Melanie is one of our presenters at the upcoming Ink of Light (May 18-19, 2019)
She has a PhD in engaging boys and men in gender equality and for many years has facilitated violence prevention and respectful relationships programs in high schools, and for adults. https://inkoflight.org/speakers
Here are just a few of the books she has published.
I have made significant progress on a poetry project, writing poems for The Words and Pictures project at QAGOMA.
Which is just as well as there are just four days left for my final selections and edits.
Some of the works have inspired more than one poem. One even inspired four pieces.
I now have to select which ones will be the most interesting or evocative for the people visiting the gallery. I might share some of the others that don’t go in, here on my blog.
It is not easy as I am quite happy with each version, but then I have a vision of how all the works fit together and want them to be spaced throughout the gallery which will help guide me to the right ones for the series.
Also one of my goals is to give the poems and micro stories a broad appeal, such that people of many ages might enjoy reading them, including people familiar with my work on Magic Fish Dreaming.
So now my role is to curate the right balance of my own work, to show that I love writing for children, families, youth and adults.
I look forward to seeing how the public respond to the writing once it is up on the Gallery Walls.
I have a few butterflies of course, but it is quite exciting to share poems alongside art works, and have them interact with each other.
If you visit, feel free to leave a comment on my blog and QAGOMA instagram (will let you know some hashtags) as I would love to know what you think.
I’ll let you know the dates it is up soon.
All art works featured courtesy Queensland Art Gallery, Australian Art Collection
Image courtesy Mel Irvine, children in Philippines Reading Magic Fish Dreaming
So excited that I will be skyped to Philippines in September, to read poems to some of the children gathering there to celebrate World Literacy Day.
My dear friend Mel Irvine, supported the kickstarter creation of the book and purchased it to share with Philippine’s children has recently extended this invitation to me. I thank her very much for the opportunity to share poetry and my story live to an overseas audience.
I applaud all her wonderful efforts working to empower the children and young people through the arts and education and feel both blessed and privileged to know her.