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

Available for online order and purchase in Australia only

***News on International Distribution Soon***

 

(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.)

For list of current stockists CLICK HERE

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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Poetry Postcards

 

These poetry postcards featuring June’s poetry and photography will be available when she is doing book signings and appearing at markets.

They are part of a new book she is working on but for now are only available in this format.

Queries welcome, just leave a message here or email at gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

 

‘Magic Fish Dreaming’ Wins 4 Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

 

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CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2017) – The judges of the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins,  and illustrated by Helene Magisson, won 2nd place in the Children’s Poetry, Environment, Book Trailer and  tied for second in Children’s Picture Books for Children 6 years and over as well as a special mention in the Cultural Diversity category.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Magic Fish Dreaming is 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.  It retails for $18 and can be purchased within Australia and International Distribution is currently in process.

For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit www.DragonflyBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

Upcoming Magic Fish Dreaming

ANNOUNCING TWO UPCOMING EVENTS

  • MOUNT ALFORD ARTISANS MARKET  DECEMBER 2nd  June Perkins, author of Magic Fish Dreaming will be at the Mount Alford Artisans Summer Market selling and signing books and poetry post cards of new poems.
  • BIG B BOOKS CHRISTMAS AUTHORS EVENT DECEMBER 3rd  June Perkins will be alongside some other fabulous Queensland Writers, at Big B Books, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast,  on December 3rd.

Online sales portals are on their way to make it easier to order this book from anywhere in Australia.

In January Helene Magisson and June Perkins will be conducting some more library workshops, more on this soon!

If you live in FNQ and are looking for a special Christmas present this year the book is now available in more places in Far North Queensland thanks to the Local Authors Network

Gift Shop Botanical Gardens – Cairns

Cairns Crystal Ball Bookshop

Collins Bookshop

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Cook Town Botanical Gardens – Gift Shop

 

If any store is out of stock, just let me or the Local Authors network know.

 

Helene Magisson has recently colaunched the beautiful Slowly Slowly by T.M Clarke.

It was a delight to be at the launch for this book recently, and both author and illustrator together have a number of events popping up around Brisbane, including at Riverbend books this weekend (this ones sold out!).

To keep up with Helene’s great work you can join her facebook page.

Tina is a wonderful author as well!

 

 

Five Fantastic Facts with author June Perkins

Thanks for the chat Candice, at Young Authors Academy.

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Hi June, and thanks for joining us on the Young Authors Academy blog!

juneportrait2What is the most recent book you’ve had published and can you please tell us a bit about it?

I published Magic Fish Dreaming, a collection of poems for children and families, at the end of 2016.  It is a poetry quest set in Far North Queensland Environment and an invitation to understand and care for nature.

What was the first story you remember writing when you were at school and can you tell us what happened in the story ?

The first poem I remember being proud of which I recited to my class with great enthusiasm was about a helicopter seed spinning in the air and making its journey to the ground. The first story I wrote was about the life of Joan of Arc and told in the first person.

What got you…

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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.