I’ve been so busy with all things book production and launch.
I’ve been delighted to be part of the Red Room Poetry and Queensland Poetry Festival projects. And to finish production on Illuminations.
I’ve put in several grant and fellowship applications to do my best to make this writing life more sustainable. There’s been a few knock backs, but I get back up and keep going. Thanks so much to everyone who has been writing letters of support. You are all awesome! We keep getting surprise grants, and the only thing wrong with this is you do not have long to put applications together.
My poor novel had taken a back seat. The last couple of weeks has changed that. I began to revise my novel. And now have nearly 50 pages I am happy with. I am going to do more work on it today and am feeling so happy with the direction it is going. This picture is a small hint of what the novel might be about…
I was so inspired by our beloved Guinea Pig, Buttercream who has been starring on my instagram lately, that last night I wrote the beginnings of a new picture book idea.
Recently I visited IN PERSON my dear friend Helene Magisson and met her pet chickens. Helene has her first solo book out! HOORAY!
More on that in another post. I really must get a photograph of the chickens! They were adorable. I was so relieved to see a friend NOT ON ZOOM. Don’t get me wrong, zoom is amazing, but I am so tired of not seeing friends in real space! How about you? How is the pandemic treating you?
Here’s a special pic, in the early days of us being friends. So, happy for my dear friend on her book. And so happy to be part of the kids lit community of Australia. They are so welcoming, inclusive, and kind.
I so hope I have some success with grants and applications soon. Working so hard, and definitely into the swing of story writing. I’ve also been enjoying observing the block and taking photographs of things, like pirate stickers on windows, tiny flip flops stuck in trees, and cars being renovated, not to mention all the beautiful vibrant plants of Brisbane.
Anyway that’s all from my blog for now. Thinking of everyone in America and also my family and friends separated by border restrictions all over Australia.
We love you Victoria!
Well that’s all for now. Keep well.
Love, June XXX
It will soon be the ten year anniversary of Cyclone Yasi. Thinking back to that time is bitter sweet. It was a challenging time, with visual evidence of the destruction all around us, but also a beautiful time of community rebuilding and connection which we will never ever forget.
I recently received a lovely email informing me a Queensland school library informing me had purchased After Yasi, finding the Smile Within and the teacher librarian wanted to make the pdf of it available to their students and staff.
I was surprised as the book has been gently sitting there, and was produced for the community and only about 50 of these books exist ( it is print on demand) and it hasn’t had an order for sometime. It was really sad last year that ABC Open where many of the photographs and stories from the cyclone no longer exists and most of the material produced by them is no longer freely available.
I archived all of my posts and videos that I could and have them on my blog and vimeo.
Interestingly next year cyclone Yasi, is coming up to its ten year anniversary. Last year I was interviewed…
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(c) Image June Perkins
“We cannot possibly foresee, standing as we do on the threshold of Bahá’í culture, what forms and characteristics the arts of the future, inspired by this Mighty New Revelation, will have. All we can be sure of is that they will be wonderful; as every Faith has given rise to a culture which flowered in different forms, so too our beloved Faith may be expected to do the same thing. It is premature to try and grasp what they will be at present.”
-From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, December 23, 1942
For more inspirations see Nineteen Months
I am now journalling experiences of the pandemic. I had been resisting doing this too much, but writing has such a power to help work through difficulties it cannot be ignored.
Monster, monster how you creep…
What can we do to remain strong in the pandemic and other world disasters right now?
How can we look more deeply to the future and the way out of this current challenge to humanity?
How can we look beyond now with optimism?
As a writer and storyteller I don’t want to tell others how to feel, or what to do, but nor do I want to avoid the monstrous experiences all around us.
I don’t want to be absorbed with myself!
Monster, monster, sent to make me wake ?
I want to find stories that challenge me and others to think, question, examine and make decisions that will empower us all.
There have been so many monsters lurking before this time, that perhaps we did not listen to their mumbling, or take note of their creeping and failed to see them growing and growing.
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What is your favourite part of the illustration process?
It is so exciting to see the end product, when all the different components come together as one coherent work. We are always in awe of the way that effective collaboration between the author, designers and illustrators can allows things to evolve and really get refined into something that far exceeds what you were able to imagine at the beginning.
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!
People gather for doughnut discount
the ordinary becomes extraordinary
Why lines too long and crowded for safety?
A mother places her child in a boat
before she disappears in the river
Perhaps she saves him before herself?
Selfish and selfless
side by side.
Where is the owl to sort them?
The world swirls
pandemics and poverty side by side
warning song of the owl
calling for dialogue.
Questions gather like feathers.
Where is the owl?
Can humanity gather the souls to
Give them wings?
Responsive reflections, written in response to daily events.