Fairytales, Music, Soul: Celebrating Recent Publications

Just celebrating some recent publications.

I was happy to have some poems accepted for the Australian Fairy Tale Society Ezine, Bold Heroines and Magical Helpers, a short story to the about to be released anthology, South of the Sun and to publish my second collection of poems, Illuminations!

Looking ahead, I’m working on a new collection in which all these worlds begin to collide: fairy tales, music, soul, and the remaking of a world without racism, where picture poetry books might be rewritten and artists are trail blazers in community transformation.

Meeting Readers!

It was so joyful to meet readers of books I have put heart and soul into. Even though I did the best I could, it didn’t quite feel real launching Illuminations online.

It was a tough week in the lead up to the Gold Coast visit, as a reading event I was looking forward to was cancelled, and another trip to share the book was also proving impossible to organise.

But now having been out into the community to sell Illuminations (and other books), it feels real and my spirits are lifted.

People stopped throughout the day to chat and sometimes buy the books. It was wonderful readers are still attracted to Magic Fish Dreaming, and many copies were purchased by grandparents.

A massive thankyou to Big B books, for hosting me outside their shop.

Thank you to every single one of you who stopped, encouraged, purchased books, and shared your stories.

Some of my friends shouted me to a delicious hot chocolate right when I needed it most.And lovely to go with more friends, and their families for icecream afterwards.

A big thank you to my daughter and husband for their support on the day and to the wonderful staff of Big B Books.

June XXX

Ocean Series

In this piece I take a canva template for an instagram post as my inspiration and structure for a poem.

I balance the text and the image and insert a question in the search window.

This is the first in a series reflecting on the ocean and all that it stands for and asks of us.

I will work with patterns of repetition between and within pieces.

(c) June Perkins

Joining International Celebrations for Ridvan!

 

It was so delightful to be part of the You Tube Ridvan is Everywhere Celebrations online.  And a great honour to be the epigrammatic beginning to day 7 with a brand new never before shared poem.  This poem is now being included in the next issue of Tokens.

“The “Is Everywhere” Collective, which brought us this wonderful online Naw-Ruz celebration, is celebrating the Festival of Ridvan! They are excited to provide family-friendly programming for all 12 days of Ridvan and this video features their program celebrating the 7th day of Ridvan.

The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Los Angeles (USA) is sponsoring special program for the 1st, 9th and 12th days of Ridvan but every day in between features videos sharing poetry, storytelling, music, art, dancing, cooking, and crafting—all by friends from across the world! 

You’ll find the playlist for Ridvan Is Everywhere here on YouTube. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel for updates.”

(Cited from Baha’i Blog)

Illuminations Launching

My new poetry book, Illuminations is about to be released.

This collection captures the wonder of the act of creation,

the burst of excitement associated with the birth of the new,

and the challenges and sacrifice involved in bringing inspiration to fruition.

Launching June 20, 2020

Author: June Perkins

Illustrators:  Ruha and Minaira Fifita

Target Age: 13 to 100 years plus

Genre: Poetry

ISBN: 9780980731194 (paperback)

ISBN: 9780648720508 (hard cover, dustcover)

Publication Date: 20/6/2020

80 leaves, 63 pages of content

 

For more information on this book  Illuminations 

For International orders see the Book Depository

Direct orders available for Australian customers from Author in Australia

Library available from Peter Pal and soon Wheeler’s Books

Library and Schools New Zealand see Wheelers Books New Zealand

 

Please be aware delivery everywhere is slower due to the COVID19 even with on the ground delivery in US, UK and Australia so do check delivery dates on any sites you order through.

Your patience is appreciated.

Australia 1-2 weeks

UK  2-3 weeks

United States  5  weeks

 

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The above poem featured in In Your Hands Red Room Poetry Project

 

More information to come in the following weeks.

 

Readings for Families at Home

To all the wonderful families visiting this site I am sharing some readings of my poetry to assist you in your homeschooling.  Consider them a small personal author visit.

I am putting up some of these readings not just here, but on Instagram.

If you are stuck inside or in the city, these poems will take you to the great outdoors.

If you have never been to Far North Queensland, they may give you a sense of that beautiful place.

These are recorded on my phone or by my laptop from home.  So enjoy!

I will let you know if there are any online workshops as well.

If you would like to order the book, of course you can as post offices are open and I will package it up and send it out, but most of all be safe, be kind and see you on the other side of the virus raging world wide.

Power of poetry, power of art, power of story, power of community!

 

 

Cupid has Struck

Image Credits: Image credits: SWNS on

https://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animal-friendships-interspecies/

 

Labrador protects duckling,
while cat cuddles fox,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

A dog and elephant water play,
And chicken warms some puppies,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

A dog howls with the owl
giraffe and ostrich nuzzle necks,
that’s when you can tell
Cupid has struck.

These dear ones
love beyond feather, furs and skin;
see friendship
Is more than luck.

 

By June Perkins

 

First Appeared on Australian Children’s Poetry, February 13th 2019.

Inspired by stories of unusual animal friendships and playful Jazz songs.

https://www.boredpanda.com/unusual-animal-friendships-interspecies/

An Art Adventure at the Queensland Art Gallery

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Sidney Long, Spirit of the Plains, Yvonne Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon, June Perkins, poem Spirit of the Plains, Images Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery

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Follow the Angel, Follow the Feathers, Follow the Art!

Imagine you are in a Hot Air Balloon

 

Discover a fresh perspective on the Australian Collection with Words & Pictures, an ongoing project that invites local artists and writers to respond to artworks in the Australian Collection. Take inspiration, and use the pencils and paper provided at the stations to create your own response through drawing or writing.

Only small extracts of the  poems and writing are here to encourage you to go visit and read them on location!

The Spring Program has been written by  Dr June Perkins.

The poems and stories are now up, September to November 2018

Queensland Art Gallery

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

 

SPRING 2018

This season’s Words & Pictures inspiration comes from June Perkins, Brisbane-based poet and children’s author. June has developed an interactive journey through the Australian Collection through poems and micro-stories for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal for children and families: Art Adventures in the Australian Collection.

Look for Words & Pictures labels alongside the following artworks. If you’d like to follow the writer’s journey, visit the works in the following order.

  1. John Perceval Sculpture: The Herald Angel 1958
  2. Yvonne Koolmatrie Hot-air balloon 2006
  3. Landscape wall, Gallery 10
  4. Sydney Long, Spirit of the Plains 1897
  5. Sonja Carmichael Deranji Dabayil (Rocky place, healing waters): Baskets of Culture 2017
  6. Ian Fairweather, Epiphany 1962
  7. Michael Stevenson, The gift (from ‘Argonauts of the Timor Sea’) 2004-2006
  8. Ray Crooke Woman with blossoms 1962-1963
  9. Fred Williams Echuca landscape 1961
  10. William Delafield Cook A haystack 1982
  11. Rosalie Gascoigne Lamp lit 1989
  12. Irene Chou The universe is within our hearts 1992

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Poem June Perkins, John Perceval’s Herald Angel, Yvonne Koolmatrie’s Hot Air Balloon, Images Courtesy Queensland Art Gallery