Crowd Funded, Independently Produced Work. Which has won awards.

Many thanks to Tokens for publishing so many of my poems,
2018-2022. Forever grateful for you giving a voice to Baha’i inspired poets and artists around the world.

June Perkins

In Progress

Biography of Birria, Uncle Fred Murray, non-fiction

Poetry/Story Collection

Middle Grade Novel (possibly poetry novel)

Stories of My Mother and Grandmother

As always – the Blogs


True Narratives (2022), Comic Con Brisbane, panel

Ancestry as Fossil (2022), Flesh or Fossil Conference,  AFTS, Brisbane, panel

Diaspora Fairy tales (2022), Flesh or Fossil Conference Brisbane, AFTS, panel

Quills Luncheon Short Talk (2022), For QLD Writers Centre, Brisbane, short talk

Fathomless Mystery (2022)  (gift pdf photographs and poetry for, Ayyam-i-ha)


Perkins, J, ‘Two Livestreamed Funerals, A Cancelled Wedding, and the Saving Grace of Poetry,’ Southerly, 79:3, July 2022

Guest Edits & Commissions

Perkins, J (November, 2022), Laughter Quartet, Story Factory, Website Accessed (Multilingual project, In a Flash) 17/11/2022​ 

‘Diaspora’ 275, Writing Queensland (2021); with ed Sandra Makaresz

12 poems and micro-stories ‘Spring, Words and Pictures’ (September 2018)  QAGOMA,  (Exhibition/Commissioned writing)


Perkins, J, (author), Ruha and Minaira Fifita illustrators (2020) Illuminations: 19 poems and 1 story

Perkins, J, author, Illustrated Magisson, Helene. (2016) Magic Fish Dreaming, Ed Matilda Elliot.

Arnold, Nell and Perkins, June,  Discovering,  (illustration and poetry extracts, ebook) no longer available


YA Short Stories

Perkins, J (2021),  ‘Into the Song Wood’, South of the Sun,  Australian Fairy Tales of the 21st Century, Serenity Press and the Australian Fairy Tale Society, competition.

Children’s Stories

Perkins, J,  (2019) ‘Nelani’s Christmas Hints’, ‘Kessia, You and the Elsewhere’, Creative Kids Story Collection 2,  Compiled by Georgie Donaghey

Perkins, J (2019) ‘The Park’, Kookie Issue 8

Perkins, J (2019) ‘Storm Girl’, Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids, Share Your Story, Brisbane

‘Starry, Starry Lemon Blanket’ (2018) It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Share Your Story, Brisbane.

Children’s Poetry

Perkins, J (November, 2022), Laughter Quartet, Story Factory, Website Accessed 17/11/2022​ 

Perkins, J (September 2021), ‘The Grand Guinea Pig of Herston’,  & ‘The Selkie Girl’, in Once Upon a Oops, Anthology Angels.

Perkins, J (April 2020) ‘Hope’,

Perkins, J, (2019) ‘Sleipnir’s Children’, Creative Kids Story Collection 2,  Compiled by Georgie Donaghey

Perkins, J (2019)  ‘My Scariest Things,’ in, Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids, Share Your Story, Brisbane

Perkins, J ‘Cupid has Struck’ (2019), Australian Children’s Poetry Blog

Perkins, J, ‘Obligation of the Octopus’, ‘Monster Truck and Mermaid Girls’, ‘Paper Boats’, ‘Beckoning Autumn’, ‘Haiku Storm’s Touch’, ‘Mungalli’, ‘Grass Skirt’ , ‘Rhythms of the River’, Haiku’ (2018), Australian Children’s Poetry Blog

‘First Day’, ‘Outback Afternoon,’ ‘The Caterpillar’s Song’,  ‘Art Class’, ‘Sunshine'(2017), Australian Children’s Poetry Blog

Perkins, J, author, Illustrated Magisson, Helene. (2016) Magic Fish Dreaming, Ed Matilda Elliot. (Available from the GOMA, Local Authors Network, and direct from author).

12 poems and microstories ‘Spring, Words and Pictures’  QAGOMA, September 2018

Poetry (Recent)

Perkins, J (2022),  ‘Bone Storyteller,’ Flesh or Fossil Program PDF AFTS, pp. 8-9

Perkins, J (2022)  ‘Young Poets Gathering’, Tokens, Occasional Magazine Baha’is of Philadelphia Issue 15 [final edition] 

Perkins, J (2021)   ‘Burnish’  Tokens, Occasional Magazine, issue 14 Baha’is of Philadelphia

Perkins, J (2021). ‘Mt Lamington’ Tokens, Occasional Magazine, issue 13 Baha’is of Philadelphia

Perkins, J (2020) ‘Power of Names’, ‘The Diviner’, ‘Sunshine Fairy’, Bold Heroines and Magical Helpers, Australian Fairy Tale Society Ezine Issue 9

Perkins, J (2020). ‘How can we look beyond’, Tokens, Occasional Magazine, issue 12 Baha’is of Philadelphia

Perkins, J (2020).’ Tears in the River’ ,Tokens, Occasional Magazine, issue 11, Baha’is of Philadelphia

Perkins, J, ‘Festival of Festivals’ Episode 6, ‘Attraction to Beauty’ Ridvan is Everywhere April 26, 2020

Perkins, J ‘Tears in the River’  Episode 7,  ‘The Flood’ Ridvan is Everywhere April 27th 2020

Perkins, J, (2019) ‘In Search of Angels’ Tokens, Occasional Magazine, issue 10 Baha’is of Philadelphia

Perkins, J (2019) ‘First Light,’ and ‘Sacred Trail’ Tokens, Occasional Magazine, issue 9 Baha’is of Philadelphia 

Perkins, J (2018) ‘The Universe Within,’ and ‘Dust, ‘ Tokens,  Occasional Magazine, Issue 8, LSA of Philadelphia

Perkins, J (2018)  ‘Dawn Breakers’,  ‘Elixir’ and ‘The Deaming’  Tokens,  Occasional Magazine, Issue 7, LSA of Philadelphia


Edited Books

Perkins, J, (2010)  co-editor with Galeano, Pam, Webster, Tara, Under One Sky, Licuala Writers, Tully.

Recent Web Publications  – Articles Contributions – Non Fiction

June Perkins, ‘Fred Murray, Birria of the Mirning,’  To Baha’i Chronicles

June Perkins, A Tribute to Fred Murray, Baha’i Blog (April, 2020) 

Reviews Illuminations: 19 Poems and 1 Storyin process of fixing the links

Reviews Magic Fish Dreaming

JulieAnn Wallace, Magic Fish Dreaming – A Book Review (May 23rd 2018)

Good Reads Review Georgina Ballantine

Interviews Magic Fish Dreaming


Readilearn Interview with Norah Colvin

Recent Web Publications  – Photographic Contributions

Still contributing to this 2020 (2015) (2015)  (2015) (2015)  (2015)  (2015) (2015) (2015) (2015) (2015) (2015) (2015)


Book Chapters-Non-Fiction

Perkins, J  (2011) ‘Cyclone Yasi, Our Story’ True Spirit of Cyclone Yasi, Ed Bernadette Lawson, Townsville, pp.40-5

Perkins, J (2010) ‘Ute Angels,’  ‘Pam, Joe and the Mighty Yasi,’ Cyclone Yasi, Our Stories, Ed Cardwell Historical Society, Cardwell.


Non-Fiction – Anthology Inclusions

Arnold, Nell. Photographs and poetry featured in Out of Australia Discovering  (2011)

Perkins, J (2013) ‘A Prince, Cassowary Gift and Handshakes of Optimism,’ Voices of the North,  Writers in Townsville, Kirwan, Townsville, (pp.1-4)

Perkins, J (2013) ‘Songs of Queensland’ Voices of the North, Writers in Townsville, Kirwan, Townsville (pp7-8)

Perkins, J (2013) ‘The Farmer’s Wife’ Voices of the North, Writers in Townsville, Kirwan, Townsville, (pp11-12)

Several photographs Voices of the North, Writers in Townsville, Kirwan, Townsville, (pp11-12)

Perkins, J (2007)‘I Want to Fly but My Wings,’ Writing the Pacific (Ed Jen Webb and Kavita Nandan), (Pacific Writing Forum)

Perkins, J (2003) ‘Meeting an Anthropologist’, Pools, Pelicans, and MemoriesSouth Coast Writer’s Anthology (Wollongong)

Perkins, J (2001) ‘Memory Tree’ in Talking Ink from Ochre (Ginninderra Press, Canberra)

Perkins, J (1993)‘ The Drum,’ New England Review, 2 1993-1994

Gerard(nee), J  (1990) ‘Immigrant Mother’, Preludes, Tasmanian Literary Annual, (University of Tasmania, Hobart)



Dance for Recovery; Behind the Scenes (2012), shared ABC Open, Place Stories Screened at Mission Beach Film Festival, Sept 2012.

Song Trails photo montage (2012), shared ABC Open

The Anchor (2012), shared Place Stories

Garden Therapy: Dina’s Story (2012), shared Place Stories  &

Our Story, your Story, Presenting for Aftermath, photomontage, shared ABC Open (2012)

Sound and interviews on Murray Upper Dream Box, ABC Open, Mick Bromage, 2012


Literary Poetry (Publications)

Perkins, J (2011)‘Reading TrinhT. Minh Ha’ and ‘Womb Weaver,’ Etchings, Ilura Press, Elsternwick,  pp. 148-152

Perkins, J (2007)‘Tracks’ & photo collages Aboriginal History Journal, Vol 30 p. 67

Perkins, J (2007)‘Cargo’ Writing the Pacific (Ed Jen Webb and Kavita Nandan), (Pacific Writing Forum, 2007)

Perkins, J (2007) ‘Walking Childhood,’ Etchings 2, Ilura Press, Elsternwick,  p. 174

Perkins, J (2006) ‘Cargo,’ Vol. 38, World Order, no.2, p. 29 [

Perkins, (2006)‘Song for Martha,’ World Order, Vol. 38, no.1, p. 42

Perkins, J (1996) ‘Truganini, From ‘Voices from Van Dieman’s Land,’ Ulitarra, no. 10, 1996, p.104

Perkins, J (1993) ‘The Modern Nomad,’  New England Review, no. 2 1993-1994; p. 34

Extract from Etchings


Article on Magic Fish Dreaming Kickstarter. QWC online.  October 2016. [ may not be viewable anymore]

Perkins J (2016) ‘Blogging the Storm,’ Writing from the Edge, Writing Queensland pp.6-7 [lifestory/auto/biography] Republished QWC online publications.

June Perkins, (2015)’Documenting  Disaster Recovery for Beginners,’ [in storytelling tips sections]

Perkins J (2012)‘Blogging the Storm,’ Writing from the Edge, Writing Queensland pp.6-7 [lifestory/auto/biography]

Perkins, J (2012) ‘Singing for a New Dreaming; Evolution of Shane Howard’s Solid Rock’, BushTV blog, once accessed [interview/music]

Perkins, J. (2010) ‘Creative Hats’ in Cradle Fables E Book 101 ways to Foster Creativity, Cradle Fables project

Perkins, J (2010)‘I am Blogger, Hear me Roar’ 2010, [auto/biography/blogging]

Perkins, J (2007) “Tracks” &; collages Aboriginal History Journal, Vol. 30 [poetry]

Perkins, J (2002) ‘7 Valleys of Nurturing: Exploring the performing arts philosophy of Wesley Enoch, A profile. Sun Sisters, Lightening Brothers, Australasian Drama Studies, pp. 18-26 [critique]

Perkins, J (1999) ‘Surfing the News Waves; A Baha’i Newsreel for the Pacific and Asia,’ Australian Baha’i Studies, Vol1:1, Ingleside. [critique]

Perkins, J (1996) The Search for Unity in Diversity: two Aoteraroa/New Zealand Plays, New Literature’s Review, No.31,  University of Wollongong, Wollongong, pp. 33-52 [critique]

Perkins, J (1995)‘Unity through Cultural Diversity, Reflections on my Cultural Identity.’ Cultural Diversity Issue, Queensland Community Arts Network, pp. 2-3 [lifestory/auto/biography]

Quoted by




Ten Things About Poetry and Me: Virginia Lowe

Ten Things About Poetry and Me: Stephen Whiteside 

Ten Things About Poetry and Me: JR Poulter

Ten Things About Poetry and Me: Andrea Gallagher

‘Diving into the Creative World of Katrin Dreiling’

‘Harry Helps Grandpa -Approaching Alzheimers in a Picture Book’ interview with Karen Tyrrell

‘Stop the Bully Karen Tyrrell Writing to Empower the Young,’ Pearlz Dreaming and Creative Souls Converse (2014)

‘Regional Festivals Matter’ interview with Diane Finlay, Pearlz Dreaming Blog(2014)

‘The Life and Songs of Shirley Lynn’  Pearlz Dreaming Blog (2014)

‘The Life and Songs of Shirley Lynn (part 1) (2014)

‘Sally Knornschild’  (2013)

‘Making the Most of the Spoonfuls of Health’, invited guest blog from Talitha Kalago,

‘Keeping the Magic Alive – Dimity Powell,’  Pearlz Dreaming, (2013)

‘The Evolution of Shane Howard,’ (2012)

‘Prose is Walking, Poetry is Dancing,’ interview with Hazel Menehira  Creative Souls Converse Blog (2012)

‘Why Write A conversation of Soul Fooders’ Creative Souls Converse Blog (2009)

Many of my cricket photos Tully, went into the local paper.

Interviews  on After Yasi

Bradley,  Jedda, January 30th, 2015

Irvine,  Melinda, Feb 3rd 2015

Powell,  Dimity, January 28th 2015

Stegert,  Ali, February 1st 2015

Tyrrell, Karen , January 27th 2015


Reviews of After Yasi

Allen, Owen,

Campbell, Carol

Kavanagh, Gail.

Poems (Anthology Inclusions up to 2011)

Perkins, J  (2011) ‘Down Town Tully’ True Spirit of Cyclone Yasi, Ed Bernadette Lawson, Townsville, pp.40-5

Perkins, J(2010) ‘Singing in the Cane,’ ‘Beyond the Frames,’ ‘Hand of Many Colours,’ ‘Feluga Evening,’ ‘Firelight, Global Streams’ Under One Sky (Licuala Writers, Cassowary Coast,  reviewed) [poetry]

Perkins, J(2010) ‘The Grumpy Fisherman,’ Cracks in the Canopy (Tropical Writers, Cairns)

Perkins, J (2001) ‘Children of the Activists,’  ‘Black Duck Woman’, ‘Literacy Story Class Project’, Talking Ink from Ochre (Ginninderra Press, Canberra)

Perkins, J. (2003) ‘Black Ducks Fly to the City,’ Pools, Pelicans, and Memories, South Coast Writer’s Anthology (Wollongong, 2003)

Perkins, J  ‘Leaf for the Past,’ ‘Ocean,’ ‘It begins with,’ ‘Moon and Fire,’ ‘Cicada Hands,’ ‘Virtue Hands,’ ‘Let it Be’ ‘Sister Basket’, ‘Bird Song, Human Song,’

Extract from Etchings

Poems (online and other places)

‘First Day’ 2 Accessed 28th January 2017

‘Ballad of the Boots,’ December  31st 2012, no longer accessible at this link

Perkins, J.  ‘Leaf for the Past,’ ‘Ocean,’ ‘It begins with,’ ‘Moon and Fire,’ ‘Cicada Hands,’ ‘Virtue Hands,’ ‘Let it Be’ ‘Sister Basket’, ‘Bird Song, Human Song,’

Haiku accepted in Haiku for Japan, Waves of glistening tears, Scaling walls -with grieving heart, Hope for sunbird’s wings ~June Perkins, Tully, Australia Om Times, 2011

Perkins, J (1995) ‘Ode to Unity in Diversity’ Cultural Diversity Issue, Queensland Community Arts Network,  pp. 2-3

Perkins, J (1995) ‘Even when I have the Blues,’ ‘In Love,’ Forum, Vol 4: 1 NSA Baha’is of New Zealand

Perkins, J (1993)  ‘Dizzy,’ BAFA Newsletter

Invitation to the Ripple Exhibition

Poems in Exhibitions and at Festivals

Poems and Story in ‘Words and Pictures’  QAGOMA,  September 2018

Presentation of Smile Within Exhibition, Mission Beach Community Arts Centre (2012)

Launch of Under One Sky, speech and readings (2011)

‘The Grumpy Fisherman,’ for Tropical Writers Festival Writers on the Waterfront lunch, Cairns (2010)

‘Writing Territory, Territory Unwritten’ for Into Orbit, Dorothy Jones, Library, Tully (2009)

‘Representing Indigenous People in Stories,’ Townsville Writers, Paluma (2007)

Works shared during Ripple Project/Exhibited poems, Walking Childhood, Guest of the Earth, Cargo Rain & Larry’s Apology (CRACA art gallery 2007)

‘Soul Lines,’ Multimedia performance of poetry on Tahirih and Martha at Spirit of Women Event, Wollongong, Viva La Gong (2005).

‘Dizzy’ Exhibited in Conversations by Sonja van Kerkhoff, part of the “Muurgedichten” (Wall poems) art project in Leiden, Netherlands, (2005)

‘Cargo’ In 25 Takes, Imaging the Illawarra, Catalogue. Wollongong Gallery, (2004)

‘Children of the Activists’ performed Outskirts Exhibition opening, July, Wollongong, (2004)

Reading Great Poetry Splurge, Golburn, National Poetry Week (September 2004)

Paid reading at Pacific Wave Festival, Sydney, (2003)

‘Black Woman, What a Life’ & Memory Footprints, Participant Arts Installation, Journey Wall, Manuka Gallery, (2002)


Conference/Festival Papers

Diaspora Fairy Tales, Flesh or Fossil, AFTS, 2022

Volta Reading, Brisbane Square Library, 2021

Ink of Light (May 2019)

APT 9 3 Storytelling Sessions, Magic Fish Dreaming, (January 2019)

Ink of Light (May 2018)

Presentation at Sandcliffe Festival, My Unique Story (April 2017)

Perkins, J ‘After Yasi ebook the Journey ‘-  Short presentation to Write Links (2015)

Battersby, K, Palacio, L, Perkins, J ‘What Can Social Media Do For You,’ Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns.* (2012)

Grant, M, Gamble, Middleton, S, Perkins, J  ‘Aftermath,’ Presented for ABC Open’s Aftermath Project. Queensland Museum. Brisbane. (2012)

Palacio, L, Perkins, J  ‘Digital Storytelling,’ Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns. (2012)

Bromage, M, Kalago, T, Perkins, J, Robertson, M, ‘Cyberskilling,’ Tropical Writers Festival, Cairns.* (2009)

Perkins, J, ‘49 Seconds to Reconciliation? A Do it Yourself Guide to Running in Anticolonial Spikes, The Diversity Conference.’ Sydney: University of Technology, Sydney. (2000)

Play in Park I dramaturged for.

Completed Blog Creations

‘Into Orbit’ online anthology

‘Unity Bell’s Cabin’

Girl Writing
Peagreenchick – Flickr Creative commons- vintage pics

Online Writing

‘Creative Souls Converse’ (interviews or visits with artists/songwriters/writers main feature)

‘Ripple Poetry,’

Contributions to ABC Open – 500 Words online writing project 

The following are archived at my blog, and no longer accessible at these links.

‘Returning North,’

‘Fans are a Giddy Thing’

‘A Prince, Cassowary Gift and Handshakes of Optimism,’

‘She Shared her Medal’

‘But you didn’t’,

‘Unwilling Tourists,’

‘Scarier than Cyclone Yasi’

‘Rain, I write it, live in it,’–i-write-it-live-in-it-84fq1uo/in/people/52nh5cp

‘From Wheelchair to Walking, the Story of Paul,’

‘Ballad of the Boots,’

‘Operation Bath-Time for the Guinea Pig Crew,’

‘Backyard Dreaming,’

‘Listening Divas,’

‘The Farmer’s Wife,’

‘Don’t kill that Recorder,’

‘She called me Paisa,’

‘Mother Made it So,’

‘Look Don’t Touch,’


Extract from Blogging the North Article

Many thanks to ABC Open for publishing so many works between 2011-2014 and mentoring me as a multiplatform storyteller. Hope the works we all created are somewhere in the archives and have archived what I can on my blogs. What an amazing bunch those producers were!

JUNE PERKINS – Producer 500 words


General Blogs for ABC Open

The following are archived at my blog, and no longer accessible at these links.

‘Documenting  Disaster Recovery for Beginners,’

‘Cut off- No Way Out,’

‘Anticloud Dancing for a Cardwell Eclipse,’

‘This Sign Does Not,’

‘Snakes Alive in Murray Upper,’

‘Perfect Day for a Cake Stall,’

‘A Very Murray Upper Christmas’

‘Back on Track,’

‘Beyond the Summer of Sorrow,’

‘Our story, your story, bouncing back,’

‘Dance for Recovery, behind the Scenes,’

‘Every time I think of Cyclones,’

‘Facebook friends reflect on Yasi,’

Food, friendship and fundraising,’

‘Heart Strands,’

‘Holiday from Yasi land,’

‘Hope Roof,’

‘Legend of Five Guitars,’

‘Operation Angel in Lower Tully,’

‘Pam, Joe and the Mighty Yasi,’

‘Recovery Rollercoaster,’

‘Shadows into Light,’

’Song Trails revisits the Cassowary Coast,’

‘Taipans, Trucks and Trust’

‘Tupperware Houses,’

‘Ute Angels,’

‘Writers on the Storm,’

Assisting on an ABC Open project.

Contributions to Soul Food Constellation of Blogs, moderated by Heather Blakey.

Fictional Pieces by June Perkins

‘Leaf for the Past,’ ‘Ocean,’ ‘It begins with,’ ‘Moon and Fire,’ ‘Cicada Hands,’ ‘Virtue Hands,’ ‘Let it Be’ ‘Sister Basket’, ‘Bird Song, Human Song,’

Unity Bell’s Cabin


Cover to special Family Book – made in collaboration with friends and family.



Non Fictional Pieces

Sample Magic Fish Dreaming Project

Pearlz Dreaming Blog Highlights

‘Mission who Shaped Me,’ A blog challenge

‘Mother Made it So,’

‘It’s all in the SideTracks,’

‘Sandra’s Rainbows,’

‘The Motely-get- together-whenever- we-can- choir,’

‘She called me Paisa,’

‘Beat of the Drum,’

‘Don’t Kill that Recorder,’

‘Mr Kidd’s Twelfth Night,’

‘The Visitors,’

‘The Fourth Brother,’

‘Called to Motherhood,’

‘The Bridesmaid’

‘The Study Brigade,’

‘Power of Excellence and Dolls, ‘

‘The Farmer’s Wife, ‘

‘Skin and Bone, short curly hair, dream and fancies,’

‘Somewhere is the Memory,’

‘Swirling, almost something,’

‘Film making Mentors,’

‘Walking Zombies,’

‘Like it or Not, Golden Brown Skin and Frizzy Hair,’

Select Guest Blogs (other than ABC Open)

Dance for Recovery post card

Dance for Recovery video post

Garden Therapy postcard

Garden Therapy Video

Lost Books postcard

Pam and Joe blog

Quoted on Dance for Recovery

Reference to photography on Dance for Recovery

Remembering Eternity: Book Sculptures for Recovery

Song Trails

The Anchor/ video

Writing Recovery/article

‘My Sister Made me a Basket’

Shanehoward (3)
One of many online articles – Extract for Bush TV – no longer available.

Contributions to BAFA

Poem: Dizzy, 2006

Review: International conference of young playwrights in Townsville, December 1994

Poem: ‘Sunlight Tapping,’ Arts Dialogue, December 1994

Artist Profile: BAFA newsletter, March 1994

Poems: ‘Brother on the wall’, ‘Requiem’, ‘This is a poem to my heroine Tahirih’, ‘For Roger White,’ BAFA newsletter,March 1994

Poem: ‘An offering’, BAFA newsletter, December 1993

Article: Unity in Diversity -A vision in film (Aboriginal presence in Australian Films), BAFA newsletter, December 1993

Poem: ‘Dizzy,’ BAFA newsletter, June 1993

The poem, Dizzy, an eulogy to Dizzy Gillespie was part of the artwork, Conversations by Sonja van Kerkhoff, on show in a music shop in Leiden as part of the Close to the Wall Poetry festival, 2005.


Wow, who would have thought it. This is for services to community through writing, story, and mentoring.

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