Boonah World Environment Day in July

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

Ripple Poetry

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

From Love – Creating a Group Poem

Ripple Poetry

dreamtreecardwellFrom Love

Saturday caterpillars are
climbing trees.

Saturday’s children sing
‘Caterpillar aeroplane.’

Six caterpillars begin
to grow.

In the yellow night
time is climbing &
purple bubbles of song
swing sticks about.

Saturday people
swim cobwebs of
blue people &
blue frogs.

Saturday’s stones know that
old love
forms in the leaves
falling from the trees.

Old women over June
are running free
red over black stones
time is climbing.

Old women over August sing,
‘be that dirt and mud
that grows these green forest trees.’

Butterflies flutter free
through the dragon grass

From Love,
old stones that are scattered
form the foundation
of all that is to come.

By Jennifer Hume,  Kylie Castle, Jessica Brain, Jackie Towell,
Dominique, Christina and Ashleigh, David, Norah and 4 anons
& June Perkins

Edited by June Perkins

CREATING A GROUP POEM FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY FESTIVAL – BOONAH

Equipment

  • Magnets,  mini white boards,  white…

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Handy Tips for Young Poets 1 – Working with Imagery


Poetry is so much fun when you learn about some of the tools!

Handy Tip 1 for Poetry:  Take photographs of things that inspire you and keep a photo journal, either physical or digital.

If you can tag (label) the photograph so that is easy to search back through your archives.

Photograph things that make you think of a story, laugh, maybe even cry, or are mysterious.

Write down some ideas when you first take it, and then write down some a few weeks or months after you have taken it.

Taking the photographs allows you to collect a lot of visual detail and study this in depth later on.

These images will be useful later for building similes and metaphors.  (More on that next time)

This is the kind of thing June likes to do in more detail in workshops.

 

Happy Customer – State Library Shop

Thanks to one of our fans, for sending us this picture of her purchasing the book at the State Library shop, at South Bank.

It is in the Australian Children’s Literature section for anyone else heading into find it there.

If you have any problems locating it be sure to ask the very helpful staff.

Love it when people send us photographs of the book and where they find it.

Thanks so much!

Magic Fish Dreaming Heading to Boonah

Delighted to announce that Magic Fish Dreaming will be shared in Boonah at this festival celebrating the Environment.

There will be tie dye magic,  Jim the Letter Box Man, a Junk Orchestra Jam, recycling artists demonstrating how to make their creations, the showcasing of a community tree jumper, as well as environmental educators and more!

It is normally held close to June 5th World Environment day, but this year is on Saturday 15th July starting at 9am, but then every day is a day to care about the environment.

Festival goes will also be invited to help create a community poem!

So do bring along your wish to add to this poem  – ‘What if you could have anything you wish for the world?’

Universal participation warmly encouraged!

June will share poetry during the day and copies of the book and a beautiful calico bag will be available for purchase.

Cash sales only, but of course there are eftpost machines in Boonah not far from The Outlook if you forget!

$18 for The Magic Fish Dreaming book, and $20 book and book cover calico bag, $5 for bag only.

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For more information on the various workshops and stalls head to the World Environment Day Festival facebook page.

CYA 2017 Highlights

Loved this conference on the weekend.

Pearlz Dreaming

The absolute highlight of the CYA conference for me was catching up with new and old writing friends, and seeing many of them successfully place in the competitions.  The absolute look of joy on their faces as they were rewarded for their efforts in working on their craft and then having the courage to submit their stories were priceless.  Four Write Linkers placed this year, Jacqui Halpin, Rachelle Sadler, Leslee Hewson, and Danielle Freeland (who placed twice).   A big congratulations to Jacqui for her first placing, and she had a placing last year as well.

The cheer from the Write Linkers as each of their writing buddies went up to accept their certificate was loud and joyous.  Another friend from the Rainforest Writing Retreat Georgina Ballantine, also received a first place in her category, and I was so, so happy we had a chance to chat during the morning tea…

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Magic Fish Dreaming Now at the State Library Shop – South Bank

We are so delighted to announce that Magic Fish Dreaming is now available in the South Bank precinct.

You can find it at the State Library shop.

In store: Level 1, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank

So for anyone passing through Brisbane and doing touristy and visitor activities you will easily be able to check out and if you love it, buy the book.

Magic Fish Dreaming is listed in the upcoming Books from our Backyard which focuses on Queensland Books.  So such good news in the lead up to Christmas !

South Bank is a super location and they display the books in their shop so beautifully.

A big thank you to all other shops stocking the book particularly Riverbend Books, the first shop to stock the book and great supporters of poetry.

Forever grateful to Riverbend books for their support so if you live in Bullimba or near to there, please buy the book from your local indi.

Special mentions also to Berkleouw Books, Big B Books, Little Angels Children’s Boutique and toys, and Little Gnome who have had great faith in our product.

Thanks to Riverbend, Berkelouw, Books@Stones and Mary Ryans, Milton,  for hosting visits.

And a special thank you to all other shops for taking a risk on our book and to friends and family who are helping take the book to their local shops, Nigel, Anna, and Pam!

Quoll at Mary Ryans

Quoll had quite a lot of fun leaping over books and checking out Mary Ryan’s bookstore last weekend.

Quoll thought the staff were quite lovely to the visiting author of Magic Fish Dreaming.

Quoll saw a few books go to new homes!  Quoll overheard a conversation where someone asked if June wrote poetry for teenagers and grown ups as well.

Quoll is looking forward to meeting some new friends at workshops at the library this week, and some more adventures in the works.

Where will Quoll turn up next?

What should we name this dear creature?  Quin, Quigley or Quade?

Any other suggestions?

 

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