Writer and Creative Gumbootspearlz


I just wanted to share my professional website with you.  The picture above is of the front cover. You can find the website by clicking  HERE or on the image above.  It includes some video, links to books in progress, and sound cloud as well.

It has been wonderful obtaining feedback, from coworkers or participants in  projects completed in the past, for the testimonials section.  It is interesting to see yourself through the eyes of colleagues. I’ve also created a new business card which visually matches up with the site which arrived this morning!

I am delighted to be working on editing my second interview for this year; it is with the inspirational Cairns based singer songwriter Shirley Lynn who is also part of a band Blue Tonic and the duo Silktones. The conversation with Shirley was motivational and informative.  I loved finding out more about her journey and look forward to sharing it with you soon.

I so relate to song writers especially those who work diligently on their craft and wish to leave a legacy of stories and vision through the power of music.

I am looking forward to attending Alesa Lajana’s concert in September and hearing some the songs from the Hidden Histories project.

I’ve mapped out my writing projects and am trying to tackle them methodically.   A memoirs is well in progress and I am in the process of lining up people to read the first version when it’s finished.  A children’s picture book idea has now headed into its second draft after feedback from a critique group.

I’m on the hunt for photographs friends took when I was a child in Tasmania, and can’t wait to see what they are able to send me.  Some collections of poetry are now well on the way and I am sure to start sharing them soon.   The ebook for After Yasi is nearly finished.  I’ve sent off another submission to an anthology as well as a short story to a competitions, and will do the usual and forget about it for several months and hope that the work makes it into the anthology or gains some notice in the story competition.

Thank you so much to all the blog readers who have been following and encouraging  my creative journey, and a special thank you  Jenni M., Danny, Joanna, Gail, Pam, Talitha, Di,  Helen P. and my dear daughter for their kindnesses, and keeping me motivated, and ever focused on the reasons that I write and develop my craft.

All the best to any of my blog readers working to share their voice in the crowded world of authors and storytellers.  Don’t forget your uniqueness and bring that and your imagination into the work that you create.  I hope your dreams come true.

Wonder a day 8: Aftermath Project part 1

kite fun being filmed
Documentary Day (c) June Perkins

Aftermath a project of ABC Open from the last 6 months, but beginning with a journey from 2009, has been just amazing.   It has now launched.

You can go behind the scenes by reading Catherine Marciniak’s post Behind the Scenes of Aftermath.  There you will discover that it covers 6 natural disasters, 115 community storytellers, 1197 contributions as well as details of the process and motivation behind the site.

As a contributor Aftermath I think this project was about having people take the time to listen to our family’s story, learning new skills like how to make mini video documentaries, reflecting on environment and people around me, reaching out to tell friends’ and community stories, photographing  interesting images, seeking beauty in sky and wildlife, observing regreening, demolition, and being aware of the many stories of the people who had a tough 2011 and chose to be resilient, kind, brave and caring towards others regardless of what they had been through.

Aftermath was a wondrous experience. Sometimes it was emotional, especially coming across the stories of people like Marty Warburton, Kirsten Landers, Sandi Semmler, Kathleen Mealor, Rob Cox – and the many others involved in contributing to the project.  And watching the video footage we had taken of our precyclone and during cyclone experience was a bit hair raising and tricky to watch initially but actually it was probably good for me to watch it and confront that experience.

But the great thing was that it was as if these distant storytellers in Aftermath became  our friends, because we had been through experiences that we were prepared to write about and or be interviewed about as we were going through them.  Some of us shared stories beyond the personal, particularly Kathleen Mealor who found some absolute gems.

Other times the experience has had its funny moments, like the time Michael Bromage and Leandro Palacio made me laugh when we made up a silly song on the day they came to do some more documenting of our family’s story.

And there have been many poignant moments like saying goodbye to friends leaving the area, and the very touching concern of the many ABC open producers, especially Sonja Gee  and of course Michael, Scott Gamble, and Leandro, who have let my family know that they care about what happens to us beyond just getting good stories out of people.

I think that this project to collaborate to produce stories that are thoughtful and insightful has a massive future in Australia and the world.    We know we have not been forgotten after the headlines of massive destruction pass – and such storytelling ventures have the capacity to challenge some of the ways stories will be collected in the future.

It also has the capacity to give more people voices, that is opportunities, to represent their own stories and be listened to.

My heart goes out to the many countries around the world were disasters happen but who do not have the infrastructure of volunteers and SES and so on that we have in Australia.  I met a backpacker who told me in her country there is not such a wide volunteer base after bushfires and other disasters she was amazed at what she was witnessing post Yasi.

Aftermath website definitely a wonder of January 2012.

(c) June Perkins