‘Nature never did betray the heart that loved her’ William Wordsworth
And so it begins again. The new pathway towards becoming more of an educator alongside writer. Another quarter of University and this time I am learning about the Humanities and English curriculum and curriculum in general. Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment! How do we modify them for diversity in classrooms?
But oh how I miss nature, when trapped indoors reading, typing and researching. Have I betrayed her precious trust, in being too much indoors? Does she know she is in my heart?
I could take my laptop and study outdoors I suppose, but she would distract me, and in the time before spring, the Brisbane winds are chilly, and the winds of COVID also blow state after state into lock down. Perhaps the wind is not safe here either.
This semester I am keen to achieve a greater balance, between university…
Wonderful anthologies, from Anthology Angels, are produced annually, and proceeds go to a different charity each year.
This year Anthology Angels are ambassadors for Walk for Prems and profits from the anthology will be donated to Life’s Little Treasures Foundation.
I have contributed a ridiculous rhyme this year, inspired by my family’s pet guinea pigs!
This is the third anthology I have been part of, and it’s truly a special one to contribute to especially thinking of the children and families enjoying the books and the charities it supports. Writers and artists contributing have big hearts, as do the anthology angels production team.
Many congratulations to the contributors and to Jen Horn and Kayt Duncan, for the cover and design, and to Michelle Worthington.
More links for preordering, and events online or in person if possible, where the authors will read some samples will be shared…
South of the Sun is an enchanting illustrated book of fairy tales – but not the kind you read to children at bedtime.
They are strictly for grown-ups. Often dark, the stories visit places where things don’t end happily ever after, where a single decision can haunt you forever.
But there are also tales to make you laugh out loud, stories of sweet revenge and scenes of sheer delight in the work of magic and the fey.
Discover stories from emerging talent and leading award-winning Australian writers including Carmel Bird, Sophie Masson, Cate Kennedy and Eugen Bacon, along with artwork from foremost illustrators such as Lorena Carrington and Kathleen Jennings.
June: Reading from Into the Songwood
Reading South of the Sun feels like collecting shells or pebbles or feathers: the stories belong together but are strikingly individual. Here you will find the hilarious and the bittersweet, the poetic and the…
A Universe Within
This love gives
does not demand
the ill winds
that could destroy
the universe within . . .
respects space for
and does not worship
Instead it means
punctuated by birdsong . . .
For this love says
'I don’t care
where you come from
or when you are going
my heart will beat
and travel in
a suitcase beside you . . .
I respect the time you have
given again and again.
You do not need to tell me
all the hurt
– I know
we both hold close
to our hearts
We are still
woven into our hearts
(c) June Perkins
Today, after a hiatus to make it through my first semester at university, I thought it would be timely to tackle ways to keep your chin up as we head into another snap lock down, and maybe everyone around you wants to discuss the sorry state of the world’s health, or maybe they just want to forget it all, and are seeming a little uncaring. Ah the balance.
What can we do you think? I am heading into the following list!
1.If you haven’t watched it yet, watch Wolf Walkers!
And learn the song, ‘Running with the Wolves.’ And even better sing it! IF you want some extension maybe read some Fairy Tales for children or adults, or read some deep stuff, Clarissa’s, Women Who Run with Wolves.
2. Work on that unfinished poem or story!
No time like the present. Pull out your notebooks, or look up old…
So there may not be too much going on my blog, but behind the scenes is another story.
I recently made the monumental decision to return to university to study a masters of teaching!
My goal is to become a high school teacher of humanities and literature, and or work in curriculum design and education innovation and to continue to write for youth and children.
This week I will hand my first year essay in on the topic of ‘behaviour management. ‘We have been learning about the movement from traditional discipline to management to engagement, and the power of evidence based research to inform teacher practice, amongst other things, over the last few weeks.
I love popping into the class discussions online, and attending our collaborates as well. Some brilliant people are changing their professions, and will be taking some amazing life experiences and a diversity of cultural backgrounds into…
“The season of the divine spring will come; the clouds of mercy will rain; the sun of reality will shine; the life-giving breeze will blow; the world of humanity will wear a new garment; the surface of the earth will be a sublime paradise.” -‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions
The last month I’ve been working on creating folio samples for applications and checking my archives for works that had potential, but just need more editing.
The above picture is of a poem from a Writing Group Anthology from 10 years ago! Under One Sky with the Licuala Writers.
I enjoyed writing this poem, capturing childhood with my children and a memory of a trip to Kiribati. Maybe I will write more pieces like this! My children are all grown into adults, which makes poems like this especially poignant to read.
Last week was a super productive week, making entries to writing competitions, and anthologies, as well as preparing some new picture book submissions.
I was especially pleased with edits on the picture books. Leaving them for a while really helped, and resulted in a magic day when I looked at them and just knew what to do to polish…