Magic Fish Dreaming News

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June will be presenting her ‘unique story’ in a panel for the Sandcliffe Writers Festival.

April 29th 9am-10.30  Bracken Ridge Library

The panel is Unique Journeys:

Join authors June Perkins, Duncan Richardson and Michael Aird’ as they talk about their inspiration  and ideas and what compels them on their creative journey, where they are today, and where they hope to be in the future.’

For more information about the festival (lots of other great events, all free except for the literary dinner with Matthew Condon) contact Adele Moy, sandcliffewritersfestival@gmail.com

The festival also has a facebook page.

There will also be a poetry writing workshop with Angela Peita, on the same day at 1.30-3.30 pm.  For bookings contact the Bracken Ridge Library, 32691102

Some of the presenters at the Sandcliffe Festival

June Perkins, Lauren Daniels, Leisa Raven, Michael Aird, Jacqueline Henry

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Other News

Queensland Writers Centre, recently featured June in their Queensland Writer’s Life series.  June says,’It is a great honour to be included amongst some great Queensland Writers, such as Jackie French! Nick Earls and more!’

Helene is doing fantastically.  You can find her six picture books, that’s right six picture books, listed in her biography for this site.  We welcome her to recently becoming an Australian citizen with her whole family!  How lucky is Australia!

Helene loves all the books she is involved with creating and is an absolute inspiration.  The Velveteen Rabbit has just been translated into Chinese!

Library Workshops

Some fantastic news is that  Helene and June have some workshops coming up at libraries in Brisbane in the June holidays.  We hope to create more fans for poetry and art in combination for children’s books!  We will be collaborating on these workshops and we’re so happy that we get to work together again! We’d love to see more artistic poetry books in the world.

Suppliers and Bookshops

We hope to very soon announce  school/tafe, childcare suppliers and more book stores OUTSIDE of Brisbane stocking Magic Fish Dreaming!  (maybe Tasmania!) We are working super hard to ensure the book makes it into more libraries!  Please send us your very positive energy as we embark on broadening the reach of Magic Fish Dreaming and start field tripping.

Community

We are working to connect with any community that loves caring for nature, supporting diversity and poetry and of course Queensland.  We think our book is a great tool for encouraging mindfulness and have a psychologist let us know she is using it with her clients.  How wonderful!

We will be back when we have more to share!  But thank you to everyone who keeps helping us spread the word about the book.

Special thanks to some of the students  and staff at the Keystones unit, at QUT, who are taking the news about the book to their children’s schools.  That is just so special!

From the Tweet-sphere

The author of the Outlander Series, left this message, after my proud mother-in-law tweeted her about Magic Fish Dreaming.  Thanks Helen Perkins for sharing the news about the book and how lovely that Diana Gabaldon replied!

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Keep a look out for upcoming book signings!

Beaming Readers, Reviews, Poems and more…

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Courtesy of one of our readers

This lovely young man’s Nana said he loves his book!

Thank you so much for letting us know and sending this delightful picture of an absolutely beaming reader!

We just love this picture!

In Other News

Our latest review is up on Just Write for Kids

Here is an extract.

“The mix of musical lyrics, sensitive dialogue and thoughtful stories effortlessly blend with the mesmerisingly enchanting illustrations to allow us to venture into the cultures and wonderments of the people, creatures, and our own imaginations. Magic Fish Dreaming is a book that will engage the reflectors, the adventurers and the poets in all of us.”

Magical for children aged five and up.  Romi Sharp

Head to the blog to read the whole review

June has had a couple of poems go up on Australian Children’s Poetry

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June also did a live radio interview on 4k1G Townsville with Vee Gara, 5.15 on the 2nd of February. It was great to catch up with Vee and let people know about the book.

Helene Magisson did a lovely interview at  Readilearn

Helene has several more books in the works.  One of which is The Whirlpool (May 2017)

You can keep track by checking out her website.

Helene Magisson will be at Romancing the Stars, with copies of the book and prints on February 24th at the Sunshine Coast.

Helene Interviewed for ReadiLearn

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What things do you most like to draw?

I love drawing tiny details on a huge page, or people from different countries. And portraits also. We can express so much with a close up of a face. They can be very strong.

Where do you get your ideas?

By observing. Observing people, nature, tiny little details, colours, patterns. I am also so much inspired by all my travels and all the different countries I have lived in.

And I like to observe the art of great painters and the work of inspiring illustrators too.”

EXTRACT From Interview with Norah Colvin.  Read the whole interview HERE

Diversity in Magic Fish Dreaming

MAgicFishDreamingblogheaderRGBrevIn Magic Fish Dreaming diversity comes in many forms. There’s the diversity of wildlife and landscape and the diversity of author June Perkins’ Papua New Guinea/Aussie heritage and her European descent Aussie illustrator, Helene Magisson.

Together they have created something truly exquisite that shares the wondrous Far North Queensland, Australian Environment in playful, lyrical, and inspiring ways.

Meet all sorts of wonderful characters as Magic Fish Dreaming encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems.

Mira Reisberg Ph.D.  Director of the Children’s Book Academy

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Inventive New Patterns

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The whimsical and lusciously evocative poems of Magic Fish Dreaming are subtly imbued with wisdom, and steeped in story.

In playful language, June Perkins takes traditional forms of rhyme and rhythm, twisting and weaving them into inventive new patterns.

Helene Magisson’s delicate illustrations are luminous – the aesthetic interplay between this rich text and these elegant images is a sheer delight.

Robyn Sheahan-Bright, JustifiedText Writing and Publishing Consultancy Services

Beyond Caterpillar Days – Sneak Peak

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So, so exciting! Super, super busy! I think I need a pair of butterfly wings! Flap, flap.

Above is our second last sneak peak of the enchanting illustrations by Helene before the launch. Just one more reveal! No poem to reveal, as you’ll see that in the book.  Wow, our caterpillar book is about to fly! No more cocoon. . . so very soon our book will fly into your hands.

It’s final editing of the manuscript time – the point where the poet is not allowed to tinker or fine tune the metre of any more lines, but has to finally be satisfied for the line edits by magic Matilda.

We have some magical people in children’s writing and poetry, writing something about the book as we speak.  Can’t wait for their feedback !  They are the first, other than the team, to see butterfly emerge from its cocoon.

Our design wizz Heidi will soon be doing her stuff, taking the manuscript and the art and putting it all together.  Ah the decisions on font and so forth will be taking place.

I’ll be off to see the printer to make some final decision before that.  Papers, binding, and other mysteries to hide from you all a little while longer.  Ah for the mysteries of the cymk that will make the colours Helene has put into her art sing onto the page.

As for launching and so on, there’s still some research to be done, before we fix dates and places.  Maybe we will make a trailer?  We dream of flying or road tripping North to share our book in the place where the poems were born.

Will our dream come true?

 

(c) June Perkins

Progress Report

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The art work is complete!  Yesterday Helene delivered it. Now it is time to scan it ready for designer Heidi to work her magic.

It was so great catching up with Helene as we have both been busy. She has been working hard on the art for the book, and I’ve been managing other aspects of the project and preparing our review schedule.

On the weekend I went to a writer’s retreat at Mt Lamington National Park. This was the view from the room I was staying in!  Now that’s Magic!

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I enjoyed my time at the retreat and you can read more about it on:

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The time near Mt Lamington has renewed my energy for completing the rest of Magic Fish Dreaming and other writing projects.  It was educational, vibrant and full of friendship and networking.

I was delighted to find fans of Magic Fish Dreaming attending the retreat. They expressed so much anticipation for our project that it made me smile.  I told Helene all about it when we met on Monday.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can make the launch when we announce it.  I am working on fixing a date and venue.

Best Wishes,

June, on behalf of the Magic Fish Dreaming Team

Picture Riddles Hinting Magic Fish Dreaming

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This is just a portion of a  Magic Fish Dreaming illustration, a teaser, a riddle to make you wonder what the rest of it looks like.

This is so the book will mostly be a surprise when you receive it and read it for the first time.

The illustration process is nearly complete, and soon meetings with the printer will take place and the designer, Heidi Den Ronden,  will be taking the reins and working her magic to bring the poetry and the illustrations together on the page.

Helene had this to say recently on her facebook page:

“I have almost completed the whole work, and I wish I could continue illustrating many other of June’s poems. I enjoyed each minute and instant working on this project. The collaboration with June Perkins is just delighting and always very constructive.
I will tell and explain more about the story behind the book (I have so much to say), but I will do it a bit later on my blog.”

Thanks so much for all your support.

Preorders are still available, but only until the end of this month. You need to email June at gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

For those living in Brisbane there will be books for sale at the official launch later this year.

Magic Fish Dreaming Press Clippings

Blog over at Love the People You Meet

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Radio Interview

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Australia Poetry Times, pp. 47 -8

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Article with Quest Paper p. 4 City North News March 10th 2016

ABC Far North Radio Interview

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Poetry for Children interview with Ali Stegert

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Art Books for Children -an article by Mel Irvine at Love the People You Meet

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The Fabulous Write Links 

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DimsWriteStuff visit to a Dimity’s blog

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June Perkins Talks to the Tune of Magic on Just Write for Kids Blog

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Kids Poetry Book interview with Karen Tyrrell

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Buzz Words Did a Few Things for Us

15th February

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1st March

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15th March

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Meeting with Councillor Vicki Ward to Discuss the Project

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Also included in Newsletter and Mail Outs from friends with teachers

And in the newsletters of 

Jan Cornall

Children’s Book Academy