Sprout Sunday Readings

June Reading ‘Tawny’

 

A big thank you from Renee and June for all those families who braved the weather to reach the beautiful  venue, and stopped to listen to story and poetry about nature and Queensland and to the Sprout Sunday organisers, Gold Coast Green Living and Botanical Bazaar, and venue Host, the Surfer’s Paradise Golf Club, for having us at this day.

The indoor fairy lights and the hall of the Surfers Paradise Gold Club were quite magical, and we were happy that the farmers received their rain and thankful it cleared up a bit later in the day.

A special thank you to the wonderful young people  who helped read the dialogue poems and  show many of the animals featured in the Discovering Magic poem.

We hope that all those people who brought copies of the book will love them and would love it if they let others know about them.

 

Renee reading Turtle Love

Do let June know if you enjoy the educational materials link that she provided for all people wanting to make greater inspirational use of Magic Fish Dreaming at home or in the classroom to spark the imagination of children and their love for poetry, nature and discovery.

Renee and June do school visits, and June is increasingly doing commissions and collaborations and is scheduled to do an activity at the Queensland Art Gallery in October (more details soon).  You can check with them for their rates and the kind of activities they are able to do.

Thank to James and David who provided heaps of support on the day for June and Renee.

June Reading ‘Cassowary Chat’ with assistants

Reading ‘Discovering Magic’ with assistance from the children.

More people stop to listen to Turtle Love including adults.

To see small video of  June reading ‘Discovering Magic, visit to the  Sprout Sunday event page.

 

The Book Garden now Stocking Magic Fish Dreaming

Announcing that Magic Fish Dreaming is now stocked by The Book Garden.

Looking forward to Magic Fish Dreaming reaching more schools and childcare centres!

About The Book Garden

The Book Garden is proudly Australian owned and currently celebrating 38 years.  They are part of the American Bookstore and have a physical location in Brisbane.

“Our Story

A momentous event took place in a Sydney garage on September 14th 1980.

Encouraged by our father (bookseller Maurice Zavelsky), we (Deborah and Carmel) began The Book Garden.
We started the business with a tiny budget, a small range of stock and two cars. We split Sydney into two sales areas and began visiting schools and childcare centres with boxes of books for sale.

After the death of Maurice in July 1981, Deb moved to Brisbane. It was here that The Book Garden put down roots inside American Bookstore.

Throughout our years of business we have met many wonderful customers – a source of constant inspiration and innovation for us. Thank you for your feedback and support over the years. We welcome customers old and new alike to our website and hope that you will enjoy spending time with us. Our website adds a new chapter to The Book Garden story and it is one that we look forward to sharing with you.”

To read more visit their website

A Weekend of Meeting Inspiring Readers and Supporters

This weekend I went to Big B books, Burleigh Heads and Mt Alford Artisan Markets. Both are about an hours drive from Brisbane. My quest was to share Magic Fish Dreaming!

One of the lovely outcomes of this weekend was connecting with other artists and writers.

At Big B Books, owned by the wonderful Candice Lemon-Scott,  I loved catching up with Angela Sunde and Lucia Masciullo and we shared a table.  Angela is an absolute dynamo and was promoting all three of us so beautifully.

At Mt Alford Artisan’s Market,  which is supported by the Mount Alford School of Arts, I absolutely loved meeting this vibrant mother and her little one, Jude, who gave me the biggest smile.

So lovely to know he will be growing up with Magic Fish Dreaming.  It was so exciting to hear of people sending this book overseas to relatives and friends, as well as taking it into areas I am not sure have read it yet. Germany, England, Toowoomba readers as well as Mt Alford, Boonah and Logan.

I had a chance at the Market, to catch up with Jessica from The Shed, a friend made at the Boonah environment day, as well as Yonda, who is one of the people who organises the market and who has a food van that makes the most delicious healthy burgers.

 

There were many artisans, some beautiful singing, and you could watch a spinner at work.

I met many local writers, some poets, romance writers and novelists, who came up and introduced themselves and their genres, and were very supportive of the book.

There were so many interesting stalls.

One dedicated to Mermaids, but with very sweet sea horses particularly caught my eye!

There were eco prints, canvas, clay and other creations from local artists,  specially made soaps, wellness essential oils and more, photographs, spun fibres, crotched baskets from Moshki, adorable felt creations, upcycled clothes, crafted wooden spoons.  Boonah Organisation for Sustainable BOSS were there as well.

It was wonderful meeting many locals and the atmosphere of the market was warm, busy! and friendly.

Many locals and stall holders had a chat, another stall holder actually bought my book and told people to head to my stall up another level in the hall!

You can find out more about that artists over at the Market’s facebook page.

Thank you so much to all the lovely Aunties, Grandparents, Parents, Teachers, Writers, and stall holders who bought the book!

Thanks everyone at both venues who stopped for a chat.

I highly recommend a trip to Mt Alford Artisan Markets as well as the Big B Books, a treasure house of books.

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

 

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

Cairns Books

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!