For fifteen years June Perkins was a student and creative academic honing her skills as a writer, educator, parent, workshop facilitator, and creative thinker. She travelled across Australia, New Zealand and Kiribati to meet and engage in discussions or conferences with well known creatives – spanning academia, drama, poetry, novel writing, and fine arts: people such as Jennifer Martiniello, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Anita Heiss, Ruby Langford Ginibi, Witi Ihimaera, Albert Wendt, Epeli Hau’ofa Marcia Langton, Jackie Huggins, Adam Shoemaker, Debbie Mailman, the Page Brothers, Helen Anu, Cathy Craigie, and the Maza family, Rachel, Lisa Maza and (respectfully) their father a fine actor and writer Bob Maza.
In the 1990s June Perkins was one of five Australian playwright delegates at Interplay in Townsville and took workshops by Nick Enright and other international playwrights and directors and was mentored by Lydia Miller. She began working as a community facilitator and writer on women’s storytelling and radio projects under the mentorship of Dr Daphne Cazalet, who at that time was an actor and community arts worker based in Townsville. Dr June Perkins met grass –roots-creatives in the arenas of circus, weaving, poetry, folk music and theatre in Townsville, Canberra, Wollongong, and small towns on the South Coast of New South Wales and in her current home on the Cassowary Coast. These people were and are still using creative expression such as weaving, painting, music and oral history to empower their communities and themselves. Their insights have enhanced Dr. Perkins development as a writer. She attended many inspiring performances at the Festival of the Dreaming.
Since graduating as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2004, Dr. Perkins devoted herself to community engagement, writing, photography, the education and encouragement of keen, bright, creative children and the mentoring of writers, youth and women. Since 2005 she has maintained blogs reflecting on life, writing, art and education in North Queensland. She curated and participated in group blog spaces evolving her writing and arts practice internationally.
In 2010 she began forming publishing opportunities for local Cassowary Coast writers. The intent was to outreach to the world, reflecting on their global connections and valuing their local community and environment. She inspired a team, and worked with them to find support, funding, and local sponsorship for establishing a community anthology, Under One Sky. This book has already been presented to Prince William, the Governor General and several other dignitaries visiting the Cassowary Coastal area. She participated in an online seminar presented by Professor Nell Arnold for the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women at the invitation of Lydia Valeriano.
Dr Perkins has been invited to participate in women’s empowerment programs both locally and in the Pacific during 2012. In these programs she will assist in creating spaces and avenues for women and youth to develop skills and build their dreams into reality. These invitations recognise her efforts to inspire others, and her own personal journey of empowerment.
Dr Perkins was recently interviewed by ABC projects on line for being an active blogger and excellent writer in the Yasi zone (blogging the cyclone, aftermath and recovery). She has guest blogged for Ilura Gazette and has two works forthcoming in Etchings no.10 (Ilura Press). She is preparing to exhibit her photographic work in group and solo exhibitions, working on several books and her song writing skills.
During 2011 her latest venture is to develop systematically ‘creativity’ and ‘empowerment’ books and online projects for those who ‘dare to dream.’ She wishes to continue and extend her publication in multidimensional forms such as ebooks and multimedia. The inclusion of her work in Professor Nell Arnold’s ‘Discovering’ is her first step in this direction.
Dr Perkins is available for commissioned essays and articles, guest blogging, photographic and cover illustrations, greeting card illustrations, poetry projects and recitals, photographic campaigns, beginner blogging workshops, and for consideration of her book projects for publication by suitable and relevant publishing houses. Her genres are hard to define, but she is interested and active in all of the following: poetry, memoir, lyric writing, blogging, fiction, non-fiction health and well being, photo journalism of community events, and essay.
She has over 100 individual pieces (photography and writing) published in anthologies, visual arts exhibitions, installations, in Australia, Europe and the USA as well as in group blogs and online publications.
Folio of digital art photography
(Discovering Nell Arnold with June Perkins)
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