World Literacy Day with the Kids of Botongon

World Literacy Day! What an experience.  To view the Livestream head over to the Magic Fish Dreaming Blog for the link and my full write up of the experience.

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Replay of the Livestream of the Event.

Skype view from my office – Australia

What a special day to meet and speak with the children of Botongon.  I thank my dear friend Mel Irvine, for taking the magic of Magic Fish Dreaming and sharing it with the children.

Mel tried to make it seem as much as possible as if I was there, and moved the camera a few times so I could see the whole gathering  and setting as well as introducing me to people. The local women who work with Mel are very impressive in their care for the children too.

It was amazing and quite overwhelming to think of some children arriving early and waiting for up to two hours outside the gate to run up the stairs to go the world literacy day event.

After welcome songs, and prayers, and me also thanking all of our ancestors…

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Skyping for World Literacy

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Image courtesy Mel Irvine, children in Philippines Reading Magic Fish Dreaming

So excited that I will be skyped to Philippines in September, to read  poems to some of the children gathering there to celebrate World Literacy Day.

My dear friend Mel Irvine, supported the kickstarter creation of the book and purchased it to share with Philippine’s children has recently extended this invitation to me. I thank her very much for the opportunity to share poetry and my story live to an overseas audience.

I applaud all her wonderful efforts working to empower the children and young people through the arts and education and feel both blessed and privileged to know her.

Will let you know how it goes!

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Magic Fish Dreaming Art Works at Ashgrove Library Until the end of August

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After the workshop June and I ran at Ashgrove Library

the library staff invited me to exhibit some illustrations from

Magic Fish Dreaming starting from now, until the end of August.

Then in September, the exhibition will be extended

to showcase more illustrations from all my books.

Feel free to drop by.

Helene Magisson

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Dare to Dream – A Sustainable Life as a Creative

Guest blog.

Marketing your book

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.

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June PerkinsI 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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Magic Fish Dreaming Heading to Boonah

Magic Fish Dreaming Heading to Boonah!

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Delighted to announce that Magic Fish Dreaming will be shared in Boonah at this festival celebrating the Environment.

There will be tie dye magic,  Jim the Letter Box Man, a Junk Orchestra Jam, Recycling artists demonstrating, showcasing of a community tree jumper, and more!

It is normally held close to June 5th World Environment day, but this year is on Saturday 15th July starting at 9am, but then every day is a day to care about the environment.

Festival goes will also be invited to help create a community poem!

So do bring along your wish to add to this poem  – ‘What if you could have anything you wish for the world?’

Universal participation warmly encouraged!

June will share poetry during the day and copies of the book and a beautiful calico bag will be available for purchase.

Cash sales only, but of course there are eftpost machines in…

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