Magic Fish Dreaming at APT 9

This is me reading at APT9 Summer Festival on the GOMA Lawn
A special moment in front of sign with my name on it! Also meeting the Kiribati community. I travelled to Kiribati when I was twenty so it was lovely to see them storytelling at the festival as well.
Checking out the Bollywood dancing. Fantastic fun. All families especially into it.
Meeting two Papua New Guinea ladies, Veronica from the Bouganville Brisbane community and a Papua New Guinea lady resident in Brisbane learning PNG weaving. This reminded me of my days in Tully with my Vanuatu and Aboriginal friend, crafting and chatting. Although today I just watched.
Debut of the Brolga poem. It went so well this day. Here we are being brolgas.
The two hand puppets. Must do a post on them all on their own. Thanks so much to David Perkins for making these. So happy with how they came out.
Very special to have my poetry auslan translated for two of the performances by Maree from Deaf Services, Queensland.

I read some Magic Fish Dreaming poems as well as a poem inspired by Sydney Long’s painting Spirit of the Plains daily over the three days of the festival.

It was so much fun to share these poems and the story behind their inspirations.

I loved performing my new ‘Brolga’ poem and ‘Cassowary Chat’ with the help of the children and two home made puppets.

Some other poems performed were ‘Giggle Poems’, ‘Curtain Fig Tree’, ‘River Song’,’Brahminy Kite’, ‘Discovering Magic’, and ‘Magic Fish Dreaming.’ I varied it a little each day, but performed the participatory puppet poems every day!

The setting by the river under the shade of a tree was just perfect, and cool and comfortable for families.

Thank you so much to all those families who stopped to listen and participate in the storytelling.

A big thanks to Laura, Roshni, David and my family for their supports on the day and Hannah for support in the lead up. As well as to Maree from Deaf Services Queensland, for her Auslan of the poems.

Working hard towards some new poems, and especially keen to include the Brolga poem in a new collection for children.

Whilst the festival is over, the exhibition continues and you can find out more here. APT9 DETAILS

Last In Person Tour

June and Writing Friends in front of Epiphany by Ian Fairweather, Queensland Art Gallery – Image taken by Sheryl Gwyther

My last in person tour of  Words and Pictures is tomorrow afternoon at 2pm (Saturday 17th November).  We will meet and depart from The Gift ( A raft) in the Australia Collection in the Queensland Art Gallery.  Please RSVP by gumbootspearlz@gmail.com if you are able to make it.

A mega thank you to the QAGOMA for the opportunity to create the Words and Pictures Spring Season responses.  I  loved every moment of creating these pieces and then sharing them with the public, as well as my friends, family and writing friends.

 Magic Fish Dreaming my poetry book for children, illustrated by Helene Magisson, is stocked in the QAGOMA shops and I will be reading some works from this book, and maybe from the Spring Season, at the Asia Pacific Triennial, Summer program in January, 2019.

I hope one day to develop some books out of the poetry and stories contributed to Words and Pictures and will let you know of my progress here on the blog.

Sail, on The Gift by Michael Stevenson, Queensland Art Gallery
The Gift by Michael Stevenson, Queensland Art Gallery

Poet at Play 4: Writing inspired by Art

Ripple Poetry

QAGOMA/ Sonja Carmichael

At the moment I am working on something special: writing inspired by art for QAGOMA. Later on this year my writing will go in display in the gallery alongside the art works.

The process so far has included exploring the art in the Australian Collection of the gallery and absorbing the atmosphere the art is displayed in and finding out the parameters of the project from the Engagement staff.

I am hoping to use some of my writing for children background in the works, and considering the way a narrative might weave stories out of the art works as well as employing poetic techniques in my response work.

As part of this journey I have been researching the works, their artists, and  the intentions and materials of the artists.  This is easy to do via the captions with the work, and the website of the QAGOMA which…

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