Cupid has Struck

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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.

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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

 

The Latte Rebellion – Celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Pearlz Dreaming

The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson, published by Flux, Northstar Editions, 2011, ebook USD 2.99 paperback USD 9.95, ISBN 0738722782, 336 pages, Winner of A 2011 Bronze Medal IPPY Winner in YA/Multicultural (Independent Publishers Book Awards). Florida Teens Read List 2013 – 2014, Scholastic Book Club Selection.

The Latte Rebellion is a coming of age story, tackling: social justice, friendship, prejudice, social movements, and identity diaspora packaged in a highly accessible and tightly written novel for teens. Asha’s teen struggles are particularly relatable to readers acutely aware of their multiple cultural heritages and who wish to remain true to them all, whilst engaging in a global society and wanting to make a difference. But like many other teens she is: wanting to retain her best friend; interested in romance and travel; and longing to find her true purpose in life.

Asha’s journey to find her true self, is at…

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June will be Storytelling at APT9

11.00AM Fri 18 Jan 2019 – Sunday 20th Jan 2019

GOMA | GOMA Cafe Bistro Lawn | Free

Come and relax under the fig tree by the river from 11.00am – 12.00pm and hear poems by poet and children’s author Dr June Perkins and stories from members of the Brisbane Kiribati community.

​Free, no bookings required.

Friday and Saturday Auslan Translating Available.

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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