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.
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 email@example.com
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
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!
Another review is now available for people wanting a preview of Magic Fish Dreaming.
To read it visit Educate Empower Blog I just love this review because it gives such a great list of suggested uses of the book and the honest responses of a few young readers.
Educate Empower blog is an absolutely beautiful blog, full of inspiring book reviews, and wonderful in that it looks at the educative potential of each book for the parent who loves to not only entertain their children but have teachable moments.
I am so happy that they reviewed my book.
Currently I am working on a plan for the last few months in the lead up to Christmas. I’ll let you know when and where that means Magic Fish Dreaming is traveling to outside of Brisbane !
Helene and I are excited to announce that we will be running two workshops through the Brisbane libraries in January 2018 – on visual poetry and including water colour technique this time! Hooray! These will run for two hours, rather than one as our first workshops did and we just know they are going to be so enjoyable.
We really love the opportunity to work together again, especially inspiring others in their own creative capacity and bringing out that potential we hope! And yes these workshops will be free to the public.
In other news my wonderful designer Heidi is working on the design of more children’s books. Seems people like the work she did for Magic Fish Dreaming so much she is receiving job offers. Well done Heidi, proud of you my creative sister!
In a couple of weeks, October 7 and 8th at 2pm in the afternoon I am running workshops on writing inspired by art at the Illumine Exhibition. These ones are for youth and adults. You can check out the booking link here ILLUMINE POETRY WORKSHOPS WITH JUNE PERKINS.
Hope you are having the most beautiful creative time. And enjoying writing for the pure joy of it.
Replay of the Livestream of the Event.
What a special day to meet and speak with the children of Botongon. I thank my dear friend Mel Irvine, for taking the magic of Magic Fish Dreaming and sharing it with the children.
Mel tried to make it seem as much as possible as if I was there, and moved the camera a few times so I could see the whole gathering and setting as well as introducing me to people. The local women who work with Mel are very impressive in their care for the children too.
It was amazing and quite overwhelming to think of some children arriving early and waiting for up to two hours outside the gate to run up the stairs to go the world literacy day event.
After welcome songs, and prayers, and me also thanking all of our ancestors I spoke.
We had some common ground and I spoke with them about Australia’s typhoon – Yasi and my family’s experience of it. It was something that brought some memories back for all of us in two parts of the world where massive cyclones have occurred.
I loved hearing the children sing in a number of languages and was very impressed that one young man recited ‘Gecko’s dance.’
I read ‘Rain Song’ and encouraged the gathering to tell that rain to go away. For a moment it was as if we were all yelling out at the typhoons/cyclones we have been through.
But it was lovely that the meeting was so positive, joyful and focused on education. Mel showed me the library! And lots of children were reading. I was sad to hear they had lost their school after the typhoon, but they did soon return to school in tents!
Soon everyone was smiling again through memory tears. There is something about sharing the experience of a natural disaster that can’t be explained in words.
You can watch most of what unfolded in the replay of the livestream.
The children introduced themselves one by one, and really enjoyed going up to the microphone.
A big thank you also to Helene the illustrator of Magic Fish Dreaming, who was thanked at the meeting as well. Her illustrations have played such an important role in attracting people into the words of Magic Fish Dreaming.
It has been wonderful to see how people everywhere and all ages can relate through the power of poetry and memory.
The major highlight of this skype was to see so many smiling faces listening to poetry to someone all the way in Australia, and responding to the words which such warmth, emotion and enthusiasm. A writer can ask for nothing more.
You can read more about this event and Mel’s work in the Philippines at her blog.
If you feel inspired maybe you can give some support to these dear children.
Images Courtesy Mel Irvine – showing what was happening on the other end of the skype session and in the lead up to the day.
Image courtesy Mel Irvine, children in Philippines Reading Magic Fish Dreaming
So excited that I will be skyped to the Philippines in September, to read poems to some of the children gathering there to celebrate World Literacy Day.
My dear friend Mel Irvine, who supported the kickstarter creation of the book and purchased it to share with Philippino children, has recently extended this invitation to me. I thank her so much for the opportunity to share poetry and my story live to an overseas audience.
I applaud all her wonderful efforts working to empower the children and young people through the arts and education and feel both blessed and privileged to know her.
Will let you know how it goes!
Introducing JR Poulter – Panelist for Writing Poetry for Kids at the Queensland Poetry Festival
J.R.Poulter Multi-awarded writer /poet with 30+ traditionally published children’s and education books here and overseas, the former senior educator, librarian, book reviewer, once worked in a circus. J.R. workshops/ writes on poetry, prose, performance, and heads Word Wings collaborative, creating beautiful books. As J.R.McRae, she’s a multi-awarded, internationally published poet, fiction/YA writer/artist. Works include novels, Picturebook/YA crossovers, poetry collections, with poetry/prose/art in international anthologies including Colours of Refuge, Mytho, 100 Stories for Queensland, Basics of Life, Quadrant Book of Poetry, 2000-2010, The Spirit of Poe, Guide to Sydney Rivers. J.R. was flagship presenter for QPF 2007 Schools Program.
Introducing our chair for the Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel (Brisbane Square Library and Queensland Poetry Festival partnered event), Dr Virginia Lowe.
Dr Virginia Lowe has had poems published in anthologies and is a Melbourne Poets Union prize winner. She has written many papers and chapters on children’s encounters with poetry (in Styles’ Poetry and Childhood), their own poetry ‘writing’, and on nursery rhymes. Her thesis was published as Stories, Pictures and Reality (Routledge, 2007).
You can find out more about Dr Lowe in the following interview over at Ripple Poetry