Spooktacular Stories Launch!

June Perkins is thrilled to have a poem ‘A few of my Scariest Things’ and a short story ‘Storm Girl’ published in this collection.

Ripple Poetry

Join us for spooky crafts, storytelling and

fundraising for brave kids in Aussie hospitals!

Official Launch

October 12th  2pm

Mad Hatters Bookshop

Manly, Queensland

Details Here

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‘UP POHNPEI: LEADING THE ULTIMATE FOOTBALL UNDERDOGS TO GLORY’ BY PAUL WATSON

I found this book review very interesting!  This site is well worth a visit to find more book with a Pasifika setting, sometimes Pasifika author, and sometimes both.

Tales from Pasifika

‘Up Pohnpei: Leading the ultimate football underdogs to glory’ is Paul Watson’s memoir about coaching the Pohnpei football team.

UP POHNPEI 

Summary 

Paul and Matt have always dreamt about playing international football. But how can you make it into a team when you are not the next David Beckham? Well, the easiest way is to become a citizen of a country with a team bad enough you will get a chance to play. A quick search and… Pohnpei sounds like a winner.

When it soon becomes clear that naturalization may be a little problematic, Paul and Matt decide to search for an alternative option. Coaching? Why not! With little hesitation, the two friends leave cold Britain and head for tropical Micronesia.

With one of the world’s wettest climates, a disastrous football pitch, and a population whose obesity rate is 90 per cent, Pohnpei turns out to be a less than…

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Murray Upper Dreamers

A brilliant day listening to dreams of adults of the future. To think all of them will be teenagers now!

Following the Crow Song

This post is by Michael Bromage.  I helped with the audio on the video that accompanied the post.

What do a camera girl, motorbike rider, robber and fairy have in common?

They each represent some of the dreams shared by students attending Murray River Upper State School.

I love ABC Open’s Dreambox project. The dreams people share can be surprising, inspirational or down to earth. I enjoy seeing the differences and similarities between the dreams of kids and adults and I get to meet new people in our community, practice my photography and teach digital storytelling techniques.

My mother will be proud. She has always wanted me to try teaching in a classroom and HERE I am at a state school in front of the class. Good fun. Great students.

Thank you to principle, Kayte Gillinder, and staff for helping provide the Dreambox opportunity and thank you to June Perkins

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Song Trails revisits the Cassowary Coast

From the Archives. All ABC Open direct links will soon be gone, but you can still find most of my posts and posts relating to my family on my memoir blog.

Following the Crow Song

At Song Trails, a three day workshop created for the Queensland Music Festival, attendees were asked to move out of their comfort zones by working with people they didn’t know as well as with new combinations of instruments and voice to create new songs.

Young worked with old, punk poppers, with folk and country stylers, and rock with country and as for instruments we had saxophones, harp, guitars, flutes, trumpet, bass and voices – high and low – all came together to do what we all loved- make music. Tully Song Trails resulted in a rhythm and blues song -Throw me in the Water, laid back pop song – Solo, a grunge rock song with parts sung in German – Gone So Long, folksy – Coming in From the Clouds (or Mother Nature) and a poetry rap with folky chorus.

The musical experience of nineteen people from the ages of…

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Ian Hallmond, Festival Founder Says


June brings warmth of spirit plus a wealth of experience with her, and I feel privileged to have worked with her on the past two,’ Ink of Light: Baha’i Writers’ Festivals’.

Her commitment and enthusiasm is infectious to any project, and her sense of professionalism in representing other creatives is commendable.

It has been a true honour to have June’s assistance and I look forward to collaborating with her in the future.  

Ian Hallmond. Founder of the ‘Ink of Light- Baha’i Writers’ Festival.’