I loved this chat with Michelle Worthington where I answered questions about being a poet from young people~ tune in and have a listen. There are many other delightful interviews with creatives including comedians (that’s not me!) and circus professionals (I wish that we me!), as well as other writers for children.
Poet and Storyteller
Features of interviews with creators and artists, readings, and background to some of the poems, and guest blogs.
So happy to recieve two signed books this week, from Canada.
My dear friend Kim who was like an Aunty when I was growing up in Tasmania, gave Magic Fish Dreaming to her friend, Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, author of Northern Lights the Soccer Lights and he gave her a signed copy of this and another one of his books, Hide and Sneak to give to me.
Thrilled to receive these today, with a note and some lovely photographs, card and pot holder from Kim herself, who is creative.
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!
Who or what inspired you to become an illustrator?
Drawing and painting have always been a natural part of our lives as we grew up in a family and community that really encouraged creativity as an important aspect of everyday life and avenue for learning and reflection. We painted and drew a lot with our siblings growing up and it has just continued to evolve as we seek out opportunities to collaborate with growing number of like-minded individuals.
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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!
Extract from The Park, Kookie Issue 8
Just letting readers of Magic Fish Dreaming, and this blog know to check out this beautiful publication Kookie.