Changing direction on blogs…
At Boonah – Sunrise by June Perkins
Dear Blog Readers,
For the moment I am taking my poetry quest to 200 off line. It is still happening but just not on my blog.
Whilst I am offline I am not just working on my poetry quest but many, many things
- Preparation for upcoming panels (especially the Queensland Poetry Festival!)
- A trip to bookshops in Melbourne at the end of the year
- Ideas for more panels on various topics dear to my heart for the public
- Preparation for an exhibition/ mini festival in October
- Poetry books exploring themes of environment, parenting, motherhood, art, music, drawn from ten years of blogging and new material
- Chapter books for 8-10 (Series concept)
- Picture books
- A novel (plotting it at present to get my structure right)
- A memoir
- Connecting with creatives I would like to collaborate with
- Helping develop diasporic Pacific products
- Fostering unity in…
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Our guest blogger is Dr June Perkins, who has recently published a beautiful children’s poetry book called “Magic Fish Dreaming”. To produce this book, June combined her artistic and creative talent, her academic qualifications in writing for empowerment, her poetic skills, her love of writing and reading, and her desire to make a financial success of her writing. To do this, June turned to the idea of crowd funding and support from professionals in the field, and the results have been amazing. June’s exquisite poems are enhanced even further by delightful illustrations.
June has shared her experiences, as she wants to encourage others to follow their dreams and achieve success in their chosen creative fields.
Here is June’s inspiring story.
I don’t know how many times I have heard people say, ‘Being a poet won’t pay the bills,’ and ‘Writers have a tough life. Why are you doing this…
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The latest in the Ten Things About Poetry and Me series – Featuring Scott Rheuben.
1.What is your earliest memory of poetry?
I didn’t particularly like poetry when I was younger, but I clearly remember studying ‘The Road not Taken’ by Robert Frost during High School and perhaps this was my first spark to ignite my imagination in trying poetic verse.
2.When and why did you begin to write poetry for children?
I began writing poetic verse as an outlet for my emotions and it all began when I was about 13. I liked Haiku’s and then writing poetic verse that rhymed became a fascination of mine, which has continued for more than twenty years. My original works were for teenagers with angst, or young adults and it wasn’t until my second book, Songs Without Sound II, Behind the Silence did I write for a wider audience.
Still, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began writing children’s books and playing…
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Yes – Poetry for Children at the Queensland Poetry Festival!
Writing Poetry for Kids
When Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1 – 2pm
Are you thinking of becoming a children’s poet? Are you already a children’s poet looking for a way forward in your journey? What can poetry do for children?
Join poets Sally Murphy, Dr June Perkins and JR Poulter, in-conversation with Dr Virginia Lowe, for this fascinating discussion.
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane City
Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.
Queensland Poetry Festival & Brisbane Square Library