Welcome

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June Perkins (taken by Heidi Den Ronden)

Welcome to the blog.

I blog literary events, interviews with creatives, life in Queensland,  progress on my writing projects, and the writing process.

Looking forward to your comments.

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I’m a storyteller working in many creative mediums – including writing, blogging, video and photography.

Born to a Papua New Guinean mother and Australian Father my first remembered home was Tasmania, an island state of Australia.  I lived there for twenty years from the age of one.

I’ve been published in a diverse range of places including: literary journals,  ABC Open spaces, newspapers, guest blogs, and anthologies in Queensland, the Pacific and America. One of the highlights of my writing career so far has been guest blogging for ABC Open’s aftermath project and working as an editor on the 500 words project.

This was recently topped by winning a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors for picture book writing and publishing Magic Fish Dreaming through crowd funding.

My dream is to produce multiplatform story projects celebrating and teaching about nature, music and peace.  I am currently working to bring several projects to fruition and have begun tutoring and mentoring university students.

I support  and mentor other creative practitioners (current focus songwriters and writers) who pursue the upliftment of the human spirit through their arts, and feature many blog interviews with them on this blog.

In my twenties I travelled, studied and lived throughout Australia with a growing family;the next place we settled for a significant period of time was Queensland. My family have called Queensland home for  over a decade.

During my travels between Tasmania and Queensland I completed a Phd in the empowerment of Indigenous women through writing, met and interviewed many amazing artists and writers, had the bounty of having and nurturing three wonderful and amazing children and was lucky enough to travel to Kiribati and New Zealand.

I’ve worked as a university tutor,  project coordinator, writer-in-community, writing group co-ordinator,  community journalist,  virtues education teacher, photographer, web moderator and editor.

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QWC and ASA member as well

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Listening Divas

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Family Archives – with Dad

When we were young, Dad told us bed time stories. They were always silly with us in starring roles.

Dad liked Spike Milligan and AA Milne. Sometimes he’d recite his favourite poems and direct them to one of us. Snatches of AA Milne come back to me at the oddest times, with his poetry of children whose parents run away and cautionary tales to not step on the cracks in the footpath.

Dad’s stories were funny and satirical but sometimes we protested about the way he portrayed us. We were unruly characters, tiny divas, jostling for bigger and more complimentary roles. We directed our storytelling Dad just so.

Our favourite thing was Dad giving us magical powers. We told him the names we wanted and what we should be doing.
‘No I wouldn’t do that.’
‘I should be taller’
‘I need to run faster’
‘I’d jump to … the moon’

We loved to take over his stories. Sometimes our diva listening ways were so out of control they would make our storyteller abandon his tale and he’d grab out the Muddle Headed Wombat book to read to us and do all the characters voices for us. Tabby Cat, Mouse and Wombat became our friends. I read all the books when I had mastered the art of reading.

Read the Rest of this story over at  ABC Open

And catch up with Ali’s Posts on World Read Aloud Day

Home is

I love the work of The Footpath library.    The philosophy of this project is that books enrich lives and everyone should have access to them.

At the moment they have the Epic Short Story Competition.   It’s on a topic dear to my heart ‘Home is’   What does it mean to you or someone you know? Express it in a short story.  Whilst you’re visiting the site why not think about how you can support them in the work they do.

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To find out more visit Footpath Library – Epic Competition.

A competition for High school and Primary Students.

Students are invited to submit a short story under 300 words focusing the theme of “Home is …”.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age categories – Primary Students and High School Students. For each age category the prizes are:
1st prize – Notebook laptop
2nd prize – Camcorder
3rd prize – Digital camera

Prizes may change at the discretion of The Footpath Library.
There will also be an Honour Roll of highly commended entries and selected entrants will receive book packs. The winners’ short stories will also be published on this website and on the Hoopla website.

OPENING & CLOSING DATES
The Competition opens on Day One Term One 2015 and all entries must be submitted by 5pm (AEDST) on Thursday 2 April 2015.  Click here to enter.

The winner and any runners up of the Competition will be publicly announced at a date to be determined by The Footpath Library.

ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY CRITERIA
Entries must address the theme of “Home is …” and meet the technical specifications as detailed on the entry page. NB: By submitting an entry you are automatically bound by The Footpath Library Short Story Competition Rules 2015.

If you have any queries please contact: comp@footpathlibrary.org

Footpath Libraries

I just came across a project that is amazing – libraries for the homeless.

This project was founded in 2003 Sarah Garnett and ‘grew out of sorrow, a simple observation, and the desire to make a difference,’ and inspired by her friend Benjamin Andrew. 

The vision of this project is that ‘homeless people’ are  ‘contributing members of society’  and have the  ‘right to the benefits and pleasure of reading.’

The project has stocked 80 hostel libraries and has a mobile service in Sydney.

You can donate books, money, knitted goods or time to do things like sort  and pack the books to go out to hostels. 

It’s important  to read the guidelines before you donate.  The project specifically seeks these genres Women’s, men’s and children’s fiction, Non-fiction, including dictionaries, simple cookbooks, parenting, and self help, car and motoring magazines, however they don’t want books with ‘suicide, depression and drug themes.’

Some of the patrons for the project are: Peter Fitzsimons, Nick Earls and Chris Sara.

For more information go HERE

 

Books from our Backyard

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Kindly taken by Charmaine Clancy, me with the After Yasi book.

It was amazing to be at the Poinciana Lounge, when it was  full to the brim of Queensland books, authors, family, friends and literary supporters; double the amount of last year too.

A big thankyou to Queensland Writers Centre for creating a catalogue of Queensland books which goes out to libraries and others to promote Queensland authors and books.

Books from our Backyard  shares the variety of Queensland books, with crime, history, speculative fiction,  children, and young adult fiction, romance, memoir and life stories.

I met  Pia Dowling  who showed me her books on Organic Gardening, and growing and brewing your own coffee and tea.

Then I chatted with Kylie Asmyus about her book set in Townsville, not too far from where I used to live.

Sandy Driessen from Sandpit Stories said hello as did Julie Fison.

I caught up with authors Karen Tyrell, Charmaine Clancy,  and  for the first time in years the amazing Talitha Kalago.  We were onbooks-from-our-backyard a panel together at the Tropical writer’s festival years ago.

There were some industry people and members of the Queensland Writers Centre who were very welcoming and friendly.  It was good to put faces to names commonly seen in emails or online and receive helpful information and invitations to critique groups and workshops for writers.

You can see the books in display for the next twelve months at the state library Queensland.

Nick Earles, a highly accomplished Queensland author,  gave an address encouraging everyone to purchase and promote the purchase of books by Queenslanders.  Even purchasing just one book a year by a Queenslander could have an enormous difference on the production and sharing of literature created by the writers of Queensland.

He expressed his hope that many more people would be enabled to be career writers through such initiatives.

Books from our Backyard   is out in print and pdf and you’ll see it in libraries near you.  I was happy to see Pam Galeano and Lyn Marshall’s books featured as well.