Educate Empower, Workshops, Illumine and other News

Magic Fish Dreaming


Another review is now available for people wanting a preview of Magic Fish Dreaming.

To read it visit Educate Empower Blog  I just love this review because it gives such a great list of suggested uses of the book and the honest responses of a few young readers.

Educate Empower blog is an absolutely beautiful blog, full of inspiring book reviews, and wonderful in that it looks at the educative potential of each book for the parent who loves to not only entertain their children but have teachable moments.

I am so happy that they reviewed my book.

Currently I am working on a plan for the last few months in the lead up to Christmas.  I’ll let you know when and where that means Magic Fish Dreaming is traveling to outside of Brisbane !

Helene and I are excited to announce that we will be running two workshops…

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Standing Tall

I will not tolerate any online trolling or bullying in my social media spaces.

Today in one of my facebook spaces someone posted something quite offensive.

I will report, block and delete such comments and think such people who do such things should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

You will not stop me creating my stories, art and events with your nastiness.

I like to keep all the spaces I contribute online in kind and safe places for people to chat and talk in.

All the best to the people who truly treat others with respect no matter where and when they meet them.

I have worked for ten years to create these spaces and stand tall to online bullies and trolls.

Please stay out of my spaces, and leave my friends, family and community alone.

Minaira Fifita

Introducing Minaira Fifita. Another of our collaborating artists for Illumine.

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minairastunner Minaira Fifita

Minaira Fifita is a visual and performing artist whose artwork is grounded in her Polynesian and Celtic roots and nurtured by her faith in the unity.  She grew up in the island nation of Tonga. The Baha’i faith and her family are very important to her and all of her siblings are artists.

Minaira has won various art competitions, including one for the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. She has found galleries to exhibit her work in both Australia and Tonga and  continues to receive commissions.

After graduating, the World Bank commissioned her to illustrate some stories for a teaching programme in Tonga. With the money from this work she was able to make payments towards her student fees. She also had the opportunity to work with well-known New Zealand artist Robin White, assisting on a collaborative tapa work with her sister, Ruha Fifita.

She continues to paint and contributes…

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World is Mirage – June Perkins

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Portion of photograph on canvas, ‘World is Mirage’ by June Perkins

This piece is inspired by the following words:

” Know ye that the world is like unto a mirage which the thirsty one thinks to be water; its water is a vapor. . .”  (‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

“Verily I say, the world is like the vapor in a desert, which the thirsty dreameth to be water and striveth after it with all his might, until when he cometh unto it, he findeth it to be mere illusion. It may, moreover, be likened unto the lifeless image of the beloved whom the lover hath sought and found, in the end, after long search and to his utmost regret, to be such as cannot “fatten nor appease his hunger.” (Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 328-329)

To see the whole work, do join us at Illumine October 6-8.  Booking Link


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Temily Calabro – Work in Progress

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Temily Calabro has been sharing the journey of the creation of her works at Temily Means Peace Art

Temily is a visual artist who currently resides around the QLD NSW borderlands. She has lived the life of a true world citizen born in Tasmania with an childhood in southern Africa and Fiji, she has lived and worked in Tonga, America, Canada and Mexico. Temily currently works as a Primary School teacher and continues to create art on a regular basis, often doing commissions. She has exhibited in Brisbane, Tasmania, Kiama, Nukualofa and Samoa. She works in a variety of media such as tapa, canvas, print making and ceramic sculpture.

You can book for a Mandala workshop with Temily on Saturday October 7th 2017.

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