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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.

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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.

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Write Links 

Just Write For Kids

SCWIBI

Australian Children’s Poetry

Australian Society of Authors

Creative Kids Tales  

 

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Magic Fish Dreaming 

A Weekend of Meeting Inspiring Readers and Supporters

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This weekend I went to Big B books, Burleigh Heads and Mt Alford Artisan Markets. Both are about an hours drive from Brisbane. My quest was to share Magic Fish Dreaming!

One of the lovely outcomes of this weekend was connecting with other artists and writers.

At Big B Books I loved catching up with Angela Sunde and Lucia Masciullo and we shared a table.  Angela is an absolute dynamo and was promoting all three of us so beautifully.

At Mt Alford Artisan’s Market, I absolutely loved meeting this vibrant mother and her little one, Jude, who gave me the biggest smile.

So lovely to know he will be growing up with Magic Fish Dreaming.  It was so exciting to hear of people sending this book overseas to relatives and friends, as well as taking it into areas I am not sure have read it yet. Germany, England, Toowoomba…

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Community Spirit and the Creative Process

A write up of one of the workshops during Illumine! Thanks Kalen!

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DSC_3923The tapa painting workshop was a beautiful experience of creating unique traditional artwork whilst having uplifting conversations among old and new friends.

I loved the use of handmade stencils with natural inks made from earth and roots. One of the great things about this workshop was that we had the opportunity to learn about how the barkcloth is processed and the cultural significance of making these artworks in the islands.

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Ruha taught us about how the community spirit is very much ingrained into the creative process and this unifying community spirit is again reflected in the larger collaborative piece for the bicentennial birth of Baha’u’llah.

DSC_3946A thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to going to more workshops in the future!

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By Kalen Khalessi-Rad

(Images by June Perkins)

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Bicentenary Event – University of Queensland

Following the Crow Song

setupbicentennialevent34Saturday 21st of October

We arrived earlier in the day to set up.   Nine pointed stars, royal blue and gold, found their way around the room.

Tables were covered with cloth.

Food platters  semi prepared.

Flowers were laid out.

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It was raining.  The Jacaranda’s shed their purple flowers  and birds sang in trees.

Everyone worked together in unity to have everything ready for when the guests arrived.

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Some of my photographs were placed in the room for a mini exhibition.

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As people arrived they were met by the usher who offered them a program.

He did not leave his task until everyone was seated.

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A table of information for the event was available. The Youth had helped package the Hidden Words, as well as make the nine pointed stars for the event.

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The Harpist arrived and began to warm up.

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Friends greeted each other.

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Soon the hall was filled and…

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Poetry Postcards

Ripple Poetry

My latest project has been to design five a5 poetry postcards featuring my photographs and words.  The plan is to sell these at poetry readings, markets, festivals, Magic Fish Dreaming book signings and workshops as I work towards my next books.  I’ll read them at open readings when they are on as well. You’ll see these for the first time at the Mt Alford Artisan’s Market if you can make it to that.

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