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.
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.
There is a poetry style, purpose and genre to suit EVERYONE.
This workshop looks at community building through poetry, and how to renew, enjoy and discover not only the poems of others but the poems within you, as well as introducing you to poems you can compose with others.
This workshop is for grown ups, but should give plenty of ideas to work with children to develop a life long relationship with the powers of poetry.
‘In Spring 2018, June Perkins contributed some of her written works to the Words and Pictures project at Queensland Art Gallery. Each season we invite local artists and authors to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection.
While these poems and stories were on display, June led an enthusiastic group of children and their grandparents around the gallery on a special tour for Grandparents Day.
June was also invited back to QAGOMA to perform for three days at the APT9 Summer Festival Relax by the River space where she read some of her stories and Magic Fish Dreaming poems to a delighted audience of families.
June is a joy to work and collaborate with, she is organised and has consistently shown solid dedication to her projects at the gallery. June is also a captivating storyteller, she has a careful and considered style of communicating and genuine interest in exploring ways to engage the listener.’
Laura Mudge, Senior Program Officer, Children’s Art Centre, QAGOMA
Sophie Dixon, A/Project Coordinator, Exhibitions Management, QAGOMA
Hannah Grzesiak, Public Programs Officer, Public Programs, QAGOMA
Taken by Natasha Harth – QAGOMA – APT 9 Summer Festival
June Perkins with the Kiribati Community storytellers and Roshni, Taken by Natasha Harth – QAGOMA – APT 9 Summer Festival
It was so much fun to share these poems and the story behind their inspirations.
I loved performing my new ‘Brolga’ poem and ‘Cassowary Chat’ with the help of the children and two home made puppets.
Some other poems performed were ‘Giggle Poems’, ‘Curtain Fig Tree’, ‘River Song’,’Brahminy Kite’, ‘Discovering Magic’, and ‘Magic Fish Dreaming.’ I varied it a little each day, but performed the participatory puppet poems every day!
The setting by the river under the shade of a tree was just perfect, and cool and comfortable for families.
Thank you so much to all those families who stopped to listen and participate in the storytelling.
A big thanks to Laura, Roshni, David and my family for their supports on the day and Hannah for support in the lead up. As well as to Maree from Deaf Services Queensland, for her Auslan of the poems.
Working hard towards some new poems, and especially keen to include the Brolga poem in a new collection for children.
Whilst the festival is over, the exhibition continues and you can find out more here. APT9 DETAILS
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