June Perkins (taken by Heidi Den Ronden)

June Perkins is a writer and photographer of Papua New Guinean and Australian background now living in Brisbane.  She published photography, documentary, and stories with ABC Open between 2011-15 and has a PhD in writing empowerments.

She is a university writing tutor, blogger and crowd funded Magic Fish Dreaming, publishing it with her own press, Gumbootspearlz Press. In 2016 June won an ASA writing mentorship for picture books and is now pitching work.


Welcome to the blog.

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

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Magic Fish Dreaming 

Ted X Morning

For Deb, Justine and Renee

Ted X Morning

The light and zing of commercials
between my favourite shows
is not nourishing
but rather requires the mute button green
of the remote to take me into a greener zone
and better still a turning away from entertainment
that leads to momentary escape from the
sorrow, pain, and heartbreak.

Finding out my friends
favourite tedX talks
and watching them one by one
becomes the new forest I build
which will still have heart break
but the kind that’s a ladder
over the wall of sorrow in
watching or a doorway into inner understanding
and there’s a garden
where I can foster the self outside
my physical now reality.

Poets, Teachers, Parents
build insights that make me laugh
and know I am not alone
but all parents hearts can break
no one is perfect
it is okay to say I made
a mistake, I am sorry
and often those we love
may hurt us the most
although not through intention
but just because they know all the
weaknesses we think we hide
but to them are clear because they love us.

A silent clap
can bring me to tears
and reflecting on moments
of clarity and calm lived between
intense pain brings realisation
that need not be explained
but simply lived.

(c) June Perkins 22/03/2018

My Story Begins

Another project I dearly want to finish in the next year.

Following the Crow Song

I was trawling back through early versions of my memoir the last two days and reoorganising it. It could be written sometime soon and it feels good to begin to see its structure as well, but back to the other novel and the memoir can sit and stew, although I am making notes of memories I’d like to add to it when I feel I can’t work on the novel. It could be three books, or one book with three to four sections.

“My story begins with the love story of my parents to be, in Papua New Guinea in the late 1960s. Dad when he reads my first telling of their story in a short piece called ‘Lost in the Bush’ says, ‘You make it sound so much like a movie.’ And it’s true: it has that feeling about it, because it’s an epic story about the coming together…

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Reaching the Mountain of My First Draft


I am looking down the pathway of writing my way to the mountain of my completed first draft.

Using my plan and outline as a map and continuing to read books that inspire me when I become stuck, I have reached my fourth chapter.

I am following the plan, but letting the characters help me construct them as I write them.  I look forward to seeing you at the other end of the first draft.

I was delighted to write two and a half chapters today.

At this point I am trying not to censor each sentence and perfect it but rather get the character and my  plot and scenes down cleanly and then I will work on other aspects in my second draft.

With this draft I am determined to get my structural plot, pacing and introduction of characters very clear.

I have started reading  Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars.  (2016) It’s so beautifully written and  delightful, you just want to read it from the first paragraph.  This will be the task of my second draft.

All the very best,



Stockings, Broomsticks and Friendship: Writing Inspired by Childhood books


During February I spent the month revising workshops and resources about structure as well as beginning a quest to re-read some of my favourite childhood books.  I also began to locate more contemporary books for middle grades and youth to unravel for their structure and best features.

I am putting enormous amounts of efforts into outlining, researching, and structuring prior to beginning my full write ups of the first draft of middle grade novels. Furthermore, I am seeking to support this by my study of the books I love and admire.  They are my friends as I make my journey through the first drafts.

I especially enjoyed revisiting the Worst Witch, and examining the length of the book, chapters, scenes, and how black line illustrations were distributed throughout.  It is so well balanced, with just enough of  description, dialogue and humour to appeal to the young reader. This book still makes me giggle!

Structurally there are small cliffhangers,  a gradual raising of the stakes,  foreshadowing, and scenes which make the story come alive. It is extremely well done. I paid close attention to the things that could help improve my own writing. Although of course I do want to foster my own voice and style.

As for Pippi Longstocking, what a character – super strong, generous, creative, brave and so true to herself always.  There was perhaps a chapter I didn’t enjoy so much, the section about Maids,  and that’s partly because of all the studies of literary representation I have done, which make some aspects of this a little outdated, although I do think Lingrid is very tongue in cheek and having a go at the way the tea party goers discuss their maids. This article from the Guardian is well worth a read Pippi Longstocking, Books Charged with Racism.

“”It is not that the figure of Pippi Longstocking is racist, but that all three in the trilogy of books have colonial racist stereotypes,” said Wollrad. “I would certainly not condemn the book completely – on the contrary, there are many very positive aspects to the book, as well as being very funny, it is instructive for children as it not only has a strong female character, she is against adultism, grown-ups being in charge, and she is fiercely opposed to violence against animals – there is a very strong critique of authority in the book,” she told the Local.”

Pippi Longstocking has some subversive elements to it though, which made it well ahead of its time and so it is still despite sections that might not read well to modern audiences a book worth reading.  The inspiration surely of movies like Home Alone.

Both Worst Witch and Pippi Longstocking are heart warming representations of friendship  that avoid the sickly sweet,  as well as being about overcoming prejudices others may have against you.

So it’s back to working on my novels.

Now I must get back to finishing touches of my plan, and begin the writing of the first chapter of one of them.

all the best, I’m a little busy!



Articles that may be of interest https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/nov/09/pippi-longstocking-books-racism