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June will be presenting her ‘unique story’ in a panel for the Sandcliffe Writers Festival.
April 29th 9am-10.30 Bracken Ridge Library
The panel is Unique Journeys:
Join authors June Perkins, Duncan Richardson and Michael Aird’ as they talk about their inspiration and ideas and what compels them on their creative journey, where they are today, and where they hope to be in the future.’
For more information about the festival (lots of other great events, all free except for the literary dinner with Matthew Condon) contact Adele Moy, email@example.com
The festival also has a facebook page.
There will also be a poetry writing workshop with Angela Peita, on the same day at 1.30-3.30 pm. For bookings contact the Bracken Ridge Library, 32691102
Some of the presenters at the Sandcliffe Festival
June Perkins, Lauren Daniels, Leisa Raven, Michael Aird, Jacqueline Henry
Queensland Writers Centre, recently featured June in their Queensland Writer’s Life series. June says,’It is a great honour to be included amongst some great Queensland Writers, such as Jackie French! Nick Earls and more!’
Helene is doing fantastically. You can find her six picture books, that’s right six picture books, listed in her biography for this site. We welcome her to recently becoming an Australian citizen with her whole family! How lucky is Australia!
Helene loves all the books she is involved with creating and is an absolute inspiration. The Velveteen Rabbit has just been translated into Chinese!
Some fantastic news is that Helene and June have some workshops coming up at libraries in Brisbane in the June holidays. We hope to create more fans for poetry and art in combination for children’s books! We will be collaborating on these workshops and we’re so happy that we get to work together again! We’d love to see more artistic poetry books in the world.
Suppliers and Bookshops
We hope to very soon announce school/tafe, childcare suppliers and more book stores OUTSIDE of Brisbane stocking Magic Fish Dreaming! (maybe Tasmania!) We are working super hard to ensure the book makes it into more libraries! Please send us your very positive energy as we embark on broadening the reach of Magic Fish Dreaming and start field tripping.
We are working to connect with any community that loves caring for nature, supporting diversity and poetry and of course Queensland. We think our book is a great tool for encouraging mindfulness and have a psychologist let us know she is using it with her clients. How wonderful!
We will be back when we have more to share! But thank you to everyone who keeps helping us spread the word about the book.
Special thanks to some of the students and staff at the Keystones unit, at QUT, who are taking the news about the book to their children’s schools. That is just so special!
From the Tweet-sphere
The author of the Outlander Series, left this message, after my proud mother-in-law tweeted her about Magic Fish Dreaming. Thanks Helen Perkins for sharing the news about the book and how lovely that Diana Gabaldon replied!
Keep a look out for upcoming book signings!
Hooray! Just letting you know that today there is an interview with June on Kids Book Review Interview (done by Penny Harrison)
You can find some earlier interviews here:
Readilearn Interview (with Norah Colvin)
ABC interview (sound cloud)
Poet Turns to Crowd Funding (sound cloud)
Also of Interest!
Although selling copies of Magic Fish Dreaming can keep me busy, I always put aside special time for writing poems.
I have been submitting them to Australian Children’s Poetry and encourage you to check out their excellent prompts! They are so much fun!
I’ve been doing some submissions for projects and hope to have good news for our fans soon.
With submissions of both projects and poetry publications I like to forget about them once they are in, working on my writing helps me to take my mind off them. At this stage all I can say is that some of these are not just for Magic Fish Dreaming, but the cause of poetry and children in general! Please cross your fingers and send your positive wishes !
I’ve always loved collaborating and recently began to have conversations with a number of Australian poets for children. I have always loved poetry and think it offers so much to children and families, so finding other like minded creatives to chat with is inspiring!
Here is one of the poems I had accepted to the Australian Children’s Poetry Blog.
For Vincent’s ‘The Starry, Starry Night’
Outlines crash into swirls
Miss Del Amico asks, what do you see?
Is that a sky of blue curls?
Outlines crash into swirls
Time to dive for some pearls
Will I find this painting’s key?
Outlines crash into swirls
Miss Del Amico asks, what do you see ?
- Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #8
June said: This is a triolet using the prompt ‘Blurred.’ The first words that came into my head were, ‘outlines crash into swirls’.
The trickiest thing with this poem was picking the artist. Would they be someone I personally knew who painted, a fictional small child, or someone who everyone knows that paints? I thought of a famous artist who used swirls, Vincent Van Gough.
I added the dedication to help with understanding of the poem.
I imagine this poem is an art class for early childhood with a teacher who likes to introduce the children to great artists, and likes to encourage them to look beyond the surface of the painting, into what it means to the artist who paints it. I decided to name the teacher after my favourite art teacher at high school.
If you would love to own a copy or purchase a copy for your school please message us for how to order details. The book also has all our facebook, email and other details in the back or front of the book. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Yungaburra is close to the tree that inspired ‘The Curtain Fig Tree’ poem in the book.
Soon we hope to list some of the libraries and schools that have a copy of the book and announce some library events! So happy that the book is heading out into the world and being read!
Magic Fish Dreaming has arrived at Little Gnome and should be up on the shelves sometime next week.
We’ve left a surprise (one only) there for the very FIRST person to buy Magic Fish Dreaming. You just need to ask for it at the time of purchase and mention this blog.
And please spread the word about all the lovely bookshops stocking Magic Fish Dreaming.
Magic Fish Dreaming is about to magically appear on the shelves at Little Gnome next week! Wonder what little Gnome will make of ‘Discovering Magic’. Maybe that Gnome might even go hunting for poems.
What poems might Little Gnome catch?
Little Gnome is a super brilliant coffee and bookshop specialising in stocking indie published books. They have lots of other wonderful events like game nights, and meet the author days.
Watch out for our photos next week!
66 Florence St
7am till 5pm Monday to Friday
Saturday 7am till 4pm
Sunday 8am till 2pm
This lovely young man’s Nana said he loves his book!
Thank you so much for letting us know and sending this delightful picture of an absolutely beaming reader!
We just love this picture!
In Other News
Our latest review is up on Just Write for Kids
Here is an extract.
“The mix of musical lyrics, sensitive dialogue and thoughtful stories effortlessly blend with the mesmerisingly enchanting illustrations to allow us to venture into the cultures and wonderments of the people, creatures, and our own imaginations. Magic Fish Dreaming is a book that will engage the reflectors, the adventurers and the poets in all of us.”
Head to the blog to read the whole review
June has had a couple of poems go up on Australian Children’s Poetry
June also did a live radio interview on 4k1G Townsville with Vee Gara, 5.15 on the 2nd of February. It was great to catch up with Vee and let people know about the book.
Helene Magisson did a lovely interview at Readilearn
Helene has several more books in the works. One of which is The Whirlpool (May 2017)
You can keep track by checking out her website.
Helene Magisson will be at Romancing the Stars, with copies of the book and prints on February 24th at the Sunshine Coast.
Just letting you know that Helene Magisson’s illustration for ‘River Song’is now on the Avant Card stands. Keep a look out for it, and do pick one up as they are free and lovely to put on the wall or to send to a friend.
Dear Fans, keep on letting libraries, friends and our potential audience, know about Magic Fish Dreaming and sending in your responses.
Peter Pal, library supplier, stock our book for distribution to public libraries. We are looking forward to doing some events in Brisbane libraries and other places in the not too distant future, and plans are underway, so watch our blog and social media for announcements.
For those outside of Brisbane interested in ordering and for all other queries, please email us at gumbootspearlz @gmail.com
Helene said to avantcardmedia: This illustration was inspired by the poem ‘River Song’ from the children’s poetry book Magic Fish Dreaming written by @gumbootspearlzpress (2016). When I settled down in Australia a few years ago, I was fascinated by the beauty and the lightness of the stars and the night sky. Also the moon seemed to me so perfectly bright, round and huge. When I read this poem, it immediately reminded me of this splendid image of the moon I saw here for the first time.
It is a contemplative and whimsical poem and I wanted to highlight this sense of magic here. Exaggerating the size of the moon, adding this little ladder to reach the celestial body means that in our dream everything is possible as it is in this poem.
The little platypus in the corner is the guardian we are talking about in the poem and it is there to remind us that this scenery can be seen only here in Australia.” Pick up your very own @helenemagisson artist card from an Avant Card display near you!
avantcardmedia#AvantCard#artistcards #illustration #Australia#platypus
Helene will soon be appearing at Romancing the Stars. Sunshine Coast.
At this event participants get to ‘speed date’ (have time with) authors and illustrators of books and participate in a great evening of activities celebrating books.
This year Book Links will be presenting THREE Romancing the Stars events in February, the month for library lovers. Mark them in your diary now!
Helene is appearing at
Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim on the Sunshine Coast
on Friday 24th February 2017, Book now
Copies of Magic Fish Dreaming will be for sale at this event.
There will be different authors at all events so feel free to have a feast of authors
in February and come to more than one event.