It’s Raining Launches

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.

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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.

Thanks to Share your Story and to Creative Kids Tales for all your hard work as well as to all the contributors!

I am delighted to have contributed to both these anthologies and look forward to sharing my work with you.

SPOOKTAKULAR STORIES

October 12th 2019, Saturday

2-4pm Mad Hatters Store

Manly Brisbane

Event Brite Booking Link. Free RSVP Tickets

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

Event Brite Link…

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Poetry Workshops at ALEA Meanjin

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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.

Then the…

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ALEA 42nd Writers’ Festival

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The 42nd ALEA Meanjin – Brisbane area – Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Young Writers’ Festival (for students from Years 5 to 10) is being held on Thursday 4 July at Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus.
Featuring a Keynote from Morris Gleitzman and four workshops with a wonderful line up of authors, poets and illustrators – Candice Lemon-Scott; Gregg Dreise; June Perkins and Katrin Dreiling.
Bookings open from the 7th of June https://www.alea.edu.au/events/event/alea-meanjin-42nd-writers-camp   (The link should work from the 7/06)

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The Latte Rebellion – Celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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The Latte Rebellion by Sarah Jamila Stevenson, published by Flux, Northstar Editions, 2011, ebook USD 2.99 paperback USD 9.95, ISBN 0738722782, 336 pages, Winner of A 2011 Bronze Medal IPPY Winner in YA/Multicultural (Independent Publishers Book Awards). Florida Teens Read List 2013 – 2014, Scholastic Book Club Selection.

The Latte Rebellion is a coming of age story, tackling: social justice, friendship, prejudice, social movements, and identity diaspora packaged in a highly accessible and tightly written novel for teens. Asha’s teen struggles are particularly relatable to readers acutely aware of their multiple cultural heritages and who wish to remain true to them all, whilst engaging in a global society and wanting to make a difference. But like many other teens she is: wanting to retain her best friend; interested in romance and travel; and longing to find her true purpose in life.

Asha’s journey to find her true self, is at…

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Obligation of the Octopus

The Magic of the Ocean. My latest children’s poem. This is also at Australian Children’s Poetry. Must be time for another book soon!

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W Tipton, Some Rights Reserved, Flickr Photographer

Arms with minds of their own.
A body that can morph through
openings.

Three hearts beating
boom, boom, boom
to the call of the
ocean.

Like escapologists
obligated when opportunity
presents itself
to freedom
beyond the tank.

Blue blood
beating, beating, beating.

Octopus of song.
Octopus of story.
Octopus of science.

By June Perkins

This poem appeared at Australian Children’s Poetry

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Events

You can contact the Gallery to book into this Free Tour.

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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 Website

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

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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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