Dare to Dream – A Sustainable Life as a Creative

Guest blog.

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Our guest blogger is Dr June Perkins, who has recently published a beautiful children’s poetry book called “Magic Fish Dreaming”. To produce this book, June combined her artistic and creative talent, her academic qualifications in writing for empowerment, her poetic skills, her love of writing and reading, and her desire to make a financial success of her writing.  To do this, June turned to the idea of crowd funding and support from professionals in the field, and the results have been amazing. June’s exquisite poems are enhanced even further by delightful illustrations.

June has shared her experiences, as she wants to encourage others to follow their dreams and achieve success in their chosen creative fields.

Here is June’s inspiring story.


June PerkinsI don’t know how many times I have heard people say, ‘Being a poet won’t pay the bills,’ and ‘Writers have a tough life. Why are you doing this…

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Keeping those Launch friendships – back at Magdas

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It was such a delight to attend Folk at Magdas last Saturday night.

After hearing my children perform at the launch of Magic Fish Dreaming  in October Merv has been persistently and gently encouraging them to attend and perform at this regular event hosted at Magdas.

We began by attending one last year to see what it was like, and have also been back to attend a concert by a fantastic guitar duo earlier this year (Magdas are also involved in the Brisbane International Guitar Festival), but finally this weekend my children were ready to perform there once again.

They had a ball.

They’ve since decided to name their duo, come up with a style of how they dress, and work on their performance banter, as they loved the storytelling of some of the performers on the night.  They are going to write some original…

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Magic Fish Dreaming heads to Sacramento, United States

More wonderful feedback on the journey of our book!

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daybeforereading June – day before reading at Riverbend and receiving the following message

I presented “Magic Fish Dreaming” to the Courtyard Private School in Sacramento. They were thrilled and there was much discussion about the package. So many oohs and aahs could be heard in the administration offices.

The posters will be framed and hung in various locations including the library.

Someone read the poems aloud as the others listened. Your book was so loved by the staff!

And I’m a hero for donating to the school. I will do a follow up in a few months for additional feedback.

Well done, June!! I am so proud to call you a friend!

Sally K.

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Magda Community Artz

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Friends of Magda’s:  Last 4 concerts coming up – from this Saturday.

If you book for all  4,  you receive your tickets at a reduced price!

Full price for all 4 normally = $93.

Adults: 4 concerts for $79;
Concession: $63;
Family concession: negotiable
Children under 12: Free

If you want to take Magdas up on this, please contact Mervyn 0400 497 422 or magdacommunityartz@gmail.com

Magda’s is at 80 Boundary Rd, Bardon. Bus: 475, Stop 17.
Light refreshments and basic bar. Kids very welcome.
Varying starting times and ticket prices.
If you have any special requirements (access, etc), please email: magdacommunityartz@gmail.com or phone, Mervyn: 0400 497 422
1.  Saturday 26th November, 7.30pm: Miriam Lieberman and her trio: CD Launch: “Full Circle”

Miriam is one of Australia’s most unique musical talents, and after launching her stunning new album “Full Circle” at The Abbey in Canberra, she will give her only Brisbane performance here at Magda’s. She specialises in the kora (the west African “harp”) but also guitar and Lara Goodridge (violin) and Kate Adams (cello) and fabulous vocals.

This will be a very special evening! Their previous CD was listed as CD of the week by ABC RN.



2.  Saturday 3rd December, 6.30pm: Folk at Magda’s with Tin Star and Nadia Sunde

“Tin Star” comprising Penny Boys, Cathy Bell and Dan Grant bring their wonderful music back to Magda’s with the glorious voice of Nadia Sunde – acclaimed for her ‘divinely warm and soulful voice’. Nadia, an internationally awarded songwriter, actress, comedienne and ABC Radio music journalist, will be accompanied by James Ross on guitar and Elias Kokkoris on double bass.

Blackboard performers from 6.30, headline acts from 7.30.


3.  Friday 9th December, 7.30pm: Ingrid James; Sholeh Wolpe; and Queenslander extra-ordinaire, Belza Lowah

A night featuring: Iranian poet, actor and singer, Sholeh Wolpe; Belza Lowah (Torres Straits), and Brisbane’s own international jazz diva: Ingrid James and trio!

Sholeh will present Sufi mystic poetry and some of her latest works accompanied on a traditional Persian instrument. Her translation of Sufi mystic poet Attar’s masterpiece “The Conference of the Birds”, was awarded the prestigious PEN/Heim grant and lauded as an “artful and exquisite modern translation”.

Sholeh: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=iTw75Zam-SY

Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/Boo king/BookingEventSummary.aspx? eid=242197

4.  Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm Caroline Hammond: CD launch: “One More Trip Around the Sun.

A beautiful new collection from Brisbane’s own musical treasures. Insightful and joyous – acoustic music to move the feet and soul.

With some of Brisvegas’ best supporting musos – just to make it a very special evening.


1. Miriam Lieberman and trio, Saturday 26th November. 7.30pm: CD Launch: “Full Circle”

2.  Folk at Magda’s, 3rd December, 6.30pm: Tin Star and Nadia Sunde

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3. Ingrid James, Sholeh Wolpe and Belza Lowah: Friday 9th December, 7.30pm

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4.  Caroline Hammond: One More trip Around the Sun: Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm

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