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Riverbend Books Event – 18th January 2017

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It was a magical day of discovering and hunting for poems at Riverbend bookshop.

Vicky from Riverbend books gave a warm introduction, and shared that our book was crowd funded, beautifully done, and well supported by the local community.

I let our audience know where the book was set, but think maybe next time I might need a compass for this.

I found out that nearly all our audience loved fishing! Which is great as we have two poems on fishing in the book. I read ‘Wishing for a Fish’.

It was lovely to hear some laughter when ‘Discovering Magic’ was read! To have the jokes of this poem appreciated was awesome.

When I asked them what they would wish from a fairy’s tooth, one child said she would love to fly.

The perfect opportunity to read a poem about birds next. I chose ‘Tawny.’

The audience loved nature, and knew a lot about cassowaries and Tawny Frogmouths, and maybe some learnt about the Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine and quolls for the first time.

Some had Tawnys in their back yard and others had been on nocturnal walks to see them. We could have talked all day about Tawny, but just one more poem – on ‘Hunting for Poems’ and time to go hunt for some of our own. Time to use the imagination we use when playing games of deciding what a cloud might be when it forms a shape in the sky.

Thanks so much to Vicky at Riverbend for preparing the workshop space for us and for photocopying the education materials that I had developed. And thanks to all our enthusiastic participants.

It was lovely to have a bit of a chat with children, parents and grandparents and to sign books for some of our lovely guests. It means a lot when people buy your book!

The children loved Helene’s illustrations and I told them I would pass this message on to Helene Magisson, who would have just loved this adorable audience.

Well done to all our young poets!

(Thanks for the kind permission of our participants to share photographs of our first event for the year. Thanks to my daughter Sheridan and Vicky from Riverbend for the photography and helping us pack up afterwards)

STEM – Making Room For Girls

This is a really interesting post from my writing buddy Ali.

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ada_lovelace_portrait-1 CC011 October is Ada Lovelace Day, a commemoration the plucky Nineteenth Century woman who pioneered computer programming. Ada was the daughter of brooding poet Lord Byron. Ada’s mother, who feared her daughter would inherit some of her father’s flamboyant poetic tendencies, put Ada on a strict diet of mathematics and logic.

The result was a fabulously gifted mathematical mind. Her mentor, Charles Babbage, referred to her as “The Enchantress of Numbers.” The efforts to curb the Byron flamboyance were not as successful. Apparently, Ada was odd. (As a Quirky Kid advocate and die-hard fan, I suspect today we would celebrate — or at least allow for — her neuro-diversity).

Ada Lovelace Day & STEM

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, all areas that have remained relatively closed to women and girls. 11 October provides an occasion to encourage girls to study STEM subjects and celebrate the noteworthy achievements of STEM career women around…

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Magic Fish Dreaming heads to Sacramento, United States

More wonderful feedback on the journey of our book!

Magic Fish Dreaming

daybeforereading June – day before reading at Riverbend and receiving the following message

I presented “Magic Fish Dreaming” to the Courtyard Private School in Sacramento. They were thrilled and there was much discussion about the package. So many oohs and aahs could be heard in the administration offices.

The posters will be framed and hung in various locations including the library.

Someone read the poems aloud as the others listened. Your book was so loved by the staff!

And I’m a hero for donating to the school. I will do a follow up in a few months for additional feedback.

Well done, June!! I am so proud to call you a friend!

Sally K.

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From America

Our latest dear little fan!

Magic Fish Dreaming

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“Thank you  for sending your beautiful new children’s book “Magic Fish Dreaming” all the way from Australia, signed by you and the illustrator. She said “oooooh,” which means five star review from her.  This book was lovely. The poems and the illustrations were beautiful. She was ooohing at the picture where the children are sitting under the moon and at the Tawny Frogmouth especially.

*Thanks for permission from this little one’s mum to share this picture.

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Reviews

Magic Fish Dreaming

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Our latest review went up at Reading Time the Children’s Book Council

Association Blog (CBCA) on January 11th.

“Helene Magisson’s gentle, whimsical water colour illustrations cleverly capture the essence and magic at the heart of this collection of poetry by June Perkins. Drawing from the natural world of northern Queensland, Perkins explores such topics as the spirit of the cassowary, the dance of the geckos, night hunting of the tawny owl, a child’s dislike of cane toads and the power of the elements using a variety of poetic styles.

Although Perkin’s language and analogies may be a little sophisticated for the younger reader her ability to bring to life the spirit of northern  Australia is compelling.

Recommended for readers 6+.

Reviewed by Mem Capp”

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