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June Perkins (taken by Heidi Den Ronden)

Welcome to the blog.

I blog literary events, interviews with creatives, life in Queensland,  progress on my writing projects, and the writing process.

Looking forward to your comments.

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I’m a storyteller working in many creative mediums – including writing, blogging, video and photography.

Born to a Papua New Guinean mother and Australian Father my first remembered home was Tasmania, an island state of Australia.  I lived there for twenty years from the age of one.

I’ve been published in a diverse range of places including: literary journals,  ABC Open spaces, newspapers, guest blogs, and anthologies in Queensland, the Pacific and America. One of the highlights of my writing career so far has been guest blogging for ABC Open’s aftermath project and working as an editor on the 500 words project.

This was recently topped by winning a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors for picture book writing and publishing Magic Fish Dreaming through crowd funding.

My dream is to produce multiplatform story projects celebrating and teaching about nature, music and peace.  I am currently working to bring several projects to fruition and have begun tutoring and mentoring university students.

I support  and mentor other creative practitioners (current focus songwriters and writers) who pursue the upliftment of the human spirit through their arts, and feature many blog interviews with them on this blog.

In my twenties I travelled, studied and lived throughout Australia with a growing family;the next place we settled for a significant period of time was Queensland. My family have called Queensland home for  over a decade.

During my travels between Tasmania and Queensland I completed a Phd in the empowerment of Indigenous women through writing, met and interviewed many amazing artists and writers, had the bounty of having and nurturing three wonderful and amazing children and was lucky enough to travel to Kiribati and New Zealand.

I’ve worked as a university tutor,  project coordinator, writer-in-community, writing group co-ordinator,  community journalist,  virtues education teacher, photographer, web moderator and editor.

Please respect all copyright for this work. If you want to make use of something you need my prior written permission. See COPYRIGHT HERE.

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Ten Things About Poetry and Me: Virginia Lowe

Another in the Ten Things About Poetry and Me Series 😉

Ripple Poetry

In 2016 Virginia was awarded the Leila St John Award for services to children’s literature in Victoria. Here she is with the medal.

1. What is your earliest memory of poetry?

My mother was a pianist. She was always at the piano, and I could sing 80 nursery rhymes when I was two (so my baby book says). Then there were the Zoe McHenry songs as well. All of these are rhymes, of course, so my first introduction to poetry was via song. The piano was a player piano, and we had rolls of most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas as well. As soon as I could read, I could sing these too – and loved them.

I think we also had to  AA MilneWhen We were Very Young and Now We are Six, as I vaguely remember ‘Jonathan Jo had a mouth like an O’, ‘Christopher…

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Sunshine

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(c) June Perkins

Swaddle me in sunshine

sang the fairy child.

Weave me into forest,

tell me you have smiled.

Dance me tales of blossoms.

Look carefully for my signs.

 

Swaddle me in sunshine,

Now climb the magic vines.

Breathe me into spring time.

Search for the unseen.

 

Swaddle me in sunshine.

Cover trees in green

Swaddle me in sunshine,

when winter’s on her way.

Find for me some shelter

to keep the cold at bay.

June Perkins

 

First published at Australian Children’s Poetry, May 16th 2017

Using the prompt Sunshine, Prompt 15, 2017

Keeping those Launch friendships – back at Magdas

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It was such a delight to attend Folk at Magdas last Saturday night.

After hearing my children perform at the launch of Magic Fish Dreaming  in October Merv has been persistently and gently encouraging them to attend and perform at this regular event hosted at Magdas.

We began by attending one last year to see what it was like, and have also been back to attend a concert by a fantastic guitar duo earlier this year (Magdas are also involved in the Brisbane International Guitar Festival), but finally this weekend my children were ready to perform there once again.

They had a ball.

They’ve since decided to name their duo, come up with a style of how they dress, and work on their performance banter, as they loved the storytelling of some of the performers on the night.  They are going to write some original…

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