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First Completed First Draft

I stand tall.  I call out – ‘Finished the first full draft’ to family, social media, and the universe.

1.What does it feel like?

A shape from a plan has become  – characters engaged with challenges that mean something to them and to me. They are in world on a page and now that it is there I can shape it more through the editing process.

2. How did I arrive here?

By not once giving up.

By not panicking when I needed thinking and day dreaming breaks for things that didn’t feel quite right yet.

By doing more research when needed, but not being side tracked by it.

By preparing better before beginning and having excellent mentoring from Share Your Story in that process.

By using all the skills built up over years from courses, studies, conferences, university and life.

By pushing through the pain barrier when writing seemed tough and balancing that with having a rest when I felt my heart would break.

By hibernating from some other usual tasks.

By visiting dear friends for short bursts of time.

By staying focused and having clear goals.

By not leaving my writing for more than three days running.

3. Is it finished really?

Well of course not,  there are edits to go.  I resisted doing too many on the first draft.  I have learnt to relish the editing process and will use it to refine anything that needs it,  and ensure the scenes are just right.

I did some restructuring as I went and there was a major overhaul when I reached the mid way point, as my characrters indicated that my first plan wasn’t quite working for them and they wanted me to realise that before the end of the first draft.

4. What now?

Editing!  I want to do one round of edits for myself before I rest and give it to my writing mentor.

Then after she has gone over it I will go to my first beta readers for their feedback.

Then taking all the feedback I will do a second round of edits.

5. And then?

I will begin submitting probably through attending conferences and submitting first chapters.

Maybe through entering first manuscript prizes.

And whilst all that is happening I will begin a new novel.  Just in case this is not the one, but you know the ‘hide in the bottom drawer, or the cloud,’ practice one.

I hope it is the one.  I gave it my heart, tears, time and all the effort I could.


Now I can say, I completed a full first draft.

I can create beyond the beautiful art form of poetry which I will always love!

May it reach the world now it is out of my head.

May it be blessed with readers!

May it lead me to write more novels.


All the best to you if you are currently drafting or redrafting.


By June Perkins

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 https://www.alea.edu.au/events/event/alea-meanjin-42nd-writers-camp   (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

Magic Fish Dreaming at APT9

11.00AM Fri 18 Jan 2019 – Sunday 20th Jan 2019

GOMA | GOMA Cafe Bistro Lawn | Free

Come and relax under the fig tree by the river from 11.00am – 12.00pm and hear poems by poet and children’s author Dr June Perkins and stories from members of the Brisbane Kiribati community.

​Free, no bookings required.

Friday and Saturday Auslan Translating Available.

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Magic Fish Dreaming News

CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2017) – The judges of the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins, and illustrated by Helene Magisson, won 2nd place in the Children’s Poetry, Environment, Book Trailer and tied for second in Children’s Picture Books for Children 6 years and over as well as a special mention in the Cultural Diversity category.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Magic Fish Dreaming is a poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland. Encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems. It retails for $17.95 plus postage, and can be purchased within Australia and International Distribution is currently in process.

For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit www.DragonflyBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

New Poetry Collection in Development

Delighted to have a new collection of poetry for the bicentennial year, almost edited. These were some of the comments back from Beta readers. They also offered some great constructive critique as well to improve the work. I thank them so much for their time, guidance and beautiful words.

Will be sharing some of these poems for the first time in public on the opening night of Illumine

Comments on June’s new collection

I enjoyed the stream of consciousness.  Some of the poems reminded me of Rabindranath Tagore’s work. I related to the references to Holy Spirit and reference to Joseph in poems like Art as a Gift of the Holy Spirit and Dear Artist.

Very deeply felt and flowing verse, reminding me of thought patterns in the Eastern spiritual tradition. The Poetry Bird / Swirling, Almost Something / Prince of Peace / The Dreamer each struck a chord in me, seeming particularly gentle and transcendent.

Wow! This work is illuminating, smooth, cool and smart! Real smart! The pieces that really resonated with me were The Poetry Bird, Poet’s Tree, Dear Artist, Art as a Gift of the Holy Spirit, First Light, Declaration, Dawn Breakers and In Faith.

I LOVE this book. So many gems – I particularly like The Dreamer.