Designer in Focus – Heidi Den Ronden

Meet the Designer of Magic Fish Dreaming

11224384_10153807348537625_7274146675140316339_n-1So how did you come to be part of the Magic Fish Dreaming team?

I met June Perkins through my involvement in the ABC Open Disaster Project. We kept in contact and she approached me about designing the layout for a children’s book she was working on.

What is your background in design? and can you tell us a little more about Heidi the person and artist

I graduated from Qld College of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Graphic Design in 1997 and have been working as a graphic designer in one form or another ever since. This is my first children’s book design however. I am also a freelance photographer, writer and I occasionally dabble in drawing. Before I became a designer I wanted to be a fine artist.

What did you find different about a children’s book compared to the previous work that you do?

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Greetings from Friends for Launch

Lovely greetings sent in for the launch and project.

You can still post your greetings by commenting on this blog.

Wishing I could be there! Looking forward to pictures of the event. With love from

Kim on Vancouver island, Canada

Wow June! So wish I could come and help celebrate the launch. Love and Hugs

Jane Nicholsen, Atherton

Looking forward so much to receiving Eva’s copy. I will gift it to her on her 7th birthday in December. It will be treasured!

Happy thoughts for the book launch. have a wonderful time. So looking forward to sharing “Magic Fish Dreaming.” with my granddaughter. Arohatinonui from New Zealand.

Lorraine Gray,  New Zealand

June I’ll be just thrilled from the tips of my fingers to the tips of my toes – whenever it arrives.

Diane Finlay, Cairns

June, Congratulations on your amazing creations! You are an inspiration to me for following your dream! I cannot wait to get your beautiful poems…

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Alesa Lajana – Plays at Magda’s This Saturday!

Alesa Lajana’s Brisbane Concert is coming up at Magda’s this Saturday!

Alesa Lajana is an award winning Australian singer-songwriter, storyteller and musician. She traveled the dusty highways, collecting stories from post European contact history.

This album “Frontier Lullaby” comes from this wild and epic adventure, leading listeners on a heartfelt journey through strange and shadowy chapters of Australian history.

“Frontier Lullaby” floats in Lajana’s storyteller vocals, played out over her extra-ordinary musicianship!

A heartfelt journey through Australian history, the album features collaborations with multi Grammy award winner Bela Fleck, ARIA winners Amy Saunders and Julian Curwin, Australian songwriting icon and Order of Australia recipient Shane Howard and iconic session players Kirk Lorange and Luke Moller.

Alesa Lajana’s debut album, “Celtic Gypsy”, was released with ABC Classics in 2008. She is the winner of a Queensland Music Award for Best World Music Song, and is endorsed by Maton Guitars.


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The Printing of Magic Fish Dreaming

As this blog goes up, Magic Fish Dreaming is being printed and bound by Fergies, a Brisbane based printer.

We were lucky enough to have permission to have a sneak view of  our book’s printing.

We thank them for hosting our visit to the printing of the book and the immense care they have taken with our project.

Gary, who was working on printing our book, has been doing the job for over 30 years, with 11 at Fergies.  Wow! When you watch the operators at work with the plate and inks it is a job that reminds one of air traffic controllers, so much could go wrong, but their skill makes sure this doesn’t happen.

Richard Tillotson, who has been our liason with Fergies ever since the kickstarter,  was able to answer many questions about the offset printing process, inks (they use soy based inks) and more.  Fergies has won many awards for their environmental management of waste.  They do their best to minimize the impact of their company on the environment.

June with Richard looking over a printed page as it comes off the press

It felt like being in Santa’s workshop, with zippy elf like music being played on the factory floor to help keep the staff alert, as the press runs 24 hours a day and it’s good to have something especially for those night shifts.


Thank you!


How to Crowd Fund a Poetry Book – Article with Queensland Writer’s Centre

News from the Magic Fish Dreaming Team

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This week an article was published with the Queensland Writer’s Centre.

It gives June’s top ten tips for doing a kickstarter for a poetry book.

Magic Fish Dreaming – How to Crowd Fund a Poetry Book

Last weekend the production team, family and friends, had a small celebration prior to the launch, and this was also to celebrate June’s birthday the week before.

It was a welcome break to reconnect with friends from Far North Queensland (some living in Brisbane now, and some visiting.)

It was brilliant for all of us meet the editor in person for the first time, as June and Matilda have been working via skype, email and phone for sometime.  She also came to team meeting by skype as well.

June gave an impromptu heart felt speech to acknowledge everyone gathered in their part in the journey of the book, as well as thanking her…

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