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WORDS & PICTURES GRANDPARENTS DAY TOUR

10.30AM SUN 28 OCT 2018
QAG | GALLERY 10, GALLERY 11, GALLERY 12, GALLERY 13 | BOOK NOW

Works by Koolmatrie and Gascoigne, in the Queensland Art Gallery

On Grandparents Day, visitors of all ages are invited to join Words & Pictures writer, Dr June Perkins, on an interactive journey through the Australian Collection. Follow June’s series of poems and micro-stories throughout the Collection – with paper and pencil in hand! Write and draw your own responses, accompanied by special insights from the writer.

Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. The Words & Pictures inspiration for Spring 2018 comes from Dr June Perkins. June is a Brisbane-based poet and children’s author, of Indigenous Papua New Guinean and Australian background, raised…

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“Haystack” by June Perkins and Art Adventures at The Queensland Art Gallery

Australian Children's Poetry

Haystack

Look! Rats and the children run out from

their hiding places in the haystack to

dance in front of us in a merry line?

Who else do you think hides here?

Do you have a memory of haystacks or

artist’s haystacks?

(Perceval’s Angel)

Tumble down the Haystack

dreaming columns of Greece.

Tumble down the Haystack

              with childhood farming friends.

Tumble down the Haystack

              to horses and the cows.

Now,

climb up that artist’s Haystack

and tumble down again.

June Perkins (Brisbane-based poet and children’s author)

Art Adventures in the Australian Collection of the Queensland Art Gallery showing from September to November 2018

Dr June Perkins, a Brisbane based poet and children’s author, has developed an interactive journey, through the Australian Collection, through poems and micro-stories for visitors of…

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Responding to Art with the Written Word

Ripple Poetry

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I have made significant progress on a poetry project, writing poems for The Words and Pictures  project at QAGOMA.

There are just four days left for my final selections and edits.

Some of the works inspired have more than one poem.  One even inspired four pieces.

I now have to select the ones that I feel will be the most interesting or evocative for the people visiting the gallery.  I might share some of the others that don’t go in, here on my blog.

It is not easy as I am quite happy with each version, but then I have a vision of how all the works fit together and want the poems I create to be spaced out throughout the gallery.

Also my goal with the poems and micro stories a broad appeal, such that people of many ages might enjoy reading them, including…

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Quart #water #atozchallenge #children

I love to visit poetry blogs from around the world. Recently I came across this one.

The poet is on an A-Z challenge.  Writing challenges can assist writers of all ages to start and keep writing.

Why not do your own A-Z challenge.

poetry penned in moon dust

start with a pint

work up to a quart

neck, shoulders are strong

carrying water always work

Our friend started carrying water on his head at two. It’s part of life when you need to move water from the well to your home. Many heads gets the job done.

Our first trip to Uganda we fought a fire. The children (from 3 and up) were the water carriers. They faithfully moved jugs of up to 40 gallons to put out the fire that was engulfing their school. I can’t even carry one gallon on my head.

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A Celebration Date for Poets

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I am collecting a list of some special days to share the poetry of Magic Fish Dreaming  these might be either online or in person; one such day is World Poetry Day.  

Will you be celebrating that day too?

World Poetry Day – March 21st

“Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.”

Readilearn: Wrapping up a year of books – the gift of reading

Thanks Norah for including Magic Fish Dreaming in this blog, alongside many beautiful books!

Norah Colvin

The love of reading is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child.

Reading is empowering, and a book is a gift that continues to give, long after the occasion has past. It’s effects cannot always be measured.

To help you decide which books to give to whom for Christmas, I thought I’d make your task a little easier by reminding you of the lovely books I shared throughout the year in interviews with their authors and illustrators.

Below you will find a list the books and their authors and illustrators. I also include links to

  • the interview on the blog
  • the interview in the Author or Illustrator Spotlight
  • the creative’s website
  • a place where the book may be purchased.

Many of these authors and illustrators have more than one book, some for readers in other age groups, including adult, so please check out their websites for…

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