These works were created in a two hour workshop with June Perkins and Helene Magisson for the Summer of Reading Program with the Brisbane libraries, held January 2018. The host libraries were Chermside and Toowong.
The above photographs are shared with consent of artist/writers and taken by Helene Magisson.
A big thank you to the staff at both libraries who assisted with the set up of the room and other practicalities as well as giving us warm introductions.
Thanks also to the wonderful children.
The following three photographs of the workshop in action are courtesy of the Brisbane libraries.
Today we finally have a book trailer for Magic Fish Dreaming!
I have been wanting to do this for a while.
There is so much for Indi (Independent) publishers to do, and we try to do as much of it as we can ourselves.
So we find ourselves doing publicity, sales, distribution, accounting, book trailers, our blogs, websites and more!
The Magic Fish Dreaming team is so pleased to have our book in twelve shops in two states, and to have three suppliers on board (they do libraries and schools).
This trailer is especially to assist all our sales outlets and suppliers boost the public’s knowledge of the book. We hope it helps!
Half the challenge with books is having people walk into the shop and ask for it, or spot it on the shelves.
If you love our book we would love you to share this trailer so it can make it out to more families.
Do support the wonderful book stores who continue to promote and support Australian and diverse authors, and their local authors.
There is so much pressure with globalisation to lose the local voice and flavour in favour of mass popular products, however there will and should always be a place for the diversity of voice and art and for beauty, poetry and joy!
For Indi Authors, sometimes our best friends are those fabulous indi book stores!
Thank you to the Sandcliffe Writers Festival for giving me a voice. And everyone who stopped to look at my book and those of other presenters on the table at the Bracken Ridge Library.
All the people who helped make this book delight in knowing how young readers are responding to the art and the stories and I do pass your messages on to Helene Magisson our illustrator as well.
It gives me hope!
I have begun work in earnest on a sequel to Magic Fish Dreaming. Will keep you posted.
Just read your book to my kids and they loved it, June. I am going to take a copy to their school library tomorrow. What beautiful book. My daughter is 5 and loves to dance, so ‘Storm Dancers’ is her favourite. My boy loves the tawny frogmouth. His favourite. I hope it lands in every library. It’s a gorgeous read.
Lauren Elise Daniels, Brisbane Writers Workshop and Professional Editor
Read your book to a child in detention on Nauru. He just loved it and wanted it read to him again and again, especially the funny one, ‘Discovering Magic.’
Worker on Nauru
Absolutely gorgeous book…I purchased one for my grandson Fletcher…we sit together and read its our special book xxx
Tracey, Grandmother from Tasmania
We are .. . grateful that this beautiful book exists because of its beauty, its diversity, and the environmental caring it subtly weaves through inspiration.
“One of the best parts of running the Children’s Book Academy is seeing the beautiful books that our students make. This one is from June Perkins who took our Self-Publishing with Crowdfunding course, co-taught by Jed Alexander and myself. Magic Fish Dreaming is truly gorgeous, getting rave reviews, and most importantly getting into children’s hands in June’s native Australia.
June did not want to wait for an editor or agent and the incredibly slow process of getting contracted and published. Because it’s a book of poems, which also makes it harder to be picked up by a traditional publisher, June was wise to follow her heart and take her destiny into her own hands to create the book that she wanted. With the help of her illustrator Helene Magisson, and a small village of both professional and non-professional help, June has created something very beautiful and meaningful.
We are so grateful that June was sympathetic with our instructions by getting her poems professionally edited and hiring a really high-quality professional illustrator and designer from the money she raised in her successful Kickstarter campaign. We are also grateful that this beautiful book exists because of its beauty, it’s diversity, and the environmental caring it subtly weaves through inspiration.
After the book came out, I was delighted to interview June for this blog in hopes that others will purchase it and learn from June’s innovative poem structures, the exquisite art, and about this magic place in far North Queensland where Magic Fish Dreaming takes place. Here’s the interview where June shares about her experiences of self-publishing and about her process in making the book.”
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!
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.
Last weekend the production team, family and friends, had a small celebration prior to the launch, and this was also to celebrate June’s birthday the week before.
It was a welcome break to reconnect with friends from Far North Queensland (some living in Brisbane now, and some visiting.)
It was brilliant for all of us meet the editor in person for the first time, as June and Matilda have been working via skype, email and phone for sometime. She also came to team meeting by skype as well.
June gave an impromptu heart felt speech to acknowledge everyone gathered in their part in the journey of the book, as well as thanking her parents, who presently live in Tasmania, for their upbringing and courage to marry at a time when a marriage across two cultures was not always supported. She thanked them for always stressing education.
She especially thanked Matilda for being there for the longest in the production team, and always believing in the vision of the book, as well as the wonderful Helene for her illustrative work and friendship and Heidi for her wonderful illustration. The printing team at Fergies were represented by Richard Tillotson, who was first made aware of the project when June requested quotations during the kickstarter.
He commented that Fergies really love heart felt projects like this, and want to do their very best for their client in regards to the final product.
Everyone received thank you gifts and some of their kickstarter rewards (but not the book, which will be available during or after the launch.)
The lunch time conversation was interesting and animated and the natural setting just perfect.
The team had a sneak peak at the printing proofs.
The delight on our editor’s face was highly visible.
Time passed all too quickly, but several guests went exploring Walkabout Creek, and most of us intend to go back to visit.
Today the book is PRINTING! So another blog post soon. Helene and June have the opportunity to go watch this happen, which is very exciting.
There are just a few things to do for the launch on October 30th and on that day the book will be officially in the world. It comes with cake, tea, coffee and joy!
If you want to attend the launch and live in Brisbane please do! We have a booking link with all the information. Booking Link
Saturday – 20 August 2016, between 10:00am and 1:00pm
Join the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, local children’s authors and illustrators, and members of the Brisbane Illustrators Group and Write Links at the State Library of Queensland for a series of specially curated activities for children, young people and their families to celebrate the beginning of 2016 Book Week.
In the Knowledge Walk, help us create characters and images for two stories written especially for the occasion by Queensland writers. Children will learn about character development and elements of story creation, as well as learning and practising sketching, drawing, colouring, and painting.
Join in the fun with storytelling sessions by local picture book authors and illustrators who will be discussing the stories behind the stories, teaching children about how books are developed and put together.
There will be illustrators from the storytelling sessions demonstrating their skills using both traditional and digital methods. Watch them demonstrate how they developed their characters from the stories that will share in the storytelling sessions. Children will learn about the illustration process; the tools and techniques illustrators use; and the process of book creation.
The BIG draw is proudly presented by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, in partnership with the State Library of Queensland and Book Links (QLD) Inc.
(We’ll be at this event. Our presentation is at 11 am)