I loved this chat with Michelle Worthington where I answered questions about being a poet from young people~ tune in and have a listen. There are many other delightful interviews with creatives including comedians (that’s not me!) and circus professionals (I wish that we me!), as well as other writers for children.
Poet and Storyteller
Features of interviews with creators and artists, readings, and background to some of the poems, and guest blogs.
I recently received a lovely email informing me a Queensland school library had purchased After Yasi, finding the Smile Within and the teacher librarian wanted to make a pdf of it available to their students and staff.
I was surprised as the book has been gently present online, and only about 50 printed versions of it exist ( it is print on demand). It was really sad last year when ABC Open, where many of the photographs and stories from the cyclone and cyclone recovery were featured, closed down, and now the material produced by open producers and contributors is no longer as freely available.
I am so glad I made a book with the help of my friends from the Cassowary Coast. Furthermore, I archived all of my ABC Open and personal blog posts and videos that I could and these are available via my sites.
Interestingly next year cyclone Yasi, is coming up to its ten year anniversary. Last year I was interviewed for a pod cast about it as another cyclone was on its way, and penned and published a story for children based on the experience which was shared in the Spooktacular Stories.
It was quite an experience, to write a cyclone story for children, which I had wanted to do for sometime. However, I am sure I needed distance from the event to approach it in a creative and what I hope is an uplifting way.
It seems strangely relevant to think about the resilience the Cassowary Coast Community had to find in its recovery from the cyclone, and perhaps the book will be helpful to anyone struggling with the pandemic.
The people of the Cassowary Coast community despite the heartaches, found its way back to joy and growth and creative expression gave many hope!
You can find out more about After Yasi on my dedicated blog to cyclone yasi and the journey after the cyclone.
For all the followers of the Magic Fish Dreaming blog, poetry, story and art are wonderful ways to deal with anxiety, and stress, and to release grief. These modes of expression were widely utilised after Yasi, although often there were times when it was hard to write or draw. That is when dance, music and song often helped!
A huge thank you to the Queensland Poetry Festival team for the invitation to be part of Panacea Poets.
In Panacea Poets, Queensland Poetry Festival administers a twice-weekly booster of short readings from wonderful poets via their youtube channel.
QPF will deliver these soothing doses of poets-in-iso indefinitely.
It is such a great honour to be part of a project to apply the bird of poetry to the experience of the Pandemic, and to maybe inspire listeners to draw on their strengths and optimism.
So many esteemed and inspiring poets – Kirli Saunders, Stuart Barnes, Charmaine Papertalk Green to name just a few, do check out the playlist! I’ll share a few of my faves from time to time!
Here is my reading!
Some special news!
So lovely to hear of Magic Fish Dreaming’s international journey.
Here it is in Canada where a friend of mine gave it to Michael Kusaygak a well known Inuit author/storyteller of children’s books.
Delighted to know about this!
His response to send a gift of books to me. Waiting for them to arrive!
I am chalking cheerful
even though I’m not an artist
from my drive way to your drive way
from my pathway to your pathway
wherever you are
I am chalking unicorns and dragons
and love hearts.
I am thinking of the grandparents
missing their grandchildren
the people stuck in their homes
the people without homes
the playgrounds without children
the children who never had playgrounds.
And flying towards us is a dragon
in his talons a vaccine
And the teddy bears send a hug to the doctors and nurses
and the teachers and all those looking after us
Unicef says to draw the real life heroes of today
they are all around us.
I am chalking cheerful
Will you join me?
June is sharing new poems and short stories in these anthologies.
Here are the details for upcoming launches.
Meet loads of other wonderful writers and illustrators.
Join us to celebrate the launch of these fantastic anthologies for children aged 6-11 years.
These collections are packed with short stories and poems to entertain, enchant and thrill.
We’re responsible writers, so promise you’ll not be so scared you can’t even sleep, but maybe instead, you’ll be full of courage and spunk to face that which you fear.
I am delighted to have contributed to both these anthologies and look forward to sharing my work with you.
October 12th 2019, Saturday
2-4pm Mad Hatters Store
CREATIVE KIDS TALES STORY COLLECTION 2
Things that go Bump and Enchanted
Sunday October 27th 2019
11am – until 12 midday
Hearty Arts Studio, 66 Berrima St, Wynnum
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Images Courtesy ALEA Meanjin Volunteers
It was a great honour and enormous fun to facilitate poetry workshops for vibrant young people, at the ALEA, Meanjin at Griffith University, Mount Gravatt, on July the 4th 2019.
The participants varied in their experience and love of poetry, but many had learnt or attempted something new with poetry by the end of the workshops.
The day began with a welcome to country, acknowledgment, from Gregg Dreise. He invites audience participation in his welcomes and keeps everyone on their toes in an engaging way.
This was followed by a key note presentation from Morris Gleitzman, talking about the discovery of the ‘secret of writing’ through reading first lines in the library. I won’t tell you this secret, in case you get a chance to hear Morris speak on it, and be captivated by this mystery. You might find you already know it.
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