Delighted to say our Library Workshops, for Ashgrove and Kenmore are full!
But this Saturday why not meet author June Perkins and find out about this beautiful book.
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
Thanks to the lovely owners of Books@Stones, the people who stopped to chat today and the two lovely young ladies passing by who said ‘Wow, looks lovely’ at the top of their voices.
Today I shared ‘Discovering Magic,’ ‘Tawny’ and ‘Wishing for A Fish’ and met a young lady who loved music, mathematics, poetry. . . and Fish. I pointed out Helene’s latest illustration work in Whirlpool to this little Miss and her Grandma.
A big thank you to Kara McLeod, a fellow SCWIBI and Write Links buddy, for listening to me read some poems with a couple of other lovely people. It was a delight to see your smiling face there. Thanks so much to my daughter and son who kept me company sitting at the shop and hubby who helped set up and pack up.
The family took turns at the table with me and when off duty enjoyed exploring Stones Corner. It is a wonderful shopping area for the bargain hunter and the popular culture fan, with five op shops, and a Marvel comic and games shop as well. Adding atmosphere were two buskers at either end of the street (one a violinist). Perhaps I need to take my two youngest ones busking with me at markets and sell a few poetry books that way too.
The community passing by whilst I sat with my soft toy pals was quite diverse, with people seeming to come from all corners of the globe. Someone asked me if I am related to a very famous Perkins family, and I said I wasn’t but what an amazing family of film makers and activists for human rights. We discussed why I love to have diversity within the Magic Fish Dreaming book.
Lovely to know that some more grandparents will be reading the poetry with their children.
There are still books at the shop if you would like pop in and buy one so we officially add Books@Stones to our list of shops who want to share the magic of the book.
Today I dropped some books off at the lovely Books@Stones. What delightful owners and shop.
The dear owners, Karen and Michael Weibler, are kindly putting a display up and I left a few things for them to work with.
We had a brief chat about the wonderful children’s literature community of Brisbane and the great Independent bookshops we both admire.
A big shout out to Riverbend!
I am so looking forward to reading some poetry at the shop next week and sharing a little of the world of Magic Fish Dreaming.
Hope to meet some new readers for Magic Fish Dreaming. So if you are free would be great to meet you.
And to all grandparents and parents looking for a book to share with their grandchildren in the upcoming June school holidays, this book has already become beloved of a number of grandparents and parents.
It is designed to be read aloud!
I am sure if you want to have a sneak peek of the book before Saturday you can do that.
Look at that front door, just so inviting (and there is a poster letting you know I am on the way!)
Today we finally have a book trailer for Magic Fish Dreaming!
I have been wanting to do this for a while.
There is so much for Indi (Independent) publishers to do, and we try to do as much of it as we can ourselves.
So we find ourselves doing publicity, sales, distribution, accounting, book trailers, our blogs, websites and more!
The Magic Fish Dreaming team is so pleased to have our book in twelve shops in two states, and to have three suppliers on board (they do libraries and schools).
This trailer is especially to assist all our sales outlets and suppliers boost the public’s knowledge of the book. We hope it helps!
Half the challenge with books is having people walk into the shop and ask for it, or spot it on the shelves.
If you love our book we would love you to share this trailer so it can make it out to more families.
Do support the wonderful book stores who continue to promote and support Australian and diverse authors, and their local authors.
There is so much pressure with globalisation to lose the local voice and flavour in favour of mass popular products, however there will and should always be a place for the diversity of voice and art and for beauty, poetry and joy!
For Indi Authors, sometimes our best friends are those fabulous indi book stores!
“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.)
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.
I wish for every child in the world, freedom from war, freedom from hunger, free education, and someone who cares for them and loves to read them poetry.
Thanks so much to the following people for their much valued and precious feedback on Magic Fish Dreaming.
Thank you to the Children’s Book Academy for their recent interview.
Thank you to the Sandcliffe Writers Festival for giving me a voice. And everyone who stopped to look at my book and those of other presenters on the table at the Bracken Ridge Library.
All the people who helped make this book delight in knowing how young readers are responding to the art and the stories and I do pass your messages on to Helene Magisson our illustrator as well.
It gives me hope!
I have begun work in earnest on a sequel to Magic Fish Dreaming. Will keep you posted.
Just read your book to my kids and they loved it, June. I am going to take a copy to their school library tomorrow. What beautiful book. My daughter is 5 and loves to dance, so ‘Storm Dancers’ is her favourite. My boy loves the tawny frogmouth. His favourite. I hope it lands in every library. It’s a gorgeous read.
Lauren Elise Daniels, Brisbane Writers Workshop and Professional Editor
Read your book to a child in detention on Nauru. He just loved it and wanted it read to him again and again, especially the funny one, ‘Discovering Magic.’
Worker on Nauru
Absolutely gorgeous book…I purchased one for my grandson Fletcher…we sit together and read its our special book xxx
Tracey, Grandmother from Tasmania
We are .. . grateful that this beautiful book exists because of its beauty, its diversity, and the environmental caring it subtly weaves through inspiration.
“One of the best parts of running the Children’s Book Academy is seeing the beautiful books that our students make. This one is from June Perkins who took our Self-Publishing with Crowdfunding course, co-taught by Jed Alexander and myself. Magic Fish Dreaming is truly gorgeous, getting rave reviews, and most importantly getting into children’s hands in June’s native Australia.
June did not want to wait for an editor or agent and the incredibly slow process of getting contracted and published. Because it’s a book of poems, which also makes it harder to be picked up by a traditional publisher, June was wise to follow her heart and take her destiny into her own hands to create the book that she wanted. With the help of her illustrator Helene Magisson, and a small village of both professional and non-professional help, June has created something very beautiful and meaningful.
We are so grateful that June was sympathetic with our instructions by getting her poems professionally edited and hiring a really high-quality professional illustrator and designer from the money she raised in her successful Kickstarter campaign. We are also grateful that this beautiful book exists because of its beauty, it’s diversity, and the environmental caring it subtly weaves through inspiration.
After the book came out, I was delighted to interview June for this blog in hopes that others will purchase it and learn from June’s innovative poem structures, the exquisite art, and about this magic place in far North Queensland where Magic Fish Dreaming takes place. Here’s the interview where June shares about her experiences of self-publishing and about her process in making the book.”
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