Magic Fish Dreaming

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Currently no overseas sales available (outside of Australia).  And delays for local deliveries of Magic Fish Dreaming within Australia.  Will do one postal delivery per week or fortnight to limit time being out.

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An award winning 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 readers six and up.  A treasured book to grow up with and revisit!

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Royal Dragonfly Award Winner, Second in Environment, Children’s Poetry, Picture Book for 6 and Over, Book Trailer and Honorable Mention for Cultural Diversity.

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 is second generation migrant of Bush Mekeo (PNG Indigenous) and Australian /English.)

 

 

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.

 

Reviews

Educate, Empower Blog

JulieAnn Wallace Review, Books, Tea and Cupcakes 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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Joining International Celebrations for Ridvan!

 

It was so delightful to be part of the You Tube Ridvan is Everywhere Celebrations online.  And a great honour to be the epigrammatic beginning to day 7 with a brand new never before shared poem.  This poem is now being included in the next issue of Tokens.

“The “Is Everywhere” Collective, which brought us this wonderful online Naw-Ruz celebration, is celebrating the Festival of Ridvan! They are excited to provide family-friendly programming for all 12 days of Ridvan and this video features their program celebrating the 7th day of Ridvan.

The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Los Angeles (USA) is sponsoring special program for the 1st, 9th and 12th days of Ridvan but every day in between features videos sharing poetry, storytelling, music, art, dancing, cooking, and crafting—all by friends from across the world! 

You’ll find the playlist for Ridvan Is Everywhere here on YouTube. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel for updates.”

(Cited from Baha’i Blog)

Illuminations Launching

My new poetry book, Illuminations is about to be released.

This collection captures the wonder of the act of creation,

the burst of excitement associated with the birth of the new,

and the challenges and sacrifice involved in bringing inspiration to fruition.

Launching June 20, 2020

Author: June Perkins

Illustrators:  Ruha and Minaira Fifita

Target Age: 13 to 100 years plus

Genre: Poetry

ISBN: 9780980731194 (paperback)

ISBN: 9780648720508 (hard cover, dustcover)

6 X 9 inches

Publication Date: 20/6/2020

80 pages

 

AUD Paperback         USD Paperback        UK Kingdom Paperback

 

Hardback orders on their way.

Please be aware delivery everywhere is slower due to the COVID19 even with on the ground delivery in US, UK and Australia.

Your patience is appreciated.

Australia1-2 weeks

UK  2-3 weeks

United States [checking this]

 

 

The above poem featured in In Your Hands Red Room Poetry Project

 

More information to come in the following weeks.

 

Chalking Cheerful

Ripple Poetry

I am chalking cheerful
even though I’m not an artist
from my drive way to your drive way
from my pathway to your pathway
wherever you are

HOPE.

I am chalking unicorns and dragons
teddy bears
and love hearts.

I am thinking of the grandparents
missing their grandchildren
the people stuck in their homes
the people without homes
the playgrounds without children
the children who never had playgrounds.

And flying towards us is a dragon
in his talons a vaccine
And the teddy bears send a hug to the doctors and nurses
and the teachers and all those looking after us

Unicef says to draw the real life heroes of today
they are all around us.

I am chalking cheerful
Will you join me?

June Perkins

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Readings for Families at Home

To all the wonderful families visiting this site I am sharing some readings of my poetry to assist you in your homeschooling.  Consider them a small personal author visit.

I am putting up some of these readings not just here, but on Instagram.

If you are stuck inside or in the city, these poems will take you to the great outdoors.

If you have never been to Far North Queensland, they may give you a sense of that beautiful place.

These are recorded on my phone or by my laptop from home.  So enjoy!

I will let you know if there are any online workshops as well.

If you would like to order the book, of course you can as post offices are open and I will package it up and send it out, but most of all be safe, be kind and see you on the other side of the virus raging world wide.

Power of poetry, power of art, power of story, power of community!

 

 

Congratulations to all the team in Spooktacular Stories!

Congratulations to the producer and contributors of Spooktacular Stories on becoming finalists in the Book Excellence Awards!

This is a special anthology to be part of, firstly because for every book sold, one is donated for readers stuck in hospitals, looking for both courage and entertainment.

Secondly, because some hugely talented writers are featured within.

I chose to contribute a story about a family’s encounter with a storm.  ‘Storm Girl’  channels a lot of personal experience into an authentic story for children on how to deal with the memory of a natural disaster. It has taken a long time for me to truly write this story.

But I like to adopt many tones and purposes for story and also contributed a humorous poem about facing fear!

A huge thank you to Share Your Story for providing opportunities for others to have a voice, and in mentoring, in both writing and business.

May the Share Your Story anthology projects go from strength to strength, and their contributors build amazing careers as writers, illustrators and storytellers.

Last year’s launch – Spooktacular Stories, Mad Hatters Book Shop

Creative Kids Tales, Story Collection 2 Launched

Last weekend June Perkins and Maria Parenti-Baldey were delighted to launch Creative Kids Tales Story Collection 2 into Brisbane at Hearty Art Studio, Wynnum.

They are two of several contributors of story, poems and illustrations from right around Australia, including Megan Higginson who illustrated both of their works.

They would both like to thank everyone who attended, assisted with the launch, all sponsors, and the Children’s Literature Community of Queensland, who have been nurturing up and coming children’s writers, especially Write Links!

A special thanks to Yvonne, Brittany, Ben and David for superb support on the day as well as to Kylie who pod cast their performances yesterday.

More detailed story on its way!

Spooktacular Launch

It was enormous fun launching Spooktacular Stories, this years Share Your Story Anthology, to a packed audience of contributors, their families, the public and young readers who regularly frequent the Mad Hatter’s Bookshop.

Contributors were able to make it from as faraway as Canberra and Townsville.

This year marked the first year a contributor under 18 made it into the anthology.  She read beautifully.

Michelle Worthington, shared news of the hospital visit , where several contributors did a special launch with children and their families to share stories and craft, a few days earlier. It was  greatly appreciated by staff and families such that there may be another visit next year and an ongoing relationship with hospitals.

Each author present was thanked for donating their stories to the anthology and invited to read.

We all thought of our wonderful contributors who were unable to be present.

It is a precious and uplifting experience to have readers ask you to sign their books and there was much book signing, and many contributors also took the chance to invite fellow contributors to sign books as a memento of the occassion.

This is such a special project to be part of, because for every anthology sold one will be donated to Australian hospitals for sharing with children who are often in situations where they and their families demonstrate great courage.  May the stories be fun, thrilling and ultimately uplifting.

A huge thank you to editor and project creator Michelle Worthington.

Also many thanks to the Mad Hatter’s Bookshop.

You can purchase Spooktacular Stories online and in bookshops.

Great news is that the book is doing well in the Amazon Best Seller lists, and has made number one twice.

    

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Launch of Sarah’s Two Nativities – Brisbane

Images Courtesy of Maria Parenti-Baldey, Tina Maria Clarke and June Perkins

On the weekend BookLink member, and Magic Fish Dreaming Illustrator Helene Magisson and author Janine M Fraser launched a courageous book about peace and respect of others’ cultural and interfaith stories, Sarah’s Two Nativities at the Where the Wild Things  Are Bookshop.

There were visitors from Canberra and Victoria in attendance as well as many locals,  from many cultures and faiths.  At least 80 people gathered, with a quarter of them being children.

Sarah’s Two Nativities is a story of a young girl who loves listening to both her grandmothers’ nativity stories – one from the Koran and one from the Bible. Young Sarah is concerned at first about which story is true because they’re so similar.  She realises however, her family’s unity will never force her to choose between the two stories, but accept both.

Tina Marie Clark, CYA coordinator, launched the book as it was CYA which launched Helene’s illustrator career. She warmly endorsed the themes of the book and shared some of her experience as a South African familiar with the celebration of many religious festivals with friends and family.

Janine Fraser, the author,  told the story of the background to her motivation for writing the book. Sharing that she had a challenging upbringing in a restricted spiritual environment, which later led her to leave that environment and become an ardent student of comparative religions. During her lifelong journey she observed many instances of multifaith families. She explained how she sees all religions as sharing the message of love and the question of the ‘mystery.’

Janine gave thanks to her family, especially her grandchildren and to Maryanne Ballantyne who championed the book as well as to the wonderful Helene for her illustrations which exceeded all her expecatations.

Janine read from the book in a gentle and softly spoken voice, with small musical interludes throughout provided by Marie Baguelin from France who played the guitar and Azadeh Shamee from Iran who performed the Oud (Arabic for wood). They brought a sense of both cultures at the event through their inspiring performances.

Helene shared  journey to understand the background of the book more, and work on a sensitive way to illustrate it, respectful of both the Koran and the Bible. She did this through extensive research, with the goal of honouring both.

Helene thanked June Perkins, for being her creative sister and both June and Renee Hills who contacted other faith communities to invite them to the launch as well as the community, friends, neighbours and family present and the musicians at the event. She  warmly thanked Janine for her inspiring story and invited us all to an exhibition of the art works on October 9th, which will include her work alongside other talented illstrators. There were a few original art works from the book available for people to view.  Helene also gave a big thank you to  the Where The Wild Things Are event coordinator Genevieve Kruysse.

Everyone was invited to craft their angels, with the assistance of Helene’s lovely daughter, and partake of koftas and delicious cupcakes. Many people decided to buy additional copies for their schools, libraries and friends.