Magic Fish Dreaming is the collaborative project of two Brisbane women, of multicultural backgrounds to produce a magical full colour illustrated poetry book for children.
June is Papua New Guinean raised in Australia and Helene, French, raised in Africa. Both are now resident and active in the children’s writing and illustrating community in Brisbane.
June recently won a mentorship to work on another of her picture books, with the Australian Society of Authors. Helene, an award winning artist has several books coming out in the next year and is the illustrator of a recent version of The Velveteen Rabbit.
In the last 20 days Magic Fish Dreaming has become one of the top supported children’s books in Australia and Queensland in the global kickstarter projects.
They’re hoping in the next 19 days the public, especially Queenslanders and Australians can help it across the line (but all welcome to support!) to become a reality and make its way onto the world stage.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/juneperkins/magic-fish-dreaming or just go to www.kickstarter.com and type into search Magic Fish Dreaming.
As well as having backers from Australia. It has backers from the United States, France, Philippines, New Zealand, UK, Israel, Papua New Guinea and Canada and the wonderful support of groups like Writelinks, Booklinks, SCWBI, the Children’s Book Academy and more.
Tourism and Events Queensland and a few poetry editors and magazines, have been watching the project, and, impressed by the samples, have backed it, by ordering a sample book to review and will hopefully recommend it after seeing the finished product, for further distribution and use in schools.
June and Helene have now raised 59% of their funds to green light their project and would love the community to help them raise the rest of the funds for the project to go ahead.
The great thing about Kickstarter is it is not a charity, but a place where you get a copy of the product you endorse and other rewards, so it is value for money.
They are going with a kickstarter to independently launch a unique niche book that represents the diversity of poetry, culture and nature that is in Queensland, particularly Far North Queensland.
This is a book that children, families, libraries, teachers and anyone who just loves Queensland, multiculturalism and poetry will love to have in their library and to gift to visitors from overseas.
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