Workshop Review – Powers of Poetry

‘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.

Renee Hills(Author)


June Perkins presenting – courtesy Renee Hills.

ALEA 42nd Writers’ Festival

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.
Bookings open from the 7th of June   (The link should work from the 7/06)

Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave kids

Headstone crying – By June Perkins

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.


Congratulations to:

Amira Beadsmoore
Sandra Bennett
Geraldine Borella
Sharna Carter
Rhianne Conway
Kylie Covark
Joanne Creed
Trish Donald
Ray Doyle
John Duke
Kayt Duncan
Sandy Flett
M J Gibbs
Amani Gunawardana
Sharon Hammad
Karen Hendriks
Joanna Hill
Renee Hills
Genevieve Hopkins
Jennifer Horn
Kim Horwood
Jackie Hosking
Alison McLennan
Shae Millward
Kate O’Neil
June Perkins
Pat Simmons
Belinda Smith
Jill Smith
Paula Stevenson
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.


Curlew wandering the graves – June Perkins

Happiness is like . . .

(c) June Perkins

“Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed.” Rajneesh

“Sadness for each blossom lost/ happiness for each one celebrated/ Beauty will return.” -June Perkins, poem

Above is my contribution to Nineteen Months for Azamat, Grandeur.

For more inspirations head to Nineteen Months.

Ink of Light Team: Thank you!

June Perkins, Naysan Naraqi, Ian Hallmond
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.
Volunteers and task force preparing for the festival
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.
Grant Hindin Miller performed throughout the Festival and ran a workshop.  Also opened the festival with a devotional
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.’
June Perkins presenting – courtesy Renee Hills.
‘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.
Fereshteh Hooshmand – Speaking on her book on her mother Manijeh
Michael Day, sharing many brilliant tips for research, structure and more!
Linda Shallcross – Walking the Spiritual Path with Practical Feet
Linda Shallcross – Workshop
Sunday Panel – Michael Cohen, Melanie Lotfali and Naysan Naraqi
Tom Francis – Musician and Song Writer
Fereshteh with one of our volunteers Farid
Jeff Leech, wonderful volunteer!


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.

You can find out more about Ink of Light
and subscribe for updates to next years Festival on our website.
Selected highlights, talks and videos will be forthcoming.
Photographic Credits: June Perkins, Farid Shahidinejad, Ava Houghton, Fereshteh Hooshmand, Gordon Kerr.


Ink of Light Presenter: June Perkins

Pearlz Dreaming

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.

Favourite Books

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…

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