‘Magic Fish Dreaming’ Wins 4 Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

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CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2017) – The judges of the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins,  and illustrated by Helene Magisson, won 2nd place in the Children’s Poetry, Environment, Book Trailer and  tied for second in Children’s Picture Books for Children 6 years and over as well as a special mention in the Cultural Diversity category.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date…

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The street beneath my feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer

What a wonderfully themed book! Thanks for this review Empower Blog.

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Have you ever wondered what is underneath the road, path or bush track you are walking on?

Have you ever dug down just a little and noticed a change in soil type or creatures?


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Well this just might be the book for you!The street beneath my feet by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer is not only a colourful and informative book, it also folds out to around three metres in length!

As you unfold each page you are taken deeper and deeper underground , exploring different life forms, buried rubbish, fossils, ancient artefacts, underground rivers and different types of rock.

This book will ignite so many conversations of how we use the underground world for our own benefit and perhaps might make you think what we are destroying in order to get to rocks like coal which we seem to think we desperately need.

Children will love to see…

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#8WordStory some to head to billboards

I’ve been having some fun creating 8 Word Stories.  You can too.  For more details head  HERE

Closes on the 24th of November 2017.  Some of them will be selected to go up on billboards around Brisbane. There have been 5000 submissions so far!
Some June’s 8Word Stories so far @gumbootspearlz

The stars became trails of tears that night

A trail of hearts became stars … freedom flight.

Manus abandoned. Hearts astounded. Freedom calls across ocean.

The cyclone’s secret name was ‘Optimism’s Reminder’

Abandoned. The wanderer whistles his journey home. Peace

Migrant grandmother’s smile sends stories to the travelers.

Sunflowers awaken optimist. Beyond slacktivism. More than clicks.

Going under; island nightmare. Revelation; still can save. @QldWriter

Breakfast tears. Lunch time dreams. TV Dinner Tiffany.

‘He’s a keeper,’ said knowing gran.

A tiny book. A big story. A reader.

Still writing with feathers. Digital dreamer mines reality.

Fast car. No sleep. Long drive. Family lost.

Mindful spam traps innocent. Viral angels surprise. Saved.

‘Sneak onto the waves,’ were Poppy’s last words

Write in Response to Visual Art

Beautiful to hear from one of the workshop participants for Illumine.

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June Perkins, author, poet, blogger, photographer and videographer, held a Writing Poetry in Response to Art, workshop which showed how visual art could inspire poetry or some form of writing. Aspiring and emerging writers and poets were given an insight into ‘how to think differently’ about writing poetry. This event was part of the mini Illumine Festival on 6-8th October, 2017 at Magda Community Arts, Brisbane.

It was a thought-provoking workshop which allowed me the freedom to write without boundaries. Creating poetry from a photograph/visual art piece was liberating. It allowed my words to tumble onto the page from what I observed, sensed and heard within. It motivated me to write unhindered, to explore poetry with a new insight and confidence. I found it a decluttering of preconceived ideas – about poetry, allowing a fresh voice to emerge. I also learnt from my peers who viewed the same pieces differently again.

“Tess Elliott 

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