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.

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.

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  and soon at Just Write For Kids

Magic Fish Dreaming now stocked at Little Gnome

NEWS!

Magic Fish Dreaming

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Magic Fish Dreaming is about to magically appear on the shelves at Little Gnome next week!  Wonder what little Gnome will make of ‘Discovering Magic’.  Maybe that Gnome might even go hunting for poems.

What poems might Little Gnome catch?

Little Gnome is a super brilliant coffee and bookshop specialising in stocking indie published books.  They have lots of other wonderful events like game nights, and meet the author days.

Watch out for our photos next week!

Address

66 Florence St

Wynnum, Brisbane.

Opening Hours

7am till 5pm Monday to Friday

Saturday 7am till 4pm

Sunday 8am till 2pm

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Children’s Poetry

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Thank you to all those who have been responding to the Children’s Poetry project call outs on my blogs and social media places.  I will get back to you individually as soon as I can.

I have been enjoying hearing about all you do in the cause of poetry for children and youth and some of the dialogue has been so helpful. You are all simply inspiring.

More queries are still welcome ! I think there may well be more outcomes than I anticipated from my initial call out, inspired by everyone’s emails so do watch this space!

Searching for Experienced Brisbane Poets Writing for Children

Opportunity for Experienced Poet for Children – Brisbane and Panel Chair

Ripple Poetry

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I am looking  for:

1) A well published poet for children who likes to talk about the craft of what they do with adults.

2) Someone who is an experienced panel chair, with some background in either poetry or children’s literature or both.

Please note: If you live closeish to Brisbane that would probably be an advantage, but contact me anyway as I love hearing from those passionate about poetry for children.

Do email  if this describes you!

Queries for these possible opportunities close 25th of February (but the earlier you email me the better)

June Perkins  –  gumbootspearlz@gmail.com

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Beaming Readers, Reviews, Poems and more…

Magic Fish Dreaming

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This lovely young man’s Nana said he loves his book!

Thank you so much for letting us know and sending this delightful picture of an absolutely beaming reader!

We just love this picture!

In Other News

Our latest review is up on Just Write for Kids

Here is an extract.

“The mix of musical lyrics, sensitive dialogue and thoughtful stories effortlessly blend with the mesmerisingly enchanting illustrations to allow us to venture into the cultures and wonderments of the people, creatures, and our own imaginations. Magic Fish Dreaming is a book that will engage the reflectors, the adventurers and the poets in all of us.”

Magical for children aged five and up.  Romi Sharp

Head to the blog to read the whole review

June has had a couple of poems go up on Australian Children’s Poetry

Caterpillar’s Song

First Day

Helene Magisson did…

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