Visual Poetry – A Summer of Reading Workshop

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.




Sandcliffe Writers Festival

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“I shared my journey outlining five major influences: my birth family, nature, my family today, writing groups and spirituality of the Baha’i faith.  I especially focused on the racism my family endured when living in Tasmania, which in some ways lead to the loss of one of my brothers, and how education, my family and community, played a role in empowering me, to create the poetry book for children and family Magic Fish Dreaming, a subtle celebration the oneness of humanity – which is reflected in its illustrations.  I feel compelled to write by the desire for the children of the world to grow up in a world free from prejudice. ”

(Short Extract, full write up of my participation in the festival is on my Pearlz Dreaming Blog

Photos from Sheryl Gwyther, June Perkins, Jo Hoffman, Kara McLeod.

Please note I didn’t quite make all sessions, but did interview one of the school visits presenters.)

Brief Notes

A big thank you to David Perkins for assisting me with setting up and packing up my stuff during the festival.

Since the festival I’ve begun receiving more queries about school visits and will share some details about what they might include, and what the cost will be.

First off Helene and I will be doing some collaborative workshops looking at both writing and illustration in June at two Brisbane libraries, Kenmore and Ashgrove (see our events for listing).

I am working on some other  exciting projects, including more panels and lots of writing which I will share with you when I am able.

Inspired by the festival speakers I’ll be making sure to find more hours to write and want to try for 1000 words a day!  Maybe I’ll start at 6.30 am though, rather than 5 am.