Beckoning Autumn

Collin Key Flickr Woman walking with her dog through an autumn landscape

Come burnt orange

golden yellow and burnished red

leaves.

 

Bring us

relief from heat waves

and air conditioners.

 

Remember my light red jumper

and favourite boots

They’re out once more.

 

Loosen your leaves

to reveal sculptural trees

on the hillsides.

 

Let the fading days of summer

whisper listening to autumn jazz

with a milo.

 

By June Perkins

 

An Invitation Poem

This poetry idea is based on ideas in Barbara Esbensen’s book A Celebration of Bees: Helping Children Write Poetry

You write a poem like this when you want something to happen, like a season, event or a birthday party.

Published on Australian Children’s Poetry

 

Grass Skirt

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(c) June Perkins

 

Kilt clan patterns

Mother’s hands twisting string

for homemade video to keep tradition strong

Once made from plants now plastic too

Scratching identity from legs to ankles

Calling out for head-dress and for beads

Bare feet beating dance on earth

Sway and swish

Past, present and future steps

Given by my mother to say

You are grown

By   June Perkins

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Image copyright June Perkins

This poem appeared on the Australian Children’s Poetry Blog

Visual Poetry – A Summer of Reading Workshop

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.

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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.

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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

 

Magic Fish Dreaming – The Book Trailer

 

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!

 

Freedom For Every Child

From the Perkins Family Archive

I wish for every child in the world, freedom from war, freedom from hunger, free education, and someone who cares for them and loves to read them poetry.

Thanks so much to the following people for their much valued and precious feedback on Magic Fish Dreaming.

Thank you to the Children’s Book Academy for their recent interview.

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.

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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.

Guest at Children’s Book Academy Blog

Presenting at Sandcliffe Writers Festival photo courtesy of Jo Hoffman

“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.”

To VIEW the Video head to the wonderful Blog by Mira Reisberg

To find out more about our Instant Access Self-Publishing with Crowdfunding course click here. There’s currently a $60.00 discount with this Promo Code: ILOVEKidLit