June Perkins was born to a Bush Mekeo mother, and Australian father in Port Moresby. She grew up in Tasmania from the age of one. She works with many forms of artistic expression: writing, poetry, photography, digital storytelling, blogging, video documentary and education.
Her themes include: nature, environment, creativity, courage, cultural diversity, family, childhood, renewal, music, and the spaces she lives in. She is a freelance writer, moderator, tutor, community educator, blogger, and is now a tutor (mentoring Indigenous creative writing students at two universities.)
She spent nearly a decade living in Far North Queensland, and was mesmerised by its natural beauty, intrigued by its inhabitants and learnt some wisdom through its distinctive weather and people.
She has previously written many short non fiction pieces for ABC Open, and ABC Open’s award winning Aftermath project, and worked as an invited editor on the special project 500 words.
In 2011- 2013, she produced the book, After Yasi: Finding the Smile Within . She considers herself a hybrid author, working to both traditionally and independently publish. Her writing fosters a love of poetry, nature, and music for children and families. She has several other books in progress, including a couple of novels and some picture books.
At the end of 2015, June won an Australian Society of Authors Emerging Writing Mentorship to work on one of her picture book manuscripts during 2016. She completed that and now has several picture books reading for pitching to publishers and several other texts in development including her first Young Adults Novel.
June will soon be collaborating on workshops with Helene Magisson which will be delivered in Brisbane Libraries in the June school holidays (2017).
June presented at the Big Draw (2016), and has been selected to share her unique story at the upcoming Sandcliffe Writer’s Festival in a panel, on April 29th 2017. She recently presented a workshop at Riverbend books and is in the process of lining up more readings, signings, other collaborative art events and a kickstarter workshop for other writers considering this pathway to publishing.