Welcome

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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.

I am a member of the following groups or directories.

   http://booklinks.org.au/blackgumbootspearlziconscwibi

You can find me at  Twitter    Facebook    Vimeo    Pinterest    Nineteen Months

Magic Fish Dreaming 

and profiles at    Writelinks  Magic Fish Dreaming  Australian Children’s Poetry Creative Kids Tales   Just Write For Kids

Magic Fish Dreaming in a Page

Reading Time, Children’s Book Council Australia

Just Kids Lit Review

Vacen Taylor’s Review (Goood Reads)

Georgina Ballantine Review (Good Reads)

Dimity Powell’s Review

Helen Ramoutsaki, a poet’s review

Wishing you a Happy World Poetry Day!

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What a beautiful gif from Unesco!  Due to time differences between Northern and Southern Hemispheres World Poetry day is still happening!

I think I would love to organise something for this day next year !  This is what UNESCO  say on their site.

“Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to…

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‘Reading with Me’ competition

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You have all this week to share your best ‘reading with’ someone photograph (make sure you have permission to share with anyone in the pic) and a few words about it, and we will pick the one we loved the most and, send you Magic Fish Dreaming.

If you already have Magic Fish Dreaming we’ll post another small surprise or you can give the book to a friend!

Share your photograph either on our facebook page or on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #readtomemagicfishdreaming.

 

Kids Book Review Interview

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Hooray!  Just letting you know that today there is an interview with June on Kids Book Review Interview   (done by Penny Harrison)

You can find  some earlier interviews here:

Readilearn Interview (With Norah Colvin)

ABC interview (sound cloud)

Poet Turns to Crowd Funding (sound cloud)

Karen Tyrrell Interview

Dimity Powell’s Interview

Ali Stegert Interview

Tales from Pasifika interview

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