Thank you Little Gnome Bookshop

 

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A big thank you to Little Gnome Bookshop for supporting independent and small publishing houses, self-published authors, and a congratulations on their travelling bookshop.

To find out more about this delightful shop and their many community building activities, the latest of which is the travelling bookshop, visit Little Gnome Bookshop.

Upcoming Publications!

Dear Friends, Fans, Fellow Writers and poets,

Listed above are titles of works  accepted to two wonderful new anthologies for children aged 6-12 years.

Both are due for release in October 2019.

Amongst these selections are two poems, a meditation and two short stories.

My first comissioned short story for a magazine will be out in September too, but more details on that when it’s released!

Last year Share Your Story accepted my first ever published short story for children to It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas and I had a short story for middle grade short listed by Scribbles.  What a wonderful encouragement, and it turns out a sign of things to come, those two breakthroughs were.  Thank you to Michelle Worthington, of Share Your Story, and Jen Storer of Scribbles for all the work you do mentoring other writers.

I am delighted to have been developing my short story writing craft and finding homes for my work outside of my own independent publishing press.

And in other news the first draft of my first novel will be completed this week.  I have been working in a Share Your Story mentorship for the last 6 months to fulfil this long cherished goal!

I am currently working on a poetry chapbook, Illuminations, for release in November this year.  This ones for teenagers and grown ups and two wonderfully talented sisters, Ruha and Minaira Fifita, are creating art to be included with the poems and one story. I am working with the same designer as for Magic Fish Dreaming, Heidi Den Ronden. Many of my writing friends from Write Links as well as Baha’i poets have beta read Illuminations and I am so grateful for their invaluable feedback.

My dear friend Helene Magisson, illustrator of Magic Fish Dreaming, has a number of wonderful new children’s books out and I will update you on those soon in a post.

We still meet regularlly for catch ups, and will forever remain friends. She is truly like a sister, and an especially creative person whose friendship I treasure.

One day we would dearly love to do a follow up book to Magic Fish Dreaming if we get the opportunity.

I’ll share details of any launches here and on my social media sites.

Best wishes to all, better get back to writing!

June

If you want to find out more about Share Your Story and Scribbles here are the links!

I highly reccomend both.

Share your Story

Scribbles

Spooktacular Stories Launch!

Join us for spooky crafts, storytelling and

fundraising for brave kids in Aussie hospitals!

Official Launch

October 12th  2pm

Mad Hatters Bookshop

Manly, Queensland

Details Here

June Perkins is thrilled to have a poem ‘My Scariest Things’ and a short story ‘Storm Girl’ published in this collection.

Poetry Workshops at ALEA Meanjin

Ripple Poetry

Images Courtesy ALEA Meanjin Volunteers

It was a great honour and enormous fun to facilitate poetry workshops for vibrant young people, at the ALEA, Meanjin at Griffith University, Mount Gravatt, on July the 4th 2019.

The participants varied in their experience and love of poetry, but many had learnt or attempted something new with poetry by the end of the workshops.

The day began with a welcome to country, acknowledgment,  from Gregg Dreise.  He invites audience participation in his welcomes and keeps everyone on their toes in an engaging way.

This was followed by a key note presentation from Morris Gleitzman, talking about the discovery of the ‘secret of writing’ through reading first lines in the library.  I won’t tell you this secret, in case you get a chance to hear Morris speak on it, and be captivated by this mystery.  You might find you already know it.

Then the…

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ALEA 42nd Writers’ Festival

Ripple Poetry

The 42nd ALEA Meanjin – Brisbane area – Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Young Writers’ Festival (for students from Years 5 to 10) is being held on Thursday 4 July at Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus.
Featuring a Keynote from Morris Gleitzman and four workshops with a wonderful line up of authors, poets and illustrators – Candice Lemon-Scott; Gregg Dreise; June Perkins and Katrin Dreiling.
Bookings open from the 7th of June https://www.alea.edu.au/events/event/alea-meanjin-42nd-writers-camp   (The link should work from the 7/06)

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Powers of Poetry Workshop

There is a poetry style, purpose and genre to suit EVERYONE.

This workshop looks at community building through poetry, and how to renew, enjoy and discover not only the poems of others but the poems within you, as well as introducing you to poems you can compose with others.

This workshop is for grown ups, but should give plenty of ideas to work with children to develop a life long relationship with the powers of poetry.

May 19th, Brisbane, for details visit the site  Ink of Light Festival – Preregistration Required

Cupid has Struck

Image Credits: Image credits: SWNS on

https://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animal-friendships-interspecies/

 

Labrador protects duckling,
while cat cuddles fox,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

A dog and elephant water play,
And chicken warms some puppies,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

A dog howls with the owl
giraffe and ostrich nuzzle necks,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

These dear ones
love beyond feather, furs and skin;
see friendship
Is more than luck.

 

By June Perkins

 

First Appeared on Australian Children’s Poetry, February 13th 2019.

Inspired by stories of unusual animal friendships and playful Jazz songs.

https://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animal-friendships-interspecies/

Dream a Character

Ripple Poetry

Image by June Perkins

I dream the beginnings of my story
and see the face of my first character.
Soon I begin to see her friends and allies
her guardians.

I am not sure of her name
and look for meanings that explain
choices she will make
and explain what she will protect.

I dream her dreams.
I see where she will begin and end
and the journey in-between is
free to unfold.

She will both love and hate water;
she will both survive and feel
like all is lost.

Branches to her family
her friends
her nemesis
begin to shape themselves
out of the branches
in the river.

Her face seeds a tree
of her reality.

No more can I say, but
it is time to go on her journey
discover who she is
and what her life means.

June Perkins

8/02/2019

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Storytelling at the APT9 Summer Festival

Maree from Deaf Services Queensland and June Perkins; Taken by Natasha Harth – QAGOMA APT9 Summer Festival

‘In Spring 2018, June Perkins contributed some of her written works to the Words and Pictures project at Queensland Art Gallery. Each season we invite local artists and authors to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection.

While these poems and stories were on display, June led an enthusiastic group of children and their grandparents around the gallery on a special tour for Grandparents Day.

June was also invited back to QAGOMA to perform for three days at the APT9 Summer Festival Relax by the River space where she read some of her stories and Magic Fish Dreaming poems to a delighted audience of families.

June is a joy to work and collaborate with, she is organised and has consistently shown solid dedication to her projects at the gallery. June is also a captivating storyteller, she has a careful and considered style of communicating and genuine interest in exploring ways to engage the listener.’

Laura Mudge, Senior Program Officer, Children’s Art Centre, QAGOMA

Sophie Dixon, A/Project Coordinator, Exhibitions Management, QAGOMA

Hannah Grzesiak, Public Programs Officer, Public Programs, QAGOMA

June Perkins reading with Maree from Deaf Services Queensland, Providing Auslan translation. Taken by Chloe Callistemon,  Summer Festival APT9

Taken by Natasha Harth – QAGOMA – APT 9 Summer Festival

June Perkins with the Kiribati Community storytellers and Roshni, Taken by Natasha Harth – QAGOMA – APT 9 Summer Festival

 

Report on APT 9 Summer Festival Storytelling Session From Pearlz Dreaming Blog.

It was so much fun to share these poems and the story behind their inspirations.

I loved performing my new ‘Brolga’ poem and ‘Cassowary Chat’ with the help of the children and two home made puppets.

Some other poems performed were ‘Giggle Poems’, ‘Curtain Fig Tree’, ‘River Song’,’Brahminy Kite’, ‘Discovering Magic’, and ‘Magic Fish Dreaming.’ I varied it a little each day, but performed the participatory puppet poems every day!

The setting by the river under the shade of a tree was just perfect, and cool and comfortable for families.

Thank you so much to all those families who stopped to listen and participate in the storytelling.

A big thanks to Laura, Roshni, David and my family for their supports on the day and Hannah for support in the lead up. As well as to Maree from Deaf Services Queensland, for her Auslan of the poems.

Working hard towards some new poems, and especially keen to include the Brolga poem in a new collection for children.

Whilst the festival is over, the exhibition continues and you can find out more here. APT9 DETAILS

June  Perkins

First Performance of the Brolga Poem, June Perkins and participants
Puppets and Props, Image by David Perkins
June Perkins, reading day 3, APT9 Festival, by David Perkins