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and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.”
CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2017) – The judges of the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins, and illustrated by Helene Magisson, won 2nd place in the Children’s Poetry, Environment, Book Trailer and tied for second in Children’s Picture Books for Children 6 years and over as well as a special mention in the Cultural Diversity category.
“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”
Magic Fish Dreaming is a poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland. Encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems. It retails for $18 and can be purchased within Australia and International Distribution is currently in process.
For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit www.DragonflyBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”
Another review is now available for people wanting a preview of Magic Fish Dreaming.
To read it visit Educate Empower Blog I just love this review because it gives such a great list of suggested uses of the book and the honest responses of a few young readers.
Educate Empower blog is an absolutely beautiful blog, full of inspiring book reviews, and wonderful in that it looks at the educative potential of each book for the parent who loves to not only entertain their children but have teachable moments.
I am so happy that they reviewed my book.
Currently I am working on a plan for the last few months in the lead up to Christmas. I’ll let you know when and where that means Magic Fish Dreaming is traveling to outside of Brisbane !
Helene and I are excited to announce that we will be running two workshops through the Brisbane libraries in January 2018 – on visual poetry and including water colour technique this time! Hooray! These will run for two hours, rather than one as our first workshops did and we just know they are going to be so enjoyable.
We really love the opportunity to work together again, especially inspiring others in their own creative capacity and bringing out that potential we hope! And yes these workshops will be free to the public.
In other news my wonderful designer Heidi is working on the design of more children’s books. Seems people like the work she did for Magic Fish Dreaming so much she is receiving job offers. Well done Heidi, proud of you my creative sister!
In a couple of weeks, October 7 and 8th at 2pm in the afternoon I am running workshops on writing inspired by art at the Illumine Exhibition. These ones are for youth and adults. You can check out the booking link here ILLUMINE POETRY WORKSHOPS WITH JUNE PERKINS.
Hope you are having the most beautiful creative time. And enjoying writing for the pure joy of it.