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June Perkins (taken by Heidi Den Ronden)

June Perkins is a writer and multi-arts-creative 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.

However, Gumbootspearlz Press is building partnerships with others to create storytelling and arts projects to foster unity in diversity, optimism, peace and opportunities for youth and has great potential to be developed further.”

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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.

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

I may not be the relevant copyright holder in all cases (reblogs).

If printing anything for classroom use please keep a CAL record and credit it.

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

I am a member of the following:

Profiles at   

Write Links 

Just Write For Kids

SCWIBI

Australian Children’s Poetry

Australian Society of Authors

Creative Kids Tales  

 

You can also find me at

Twitter   Facebook    Vimeo    Pinterest    Nineteen Months

Magic Fish Dreaming 

Standing Tall

I will not tolerate any online trolling or bullying in my social media spaces.

Today in one of my facebook spaces someone posted something quite offensive.

I will report, block and delete such comments and think such people who do such things should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

You will not stop me creating my stories, art and events with your nastiness.

I like to keep all the spaces I contribute online in kind and safe places for people to chat and talk in.

All the best to the people who truly treat others with respect no matter where and when they meet them.

I have worked for ten years to create these spaces and stand tall to online bullies and trolls.

Please stay out of my spaces, and leave my friends, family and community alone.

Minaira Fifita

Introducing Minaira Fifita. Another of our collaborating artists for Illumine.

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minairastunner Minaira Fifita

Minaira Fifita is a visual and performing artist whose artwork is grounded in her Polynesian and Celtic roots and nurtured by her faith in the unity.  She grew up in the island nation of Tonga. The Baha’i faith and her family are very important to her and all of her siblings are artists.

Minaira has won various art competitions, including one for the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has found galleries to exhibit her work in both Australia and Tonga and  continues to receive commissions.

After graduating, the World Bank commissioned her to illustrate some stories for a teaching programme in Tonga. With the money from this work she was able to make payments towards her student fees. She also had the opportunity to work with well-known New Zealand artist Robin White, assisting on a collaborative tapa work with her sister, Ruha Fifita.

She continues to paint and contributes…

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World is Mirage – June Perkins

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Portion of photograph on canvas, ‘World is Mirage’ by June Perkins

This piece is inspired by the following words:

” Know ye that the world is like unto a mirage which the thirsty one thinks to be water; its water is a vapor. . .”  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

“Verily I say, the world is like the vapor in a desert, which the thirsty dreameth to be water and striveth after it with all his might, until when he cometh unto it, he findeth it to be mere illusion. It may, moreover, be likened unto the lifeless image of the beloved whom the lover hath sought and found, in the end, after long search and to his utmost regret, to be such as cannot “fatten nor appease his hunger.” (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 328-329)

To see the whole work, do join us at Illumine October 6-8.  Booking Link

Biography

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Temily Calabro – Work in Progress

Works in Progress – Illumine

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Temily Calabro has been sharing the journey of the creation of her works at Temily Means Peace Art

Temily is a visual artist who currently resides around the QLD NSW borderlands. She has lived the life of a true world citizen born in Tasmania with an childhood in southern Africa and Fiji, she has lived and worked in Tonga, America, Canada and Mexico. Temily currently works as a Primary School teacher and continues to create art on a regular basis, often doing commissions. She has exhibited in Brisbane, Tasmania, Kiama, Nukualofa and Samoa. She works in a variety of media such as tapa, canvas, print making and ceramic sculpture.

You can book for a Mandala workshop with Temily on Saturday October 7th 2017.

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Illumine – Art and Performance Ruha Fifita

One of the artists featured in Illumine.

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Art Work by Ruha Fifita

Ruha Fifita

Ruha Fifita was born in Vava’u, Tonga, in 1990 and has spent most of her life with her family in Vava’u, Ha’apai, and Tongatapu. In 2006 she co-founded ON THE SPOT (OTS), an arts organisation aimed at exploring and utilising the arts as a tool for community building. She sees Tongan culture as a living entity and hopes her artwork inspires young people to take ownership of it. Ruha has a degree in Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. She is currently Pacific Arts Research Assistant for the GOMA and is extensively involved in community building in the Goodna and scenic rim area.

Interviews with Ruha
 
SBS interview with Ruha Fifita and Robin White

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