Poetry Postcards

My latest project has been to design five a5 poetry postcards featuring my photographs and words.  The plan is to sell these at poetry readings, markets, festivals, Magic Fish Dreaming book signings and workshops as I work towards my next books.  I’ll read them at open readings when they are on as well. You’ll see these for the first time at the Mt Alford Artisan’s Market if you can make it to that.

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Upcoming Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic Fish Dreaming

ANNOUNCING TWO UPCOMING EVENTS

  • MOUNT ALFORD ARTISANS MARKET  DECEMBER 2nd  June Perkins, author of Magic Fish Dreaming will be at the Mount Alford Artisans Summer Market selling and signing books and poetry post cards of new poems.
  • BIG B BOOKS CHRISTMAS AUTHORS EVENT DECEMBER 3rd  June Perkins will be alongside some other fabulous Queensland Writers, at Big B Books, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast,  on December 3rd.

Online sales portals are on their way to make it easier to order this book from anywhere in Australia.

In January Helene Magisson and June Perkins will be conducting some more library workshops, more on this soon!

If you live in FNQ and are looking for a special Christmas present this year the book is now available in more places in Far North Queensland thanks to the Local Authors Network

Gift Shop Botanical Gardens – Cairns

Cairns Crystal Ball Bookshop

Collins Bookshop

Cairns…

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#8WordStory some to head to billboards

#8WordStories hmm #8WordPoems

Pearlz Dreaming

I’ve been having some fun creating 8 Word Stories.  You can too.  For more details head  HERE

Closes on the 24th of November 2017.  Some of them will be selected to go up on billboards around Brisbane. There have been 5000 submissions so far!
Some June’s 8Word Stories so far @gumbootspearlz

The stars became trails of tears that night

A trail of hearts became stars … freedom flight.

Manus abandoned. Hearts astounded. Freedom calls across ocean.

The cyclone’s secret name was ‘Optimism’s Reminder’

Abandoned. The wanderer whistles his journey home. Peace

Migrant grandmother’s smile sends stories to the travelers.

Sunflowers awaken optimist. Beyond slacktivism. More than clicks.

Going under…

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Mini Photography Exhibition – University of Queensland

Be Illumined

Art Work Pictured Left to Right – World is Mirage, Divine Bird, and River of Everlasting Life.

After two weeks of exhibitions of the team of Illumine in Ashgrove Brisbane, and Ashmore, Gold Coast, creatives from the project took our art works to our local communities.

This image is of three of June Perkins photographs with accompanying poems at a celebration held the University of Queensland.

The photographs sparked many conversations, with the major response being they possessed tranquility and beauty. ‘The River of Everlasting Life’  photograph especially evoked a strong response from attendees. After looking at the art many attendees chose to read the poetry collection, The Dreamers.  They also approached the artist to share stories of photographers in  their families and their responses to the various photographs.

This dynamic event featured a showing of the film Light of the World, Devotional Readings, Audio visuals, a harpist, and an…

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Freedom to Respond to Art

Feedback on recent Poetry Workshop. Thanks so much Maria.

Be Illumined

June Perkins, author, poet, blogger, photographer and videographer, workshopped with attendees to create poetry in response to art and photography. Her latest workshop, Writing Poetry in Response to Art, showed how visual art could inspire poetry. Aspiring and emerging writers and poets were given an insight into thinking differently about writing poetry. This event was part of the mini Illumine Festival on 6-8th October, 2017 at Magda Community Artz, Brisbane.

This was a thought-provoking workshop which allowed one the freedom to write without boundaries. The creation of poetry or pieces of writing from a photograph/visual art piece was liberating. It allowed words to tumble onto the page from what was observed, sensed and heard within. It motivated one to write unhindered. To explore poetry with a new insight and confidence was decluttering and a freeing experience. This form of Art Therapy would fit well into Health and Well-being workshops…

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Writing Poetry in Response to Art

Workshop Offered at Magda Community Artz

(80 Boundary Road  Bardon, QLD 4065)

OCTOBER 7th Saturday  2-3pm

OCTOBER 8th Sunday 2-3pm

Click  HERE TO BOOK  (Selection of Date option will come up and you choose the day).

Description

June Perkins will share some ways in which the visual arts can inspire poetry. Participants will be invited to write their own poetry interacting with the Illumine Exhibit. They can also bring along a photograph or visual arts piece that they would like to write about.

This workshop is suitable for youth and adults who love both art, photography and poetry, or who are visual artists beginning to develop their poetic skills.

Although the workshop formally concludes at 3pm participants are welcome to continue on in the space writing their visually inspired poetry until 4pm if they wish and to chat about poetry and art.

Biography

June has been a poet since childhood, and has had many poems published, in collections of Pacific, Far North Queensland and Baha’i Writers during that time. She crowd funded and published the well received illustrated poetry collection for children and families, Magic Fish Dreaming. She recently shared her poetry and participated in a panel at the Queensland Poetry Festival.

June regularly contributes photographs to the Nineteen Months website, and attaches written reflections and quotes that speak with her photographs for this. Her blogs often include her own photography. She is generally interested in working across art forms as well as in the empowerment of youth and adults through writing.

Professional Website

For more information mandala and tapa workshops also available for this festival, visit our website https://beillumined.wordpress.com

This event is part of the mini Illumine Festival.

Standing Tall

Pearlz Dreaming

I will not tolerate any online trolling or bullying in my social media spaces.

Today in one of my facebook spaces someone posted something quite offensive.

I will report, block and delete such comments and think such people who do such things should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

You will not stop me creating my stories, art and events with your nastiness.

I like to keep all the spaces I contribute online in kind and safe places for people to chat and talk in.

All the best to the people who truly treat others with respect no matter where and when they meet them.

I have worked for ten years to create these spaces and stand tall to online bullies and trolls.

Please stay out of my spaces, and leave my friends, family and community alone.

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Entries Are Now Open for the Antarctic Poetry Exhibition

Antarctic Poetry Exhibition

ATTN: Poets

We’re putting on a poetry exhibition in the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and we want your work.

We’re accepting work that is either directly or abstractly inspired by the Antarctic e.g the climate, humanity, ice, isolation, science, survival, connection etc.

You will have informally exhibit your poem somewhere publicly in your part of the world as well. You will then have to take a photo of the poem in that particular place and write a short extract to explain the significance of the place – whether personal/scientific/other as part of your entry.

We’ll then take an image of the poem in the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station as well and make a digital poetry exhibition featuring images of the chosen poems in both settings.

Entry Requirements

  • The poem must be thematically linked with the Antarctic − either abstractly or directly. (E.g. climate change, penguins, Shackleton’s journey, loneliness etc.)
  • Entries must be…

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