Writing Poetry for Kids – Children are the Future for Poetry

Write up of participation in the Queensland Poetry Festival, Writing for Kids Panel.

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A panel for exploring Writing Poetry for Kids, hosted by the Brisbane Square Library, was held at the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017, Saturday August 26th. It was encouraging to see the theatrette full, and a mixture of backgrounds, parents, local writing for children community, and general public in attendance, as well as a few children.  The library did a beautiful job of hosting us and making sure the equipment was all sound checked and ready to go. Thanks to the Queensland Poetry Festival for including our panel in the festival.

The panel explored the idea that children are the future of keeping the art of poetry alive. If they love it, then their children in turn will love it.  So how then do we foster and keep poetry vibrant, culturally inclusive, and add it onto everyone’s must do, and must buy list, especially children, grandparents, families and schools?  Dr…

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Skyping for World Literacy

Image courtesy Mel Irvine, children in Philippines Reading Magic Fish Dreaming

 

So excited that I will be skyped to the Philippines in September, to read  poems to some of the children gathering there to celebrate World Literacy Day.

My dear friend Mel Irvine, who supported the kickstarter creation of the book and purchased it to share with Philippino children, has recently extended this invitation to me. I thank her so much for the opportunity to share poetry and my story live to an overseas audience.

I applaud all her wonderful efforts working to empower the children and young people through the arts and education and feel both blessed and privileged to know her.

Will let you know how it goes!

Writing for Children’s Panel: Introducing JR Poulter

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Introducing JR Poulter – Panelist for Writing Poetry for Kids at the Queensland Poetry Festival

J.R.Poulter Multi-awarded writer /poet with 30+ traditionally published children’s and education books here and overseas, the former senior educator, librarian, book reviewer, once worked in a circusJ.R. workshops/ writes on poetry, prose, performance, and heads Word Wings collaborative, creating beautiful books. As J.R.McRae, she’s a multi-awarded, internationally published poet, fiction/YA writer/artist. Works include novels, Picturebook/YA crossovers, poetry collections, with poetry/prose/art in international anthologies including  Colours of Refuge, Mytho, 100 Stories for Queensland, Basics of Life, Quadrant Book of Poetry, 2000-2010, The Spirit of Poe, Guide to Sydney Rivers. J.R. was flagship presenter for QPF 2007 Schools Program.

 

Queensland Poetry Festival Performing Artist

You can find out more about JR Poulter on Ripple Poetry.

Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel: Dr Virginia Lowe

Virginia-Lowe-226x316Introducing our chair for the  Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel  (Brisbane Square Library and Queensland Poetry Festival partnered event), Dr Virginia Lowe.

Dr Virginia Lowe has had poems published in anthologies and is a Melbourne Poets Union prize winner. She has written many papers and chapters on children’s encounters with poetry (in Styles’ Poetry and Childhood), their own poetry ‘writing’, and on nursery rhymes. Her thesis was published as Stories, Pictures and Reality (Routledge, 2007).

Dr Virginia Lowe at the Queensland Poetry Festival

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You can find out more about Dr Lowe in the following interview over at Ripple Poetry

Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel: Introducing Sally Murphy

Introducing Sally Murphy one of our panelists at the Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel  (Brisbane Square Library and Queensland Poetry Festival partnered event)

Sally is a multi-published children’s poet, with three well received verse novels to her name, and a total of 47 publications. Her poems are published regularly in the various School Magazine formats (BlastOff, Count Down etc) as well as in anthologies including Dirt by Sea (edited by Dianne Bates) and One Minute to bedtime (edited by Kenn Nesbitt) She is about to submit a PhD on the subject Belonging in children’s poetry. She is based in Western Australia. Currently finishing a PhD, focusing on children’s poetry – including both the writing of it and where it belongs in the children’s literature landscape.

Sally Murphy at the Queensland Poetry Festival

If you already own one of Sally’s books bring it along to be signed.  She will have a limited number for sale and order forms available at the event.

News and Reviews

Magic Fish Dreaming is now distributed in Far North Queensland by the Local Author’s Network.

I’d like to thank Dot Sweeting for joining the Magic Fish Dreaming team and listing our book and making more Far North Queenslanders aware of it.

The book is now stocked in:

Cairns, at Cairns Books 

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The book is already in the Cairns library, but you can now purchase it as well if you wish.

Dot will keep up me updated as to where the book is stocked and is planning a trip to Cook Town soon!

An interview by Book was done recently by  if you want to go have a look it is here Interview by Book Just Write for Kids

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BUZZ WORDS REVIEW

Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic Fish Dreaming written by June Perkins, illustrated by Helene Magisson (GumBootsPearlz Press) PB RRP $17.99   ISBN 978-0-980731-18-7
Reviewed by Elizabeth Vercoe
Magic Fish Dreaming is a beautiful book of poetry, inspired by the people, creatures and country of Far North Queensland. To travel to FNQ through this delightful book of poetry is, quite simply, a treat.
Perkins is a Papua New Guinean Australian writer with a PhD on the topic of Writing Empowerment. She and illustrator Magisson have captured and delivered a series of age-appropriate vignettes that traverse clever, captivating poetry alongside divine pictures.
From dancing in the storm to finding ‘giggle poems,’ from discovering a secret fishing spot to glimpsing the flicker of a gecko, the ideas in this book encourage children to take time, to create space, to cultivate patience, to watch, to wait… to dance…
                                                                                        
‘Storm Dancers’ –
She said, “I’ll dance with you,”
as the cloud’s violent sneezes caused
a flood in her garden.
He said, “I’ll dance with you
One of those anti-rain dances
But we can’t dance too long
‘cause we don’t want drought.”
The text and illustrations intermingle, to weave their magic not just through the core ideas of the poetry, but in and around the very pages themselves. With gorgeous and sometimes surprising messages delivered in a unique and unselfconscious manner, this is a book that emanates joy in every reading.
Instant gratification, armchair travel and lightning-fast images and sounds are a way of life in 2017. Rich, nourishing books like this one that bring conversation and evoke spirit of place, country and critter not just one time but over and over again, are on a different space-time continuum.
This book is recommended for children of all ages (even really old ones!).
This review first appeared  in Buzz Words on July the 9th and is republished here with permission.
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Boonah World Environment Day in July

A photographic essay of our trip to Boonah for their annual World Environment Day Festival

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My family arrived in Boonah last Friday night, and stayed at the tranquil home of my friend Elizabeth who is a local resident and greatly involved in her local community’s efforts for sustainability.  After enjoying a beautiful misty sunrise and breakfast, we headed up the next day to the World Environment Day festival which was being hosted by BOSS (Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire). The most striking thing to attract our attention when we first arrived was the Vomitor, made from recycled materials and warning us what will happen if we don’t stop littering!

At tenish the traditional welcome happened.  This was full of ceremony and quite moving.  It included a reenactment of what should have happened when new people arrived on these shores, and a smoking ceremony.

Next, up I gave a short  official welcome speech and shared a poem especially written for the festival and dedicated to…

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Writing Poetry for Kids – A Conversation and Reading

 

Writing Poetry for Kids

When Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1 – 2pm

Are you thinking of becoming a children’s poet? Are you already a children’s poet looking for a way forward in your journey? What can poetry do for children?

Join poets Sally Murphy, Dr June Perkins and JR Poulter, in-conversation with Dr Virginia Lowe, for this fascinating discussion.

Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City

Bookings required.

Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.

Queensland Poetry Festival & Brisbane Square Library

Cost FREE