‘I was delighted to attend Dr June Perkins’s short poetry workshop at Ink of Light, the Baha’i Writers Festival held in Brisbane this year. June’s passion and love of this art form was infectious as she led us through an historical overview of poetry featuring beautiful and significant works from different eras.
Titled The Power of Poetry, her workshop highlighted how poetry can be an act of worship (holding up what is worthy); how it can convey the inexpressible and how it can be used in community building.
June used a fun group activity that had all of us composing lines of poetry in response to a visual stimulus. The end result surprised us all, especially those of us who previously thought we could not write poetry. I look forward to attending a more in-depth and longer poetry workshop with this gifted teacher.
The 42nd ALEA Meanjin – Brisbane area – Australian Literacy Educators’ Association Young Writers’ Festival (for students from Years 5 to 10) is being held on Thursday 4 July at Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus.
Featuring a Keynote from Morris Gleitzman and four workshops with a wonderful line up of authors, poets and illustrators – Candice Lemon-Scott; Gregg Dreise; June Perkins and Katrin Dreiling.
I am thrilled to be included in Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave kids, with one poem and one short story! All the very best to all anthology contributors. We have lift off in OCTOBER! Thanks to Share My Story.
M J Gibbs
Illustrations will be by Kym Langfield and Joanna Hill
And introducing Chiara Parenti who is 8 years old and will be starting her publishing career with a story in the anthology, thanks to the encouragement of her Aunty Maria Parenti-Baldey.
Coming soon book launch details and how you can help us donate copies of the anthology to brave kids in hospital.
The Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival was ‘soul stirring’, ‘uplifting’ ‘surprising’, and immensely attractive to readers and people who do not write and creatives from music, and art, as well as being full of participants of all ages. So brilliant to see a contingent of youth from the Gold Coast there.
Thanks from the team to all those participants who traveled from, Moreton Bay Shire, Gold Coast, Toowomba, Macau, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Redland Shire, New Zealand and Solomon Islands, as well as from around Brisbane, you made this event truly memorable with your warm response to our presenters.
June says, ‘I was so thrilled, with the outcomes and process of the Powers of Poetry workshop. To have people say they once wrote poetry, and now want to again, or that they never had but now will and to witness group poetry compositions that unfolded in just ten minutes (after a 45 time travel presentation on poetry) was profound. It was an especially brilliant highlight to have Grant Hindin Miller sing his song on Tahirih, a wonderful poet and heroine of the Baha’i Faith.’
‘I will think about how to run more workshops of this nature, and felt a deep sense of joy in seeing people connect to the long history across time and space that humans have with the words spoken from heart and soul, and discovered in processes of reflection and consultation and connection to others. Thanks so much to my Write Links and SCBWI friend Renee Hills for being there.’
The following photographs are a small selection of photographs from participants including myself, and do not represent the festival in its entirety.
A special thank you to the LSA for the use of the BBCL (Brisbane, Baha’i Centre of Learning), sharing the event in the Biweekly several times, and assisting us to sell books just for the festival, as well as, to our many volunteers who contributed so, so, much to the spirit of the event.
This year I will be presenting a workshop on the Powers of Poetry on Sunday May 19th at the Ink of Light, Baha’i Writer’s Festival. I have been assisting Naysan Naraqi and Ian Hallmond with organising the festival and its so exciting for all of us to be about to see it happen. I am especially looking forward to the panels.
My favourite books are many and varied, and I enjoyed during this interview series discovering that I shared some with the presenters who will be attending the festival. A special favourite is The Secret Garden though and I love books by Jackie French and Morris Gleitzman.
My poetry heroes are eclectic and I especially love Tahirih, Mahvash Sabet, Robert Hayden, Maya Angelou and Roger White as well as numerous song writers such as Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Wendy Matthews, Troy Cassar Dayley, and…