The Edge

In my poetry blog voyaging I often drop by Suzanne’s blog, ‘Art and Life’, where she is exploring Haibun, and taking part in poetry blog challenges related to it. It is fascinating to see/read her explorations, which bring photography/art together with words. Here is one example. Thanks Suzanne for permission to reblog this piece.

Reflecting on Ripple

generations (2)bw- taken by Pam.

It was simply inspiring to see the different age groups coming to celebrate poetry at the library in Tully on Friday.

We had two writers from the Licuala writer’s group representing that group, the Indigenous Education Officer from the Highschool and a local Elder who came to share her work.

The children also performed their poems, and many had memorized their own creatons. They performed to the older writers and to their parents, teachers and fellow students.

They also kindly bought their feet shape creations, with words about themselves or something they wanted to care for to the library and we installed them on the notice boards and around our butterfly ripple effect painting. Thanks so much to their teachers for responding to the unity feet/butterfly ripple effect installation

Well as soon as I can I’ll post some photos of everything – I was a bit too busy with microphones to always remember to take photographs but some of our trusty CRACA volunteers, Licuala and others took some photos and so the day is well covered.

Special thanks to Maxine at the library, also to Head librarian Helen for allowing us to use the library, Pam, Ben, Owen, Vanessa, Rebecca, all the young poets attending and all teachers and parents who helped to make the day a great success.

Awesome !!!

Poetry ripples in from Mission Beach


Something Brown

I saw something brown
As wavy as the sea.
I saw something brown
As bumpy as could be.
I saw something brown
As spiky as a tree.
I saw something brown
Shaped like a croc.
I saw something brown
Shaped like a clock.

I looked
And I looked and I saw
That it was just a

(c) By Caitlin

One of nine poems from Mission Beach State School  to make it onto the poetry wall.


Ripple Generates Waves of Creativity

our roses speak

Dr June Perkins’ Ripple project is gathering momentum and is set to culminate with an impressive poetry/photography wall for National Poetry Week, Sept 1-10.


Students from Mrs Castree’s Prep 1 class at Tully Primary have become budding poets after responding to writer in community, June Perkins.  With impressive team work they have installed words in a 3 dimensional poetry sculpture and learnt about shape poetry and the power of asking ‘what if’. 

They have created and solved riddles and experienced the joy of role-playing creatures of nature. Dr Perkins said, “The children have been vibrant and imaginative.  They have embraced the magic of poetry to create some engaging work.”


Local adult writers’ group LICUALA had been in limbo for some time, but they recently met at the CRACA Gallery in Tully for an introduction to the Ripple project.  “Dr Perkins agreed to be their new coordinator and they are now meeting every three weeks. “CRACA president Kay Mays said. “With new members and fresh enthusiasm the potential for this group is exciting.  Additional members are very welcome.


“Groups about to commence their Ripple workshops include Year 5 at St Clare’s, various levels at Tully State Primary, Malanbarra Midja cultural women’s group, Mission Beach and Sally Moroney’s Enviro Kids from Mission Beach.”


Individual submissions for possible inclusion in the poetry/photography wall are accepted from all ages, backgrounds and cultures. You can pick up a submission form and further information from the CRACA Office or the Tully Library.  If you have email please send a request for a submission form to craca_arts AT [at symbol changed to prevent spam]

All submissions are due August 10, 2007. 

The Ripple project is funded by RADF – a partnership arrangement between Cardwell Shire Council and Arts Queensland.


ripple workshop reading