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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I See Hundreds of Children’s Books Every Year

I am so thrilled to have Magic Fish Dreaming.

You may recall I catalogue library books, so I see hundreds of children’s books every year.

Your book really stands out in quality and appeal.

Congratulations to you and Helene for bringing such a beautiful book into the world!

Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

It is truly beautiful–to read, and to look at

Lea Goward, Library Cataloguer

Acrostic River on Australian Children’s Poetry Blog

Andrew Matthews, some rights reserved, Franklin River

I just love the Australian Children’s poetry blog, mainly because it shares such a variety of poets with diverse styles and many interesting prompts.

There are funny, serious, rhyming, non rhyming,  scientific and reflective poems. 

I have shared some interviews with some of the poets featured there on my Ripple Poetry blog in a series called Ten things about Poetry and Me if you would like to go read them.

This is my latest contribution on Australian Children’s Poetry, published earlier this week.

 

Three Trips Down the River

 

I  – A  Bed Time Story

Rainforest children fall

Into green dreams

Visions

Embracing nature’s eyes

Releasing their love for salmon.

 

II-  Night Time Wishing

Releasing time

In my heart for

Visions of night fishing with Poppy

Evenings of searching for the perfect spot

Remembering our smiles at my first catch.

 

III –  The Franklin

Revealing wild rivers

In the journeys they inspire

Visions for tourist and visitors

Entranced by nature’s eyes

Recipes are made for protective renewal.

June Perkins

First published on Australian Children’s Poetry June 13th 2017