June Perkins (taken by Heidi Den Ronden)

Dr June Perkins is a lyrical, jubilant, compassionate and poetic writer of Indigenous Papua New Guinean and Australian background with extensive experience in conducting cultural and creative writing workshops within community settings and in tutoring and mentoring primary school, high school and tertiary writers.

She is moved to write by pressing social issues, such as the future of the planet, the need to eradicate extremes of wealth and poverty and prejudice, and the optimism of young people. Her PhD was on the subject of writing empowerment, and ever since finalising that in 2004, she has been applying her research into her everyday practices as a writer in and for community.

In 2016 June won an ASA writing mentorship for picture books and successfully crowd funded and published Magic Fish Dreaming, a poetry book for children and the young at heart. In 2017 she won several Royal Dragon Fly Awards for Magic Fish Dreaming. Her work has been published in a huge variety of spaces, including ABC Open. She is working hard towards more publication breakthroughs, with a novel and picture books in progress.


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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Please respect all copyright for this work. If you want to make use of something you need my prior written permission. See COPYRIGHT HERE.

I am a member of the following:

Profiles at   

Write Links 

Just Write For Kids


Australian Children’s Poetry

Australian Society of Authors

Creative Kids Tales  


You can also find me at

Twitter   Facebook    Vimeo    Pinterest    Nineteen Months

Magic Fish Dreaming 


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Originally  this blog began  as a way to keep me inspired to write everyday and as a letter home to relatives and friends when we moved to the Far North of Australia (Queensland) after living down South (Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.) I didn’t know what lay in store.

It has become  a treasured  journal, a place to connect to others, a memory store, somewhere to reflect on creative practice and values, a home base to my other blogs, and for a time was a way to share the journey of recovering from Cyclone Yasi/Natural disaster.

My main goal with this blog  is to reflect on the processes of creativity and peace making in life, art, photography and writing.  I have created a trail of niche blogs on poetry, life writing and photography which I share on this blog from time to time.

Motherhood Sky is just one of my books in progress. You can read a sample of it by clicking here .


My friends now include people  I have met through their blogs, photographs, and in the ABC Open arena. It has been amazing to meet some of them in real life and see at first hand the wonderful work they do in the world.

This blog has helped me find my creative voice, practice my creativity daily and connect with creatives in a variety of fields from writing (many genres) to photography.

I  often find bloggers who inspire me through their efforts to utilise art forms to encourage the empowerment of the marginalised in our society, and to empower women, and youth and many others.

Through the lens and words of bloggers I find a new way of seeing the world, or connect with people who share aspects of my life, like women living in rural areas (although this has now changed) or women of Indigenous background across the world.  I treasure these connections.

I am adjusting to city life, pretty challenging after 8 years in the country.  Still there are lots of amazing things about the city to love.  So a new journey begins – still Pearlz Dreaming.  I am adjusting to to our new city environment, just as I did to life post cyclone, using creativity.  I know many people have to move from their rural homes to the city for work and opportunity, and I am not alone in this journey.

The newsletter which I try to produce monthly (sometimes it’s bimonthly) shares general news, highlights past and upcoming creative projects, and shares tips and news not on the blogs, but hot off the press.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read and respond to this blog, whether you know me personally or only through our online meetings.

A special thank you to fellow bloggers/artists/songwriters/writers/people who I’ve met along the way, and who inspire me to keep extending and exploring the art form that blogging can be.

Thanks to all those generous bloggers out there who share their craft, their lives, and their dreams with the rest of us.  On you blessings!

I will be writing books and will let you know about these on the blog.   Some of them might be based on content shared in blogs, and some might be things I am quietly working on away from the blogosphere.

Perhaps some of you will like to buy them.

Yours in Blogging,