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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.

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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:

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Just Write For Kids

SCWIBI

Australian Children’s Poetry

Australian Society of Authors

Creative Kids Tales  

 

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Magic Fish Dreaming 

Poetry Competition For Children – Due June 24th 2017

Poetry Competition!

Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic Fish Dreaming Competition‘Catching a Poem’

For a chance to win prizes have a go at creating your own poem using our ‘Can You Catch a Poem’ black line Master (print this in black and white)
First prize – Special poster print to encourage you to keep writing poems and soft toy
Special mentions– Library Bag and Stickers
You can view the poem by ‘Hunting for A Poem’ by looking Magic Fish Dreaming Mary Ryans, Books Music and Coffee, 40 Park Rd Milton, or visit the following link.
Copies of entry form also behind counter at Mary Ryans, Milton
Conditions of Entry
No correspondence over competition entries will be entered into.Keep a copy ofyour poem in a notebook as entries will not be returned. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE FRONT OF THE ENTRY. No entries are guaranteed publication on blog but all entrants parents grant…

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Story Boat

My haiku blog has been very quiet.  But I have decided to compose and share 200 Haiku for the bicentennial year – it’s my gift to Baha’u’llah. I will try for around 19 syllables where possible,  link them as I go and think about the significance of this year.  Wish me luck!

A Thousand Healing Haiku

This boat has a story
it carries humanity’s dreams
in future unseen

(c) June Perkins, Word and Image

Gift – 200 Haiku for the Bicentennial, aiming for a 19 syllable structure though.

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Pixi’s Book of Circus

I have known Pixi, ever since we met at a Writing Group in Wollongong. She once kindly gave my family tickets to go to see Circus Oz as well when we last caught up in Brisbane over ten years ago! I was delighted to hear she has recently published a book on circus especially for children, but attractive for all ages.  Pixi has lived and studied circus, and her book is written from a true first hand and an academic researched understanding of what circus actually is.

Pixi was born in Perth and studied classical ballet.   She worked on circuses in Germany and England, flying trapeze, aerial ballet, riding elephants. Back in Australia she married a fellow-performer on Swiss Circus Royale in the “big top”. A founding member of Circus Oz, Associate Artistic Director for the first three years of The Flying Fruit Fly Circus.   She has an associate Degree in Visual Art at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), BA (1st Class Hons. Writing) and a Masters at Edith Cowan University. She self-published Bunty Armitage – Circus Girl (2014); Tempo – a circus romance (2015) both on Lulu.com; A Book of Circus (2017) and you can order on FB.  She is the Oceania Co-ordinator, World Circus Day and Co-organiser, Australian Circus Festival.

 

1.What is your earliest memory of circus? 

Seeing Bullen Bros Circus or Ashton’s Circus, or possibly Wirth’s Circus (can’t remember which but saw them all) in early 1950s in Perth. It always rained when the circus came! My main memory, is of massed girls spinning in the air, the sound of the circus band, andthe evocative smell of exotic animals.

 

2.When and why did you begin to write this circus book?

It grew out of another project, a serious, slightly academic picture book on the history of Australian Circus. I felt it was important to share the important cultural aspects of circus in the colonies and in the present day; most people have no idea of this rich, vibrant history.

 

3.Why did you pick the style of the book? And how would you describe it?

This is a picture book using real photographic images of historic and contemporary circuses and performers. The use of drawn or painted illustrations was not a consideration as too much of “circus” is presented as fantasy while it is, in fact, gutsy and earthy and real.

 

4.Why did you independently publish your book?

I’ve been submitting unsuccessfully to publishers and agents for quite some time, even though I had a Second and a Highly Commended from the Children’s Book Council of NSW “Frustrated Writers’ Awards” which ultimately led nowhere, so decided a few years ago that I just better do it myself as I can’t seem to get past the gate-keepers of the book publishing establishment.

 

5.Who is your main interested audience for this book?  Why?

The Book of Circus is designed for young circus audience members, circus fans and collectors of circus books; it has eye-appeal for children (target audience) and grandmas who buy treats at the circus. For adults it  contains information about general circus history and some facts about circus animals. It is a resource for schools, libraries and other interested parties with listings for all the travelling circuses in Australia, circus schools, circus shows and circus equipment suppliers.

 

6.What five words would your use to describe this book?

Colourful; fun; entertaining; affordable; informative.

 

7.Share  your favourite short excerpt from the book.

Given the current (and puzzling) hysteria surrounding clowns, I’m quite pleased with my explanation aimed at young children in an endeavor to normalize our clown colleagues:

Clowns are ordinary people wearing face paint and funny clothes”.

 

8.What is your favourite image in this book?  Why?

I love them all, which is why they’re in the book, but I have to admit to particularly loving “l is for lion” – young Cassius West from Stardust Circus with his favourite lion cub, just beautiful. This family of animal trainers, acrobats, aerialists and circus proprietors shares a special affinity with the Big Cats.

 

9.What advice would you give to anyone wanting to go into circus work?

Aspiring circus performers and workers need to understand that it is a way of life, not just a job, whether you are an artiste, an animal handler, the fairy-floss maker, or the on-site school teacher. Rather like farming, really, in many ways: the weather, the outdoor aspects, the animals, the constant harassment by animal activists, but with the bonus of constantly changing scenery! So if you chose this path you have to be committed 100% to 24 hour days, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year. Hard work? Yes, of course, but more rewarding than you could ever imagine.

 

10. What advice would you give to new writers when picking a topic to write about?

Let the topic pick you. I never meant to write about circus, but it just keeps happening, ha, ha!

 

 

How to get hold of the book

Pixi is now taking orders for A BOOK OF CIRCUS.  $15 plus postage. VIA email:  sumarapixi@hotmail.com

You can find out about her other circus books via Lulu

More information about Pixi is HERE

 

Tempo on Lulu

Thanks so much for appearing on the blog Pixi!  May you write many more books of circus!

 

 

Let’s Go Find the Women History Hides

Following the Crow Song

19060108_10211924738286748_4037967534773894514_nLast weekend Jackie French mesmerised and intrigued Booklinks members and the public by speaking about the women history hides to raise money for an upcoming Symposium on literature and writing centres.  This is my account of listening to her talk.

It was a shocking morning, hearing all about stabbings in London.  I could scarcely keep the tears from rolling down my face.  Oh what are we doing – humanity?  I wasn’t sure if I could leave the house, and if just a day of meditation and prayers, or a solitary walk in nature, might be the way to go.   That’s my sensitive poet’s heart; I am sure a lot of other’s people’s hearts were breaking too.

But I gave myself a stern talking to, Jackie French one of my all time favourite authors was in town, and was going to give a talk.  ‘Get on that bus June and go be with…

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Catching up with My Creative Sister

 

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Yesterday I was so happy to see Magic Fish Dreaming illustrator, and creative sister Helene.

We have both been so busy.  I really miss her!

We are absolutely delighted to be collaborating to work on a  couple of special library workshops sharing the process of creating the Magic Fish Dreaming  book as well as encouraging children to imagine, create, draw and write.

It was so much fun planning the workshop!   What a great chat!

Time passed so quickly.

We now have a plan but will also respond to the wonderful input of the children and make sure they have lots of fun and opportunities to create.

The lovely Helene signed some more books for me, so on the 24th of June when I do my next book signing at Mary Ryans Milton, you can pick up a book signed by both of us!

Helene has a number of other workshops coming up, including one sharing with adults how to illustrate on the 17th of June.

Helene had a beautiful surprise for me.  She gave me a special print of ‘Beyond Caterpillar  Days.’  I have now framed it and am choosing a place in the house to hang it up.  What a great day.  I am still smiling!

 

 

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