as well.  Her illustrations have played such an important role in attracting people into the  words of Magic Fish Dreaming.

It has been wonderful to see how people everywhere and all ages can relate through the power of poetry and memory.

The major highlight of this skype was to see so many smiling faces listening to poetry to someone all the way in Australia, and responding to the words which such warmth, emotion and enthusiasm.  A writer can ask for nothing more.

You can read more about this event and Mel’s work in the Philippines at her blog.

If you feel inspired maybe you can give some support to these dear children.

Images Courtesy Mel Irvine  – showing what was happening on the other end of the skype session and in the lead up to the day.


Writing Poetry for Kids – Children are the Future for Poetry

Write up of participation in the Queensland Poetry Festival, Writing for Kids Panel.

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A panel for exploring Writing Poetry for Kids, hosted by the Brisbane Square Library, was held at the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017, Saturday August 26th. It was encouraging to see the theatrette full, and a mixture of backgrounds, parents, local writing for children community, and general public in attendance, as well as a few children.  The library did a beautiful job of hosting us and making sure the equipment was all sound checked and ready to go. Thanks to the Queensland Poetry Festival for including our panel in the festival.

The panel explored the idea that children are the future of keeping the art of poetry alive. If they love it, then their children in turn will love it.  So how then do we foster and keep poetry vibrant, culturally inclusive, and add it onto everyone’s must do, and must buy list, especially children, grandparents, families and schools?  Dr…

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Skyping for World Literacy

Image courtesy Mel Irvine, children in Philippines Reading Magic Fish Dreaming

 

So excited that I will be skyped to the Philippines in September, to read  poems to some of the children gathering there to celebrate World Literacy Day.

My dear friend Mel Irvine, who supported the kickstarter creation of the book and purchased it to share with Philippino children, has recently extended this invitation to me. I thank her so much for the opportunity to share poetry and my story live to an overseas audience.

I applaud all her wonderful efforts working to empower the children and young people through the arts and education and feel both blessed and privileged to know her.

Will let you know how it goes!

Writing for Children’s Panel: Introducing JR Poulter

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Introducing JR Poulter – Panelist for Writing Poetry for Kids at the Queensland Poetry Festival

J.R.Poulter Multi-awarded writer /poet with 30+ traditionally published children’s and education books here and overseas, the former senior educator, librarian, book reviewer, once worked in a circusJ.R. workshops/ writes on poetry, prose, performance, and heads Word Wings collaborative, creating beautiful books. As J.R.McRae, she’s a multi-awarded, internationally published poet, fiction/YA writer/artist. Works include novels, Picturebook/YA crossovers, poetry collections, with poetry/prose/art in international anthologies including  Colours of Refuge, Mytho, 100 Stories for Queensland, Basics of Life, Quadrant Book of Poetry, 2000-2010, The Spirit of Poe, Guide to Sydney Rivers. J.R. was flagship presenter for QPF 2007 Schools Program.

 

Queensland Poetry Festival Performing Artist

You can find out more about JR Poulter on Ripple Poetry.

Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel: Dr Virginia Lowe

Virginia-Lowe-226x316Introducing our chair for the  Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel  (Brisbane Square Library and Queensland Poetry Festival partnered event), Dr Virginia Lowe.

Dr Virginia Lowe has had poems published in anthologies and is a Melbourne Poets Union prize winner. She has written many papers and chapters on children’s encounters with poetry (in Styles’ Poetry and Childhood), their own poetry ‘writing’, and on nursery rhymes. Her thesis was published as Stories, Pictures and Reality (Routledge, 2007).

Dr Virginia Lowe at the Queensland Poetry Festival

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You can find out more about Dr Lowe in the following interview over at Ripple Poetry

Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel: Introducing Sally Murphy

Introducing Sally Murphy one of our panelists at the Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel  (Brisbane Square Library and Queensland Poetry Festival partnered event)

Sally is a multi-published children’s poet, with three well received verse novels to her name, and a total of 47 publications. Her poems are published regularly in the various School Magazine formats (BlastOff, Count Down etc) as well as in anthologies including Dirt by Sea (edited by Dianne Bates) and One Minute to bedtime (edited by Kenn Nesbitt) She is about to submit a PhD on the subject Belonging in children’s poetry. She is based in Western Australia. Currently finishing a PhD, focusing on children’s poetry – including both the writing of it and where it belongs in the children’s literature landscape.

Sally Murphy at the Queensland Poetry Festival

If you already own one of Sally’s books bring it along to be signed.  She will have a limited number for sale and order forms available at the event.

News and Reviews

Magic Fish Dreaming is now distributed in Far North Queensland by the Local Author’s Network.

I’d like to thank Dot Sweeting for joining the Magic Fish Dreaming team and listing our book and making more Far North Queenslanders aware of it.

The book is now stocked in:

Cairns, at Cairns Books 

Crystal Ball Bookstore

The book is already in the Cairns library, but you can now purchase it as well if you wish.

Dot will keep up me updated as to where the book is stocked and is planning a trip to Cook Town soon!

An interview by Book was done recently by  if you want to go have a look it is here Interview by Book Just Write for Kids

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BUZZ WORDS REVIEW

Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic Fish Dreaming written by June Perkins, illustrated by Helene Magisson (GumBootsPearlz Press) PB RRP $17.99   ISBN 978-0-980731-18-7
Reviewed by Elizabeth Vercoe
Magic Fish Dreaming is a beautiful book of poetry, inspired by the people, creatures and country of Far North Queensland. To travel to FNQ through this delightful book of poetry is, quite simply, a treat.
Perkins is a Papua New Guinean Australian writer with a PhD on the topic of Writing Empowerment. She and illustrator Magisson have captured and delivered a series of age-appropriate vignettes that traverse clever, captivating poetry alongside divine pictures.
From dancing in the storm to finding ‘giggle poems,’ from discovering a secret fishing spot to glimpsing the flicker of a gecko, the ideas in this book encourage children to take time, to create space, to cultivate patience, to watch, to wait… to dance…
                                                                                        
‘Storm Dancers’ –
She said, “I’ll dance with you,”
as the cloud’s violent sneezes caused
a flood in her garden.
He said, “I’ll dance with you
One of those anti-rain dances
But we can’t dance too long
‘cause we don’t want drought.”
The text and illustrations intermingle, to weave their magic not just through the core ideas of the poetry, but in and around the very pages themselves. With gorgeous and sometimes surprising messages delivered in a unique and unselfconscious manner, this is a book that emanates joy in every reading.
Instant gratification, armchair travel and lightning-fast images and sounds are a way of life in 2017. Rich, nourishing books like this one that bring conversation and evoke spirit of place, country and critter not just one time but over and over again, are on a different space-time continuum.
This book is recommended for children of all ages (even really old ones!).
This review first appeared  in Buzz Words on July the 9th and is republished here with permission.
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