Bicentenary Event – University of Queensland

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Saturday 21st of October

We arrived earlier in the day to set up.   Nine pointed stars, royal blue and gold, found their way around the room.

Tables were covered with cloth.

Food platters  semi prepared.

Flowers were laid out.

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It was raining.  The Jacaranda’s shed their purple flowers  and birds sang in trees.

Everyone worked together in unity to have everything ready for when the guests arrived.

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Some of my photographs were placed in the room for a mini exhibition.

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As people arrived they were met by the usher who offered them a program.

He did not leave his task until everyone was seated.

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A table of information for the event was available. The Youth had helped package the Hidden Words, as well as make the nine pointed stars for the event.

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The Harpist arrived and began to warm up.

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Friends greeted each other.

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Soon the hall was filled and it was time for the program to begin.

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There was a welcome followed, by beautiful readings and an inspiring speech by Dr Janet Khan.

I was one of the readers, as were a few of the youth.   The harpist accompanied us in the background.  Some of the Light of the World Video was screened.

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Then everyone was invited to a beautiful supper and could view the mini art exhibition. I was so happy to share some of my photographs and poetry as part of this event.  Many people asked me about them.

There were so many people that made this event special.

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And it was wonderful to have many friends join us for the event.

If you were at this event please feel free to add your comments.  I will share a few more photographs on future blogs from other events in the lead up.

 

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The Writer Looks for Her Song

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This weeks arrivals in the mail!

The highlight of the week was receiving  package of books that I had ordered on line, including my favourite poet, Maya Angelou!

I am busy reading them now.  The Murphy book, Pearl Verses the World, was just lovely~ so looking forward to meeting Sally on the 26th of August and asking her to sign it.

This week I put a notice up on my social media space, ‘Gone Writing’, and then disappeared to write and edit.  It ended up being more editing than new writing, but it was a productive week nevertheless.  I also contemplated singing more, and listened to lots of music, from Enya to Adele, whilst writing, .

I had put my novel away for a while and was ready to come back to it fresh, restructure and then move back into the book and finish that all important first draft…

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Pacing Yourself – When Creatives Get Busy

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So this has been a week of longing to creatively write and being busy with so many other tasks.

I have the longing of this girl staring into the banana field.  My finished novel and books are somewhere in the distance.  But now I need to use that longing to walk into that path and continue, and to keep searching for pockets of time to write.

I managed to figure out a new approach to a tricky picture book idea and write half of it down.  Then another task demanded I do it.

I gave myself one session on my novel, but longed for more.  But Sunday is looking good to continue on this.  The novel is ticking away in my head even though I am not writing it.

I kept editing a piece written for my brother’s memory.  A writer generously gave me the tools to find the most…

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Writing Journeys & the Power of Words

This blog has been a little neglected, but here is a festival where I shared some family stories.

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Saturday 29th April 2017, was a day to be inspired as authors shared their writing journeys and ideas on the power of words with writers and readers gathered at Bracken Ridge Library.  Both sessions were chaired by Sheryl Gwyther (introduced by Adele Moy), an Australian children’s author. She writes novels, chapter books, short stories and school plays for children and short stories for adults. She is the recipient of two Australian Society of Authors’ Mentorships, and two May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowships as well as a SCBWI International Work-of-Outstanding-Promise award.

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Sheryl Gwyther, Duncan Richardson, Michael Aird, June Perkins

Michael Aird, Keeaira Press, began by explaining how he went from working in a factory with a low level of literacy and working out the spelling of words for the lunch order with co-workers to a dawning realisation that his older co-workers were unhappy…

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Writing Group – First of Year

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I just love  my writing group.

I have been attending Write Links for three years now, and over that time, I have:

  • learnt more about the art and craft of picture book and middle grade writing
  • attended numerous professional development workshops with many established writers in the field
  • met the amazing Leigh Hobbs, whose characters my children and I grew up with
  • been on a writers’ retreat run by one of the members where I met John Marsden (who was doing a master class) and made friends with Robyn, Debbie, and many other writers
  • attended the CYA conference
  • pitched to an agent and a publisher at the CYA conference
  • made a successful ASA mentorship scholarship application and been being mentored for the last 12 months.

And those are just some of the highlights!

But one of the biggest things I love about my writing group has been the creation of…

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December In Status Statements

3rd of December

We will have some Magic Fish Dreaming books before Christmas to send out to all you wonderful kickstarter supporters! Will let you know the day we start posting them out and they may arrive Christmas or early new year. Hooray! Our apologies for the delays beyond our control.

The sky on the 4th of December after Storms.

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5th December

The Perkins trio for want of a better name are organizing their music performance repertoire.

Just wrote the prologue to my novel — now for a writing stint on the rest, I am truly ready to write it now !

8th December

What a year it was visiting: Melbourne (family and friends), Writing Group, Visits from Friends, Meeting Writers, and time with Ruha, Temily, Marika, Shirin, Nancy, Katrin, others, writing mentor, meeting lovely writers, sharing poems, youth group

9th December

Thinking of dear David and the KG lego robotics team competing at the nationals today. They have worked so hard, and may they have the most brilliant time whatever the final result.

Saw this online and told David!

Attention all Queensland teachers! You get free entry to #HadronCollider from today until 24 December 2016.

Help us spread the good news.

Teachers may preview Hadron Collider: Step inside the World’s Greatest Experiment free of charge from 9 – 24 December 2016. 
 

14th December

Just back from watching  Arrival. Such an intriguing story. Loved it.

15th December

Finally starting to pack the Magic Fish Dreaming kickstarter packages for mailing out. Helene and I are signing the books today.

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17th December

Best feeling in the world sending parcels of Magic Fish Dreaming out into the world.. Today it heads to New Zealand and France!

18th December

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(Our friend Bashir pictured here with David, who we haven’t seen for a few years. )

Had a wonderful chat and visit on a home delivery of Magic Fish Dreaming to a friend  (Persian background and her husband is Ugandan raised in Geneva) and her family, about life, the universe, diversity and so on. So happy she was then going to read a poem for bedtime to her children and keep working on her own poetry! Also saw an old friend not seen for years and he is going to take a book to deliver to other mutual family friends who supported the kickstarter! (love saving a bit here and there on postage when I can).

19th December

Milestone, reached the half way point with the kickstarter packages for Magic Fish Dreaming being posted out. Dropped book off for consideration for sales to second book store in Brisbane. Used up all the tracking stickers at Milton post office (sorry everyone!)

84 rewards now sent, with the book heading to Philippines c/- of the wonderful  Mel Irvine in January. Magic Fish Dreaming reaching out to more places but where to next? I think tomorrow we will do Canada and the United States now I have all my customs forms and have almost finished packing them!

20th December

100 Rewards now sent, and Magic Fish Dreaming now heading to the United States and Canada! If only Dragons were real and did home deliveries. . .

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21st  December

Magic Fish Dreaming is up on the shelves at Riverbend Books. If you are over there take a picture for us! And if you don’t have a copy yet that’s the way to purchase one now in Brisbane! The book will be up on the website in a couple of days! Yay so happy our book is now at this beautiful bookshop.

Wow, all our teenagers are off with friends and our Eldest participating in a wonderful service project over the university break, empowering youth in country areas, so proud of him.

(Visited the Hadron Collider Experiment Exhibition in the morning.)

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22nd December

Today we went op shopping, and came home with a brilliant pair of binoculars, a pair of sneakers for David, a dress my daughter likes (she normally hates dresses), two saucepans, and a lovely milk jug, a small nice looking formally bed side table which we will re-purpose to solve the lack of a cupboard in the bathroom, two pretty white wicker baskets, a set of small breakfast ceramic plates all in matching white (50c each!), a comfy ottoman (with storage and so comfy to sit on) (matches everything in our house), and were able to replace three or was it four David Eddings books from a series some members of the family are rereading which were destroyed in cyclone yasi. A fun day topped off with delicious lunch time kebabs and thanking my mum years ago for creating a love for bargains!

Handy tip if you want to find a cheap wedding dress or re-purpose an ivory (as many are more ivory and cream than white) wedding dress as a formal gown, check out Milton St Vincent’s. It has several of them for between $30 to $100 and they are just gorgeous!

From Mel:

Look what just arrived! Magic Fish Dreaming the wonderful book written by my dear friend  June Perkins. June’s kickstarter campaign earlier in the year made this wonderful book possible and my order just arrived. Lovely June packed it with goodies and little extras for Jerry and the kids of Botongon. Can’t wait to take it to the Philippines and include it in Jerry’s bedtime reading. He will be so thrilled when he sees it.

Thank you, thank you June.

If you are looking for a quality book of children’s poetry filled with the Australian landscape, that speaks to community, honours indigenous ancestry and cultural diversity; then please consider this wonderful book Magic Fish Dreaming. 5 stars from Mel xx

23rd December

It is just lovely hearing from people as their books arrive! If your book has arrived like this post, and if you like add a picture here or in our Magic Fish Dreaming space.

Jacque writes:

Look what arrived for me at the post office today  June Perkins, congratulations on the book, it is divine.

24th December

Lovely day visiting friends.  Visited three families who are friends today.

(We went to visit many of the families of the youth group that we facilitate – including for dinner and played a crazy but fun game of dictionary/Balderdash)

25th December

Spent time with the Lorenz family at the Gold Coast; they were visiting from Victoria.

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26th December

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Great time swimming in the ocean with my daughter yesterday. Loving these crazy reflective sunglasses too.

December poem – A Riddle

I love the moonlight
and fade by the dawn.

I peek out from beside volcanic rocks
with my beauty.

Neighbours gather ritually
to see me dance.

Shani Mootoo writes my story
Robert Haydn too.

What am I?
Where am I?
Will you write of me too?

By June Perkins

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World Building with Marianne de Pierres.

Writing up a workshop I loved.

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On the weekend I attended an inspiring workshop in the Writelinks Workshop Series with Marianne de Pierres.

“She is the award winning author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis, Sentients of Orion and Peacemaker science fiction series. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs. Her Night Creatures series, Burn Bright, Angel Arias and Shine Light has been very popular among young adult fiction readers. Marianne is also the Davitt award-winning author of the Tara Sharp humourous crime series under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. (From Good Reads)

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During our two hour workshop we focused  on developing  settings as characters and how to make them best reflect our characters’ emotions.

We examined the strengths and pitfalls of tropes, the central importance of story even as we work on settings and gained experience…

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Picture Riddles Hint Magic Fish Dreaming

Ripple Poetry

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This is just a portion of a Magic Fish Dreaming illustration, a teaser, a riddle to make you wonder what the rest of it looks like.

This is so the book will mostly be a surprise when you receive it and read it for the first time.

The illustration process is nearly complete, and soon meetings with the printer will take place and the designer, Heidi Den Ronden, will be taking the reins and working her magic to bring the poetry and the illustrations together on the page.

The lovely Helene had this to say recently on her facebook page:

“I have almost completed the whole work, and I wish I could continue illustrating many other of June’s poems. I enjoyed each minute and instant working on this project. The collaboration with June Perkins is just delighting and always very constructive. I will tell and explain more about the story…

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Ruha’s Birthday

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Marika, June, Temily and Ruha

I haven’t written in this blog for a while, but I really wanted to remember Ruha’s Surprise party.

Her sister, Minaira secretly invited several of Ruha’s friends to gather to surprise her.  Our instructions were, ‘dress in the style of Ruha, bring Sushi and Yoghurt, and arrive at 6.45.’

What a happy but noisy waiting bunch, not sure if Ruha heard the loud shushes…. from up the street.

There were a couple of false arrivals, that caused lots of giggles.

Minaira, was infectious in her excitement that she was making a big surprise for her sister.

And finally Ruha arrived!

Surprise.

Lots of hugs and laughter.

Children running around with balloons.

Sushi and frozen yoghurt treats.

Followed by dancing, guitar and general happiness.

Happy birthday Ruha and thanks so much for Minaira for including us in the shenanigans.

It was so funny how the group photograph came together.  It began with six and Ruha just kept calling more and more people into the photograph.

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