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Illuminations featured at Panacea Poets

A huge thank you to the Queensland Poetry Festival team for the invitation to be part of Panacea Poets.

In Panacea Poets, Queensland Poetry Festival administers a twice-weekly booster of short readings from wonderful poets via their youtube channel.

QPF will deliver these soothing doses of poets-in-iso indefinitely.

It is such a great honour to be part of a project to apply the bird of poetry to the experience of the Pandemic, and to maybe inspire listeners to draw on their strengths and optimism.

So many esteemed and inspiring poets – Kirli Saunders, Stuart Barnes, Charmaine Papertalk Green to name just a few, do check out the playlist! I’ll share a few of my faves from time to time!

Here is my reading!

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Happy Holidays 2023

Some highlights for the year. Inspiring and using poetry and story to make it through these times.

Following the Crow Song

Writing has truly enriched me life. A number of collaborations, with Fairy Tale Society, QLD Writers Centre, Diaspora sisters, Vacen and a panel for social justice hosted by School of Social Work Queensland. Loved catching up with SCBWI friends. One day will I make it to picture book publication, or will it be middle grade or YA.

It is wonderful to be heard. This was the year of panels!

Threads of my life, Fairy Tale friends recently attending a show from Eliane, Townsville days memories with Stephen who knew us in the early days of our marriage, Writing Buddy Maria, what a gem! Fairy Tale and Diaspora friends supporting public speech given on social Justice. Chikako always checks up on me, and patiently waits for a visit from the very busy Perkins family. And it’s a delight to connect also with some other families we are close to as well.

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Some of this year Highlights

It’s been a busy year, with four panels, meet ups with the Pasifika Baha’i Group, SCWIBI, South Australian Contacts for the Uncle Fred Murray Story, seeing friends I haven’t seen in years, and working on several teams including the QLD writers centre management committee.

Some of my favourite times have been being immersed into the stories and cultures of people from all over the world. This collage represents some of that journey.

And there were times when some of these dear friends fed me, cheered me, or dreamt and planned with me. Forever grateful for your amazing friendships, collaborations, and for just being you. There will be more of these panels as I remember the year that was.

Introducing…

I see you…

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Introducing a regular segment to my blog, which will cover news and opportunities for diverse peoples particularly in storytelling, poetry and across art forms, inspiration strength based projects, interviews and podcasts. It’s about seeing and recognising who is out there. As well as listening, sharing and caring!

My first post is dedicated to all the women out there, who feel like they have no voice, or no-one is listening. I haven’t forgotten you. This is my poem, I see you.

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Story Factory

Poetry contributed here…

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Story Factory is running this project.

This say, “This a very exciting multilingual public writing project and we want YOU to be a part of it!

In a Flash invites people to write flash fiction (very short stories – less than 100 words) in response to writing by emerging and established Australian authors.

Everyone who submits a story goes into the draw to win one of three $100 gift cards and a selection of writing will be published on our website!

All the prompts have been translated into Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin, and you can write in any of these languages or in English.

Story FACTORY

Follow the link below to view the prompts and submit your writing:https://www.storyfactory.org.au/…/in_a_flash-big-projects/

You can read some responses from well known Australian authors here:https://www.storyfactory.org.au/writing…/in-a-flash/

We can’t wait to read and share your stories.

Submissions are open until December 15, so get writing now…

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Non Linear

Following the Crow Song

So I was thinking about non linear time, and how pain/history/trauma/ loss might continue to impact the present.

And then I thought also how joy or wisdom gained from the past might also inhabit and live with us in the present also and overcome all.

Thinking of some dear family and friends living with ongoing grief and trauma right now and inviting you to have at least one joyful moment return to your mind and spirit right now

Here’s a joyful moment, from my own that always lives with me, my youngest son (now much older) leaping and flying with joy as a country boy…

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Authentic Learning Experiences

Love coming across teacher blogs.

User Generated Education

Providing authentic learning experiences to all learners should be the highest prior for all administrators, curriculum developers, and teachers.

Authentic learning is learning designed to connect what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications; learning experiences should mirror the complexities and ambiguities of real life. Students work towards production of discourse, products, and performances that have value or meaning beyond success in school; this is learning by doing approach (Authentic learning: what, why and how?).

In education, the term authentic learning refers to a wide variety of educational and instructional techniques focused on connecting what students are taught in school to real-world issues, problems, and applications. The basic idea is that students are more likely to be interested in what they are learning, more motivated to learn new concepts and skills, and better prepared to succeed in college, careers, and adulthood if what they are learning mirrors…

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Justice for Cassius

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What a week to be studying Understanding Indigenous Education and Perspectives for my masters.

I have been reading on stolen generations, the Northern Territory Intervention, the Bringing them Home Report and much more, as well as watching powerful documentaries on Gurrumul and Rachel Perkins, The First Australians.

One of the questions we have been looking at are what are the barriers to change and what are the windows to change for Australia’s First Nations people.

Then, in the middle of it all, Racism rears its ugly insidious prevalence again.

So what are the windows? The windows of seeing what happens now that something like the situation for Cassius and his family.

Going back to study and being a writer, I will be thinking an reading about what education, and teachers and schools, can do to challenge and change such things, and also how much the WHOLE community need to work…

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