Accepted into South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century

I’ve had a short story accepted to South of the Sun, an Innovative crowd funded project!

Their site explains the project:

South of the Sun is an anthology of Australian Fairy Tales, produced by the Australian Fairy Tale Society in Partnership with Serenity Press.

Having run a successful crowdfund campaign where we exceeded our target early and even surpassed stretch goals, we can now confirm that our illustrated book of intercultural contemporary Australian fairy tales is now proceeding.

Our Call for Stories, Poems, Lyrics or Flash Fiction has now closed

The anthology South of the Sun: Australian Fairy Tales for the 21st Century welcomes your expressions of interest.

Please email three examples of your work (image files under 2MB each please), and a link to your website or Instagram account if relevant, to by 1st March.

Chosen illustrators will be paired with a story, and be asked to create a new illustration for the anthology.

llustrators will be paid $100 per illustration, and retain copyright of their work.

Burnish of the Spirit

“Be swift in the path of holiness, and enter the heaven of communion with Me. Cleanse thy heart with the burnish of the spirit, and hasten to the court of the Most High.” Baha’u’llah

For Irene

On a hill nobody wanted to call home
with a water tank no longer in use
nobody wanted this place.

Then a woman with vision
saw a chance for independence
a space for shelter
and beauty.

She made it her place
installed pathways
and gardens
and transformed that water tank
into a home.

And around it were pathways
and seats
mosaics and blooms.

A space for dreaming

A space to burnish the

A place people love
to visit
a blessed and
creative home.

(c) June Perkins

Seeing Old Friends

June Perkins and Maurice Nicholsen

There has been little time to keep up with the blog, but a lot of writing has been happening off line.

During November and December I travelled to South Australia to research the story of Uncle Fred Murray.

I kept a travel journal whilst in South Australia researching the story of Uncle Fred Murray and friends. It ended up about 20 thousand words of reflections, questions and discoveries.  Some of it may be part of the book I end up writing.

During my time there I met up with an old friend Maurice Nicholsen.  Maurice is working on writing his life story. It has been 18 years since I last saw Maurice. How quickly time passes. We discussed some ways he could start writing his story and the main thing being to do a bit each day, and use triggers of photographs, as well as construct a timeline and a vision for his story.

I took a lot of photographs of the trip. I made many discoveries for my research and came across old photographs in people’s family collections. I made new friends and connected with old friends like Maurice but also my dear friend Marjorie Tidman.  I had not seen Marjorie in many years.

Maurice, Marjorie and June

During the trip away Marjorie and I had many interesting yarns.  We talked about so many things, including the process of writing and research, the role of the artists and spiritual topics as well. Marjorie introduced me to some books, and also told me how she had once run into a young Troy Cassar Daley.

It was very uplifting to be in the company of these two!

Although I don’t wish to share the journal of my journey on the blog, as I wish to save it be a writing tool for the book, I will share some photographs of the trip away and reflect on some of the memories that surrounded my research explorations.

I am inspired to write some poems based on the journey as well!


Old friends



on how quickly time passes.


The road rolls away


and philosophies are shared.


Turn around

look back

and decades scroll away.


And in the faces of

the young man who is her

son is the young boy

I remember

peeking out.


(c) June Perkins


Creative Kids Tales, Story Collection 2 Launched

Magic Fish Dreaming

Last weekend June Perkins and Maria Parenti-Baldey were delighted to launch Creative Kids Tales Story Collection 2 into Brisbane at Hearty Art Studio, Wynnum.

They are two of several contributors of story, poems and illustrations from right around Australia, including Megan Higginson who illustrated both of their works.

They would both like to thank everyone who attended, assisted with the launch, all sponsors, and the Children’s Literature Community of Queensland, who have been nurturing up and coming children’s writers, especially Write Links!

A special thanks to Yvonne, Brittany, Ben and David for superb support on the day as well as to Kylie who pod cast their performances yesterday.

More detailed story on its way!

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Bharata Natyam Dance Performance – for New Dawn 29th October 2019

At the New Dawn Event.

Be Illumined

First dance: Tisra Allaripu (Raga Nattai, Tisra chapu tala: takita 3 beat rythm), danced by Virat, Dwani, Tharaniah and Tiya.

In India, there are seven different styles of classical dance. Bharata Natyam is one of the most ancient and most astonishing. It originated in Tamil Nadu, a state in South India.

Bharata Natyam is composed of very rigorous technical and rhythmical parts with some expressive and lyrical components. It is performed on the beautiful and complex Carnatic music.

Allaripu means ‘that blossoms like a flower.’ A purely technical threefold dance performed at three different speeds. It is an expression of the joy of dancing. Each part of the body successively becomes alive: first the eyes, then the shoulders, the hands and the entire body, chiselling space with geometric lines increasingly faster and more complex.

Second dance: Padam Bho Shambo (raga Revalti, Adi tala: 8 beat rythm) danced by Tiya .

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Behold the Tree!

The tree is shared! Go to Be Illumined to view a slide show of the tree.

Be Illumined

So on Monday night the tree installation, a paper craft wonder, our 3d sculpture, to celebrate the Bicententary of the Birth of the Bab, was shared in Toowong, Brisbane.

Our Tree of Divine Unity was mentioned in the program:

The tree is a powerful symbol in most religions, often representing the covenant that has always existed been man and God.  The tree that you see here, in one sense represents the Bab, also divine revlations and the unity of mankind. 

We invite you now to please make a contributions to our collaborative art project in acknowledgement of the Bab and his life.

Here are some more images of the tree.

Thank you so much to all who participated in creating our symbol of unity.

There are plans to take it to the next Nineteen Day feast so that the community can view it again.

The tree may be going on…

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