June Reading ‘Tawny’
A big thank you from Renee and June for all those families who braved the weather to reach the beautiful venue, and stopped to listen to story and poetry about nature and Queensland and to the Sprout Sunday organisers, Gold Coast Green Living and Botanical Bazaar, and venue Host, the Surfer’s Paradise Golf Club, for having us at this day.
The indoor fairy lights and the hall of the Surfers Paradise Gold Club were quite magical, and we were happy that the farmers received their rain and thankful it cleared up a bit later in the day.
A special thank you to the wonderful young people who helped read the dialogue poems and show many of the animals featured in the Discovering Magic poem.
We hope that all those people who brought copies of the book will love them and would love it if they let others…
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These works were created in a two hour workshop with June Perkins and Helene Magisson for the Summer of Reading Program with the Brisbane libraries, held January 2018. The host libraries were Chermside and Toowong.
The above photographs of the art are shared with consent of artist/writers and taken by Helene Magisson.
A big thank you to the staff at both libraries who assisted with the set up of the room and other practicalities as well as giving us warm introductions.
Thanks also to the wonderful children.
The following two photographs of the workshop in action are courtesy of the Brisbane libraries.
One of the lovely outcomes of this weekend was connecting with other artists and writers.
At Mt Alford Artisan’s Market, I absolutely loved meeting this vibrant mother and her little one, Jude, who gave me the biggest smile.
So lovely to know he will be growing up with Magic Fish Dreaming. It was so exciting to hear of people sending this book overseas to relatives and friends, as well as taking it into areas I am not sure have read it yet. Germany, England, Toowoomba…
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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.
Replay of the Livestream of the Event.
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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