Announcing that Magic Fish Dreaming is now stocked by The Book Garden.
Looking forward to Magic Fish Dreaming reaching more schools and childcare centres!
About The Book Garden
The Book Garden is proudly Australian owned and currently celebrating 38 years. They are part of the American Bookstore and have a physical location in Brisbane.
A momentous event took place in a Sydney garage on September 14th 1980.
Encouraged by our father (bookseller Maurice Zavelsky), we (Deborah and Carmel) began The Book Garden.
We started the business with a tiny budget, a small range of stock and two cars. We split Sydney into two sales areas and began visiting schools and childcare centres with boxes of books for sale.
After the death of Maurice in July 1981, Deb moved to Brisbane. It was here that The Book Garden put down roots inside American Bookstore.
Throughout our years of business we have met many wonderful customers – a source of constant inspiration and innovation for us. Thank you for your feedback and support over the years. We welcome customers old and new alike to our website and hope that you will enjoy spending time with us. Our website adds a new chapter to The Book Garden story and it is one that we look forward to sharing with you.”
To read more visit their website
Kilt clan patterns
Mother’s hands twisting string
for homemade video to keep tradition strong
Once made from plants now plastic too
Scratching identity from legs to ankles
Calling out for head-dress and for beads
Bare feet beating dance on earth
Sway and swish
Past, present and future steps
Given by my mother to say
You are grown
By June Perkins
This poem appeared on the Australian Children’s Poetry Blog
These works were created in a two hour workshop with June Perkins and Helene Magisson for the Summer of Reading Program with the Brisbane libraries, held January 2018. The host libraries were Chermside and Toowong.
The above photographs are shared with consent of artist/writers and taken by Helene Magisson.
A big thank you to the staff at both libraries who assisted with the set up of the room and other practicalities as well as giving us warm introductions.
Thanks also to the wonderful children.
The following three photographs of the workshop in action are courtesy of the Brisbane libraries.
I am collecting a list of some special days to share the poetry of Magic Fish Dreaming these might be either online or in person; one such day is World Poetry Day.
Will you be celebrating that day too?
World Poetry Day – March 21st
“Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.
In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.
One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.
The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.”
Thanks Norah for including Magic Fish Dreaming in this blog, alongside many beautiful books!
The love of reading is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child.
Reading is empowering, and a book is a gift that continues to give, long after the occasion has past. It’s effects cannot always be measured.
To help you decide which books to give to whom for Christmas, I thought I’d make your task a little easier by reminding you of the lovely books I shared throughout the year in interviews with their authors and illustrators.
Below you will find a list the books and their authors and illustrators. I also include links to
- the interview on the blog
- the interview in the Author or Illustrator Spotlight
- the creative’s website
- a place where the book may be purchased.
Many of these authors and illustrators have more than one book, some for readers in other age groups, including adult, so please check out their websites for…
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One of the lovely outcomes of this weekend was connecting with other artists and writers.
At Big B Books, owned by the wonderful Candice Lemon-Scott, I loved catching up with Angela Sunde and Lucia Masciullo and we shared a table. Angela is an absolute dynamo and was promoting all three of us so beautifully.
At Mt Alford Artisan’s Market, which is supported by the Mount Alford School of Arts, I absolutely loved meeting this vibrant mother and her little one, Jude, who gave me the biggest smile.
So lovely to know he will be growing up with Magic Fish Dreaming. It was so exciting to hear of people sending this book overseas to relatives and friends, as well as taking it into areas I am not sure have read it yet. Germany, England, Toowoomba readers as well as Mt Alford, Boonah and Logan.
I had a chance at the Market, to catch up with Jessica from The Shed, a friend made at the Boonah environment day, as well as Yonda, who is one of the people who organises the market and who has a food van that makes the most delicious healthy burgers.
There were many artisans, some beautiful singing, and you could watch a spinner at work.
I met many local writers, some poets, romance writers and novelists, who came up and introduced themselves and their genres, and were very supportive of the book.
There were so many interesting stalls.
One dedicated to Mermaids, but with very sweet sea horses particularly caught my eye!
There were eco prints, canvas, clay and other creations from local artists, specially made soaps, wellness essential oils and more, photographs, spun fibres, crotched baskets from Moshki, adorable felt creations, upcycled clothes, crafted wooden spoons. Boonah Organisation for Sustainable BOSS were there as well.
It was wonderful meeting many locals and the atmosphere of the market was warm, busy! and friendly.
Many locals and stall holders had a chat, another stall holder actually bought my book and told people to head to my stall up another level in the hall!
You can find out more about that artists over at the Market’s facebook page.
Thank you so much to all the lovely Aunties, Grandparents, Parents, Teachers, Writers, and stall holders who bought the book!
Thanks everyone at both venues who stopped for a chat.