Some New Poems

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.

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Art Class

 

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 ?

June Perkins
  • Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #8

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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.

Latest Blog Visits

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Thank you to Pasifika Tales

And to ReadiLearn for recent interviews on their sites.

June is now listed at Australian Children’s Poetry

Helene will be guesting at ReadiLearn in January!

Magic Fish Dreaming’s full release  has been slightly delayed due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, but we will announce its availability soon.

We thank you, our supporters, for your patience and understanding.

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Interview Pasifika Tales

Interview ReadiLearn

How to Crowd Fund a Poetry Book – Article with Queensland Writer’s Centre

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This week an article was published with the Queensland Writer’s Centre.

It gives June’s top ten tips for doing a kickstarter for a poetry book.

Magic Fish Dreaming – How to Crowd Fund a Poetry Book

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.)

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Friends from Far North Queensland
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Dear Friends

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.

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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

From the Team of Magic Fish Dreaming

 

The Big Draw

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Australia: Story Country!

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)

Magic Fish Dreaming

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Magic Fish Dreaming,  an illustrated poetry book inspired by the natural wonder of North Queensland, for children and families,  celebrates the Australian environment, storytelling and multiculturalism, and draws on the cultural backgrounds and experiences of June and Helene.
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For all those interested in pre-ordering, please email me at gumbootspearlz@gmail.com and I will include you in the upcoming mail out.

Large and small prepaid orders welcome.

Our first 100 preorders will receive a free calico bag.  Cost of the pre-order will be $15 AUD plus postage ($13), if within Australia for single orders.  For large orders or if from overseas we will give you a shipping or delivery quote and yes we can still send a calico bag per book if it is in our first 100.

If we can achieve at least 350 single book  preorders we will be able to print all books HARD COVER.

Those working with migrant and multicultural children and settling them into country areas, those who celebrate unity in diversity, and with an interest in exploring a poetry of place, will especially love this book.

We feel that if you are in the tourism industry, especially in the Far North, you may also enjoy gifting this book to visitors, to take home to read with their families, to learn more about the wonderful place that is Far North Queensland.

Help us spread this news far and wide.

350 pre-orders, Magic Fish Dreaming will go hard cover!

Local Media Release

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Magic Fish Dreaming is the collaborative project of two Brisbane women, of multicultural backgrounds to produce a magical full colour illustrated poetry book for children.

June is Papua New Guinean raised in Australia and Helene, French, raised in Africa. Both are now resident and active in the children’s writing and illustrating community in Brisbane.

June recently won a mentorship to work on another of her picture books, with the Australian Society of Authors. Helene, an award winning artist has several books coming out in the next year and is the illustrator of a recent version of The Velveteen Rabbit.

In the last 20 days Magic Fish Dreaming has become one of the top supported children’s books in Australia and Queensland in the global kickstarter projects.

They’re hoping in the next 19 days the public, especially Queenslanders and Australians can help it across the line (but all welcome to support!) to become a reality and make its way onto the world stage.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/juneperkins/magic-fish-dreaming or just go to www.kickstarter.com and type into search Magic Fish Dreaming.

As well as having backers from Australia. It has backers from the United States, France, Philippines, New Zealand, UK, Israel, Papua New Guinea and Canada and the wonderful support of groups like Writelinks, Booklinks, SCWBI, the Children’s Book Academy and more.

Tourism and Events Queensland and a few poetry editors and magazines, have been watching the project, and, impressed by the samples, have backed it, by ordering a sample book to review and will hopefully recommend it after seeing the finished product, for further distribution and use in schools.

June and Helene have now raised 59% of their funds to green light their project and would love the community to help them raise the rest of the funds for the project to go ahead.

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The great thing about Kickstarter is it is not a charity, but a place where you get a copy of the product you endorse and other rewards, so it is value for money.

They are going with a kickstarter to independently launch a unique niche book that represents the diversity of poetry, culture and nature that is in Queensland, particularly Far North Queensland.

This is a book that children, families, libraries, teachers and anyone who just loves Queensland, multiculturalism and poetry will love to have in their library and to gift to visitors from overseas.

Contact details for interview and story or leave a message in the comments on how to get in touch with you:
junepaisa99@yahoo.com.au

Interview with Ali

bannermagicfishYou can read an Interview with Ali Stegert on Magic Fish Dreaming HERE.

Magic Fish Dreaming is a children’s picture book project written by my friend and crit-buddy June Perkins and illustrated by Helene Magisson. Today, I interview the author about her beautiful work and her dream of bringing the project to fruition.

A Dreamy Book for Youngsters

Ali: “A dreamy book for youngsters” is my five-word description of your book. How about you describe Magic Fish Dreaming  in five words?” FOR THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW CLICK HERE.

Passing the $5000AUD Mark

So excited to let you know we have just passed $5000, and are now at $5049 raised towards our green light $9000 goal.

Just $3951 more and we will have our project definitely up and away!

There are just a few more hours left in our special Cassowary soft toy and book reward, so if you know anyone that would love this reward with the book, do let them know.

Thanks so much to Dimity Powell, who blogged our project today, and shared her blog throughout her networks.  We greatly appreciate the assistance of Dimity and many others who are letting the wider community know about our book.

Mr Koala says check out this: ARTICLE BY DIMITY

We acknowledge continual supporters on twitter like the Children Writers Guild, Alesa Lajana, Nancy, Vacen and Lenora Riegel, Pasifika Tales, Australian Women Writers, and Torey-Ann Torres, as well as their retweeting friends!

A big thank you to Jan Cornall, the Writer’s Journey, and to Di Bates, at Buzz words for sharing information about our project in their newsletters. We now have a few multiple book order options available, as some people are buying one for themselves and one for a friend or library. So check out our custom rewards.

ABC Far North Queensland did a prerecorded radio interview.  We will inform you when we know when and where this is airing and if there is an online podcast link.

Today the following stop press went out to schools.

Stop Press – Additional Note for Schools – Workshops Magic Fish Dreaming 

We realise that for many schools and libraries to consider the workshop option and day visits they need to budget well ahead of time.

The schedule for this book is that it will be available October/November 2016 and the workshops will commence in 2017.

We recommend if you would love a presentation or workshop or term project for 2017 pre-purchase at least the book or Education Reward 1 so we make sure it happens and goes into print.

You will then have the satisfaction of knowing you supported a book which encourages the development of poets in our community from the earliest of ages.

We will convert your skype in Education Reward to the introductory talk to a large school group.

June has run poetry workshops in schools and for community groups, and has a graduate certificate in teaching and a PhD in writing empowerments. She is currently on an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for writing picture books and works mentoring University students in creative writing.

Helene has taught art in India. She is an award winning artist with four picture books that will have been published by 2017.

They are combining forces to inspire and share the process of collaboration, illustration, and poetry in programs will be suitable for budding illustrators and poets. Much of the information you will need for budget and grant consideration is on our project blog.

Furthermore you can look at the educational rewards in the kickstarter to get an idea of the costs and programs we provide.

First preference for 2017 workshops will be given to those schools and teachers who supported the kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/juneperkins/magic-fish-dreaming

June and Helene are based in Brisbane. Travel outside of Brisbane’s CBD more than 50 km will incur additional travel costs.

(More information will be available on workshops soon)