Life Stories

Pictured with my Mum and Daughter.


I am working on a memoir.

I am pleased to say that it is progressing, at last, due to the invaluable feedback from beta readers on the latest draft.

Right now I am writing a detailed outline and selecting poetry to open the chapters.

It is so much fun to gather all the memories together ready to select the ones I think readers will gain or be the most moved by reading.  My goal is to select around 25 scenes from this outline to build the memoir.

Looking at the nearly 7000 word outline I am beginning to realise I might have to write two books or a book and several articles or stories.

Some of the pieces here are first drafts, fragments, memory flashbacks, and meditations.

I use them as a resource for constructing longer pieces that may be included in the memoirs or creative non-fiction articles.  Some of them have been blogged at ABC Open 500 words and other places too.

I ask only that readers respect my copyright and if they feel moved leave genuine and sincere feedback.

June Perkins  24/07/2015



ABC Open project comes to Tully

Pearlz Dreaming

carolynandmickMick interviewing Carolyn For ABC Open Project

So for anyone who was wondering why I was videoing the Golden Gumboot and an ABC van was visiting Tully yesterday here’s the low down.

Yesterday I was out and about collecting footage for a digital story of my Yasi cyclone experience.  I had to match pictures to the story I had just told on camera.   Whilst the cyclone is over I could find pictures to match my story like landmarks of Tully! I learnt about preparing for interviews versus spontaneous interviews with open questions.  Mick shared a bit about vox popping (same question to ten people) versus a few questions to one person.

Mick Bromage,  one of the ABC open producers for NQ,  spent time teaching me how to frame an image and how long to film a still scene for a video editor to be happy with you (10…

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Country to Coast, Dunes to Highway

Pearlz Dreaming

The weekend was full of sparks – from nature and events – for stories and poems.  It was a time for reconnecting with ABC Open.

I met Jo Joyce  (producer for the South Coast) in person for the first time.  I had worked with her ‘virtually’ for ABC Open when editing with the 500 words project and had viewed  her stories, photographs and videos. The local producers from my old home area who I was mentored by were: Mick Bromage, Leandro Palacio (now in Tassie), and Suzy (retired), but ABC Open feels like a family and it’s very cool  meeting more producer sisters and brothers, and keen ABC Open contributors.  We all love ABC Open.

The family headed up to Noosa to check out the From Country to Coast exhibition which Jo had put together.  It consisted of local contributors work from  various ABC Open projects, particularly Now and…

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Video Postcard From Murray Upper

Murray Upper, the home of Murray Falls. Not many buildings but a place to enjoy ….

This postcard is partly a reply to Lynette Oxley who sent me a video postcard about historical buildings in Bathurst.

It’s also to all our friends and others who wonder what life is like here.

Thanks to: David Perkins (cameo), The Tourist (extra) and Suzie Cray (video mentoring)
Jason Shaw – Serenity (Music)


First Published by ABC Open 17 Jul 2013



  • June Perkins

    How lovely to hear from you Lyn. Thanks for visiting Magic Fish Dreaming . Yes working hard on several writing projects and looking forward to the Mentorship.

  • Lyn Oxley

    Hi again June, I recently discovered you won a mentorship for children’s writing with the ASA and CAL. Congratulations and good luck with your writing in 2016!

  • Lyn Oxley

    June, I’m making 2 videos for a uni assignment at the moment, but not video postcards. My topic is ‘The History of Animation’.

  • June Perkins

    Yes, I love Jason’s work, I must send him a fan tip sometime. My son is a great guitarist too, once he has some of his own work composed might start featuring that.

  • Luke Wong

    Aw love it June. So lucky to have such wonderful scenery to enjoy…and warm weather! Gotta love the musician Jason Shaw too, so many Video Postcards feature his music. He is an absolute Creative Commons legend.

  • June Perkins

    It sure is Lyn, are you making any more video postcards, or doing another video project.

  • Lyn Oxley

    Nice video, June. The waterfall looks like a great place to visit.

  • Michael Bromage

    A concrete crocodile! Murray Upper looks so peaceful, June.


Song Trails revisits the Cassowary Coast

At Song Trails, a three day workshop created for the Queensland Music Festival, attendees were asked to move out of their comfort zones by working with people they didn’t know as well as with new combinations of instruments and voice to create new songs.

Young worked with old, punk poppers, with folk and country stylers, and rock with country and as for instruments we had saxophones, harp, guitars, flutes, trumpet, bass and voices – high and low – all came together to do what we all loved- make music. Tully Song Trails resulted in a rhythm and blues song -Throw me in the Water, laid back pop song – Solo, a grunge rock song with parts sung in German – Gone So Long, folksy – Coming in From the Clouds (or Mother Nature) and a poetry rap with folky chorus.

The musical experience of nineteen people from the ages of fifteen to seventy eight years old filled the room and spilled over into songs written with the aid of Peter Farnan’s automatic writing and the word palettes and textural hip hop ideas of Morganics. Morganics encouraged us to look for unusual rhymes if we could and inspired us with his wordsmithing on the spot talents.

Friday evening was a time to meet and play our songs and music. Saturday, we had a morning coaching session on music followed by an afternoon of song-writing. Sunday we recorded songs followed by evening concert for the community. It was a tightly packed schedule, but there was still a time for jamming and bonding with other participants in the breaks and in the workshop time itself.

On song-writing Saturday Morganics called on us to understand the history of our genres, and move into song-writing with that knowledge. He gave us a rundown of the history of hip hop, and participants who had previously dismissed it from their thinking and style shared that they now thought there might be something worthy in a genre where music can be a weapon and peacekeeping tool to remove the need for violence in communities. The interesting artistry of hip-hop is the sampling from known pieces to create new pieces; it’s a musical collage that might be an intellectual property minefield, yet those who practice it do with confidence that their sampling will gain the respect of those they sample or be unrecognised as the original piece.

Morganics spoke about music using metaphors of art from texture to colour and through this synaesthesia blurred the lines beyond music, into paint, texture, and impressively demonstrated building a narrative from the feeling a piece of music gave us. He encouraged participants to look for unusual rhymes and reflexive rhyme.

Peter Farnan shared with us his automatic writing mode, which he knew some of us were familiar with from last year’s Songtrails, but it’s such a brilliant and trusted method to use when you have little time to work on something, to find words from the subconscious and then build them into a pattern with simple chord progressions it was employed again. He encouraged us to avoid clichés through creating distinctive pictures and using our senses.

Our group, Shirley, Rivah, Charlee and I began with Peter’s automatic method to generate ideas. Most of our group wanted to write about the cyclone. At first I quietly thought  – “Oh no, I really don’t want to write about cyclones again,” but as we settled on the trigger word storm I felt that I could live with that and we had to work fast with only an hour and a half to complete our song so making decisions quickly was important so I just went the flow.

Our subconscious revealed plenty of sound words, and Charlee’s full sentences had amazing phrases that formed the beginning of the song. Then, as we took key phrases from Rivah, Shirley and I, we found our song’s structure. Shirley guided our group, and brought us together as a team, keeping us focused and yet allowing all to input into the song. She played the guitar and found a simple chord progression and as we sang the song and bit by bit the song came together. Verses, chorus and bridge were built. We remembered what Peter said about contrasting differences between chorus and verses and applied different tempos and altered our key. Peter worked on tuning Charlee’s flute so it could blend with the other instruments.

Peter came and visited our group a couple of times, and gave encouragement and gentle suggestions. We took words out to make our song have a little more mystery and put more music into the song; we closed musical phrases needing resolution with instrumental riffs not words.

We thought of distinct pictures like: ‘Tin on the beach’ and people battening down houses. We had a storm expressed by trumpet and flute.

No wonder composers like working with the palette of a full orchestra, it’s like having a rainbow of sound at your disposal.

Then our song was born, but the journey was not over. We sang it back to the group and Peter began to shape our song here and there. He made more musical arrangement suggestions and adjusted our song here and there to give it more shape.

Still the journey was not over as Shirley encouraged our group in practice to find harmonies, and work over the piece again – and Rivah thought about how many notes on his trumpet, what key and where should they come from. Charlee found her flute contribution was changing – should she worry about that? Would she keep the same pattern? She worked in and around the trumpet.

Song Trails showed me what a band is like or could be like with a supportive environment and kind and knowledgeable managers. Our group didn’t get to record our song as there was only time to record two of the five songs written, but we did watch the recording process and on Sunday performed our song to an audience of around a hundred people from the Tully community who turned up for an open night concert. This was a magical night, with special moments like Bob Elliston and Michelle Walker singing a song dedicated to the diggers which was then punctuated by Rivah playing the Last Post on trumpet.

Song Trails was brought to the Cassowary Coast and sponsored by Queensland Music Festival, Queensland Government, APRA, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Kareeya Hydro. It was free for all participants.

The video with this post features photographic highlights of the Song Trails weekend and is accompanied by one of the five songs composed in Tully: Solo, by Michelle Walker, Laurie Trott, Matthew Klotz and Sue Cole with mentoring and mixing by Peter Farnan of Boom Crash Opera.

It was a brilliant experience watching the mixing of this song coming together and I enjoyed mixing the photographic montages to go with it. My photographs were featured in the Sunday concert, and projected onto the wall so concert goers could follow our amazing Song Trails journey of the weekend.

First Published by ABC Open,  23 Jul 2012. 


Comments from ABC Open


  • Laurie Trott

    Well done June, you describe the process so artfully and in depth – and with the same eye for detail and flair that you bring to your photos and video. I am grateful to the Qld Music Festival, APRA, Kareeya Hydro, Cassowary Coast Council and the Qld Government for making the Song Trails possible. It certainly brought together a lot of age groups and people with different interests who might not normally get to mix much. It was fun and a privilege working with talented musicians like Michelle, Matt and Sue on our song, Solo, and such a buzz to listen to it here despite the delays (bring on fast speed broadband….!) And a big thank you to Peter Farnan and Morganics (yep, hip hop/has pulled out the stop/ on my appreciation/ of this music manifestation…) for their generosity and mentoring. Song Trails 2011 was good, Song Trails 2012 was great – what can 2013 bring?? See you next year! Thanks June, Laurie.

  • Shirley Lynn

    Song Trails 2012 was fantastic. The format for Song Trails 2012 was longer than 2013 and as a result the learning from the experience was more enriched. June did a fantastic job gathering photos over the course of the weekend and collating them with music created and recorded at the workshops. Great job June. For me it was a great learning experience and I hope to take part in Song Trails 2013 if it comes round again.

  • Pam Galeano

    Thank you, June I was in the Sunday night audience and was very impressed with the quality of work produced over such a small timeframe and I did wonder about the process. You have explained it well. What a wonderful, valuable experience you all had. Shame there weren’t more of us to appreciate the results. Congratulations – I especially enjoyed the cyclone song. Pam

Look – Don’t Touch

Mum has always loved gardens.  She used to stop and knock on our neighbours’ doors when their gardens had plants with brilliant potential cuttings.   Then she would ask ‘Do you mind if I take a cutting?’

She came equipped with her own garden gloves, shears and buckets.  I wonder what the neighbours thought of her as she harvested their gardens.  I remember being embarrassed, but she did do it with everyone’s blessing.  I don’t remember anyone ever saying no to her.

Mum loved to try and grow tropical plants in Tasmania to remind her of her original home in Papua New Guinea.  She had immense pride when she had success with her hibiscus. She has always been a determined lady in both her garden and other parts of her life.

When we were little Mum clearly told us to stay away from her garden flowers – ’Look, don’t touch.’

We had to water and weed the vegetable patch. Our vegetable garden was vital to our family’s survival as we didn’t have a large income. Our Dad was often away working as a labourer so the garden gave my Mum many hours of happiness.

She tried to make us follow the rules of her garden – things like ‘you are not allowed to pick the flowers or pick the fruit and vegetables before they are ripe.’ But the problem was I loved the delicious scent of Mum’s garden flowers and was keen to make perfumes just like the ones on her dressing table.

There was one plant in particular with a yellow mushy part that you could crush easily into a yellow powder and it made a vibrant paste for not only perfume but for making your own paint.

One day I found myself with this glorious plant busy making my perfume – how I loved  the feel of the soft yellow part of the plant – when my Mum stepped out of the back door and began to yell out and run for me – ‘No, how could you….’  I was sure I turned the bright pink of my Mum’s hibiscus.

I looked up from my perfume making efforts at my Mum’s anguished face, and glanced briefly at the very empty flower bed.  Had I really used that many flowers?

Holding my bowl of flowers forward as if it was now the best treasure of all I managed to squeeze out the words, ‘I made it just for you.’

For more of June’s stories visit her blog  Pearlz Dreaming


First published ABC Open,  500 Words, September 2012.


Comments from ABC Open Blog



  • Diane Finlay

    Such happy memories of making perfume from rose petals. I spent soooo many happy hours with my best friend raiding the neighbours gardens. The petals would fall to the ground and we’d collect them.

  • June Perkins

    Thanks Gail, Vi and Vera, for your feedback about your own experiences with gardens,and to Mum for remembering my cheeky creativity in such a kind way

  • Vera Rayson

    Love your story. Reminded me on my childhood, wenn I was stealing peas from our neighbors garden. I didn’t know you lived in Tassie once.

  • Emma

    Ha ha ha I love this, it reminded me of just being drawn to roses when I was younger and I’d sniff them and then want to take their petals to capture the heady scent… but Mum was never happy with my efforts. The petals are always so soft aren’t they!

  • Vi Jones

    Reminds me of the English gardens of my childhood. Memories are all I have, living in the desert as I do now. Lovely picture. Vi

  • Gail

    A lovely story – I love your mum, and your photography gets ever more eye watering. The juxtaposition of the fabric and flower is perfect.

  • Anna Gerard

    Tears of happiness in your brilliant story of our garden my dear. I walked down the memory lane of our garden in Devonport and West Tamar Rd and yest I remember your attempt in picking the flowers to make perfume for mum for Mum’s day.


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Food, Friendship, Fundraising

I, like many Australians, have lost someone to cancer; I especially remember a radio journalist in Hong Kong who for many years encouraged me with my writing. So it was for her and other courageous people I went to morning tea.

Australia’s Biggest Morning tea saw the library open thirty minutes early and some of it converted into a mini cafe.

Most of Tully library’s opening hours are when many people are at school or work. At these hours the library is a place for retirees, parents who stay at or run businesses from home, job seekers, tourists or banana workers on their day off and the library staff. Being a freelance writer and presently having control of my own hours I love to pop into the library for inspiration and a break from my home office.

This week the library hosted not only the Biggest Morning Tea event, but also National Simultaneous Story Time. Staff told me that earlier in the week there were over ninety kids and carers in the library taking part in story time. I think the library may well soon need an extension.

Story time happens on a monthly basis and has become a major event for the local kids and parents. They meet up with other parents, introduce their children to the wonders and mysteries of a library and take part in an interactive story event.  Yesterday they all went hunting for teddy bears. Some of whom could still be seen hiding around the library. If only they could scare away cancer!

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Tully event had a delicious self-serve buffet of cakes (chocolate, apple and sponges with sprinkles on top), sandwiches, tea, coffee and herbal tea.

Old friends gathered at the tables but many new friends were made as people freely mixed with others. I met and chatted with one of the library staff’s Mum who told me the story of her name, a lady who I had been running into all morning on the way to the library and who had just smiled for no reason but to brighten the day, and a lady from Feluga. We discovered we were former neighbours. I had never met her before, and we theorised this was probably because she wasn’t involved with the local school out there anymore, I am not someone who popped into the local pub at all, and Feluga doesn’t have a shop.

Meeting my former neighbour made me think about community and how it is built; through shared spaces, like libraries, shops, churches, pubs, sporting clubs and parks; and shared experiences including traumatic ones like cyclones and cancer.

The other day I ran into a friend who was in remission from cancer. She told me what a great help the local cancer support group is to her. She doesn’t have to explain or talk about cancer if she doesn’t want to but everyone at the group just knows how she feels sometimes in her recovery journey; this gives her strength. She did not initially know about this group until a local health professional who takes tai chi classes gave her details for it.

To celebrate Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in Tully I’ve made a short music video tribute to friendship, food and fundraising. People kindly let me take photographs of them and we all shared tables together regardless of whether we had met before. Even in a small town you don’t always know everyone.

I was delighted to learn more about the people in my town. The morning tea gave me an even greater appreciation of the value of shared spaces and special events, even if it might have had a touch of sadness as we remembered friends, family and colleagues who have lost their battles with cancer.

I encourage readers to follow Petrus’s journey with cancer, a moving and honest account of what it’s like to be going through it. We may spend one day remembering cancer, but for many it’s a daily challenge.

First published on ABC Open


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Anti-cloud dancing for our Cardwell eclipse

‘Let me sleep.’ Waking up early was always going to be a big ask for the teenager and almost teenager of our family. But we do wake them all up and actually go somewhere to witness the eclipse.

This special event is best if you are an astronomer, free agent, tourist, media paid photographer, or shadow chaser.

Where to go, though, is a bit of a toss-up, and we pick the direction with the least clouds that we can reach the fastest – just what you need; clouds and rain before an eclipse!

We don’t have enough time to drive to Mareeba or Flying Fish Point, which we know might have some spectacular views of the eclipse, but there’s school and work today, and therefore no eclipse public holiday to let us roam.

We go for Cardwell.

The kids are still not impressed with our early wake up, at this point, despite the spectacular dawn. There is nobody else around. Obviously they’ve found much better spots elsewhere, but a lone lady walks by with her dog, and two carloads of people later pull up and then take off in frustration due to the clouds.

My youngest, who was diligently awake and ready to go, does a dance with a stick, an anti-cloud eclipse dance perhaps.  We make sure our cameras are ready and I discover I’ve left the tripod behind, we thought it was in the car, argh!

I have a make shift one on my camera bag and will just wing it with hand held.

The teenager and almost teenager are keen to go back to sleep. Then it begins.

We see the beginning of the darkness. But the clouds are in the way.

Not to worry, anti-cloud dancer, my youngest son, optimistic, totally awake, and bouncy, spots it through the clouds, of course taking care with his eyes.

And there it is, our family’s glimpse of the eclipse, via the camera with flip out screen.

Just a partial, with cloud surround, but nevertheless our personal family memory.

At this point the kids are impressed.

We take a few more photographs and then it’s back to the car, and onto an eclipse breakfast of pies and spinach triangles from one of the bakeries in Cardwell.

I buy a special lunch for eagle eyed youngest to take to school. Who knows, maybe his funny chase the clouds away dance, which severely annoyed his half awake brother and sister, has been a success.

We drive home triumphant, with our special memory of history. We have witnessed an eclipse over the gentle rippling ocean of Cardwell.

First Published by ABC Open, 14 Nov 2012.

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The challenges of filming a dance performance


By Leandro Palacio


Filming a mini documentary can be a creative and rewarding exercise. But what about when things don’t go the way you planned? Here are some examples on how to troubleshoot those challenges.

The process of recovery post Cyclone Yasi has produced many artistic programs for residents of the Cassowary Coast. I assisted a workshop in the beautiful art deco Innisfail Shire Hall where a dance teacher and a two community facilitators organized a free dance workshop. The session explored the ‘dynamics of movement for healing’ through free form style and captured a shared performance of silhouettes on film.

I arranged to meet ABC Open guest blogger June Perkins to film the behind the scenes. She’d already been filming a bit of the preparations a few days earlier. You can watch it here. June used a great soundtrack that reminds me of ‘All that Jazz,’ or ‘’Cabaret.’

During the shooting process we came across a few challenges. They can be applied to filming many live events. Here is a list of them and how we overcome them.

First challenge:
The rehearsing area was a closed space that we couldn’t access. We had to stay back a few meters so we didn’t interfere with the 25 dancers freedom of movement.
Solution: June was prepared for the occasion and changed the wide lens of her camera to a telephoto lens. That way she could still get close ups shots from far.

Second challenge:
The rehearsing space was a bit dark.
Solution: We started filming against the light to capture body silhouettes. Then we managed to open a few curtains and windows and let enough light into the room without disturbing the workshop.

Third challenge:
The performers were dancing to recorded music. We taped the music coming from the speakers directly to our sound device but the quality wasn’t any good. There was too much echo and general noise.
Solution: We approached the sound person and asked him for a copy of the music. We’ve got hands onto a CD with all the soundtracks. That was lucky! Lets say that the music was coming from an MP3 player and we couldn’t copy those files across. Well, there is a program called Senuti (iTunes backwards) that lets you rip songs from MP3 players. Good piece of software to have handy for occasion like this.

Fourth challenge:
Since we were making a mini documentary, we also did interviews. We asked some of the dancers and the facilitator of the workshop to sit by a bright window.
Halfway through the interviews the sound recorder stopped working. I changed the batteries but it didn’t come back to life. Now what?
Solution: I pulled out my smartphone with a sound recording application. I used WavePad. The phone app records at a very good quality, giving you a 16 bit and 44khz files. That’s pretty impressive coming from a mobile phone. And very good news to save the day too!

At the end we handed out the release forms to all the performers and everybody involved in the video.

On the way out we stood across the road from the theatre and filmed an establishing shot. That is the image that will help us to locate where the dance is taking place for the audience.

That was a run down on the process of filming the mini documentary. Next week June and I are going to meet again for the editing stage. Hopefully all the footage will come together to form an interesting story!

First Published by ABC Open 30 Jun 2012. 

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Dance for Recovery – Behind the Scenes


Putting together the documentary Dance for Recovery – Behind the Scenes has been an amazing experience, full of learning, gaining wisdom and witnessing the power of movement to heal.

This project, the brainchild of Danielle Wilson, brought together twenty five people nearly all of whom had never met before, to re-experience and heal from Cyclone Yasi through movement.

It pulled a creative support team of around eight people together to create a workshop.  Danielle has conducted ‘free to move’ dance classes for adults and children in the Cassowary Coast for a few years now but this project was a new vision; it was her contribution to healing the Cassowary Coast from Yasi.

My contribution was to capture – in a mini documentary – the process by which Danielle and the participants, together with the support crew from and gathered by Connecting Community Voices, went about making their silhouette performance.

I took several still photographs as well, some of which are featured in the documentary.

As Danielle explains in the documentary, ‘these were mostly not experienced dancers.’

My most treasured aspect of this experience was listening to Danielle’s philosophy of dance and trying to capture it on film.

We  looked through the raw footage together to select dance clips that we felt did not invade the privacy of the participants.

Danielle’s vision will entrance you, and the joy of the participants during this workshop is something I have had to convey primarily in voice and the movement of their feet and shadows as well as through using Dez Green’s mesmerising sound track.

I have greatly appreciated the input of Leandro Palacio from ABC Open in mentoring my camera and editing work, and encouraging my creativity and imagination. My dear husband has been amazingly ingenious at finding ways to use cheap equipment to collect better sound, as my slr camera does not always have the clearest sound collection.

In many ways this project was very much about process.

Danielle explains, ‘it was the journey to get to the film’, that was important to her, not necessarily the film at the end.

Yet making the film was very important;  to find out why watch Dance for Recovery – Behind the Scenes for the answer. Please leave your invaluable feedback to encourage all who made this documentary and project possible.  I would certainly love to make more documentaries on great projects like this one.

First Published ABC Open, 30 Jul 2012.

Comments from ABC Open Blog


  • kate campbell-lloyd

    beautiful……I can feel the spirit of healing in all of you…..

  • candice

    amazing experience and beautifully captured

  • June

    Thanks so much @ Danielle, was so glad to be able to honour you vision, and thanks @Tara and @margaret for your feedback, as it was so important to also honour the participants. @Sonya thanks as always for your comments.

  • Tara

    Beautifully portrayed documentary June, you captured the mood of the day, and the spirit of Danielle and participants – well done!

  • Margaret Hunt

    Thank you Danielle for a valuable and inspired opportunity for healing and growth. I loved the day and was so impressed with the effortlessness and fluidity of your guidance in transferring ideas into movement that was so cathartic.

  • Danielle Wilson

    June your documentary captures the day’s energy so beautifully. Only you could have brought the sensitivity that this film needed, I love it very much and thank you for your insights into everything I believe in and presenting them so clearly. Your work should be celebrated and in fact it is, congratulations on your success!!!!!

  • Sonya

    It’s so brave of the participants to relive their cyclone experience through dance. It must have also been a great relief to have been able to relive the event and know what the outcome was going to be and control how the dance unfolded. Beautiful work June.

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Murray Upper Dreamers

This post is by Michael Bromage.  I helped with the audio on the video that accompanied the post.

What do a camera girl, motorbike rider, robber and fairy have in common?


They each represent some of the dreams shared by students attending Murray River Upper State School.

I love ABC Open’s Dreambox project. The dreams people share can be surprising, inspirational or down to earth. I enjoy seeing the differences and similarities between the dreams of kids and adults and I get to meet new people in our community, practice my photography and teach digital storytelling techniques.

My mother will be proud. She has always wanted me to try teaching in a classroom and HERE I am at a state school in front of the class. Good fun. Great students.

Thank you to principle, Kayte Gillinder, and staff for helping provide the Dreambox opportunity and thank you to June Perkins for interviewing the kids and recording good sound to help make the video. Thanks to student and school captain Amber Davis for helping the younger students with their writing on chalk boards and the spelling of names. Let’s hope your dream comes true and you are running your own restaurant one day!

See all the Murray River Upper State School Dreambox photos HERE.

And enjoy the video!

By Michael Bromage, ABC Open, Published 02 May 2012.

This video will only be viewable for a short time due to ABC Open closing down.  But here it is if you wish to take a look.

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