Melanie is one of our presenters at the upcoming Ink of Light (May 18-19, 2019)
She has a PhD in engaging boys and men in gender equality and for many years has facilitated violence prevention and respectful relationships programs in high schools, and for adults. https://inkoflight.org/speakers
Here are just a few of the books she has published.
I read some Magic Fish Dreaming poems as well as a poem inspired by Sydney Long’s painting Spirit of the Plains daily over the three days of the festival.
It was so much fun to share these poems and the story behind their inspirations.
I loved performing my new ‘Brolga’ poem and ‘Cassowary Chat’ with the help of the children and two home made puppets.
Some other poems performed were ‘Giggle Poems’, ‘Curtain Fig Tree’, ‘River Song’,’Brahminy Kite’, ‘Discovering Magic’, and ‘Magic Fish Dreaming.’ I varied it a little each day, but performed the participatory puppet poems every day!
The setting by the river under the shade of a tree was just perfect, and cool and comfortable for families.
Thank you so much to all those families who stopped to listen and participate in the storytelling.
A big thanks to Laura, Roshni, David and my family for their supports on the day and Hannah for support in the lead up. As well as to Maree from Deaf Services Queensland, for her Auslan of the poems.
Working hard towards some new poems, and especially keen to include the Brolga poem in a new collection for children.
Whilst the festival is over, the exhibition continues and you can find out more here. APT9 DETAILS
I have made significant progress on a poetry project, writing poems for The Words and Pictures project at QAGOMA.
Which is just as well as there are just four days left for my final selections and edits.
Some of the works have inspired more than one poem. One even inspired four pieces.
I now have to select which ones will be the most interesting or evocative for the people visiting the gallery. I might share some of the others that don’t go in, here on my blog.
It is not easy as I am quite happy with each version, but then I have a vision of how all the works fit together and want them to be spaced throughout the gallery which will help guide me to the right ones for the series.
Also one of my goals is to give the poems and micro stories a broad appeal, such that people of many ages might enjoy reading them, including people familiar with my work on Magic Fish Dreaming.
So now my role is to curate the right balance of my own work, to show that I love writing for children, families, youth and adults.
I look forward to seeing how the public respond to the writing once it is up on the Gallery Walls.
I have a few butterflies of course, but it is quite exciting to share poems alongside art works, and have them interact with each other.
If you visit, feel free to leave a comment on my blog and QAGOMA instagram (will let you know some hashtags) as I would love to know what you think.
I’ll let you know the dates it is up soon.
All art works featured courtesy Queensland Art Gallery, Australian Art Collection
At the moment I am working on something special: writing inspired by art for QAGOMA. Later on this year my writing will go in display in the gallery alongside the art works.
The process so far has included exploring the art in the Australian Collection of the gallery and absorbing the atmosphere the art is displayed in and finding out the parameters of the project from the Engagement staff.
I am hoping to use some of my writing for children background in the works, and considering the way a narrative might weave stories out of the art works as well as employing poetic techniques in my response work.
As part of this journey I have been researching the works, their artists, and the intentions and materials of the artists. This is easy to do via the captions with the work, and the website of the QAGOMA which…
Looking forward to Magic Fish Dreaming reaching more schools and childcare centres!
About The Book Garden
The Book Garden is proudly Australian owned and currently celebrating 38 years. They are part of the American Bookstore and have a physical location in Brisbane.
A momentous event took place in a Sydney garage on September 14th 1980.
Encouraged by our father (bookseller Maurice Zavelsky), we (Deborah and Carmel) began The Book Garden.
We started the business with a tiny budget, a small range of stock and two cars. We split Sydney into two sales areas and began visiting schools and childcare centres with boxes of books for sale.
After the death of Maurice in July 1981, Deb moved to Brisbane. It was here that The Book Garden put down roots inside American Bookstore.