After Yasi, Finding the Smile Within

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!

 

Illuminations featured at Panacea Poets

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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!

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Chalking Cheerful

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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

HOPE.

I am chalking unicorns and dragons
teddy bears
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 Perkins

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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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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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