Magic Fish Dreaming Art Works at Ashgrove Library Until the end of August

Magic Fish Dreaming

After the workshop June and I ran at Ashgrove Library

the library staff invited me to exhibit some illustrations from

Magic Fish Dreaming starting from now, until the end of August.

Then in September, the exhibition will be extended

to showcase more illustrations from all my books.

Feel free to drop by.

Helene Magisson

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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


Photographing Tully


I’ve been out and about photographing Tully events again. To see pictures of the Tully Biggest Morning Tea Event at the library you can visit.  Tully’s Biggest Morning Tea.

This is one of my favourites of the day.  It’s of one of our wonderful local library staff  and a dear friend making sure the tea and cake are ready for a fundraiser for cancer.   I now take my card with me to give to people to get in touch about the photographs.  If you have one of my cards, why not  leave your comment about the event and if you like request a copy of your photograph.  All I ask is a donation to the Smile Within Project, which is now entering book production phase, with the possibility of a tour of the exhibition to Cairns.

I went and made a tribute video to Food, family and fundraising, which you can see at my vimeo link  HERE. Love making these photostories and will be making some more involved videos in the upcoming months so look out for them.  I have to get started on some poetry films soon too.

Thanks to everyone who visited the Smile Within.  You will be able to order photographs and a book soon.  Watch this space!  Thanks also to those who purchased photographs,  you made me feel great!

Until next time, your roving Cassowary Coastal photographer and blogger.