I love this prompt. Just watched the movie Paterson which was structured by the days of the week…
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Inspired by a meeting with Gregg Dreise, where we learnt about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation in Australia and their various projects I decided I needed to do something for literacy for my mother’s homeland Papua New Guinea.
I decided to run a non profit book drive to send some copies of Magic Fish Dreaming, via local charities that deliver them, to Papua New Guinea. In this way I hoped to cover my cost price only, and effectively donate the profit on these books to charity.
I wanted to do this so that rather than sending second hand books, that might not be culturally appropriate I could send a brand new book, from my heart to the heart of Papua New Guinea.
I wanted to do something to assist literacy to assist the children in my Mekeo mother’s homeland.
I had a feeling that if I asked my friends, they would want to support me in these efforts, and enable me to send more than a few.
To my amazement, so far enough for 76 books has been raised, and I am so excited to be delivering them to the charities who will then ensure these make it into schools that need them.
I will soon be sharing the names of all those assisted me to make this contribution on my social media and with the charities (as long as you give me your name) that find schools in need of these books in Papua New Guinea.
I will be making my first delivery to my first charity of choice, Books4PNGKIDS soon, but have found some other worthy people who take books into PNG schools and communities to support as well and I may look to send it to other places in the Pacific.
$8.00 AUD per book allows me to send one Magic Fish Dreaming book to PNG by covering the costs of my printing.
People can sponsor as many books as they would like, whether it be one or ten or more, it is the love with which this donation is made that matters the most.
I am now inviting overseas friends and fans to join this project to sponsor some Magic Fish Dreaming Books to go to PNG.
Please leave a note with a name and message and join us in this quest to send this beautiful book to PNG. You are welcome to email me at email@example.com
I hope to share updates of where the books end up!
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Two weeks to go, and another journey begins…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Review of Words and Pictures – This is still on at the Queensland Art Gallery until the end of November 2018.
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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” 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
that is not
where your words
build ladders in
You shelter us
so unlike Icarus
burnt by the sun
we will not tumble
through the valleys
leading to you
you give us wings
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.
poetry of the fallen
patterns of remembrance
By June Perkins