Magic Fish Dreaming

$18.00  + ( 7.95  postage)

 $ 25.95 including postage

Available for online order and purchase in Australia only

Book posted once funds cleared

 

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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 in 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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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Launch

(Not quite everyone could make the launch but we were thinking of them!)

It was a joyful, festive atmosphere in which we celebrated the official launch of It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at the Grandview Hotel, Cleveland.

And such a delight to hear people read their work.  Contributions varied from gentle poems and stories, to hilarious stories. There really is something to suit everyone in this collection as well as a delicious and sometimes very humid taste of celebrating christmas in Australia.

John Duke’s work was particularly loved by the children gathered and would I think make a brilliant picture book in its own right. With so many infectious giggles rippling through the room it was definitely a big hit!

All the other readers did a wonderful job, many presenting fragments so that families were just itching to read the rest of the story.    OCD elves, toys longing to be reunited with their children . . . you’ll just have to read more.

Maria Parenti-Baldey, the final reader, gave a dynamic and energetic performance to keep all enthralled.

A particular congratulations to people who were published for the first time and possibly doing their first ever public readings!

The children were so brilliantly behaved and engaged (well done all readers and parents and grandparents) and especially excited when Santa and Mrs Clause turned up!

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and producers as well as all those who helped in anyway on launch day.

Thank you to the team, especially Share your Story, Michelle Worthington, Julieann Wallace and to all the illustrators, especially Di Spediacci for the vibrant cover!

This special collection seeks to raise money for bicycles for teachers in Tanzania.

To ensure that a trainee teacher has every chance of punctuality, attendance and success, proceeds from the sale of the Share Your Story Anthology – ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ will be put towards purchasing a bicycle for the trainee teachers to ride to the Teachers’ Training College in Tanzania.

Here are the details on how to purchase your copy!

And don’t forget to leave a review on Good Reads or Amazon.

You can obtain a copy of the book at the following links

Little Gnome

Book Depository

Amazon

Angus and Robertson

Lilly Pilly Publishing

(The program: also including Maria Parenti Baldey, Margo Gibbs and a few others reading!)

Maria in the flow of reading.

Some of the other books by authors featured in the Anthology.

Meeting Mrs Clause and Santa.

Michelle being surprised by a gift from all the contributors

Various contributors enjoying the readings.

The lovely morning tea!

By June Perkins

June’s Story in the Collection is ‘Starry, Starry Lemon Blanket.’

Photo Credits: By various peoples at launch including me, family, Maria Parenti-Baldey, and other contributors.

Magic Fish Dreaming Available at!

All online purchases before the end of the year will receive a surprise mystery gift with their book.

At this time the book is only available to people in Australia, but do contact me if from overseas  gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

(The Book is available to schools and libraries in New Zealand visit Wheelers and look it up in the catalogue.)

If you want to bulk order reduction in postage costs may be possible for orders of 4 +, so  contact me first if that is you.

I will be story telling from this collection in January at the Asia Pacific Triennial!

Magic Fish Dreaming to Purchase

 

Magic Fish Dreaming with your help and love on its way to PNG

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO MAGIC FISH DREAMING BOOKS TO PNG (You will be asked to verify you are not a robot first!)

Inspired by a meeting with Gregg Dreise, where we learnt about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in Australia and their various projects I decided I needed to do something for literacy for my mother’s homeland Papua New Guinea.

I decided to run a non profit book drive to send some copies of Magic Fish Dreaming, via local charities that deliver them, to Papua New Guinea. In this way I hoped to cover my cost price only, and effectively donate the profit on these books to charity.

I wanted to do this so that rather than sending second hand books, that might not be culturally appropriate I could send a brand new book, from my heart to the heart of Papua New Guinea.

I wanted to do something to assist literacy to assist the children in my Mekeo mother’s homeland.

I had a feeling that if I asked my friends, they would want to support me in these efforts, and enable me to send more than a few.

To my amazement, so far enough for 76 books has been raised, and I am so excited to be delivering them to the charities who will then ensure these make it into schools that need them.

I will soon be sharing the names of all those assisted me to make this contribution on my social media and with the charities (as long as you give me your name) that find schools in need of these books in Papua New Guinea.

I will be making my first delivery to my first charity of choice, Books4PNGKIDS soon, but have found some other worthy people who take books into PNG schools and communities to support as well and I may look to send it to other places in the Pacific.

$8.00 AUD  per book allows me to send one Magic Fish Dreaming book to PNG by covering the costs of my printing.

People can sponsor as many books as they would like, whether it be one or ten or more,  it is the love with which this donation is made that matters the most.

I am now inviting overseas friends and fans to join this project to sponsor some Magic Fish Dreaming Books to go to PNG.

Please leave a note with a name and message and join us in this quest to send this beautiful book to PNG. You are welcome to email me at gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

I hope to share updates of where the books end up!

DONATE TO MAGIC FISH DREAMING TO PNG (You will be asked to verify you are not a robot first!)

Words and Pictures Reviewed by Renee Hills

Review of June Perkins’s Words and Pictures Tour (Queensland Art Gallery, Sept-November 2018)

French artist Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) famously said ‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’.

This was truly my experience when I joined June Perkins’s tour of Words & Pictures. June’s interactive journey through the Australian Collection features poetry and micro stories inspired by 12 different artworks. Her responses are written for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal to children and families; a delightful glimpse of art through the eyes of a poet and children’s author.

Words & Pictures is part of an ongoing project to increase engagement with artworks in QAG. Local artists and writers are invited to respond to artworks in the Australia Collection. June was thrilled to be commissioned to do this work. ‘This was one of the best emails in relation to my work I’ve ever received,’ she said.

June had complete freedom over her choice of artworks. Each response was limited to a maximum of 80 words and everything had to be completed in three weeks with a couple more weeks for editing! She spent a lot of time in the gallery, finding works that appealed to her, thinking of a child’s perspective (choosing works above and below their eye level and in a variety of media) and developing a concept for her poetic responses. The result is engaging, inspiring and easily accessible to children and adults.

June’s poetry appears in a display adjacent to author information beside each artwork. Each poem carries a delicate feather motif. This is a reference to an imaginary character that June created – Perceval’s Angel, inspired by John Perceval’s Herald Angel, a richly glazed sculpture.


Herald Angel, John Perceval, Queensland Art Gallery

June imagined the tour like a giant picture book with Perceval’s Angel guiding viewers through the pages. June was delighted to tell John Perceval’s grandson, a friend from her university days, that she was using the angel in her creative pieces for the gallery. Some of her poetry pieces begin with a quote from Perceval’s Angel who speaks directly to the viewers, guiding them to the next artwork or helping them interact with it.

‘Hop on board’ the angel invites viewers of Yvonne Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon, and June adds:
‘Take yourself to the balloon’s edge,
Feel the breezes, through the sedge’

This is an enticing invitation to adventure and travel which lets the imagination ride free in this sedge grass, coil woven work suspended in space.


Hot Air Balloon, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Queensland Art Gallery

On a time travel wall displaying different artists’ approaches to the Australian landscape, the angel says:
‘Listen to the music of landscapes
through the portal of Australia’s artists’

One of June’s choices on this wall is Rosalie Gascoigne’s Lamp Lit, a large work made up of letters and shapes from cut up road signs. June’s response draws on the personal experience of destruction and loss wrought by Cyclone Yasi in 2011 when a road sign ended up in her front yard; or as angel says: ‘But the real question is what will you design in response to loss?’ ​


Lamp Lit, Rosalie Gascoigne, Queensland Art Gallery

And so, the adventure in art continues, stopping by at Ian Fairweather’s Epiphany, Sydney Long’s romantic and ethereally beautiful Spirit of the Plains, Sonya Carmichael’s colourful Baskets of Culture, Fred William’s vivid Echuca Landscape, Irene Chou’s suggestive Universe within Our Hearts, William Delafield Cook’s amazingly detailed and skilfully toned A Haystack, and Ray Crooke’s Woman with blossoms, reminiscent of Gauguin. June said she saw her identity in this particular work.


Woman with Blossoms, Ray Crooke, Queensland Art Gallery

Our tour ended as it had begun with an invitation to travel on in the imagination, this time on a representation of Ian Fairweather’s ramshackle craft; the one he used at the age of 60 to make a potentially suicidal 16 day crossing of the Timor Sea from Darwin to a remote coral island west of Timor in 1952.


The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’), Michael Stevenson, Queensland Art Gallery

June’s verse reads:
‘You can do anything, be anything
travel anywhere…​’

​The child in her poem makes the sacrifice necessary to travel to Kudusur – a reference to the dramatic mural visible through the hole in the craft’s sail. Painted by Torres Strait islander Alick Tipoti, it references paddling a canoe, seasons, ocean currents, journeying between islands and spiritual ancestors – the universal journey through life.


Kudusur, Alick Tipolti, Queensland Art Gallery

Don’t miss this Words and Pictures journey. Grab a child or find your inner child; help yourself to the drawing board, paper and pencils, and create your own responses. You can take yourself on a tour anytime between 10 am to 5 pm, until the end of November.

June’s final in person tour will be on November 17th 2 pm (contact gumbootspearlz@gmail.com for more information). You won’t regret it. All those attending on 17th Nov are invited to sponsor Magic Fish Dreaming books to go to PNG.

Pdfs of POEMS UNTIL END OF NOVEMBER

Renee Hills 2018-11-06


June with a tour group

Dr June Perkins is a Brisbane-based poet, blogger and children’s author, of Indigenous Papua New Guinean and Australian background, raised in Tasmania by Baha’i parents. She utilizes multiarts and multicultural stories to inspire an enriched sense of belonging and compassion in those who encounter her work. She was recently invited to share Magic Fish Dreaming at the Asia Pacific Triennial, Summer Program 2019 and became a member of Mana Pasifika research Institute. She maintains an interest and dedication to promoting diversity in the Australian literary landscape. Her first children’s book was the award-winning poetry collection, Magic Fish Dreaming (2016) illustrated by Helene Magisson.

​June Perkins’s Website
Ripple Poetry Blog

Renee Hills has always loved words and writing. A founding member of Write Links, she writes picture books (Turtle Love was published in 2017); flash fiction (Proof was published in Short and Twisted,Celapene Press 2017); and a short fantasy is to be included in the Rainforest Writing Retreat Anthology 2018.

Renee Hill’s Webpage

This review originally appeared on the Write Links Blog as curated by Lucy McGinley

(Photo credits: June Perkins, Renee Hills,Rebecca Sheraton and Maria Parenti-Baldey)

In Remembrance

It is with great sadness that I pay my regards to the Sweeting Family, for the sudden and unexpected loss of their mother, and grandmother Dot.

Dot was a lover of books, especially those with a Far North Queensland setting and author.

She set up the Local Authors Network to assist authors to distribute books to schools, shops and homes.

I am forever thankful for her help although we never met.

Because of her Magic Fish Dreaming has found many new homes.

She will be sorely missed.

Obligation of the Octopus

The Magic of the Ocean. My latest children’s poem. This is also at Australian Children’s Poetry. Must be time for another book soon!

Ripple Poetry

W Tipton, Some Rights Reserved, Flickr Photographer

Arms with minds of their own.
A body that can morph through
openings.

Three hearts beating
boom, boom, boom
to the call of the
ocean.

Like escapologists
obligated when opportunity
presents itself
to freedom
beyond the tank.

Blue blood
beating, beating, beating.

Octopus of song.
Octopus of story.
Octopus of science.

By June Perkins

This poem appeared at Australian Children’s Poetry

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Visiting Words and Pictures

Thank you to the dear friends who have recently been on a journey with me through the Art Adventures in the Australian Collection, Words and Pictures, Queensland Art Gallery.

It has been a great pleasure to show you the poems and stories with the art and share my passion for art and poetry, in an enormous 3D picture book.

I have greatly appreciated your feedback and support.

 

All the art in the pictures is from the Queensland Art Gallery.

 

For More information QAG

Also to be part of a special grandparents day event (suitable especially for parents, grandparents and children) OCTOBER 28th  Book Here

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

So happy my first published story for children, ‘Starry, Starry Lemon Blanket’ has made it into ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.’

The full cover will be released on the day of the launch!

So happy to be alongside so many talented writers and illustrators.

Proceeds from book sales will help  pre-service teachers in Tanzania to buy much needed bicycles.

Available for pre-order below through Lilly Pilly Publishing.

For more information head here.

If you want to head to the Brisbane launch, it is on December 1st

Details are HERE.