‘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.