Last In Person Tour

Two weeks to go, and another journey begins…

Pearlz Dreaming

June and Writing Friends in front of Epiphany by Ian Fairweather, Queensland Art Gallery – Image taken by Sheryl Gwyther

My last in person tour of Words and Pictures is tomorrow afternoon at 2pm (Saturday 17th November). We will meet and depart from The Gift ( A raft) in the Australia Collection in the Queensland Art Gallery. Please RSVP by if you are able to make it.

A mega thank you to the QAGOMA for the opportunity to create the Words and Pictures Spring Season responses.  I  loved every moment of creating these pieces and then sharing them with the public, as well as my friends, family and writing friends.

 Magic Fish Dreamingmy poetry book for children, illustrated by Helene Magisson, is stocked in the QAGOMA shops and I will be reading some works from this book, and maybe from the Spring Season, at the Asia Pacific…

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Words and Pictures Reviewed by Renee Hills

Review of Words and Pictures – This is still on at the Queensland Art Gallery until the end of November 2018.

Magic Fish Dreaming

Review of June Perkins’s Words and Pictures Tour (Queensland Art Gallery, Sept-November 2018)

French artist Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) famously said ‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’.

This was truly my experience when I joined June Perkins’s tour of Words & Pictures. June’s interactive journey through the Australian Collection features poetry and micro stories inspired by 12 different artworks. Her responses are written for visitors of all ages, with particular appeal to children and families; a delightful glimpse of art through the eyes of a poet and children’s author.

Words & Pictures is part of an ongoing project to increase engagement with artworks in QAG. Local artists and writers are invited to respond to artworks in the Australia Collection. June was thrilled to be commissioned to do this work. ‘This was one of the best emails in relation to my work I’ve ever…

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Sacred Trail

Art courtesy of Leonard Ericks

” Wert thou to hearken to this mortal Bird, then wouldst thou seek the undying chalice and pass by every perishable cup ”
Baha’u’llah, The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys


You sing us to
a place
that is not

where your words
build ladders in
the sky.

You shelter us
so unlike Icarus
burnt by the sun

we will not tumble
and stumble
through the valleys
leading to you

but instead
by feather
you give us wings

to glide

into grace.

By June Perkins


Leonard  Ericks was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Resided, studied and worked in Florida, Colorado, Texas, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Costa Rica. He graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design with Honors, and currently resides in Costa Rica, Central America.  Leonard is a painter and sculptor, writes and illustrates children’s books and teaches art.  You can find out more about him on his facebook page.


Obligation of the Octopus

W Tipton, Some Rights Reserved, Flickr Photographer


Arms with minds of their own.
A body that can morph through

Three hearts beating
boom, boom, boom
to the call of the

Like escapologists
obligated when opportunity
presents itself
to freedom
beyond the tank.

Blue blood
beating, beating, beating.

Octopus of song.
Octopus of story.
Octopus of science.


By June Perkins

This poem appeared at Australian Children’s Poetry

Prompt #26 Baby Shark Dance Prompt

This prompt is going to be fun.

Thanks Australian Children’s Poetry.

My teenagers were telling me high schoolers sing this in the playground to annoy each other.

That’s when you know something has really gone viral.

But I have to admit I had never heard of it until today.

Australian Children's Poetry

Any one of you who has little children, grandchildren or works in a school may have heard this song?

What can you write about Sharks?

Please send poems to:



And this weeks quote:

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