It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Magic Fish Dreaming

So happy my first published story for children, ‘Starry, Starry Lemon Blanket’ has made it into ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.’

The full cover will be released on the day of the launch!

So happy to be alongside so many talented writers and illustrators.

Proceeds from book sales will help  pre-service teachers in Tanzania to buy much needed bicycles.

Available for pre-order below through Lilly Pilly Publishing.

For more information head here.

If you want to head to the Brisbane launch, it is on December 1st

Details are HERE.

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Gregg Dreise to speak at AGM

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BOOK LINKS – Brisbane Event

“Join us for our AGM followed by a special talk by author and illustrator Gregg Dreise. Book here via Trybooking for this free event.

Next year will be International year of Indigenous Languages.
In the lead up we have asked Gregg to talk about Diversity in Children’s Literature.

He will cover the following topics in a one hour presentation.
1. My culture
2. Working with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
2. Adding colour to stories
3. Including languages to stories
4. Getting permission to use indigenous content

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Star Song

Creative Ideas with Poetry – the Found Poem.

Ripple Poetry

The new century promises
the eternity of song

holding binoculars
in every mood.

a bunch of flitting fireflies
liveth here.

A telescope can show you
songs I’ve heard.

Beyond the asteroid belt
lie songs like grass.

The giver said
to be a backyard sky watcher
simply go outdoors
and look up to
see creation’s music.

Come and see the road map
locate the Southern cross.

Constellations can be
bright and easy to find
melodies of earth and sky.

Crowds and cities pass away
in journeys from star to star.

(c) June Perkins words,

Art Zedetta.

I created this found poem, using some of the Jigsaw poem technique. With the Jigsaw poem Sidman uses a found poem and reshapes the poem.

With the found poem any document that is not a poem is used to construct a poem. It can be anything from a list, postcard, letter to graffiti, travel guide…

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Point of View Poem

I love looking back through the vaults of online poetry on my blogs. Sometimes I rewrite the pieces. Other times I connect with the ideas to write something completely new.

Ripple Poetry

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Draft 1#

To take the point of view of a curtain fig tree
or a wallaby
I become part of the ecosystem
and see myself a part of it
not the ruler of it.

To take the point of view of a refugee
coming by air, or boat
from a camp or via an escape however they can
I see common humanity
and that fate could place me
there but somehow I was
given a home here through my
migrant mother marrying one
with citizenship.

To take the point of view of the
woman with her hijab hassled
in the streets because she represents
what some people fear makes
me wonder what I would feel and do.

To take the point of view of someone
who truly believes they are better
than me because of their colour
because someone told them so
and they were surrounded by others
who believed…

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Belonging

A recent reflection on Belonging and a continuation of my series on the common ground.

Ripple Poetry

The earth we stand on
whether sand, grass, concrete, gravel, dust
is the same earth;
it’s our common ground.
Can you hear it breathe?
I am always inspired by its sounds
ocean, train, nightingale, gospel song
and a little bit of country and blues.

The common ground feels the ache of
salt tears given in hunger and loss
to those who feel invisible
who want shelter
and safety and the transformation of visionary
art that no one should be kept from;
you can’t silence the poets and songwriters
of freedom
and the painters of truth.
Maya Angelou, Albert Namatjira’s, Tahirih
so many more heroes I could name,
they remind us of the common ground.
But to honour them our lives might
find the profound and make it live.

The common ground says, ‘Tell me your story
I care, and
wisdom will be our friend through
dialogue where I listen
and…

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