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.


Spooktacular Stories Launch!


Join us for spooky crafts, storytelling and

fundraising for brave kids in Aussie hospitals!

Official Launch

October 12th  2pm

Mad Hatters Bookshop

Manly, Queensland

Details Here


June Perkins is thrilled to have a poem ‘A few of my Scariest Things’ and

a short story ‘Storm Girl’ published in this collection.



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

Sand in the Sole

Allan Lake in Italy – one of the places that inspires his poetry

Today’s guest poet is Allan Lake. I’ve known Allan since I was in my teens growing up in Tasmania. He was one of my poetry mentors and I occasionally looked after his vibrant daughters. 

All of them have grown up into beautiful and talented women.

During his 13 years in Tasmania Lake published his first collection of poems called Tasmanian Tiger Breaks Silence (1988) which was followed by a small volume of 4 poems called Grandparents:Portraits of Strain (1994). * Both currently out of print. He also edited 11 volumes of Traks, the poetry annual by Tasmanian high school students.

Traks was one of the first places to publish my poetry when I was in highschool and it gave me that writerly buzz of being published which has ever since been one of my greatest joys (apart from having a family and coming out the other side of a cyclone.)

In 1995 Allan contacted me to say if I wanted it I had a paying poetry gig at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival. ‘Are you kidding, being paid to read poetry, yes, I’ll be on the next plane.’

It was a beautiful gift to go and read poetry back in my hometown alongside Chris Mansell, JS Harry,  Jenny Boult, and Dipti Saravanamuttu and of course catch up with and listen to works by my former poetry mentor Allan.

Now fast forward to 2015, twenty years later and I find Allan’s life had undergone some major changes, but he is still as always a poet and his own unique self and often humorous self. 

I receive Sand in the Sole by snail mail, and after many weeks, enjoying reading  and reflecting on the poetry within, I suggest an interview.

Allan Lake in Sicily – a favourite moment having just had a great day in his second home

J:  What were your main inspirations in writing the poems for Sand in the Sole?

A: My inspiration can be a single image (An Engagement), a dream (Fish), the rhythm of a single line (Lost Line Dept) . . .  an experience(Sand in the Sole)


A speckled trout swims
in the rocky stream, the stream
that talks through the trees at
the bottom of a gorge. And I
have no net and this I regret.

And although this fish has eluded
me, I know the spot & have
learned to be patient and I shall be
better equipped in future.

that particular fish becomes art,
leaps into metaphor and swims
at me now and will continue to
do so. Aha! That fish caught me.

(c) Allan Lake

J: Have you performed all of them live?

A:  I tend to read/perform some of the poems and leave others to be read by others at their leisure. You know which are going to work aloud and which you enjoy doing.  ‘Venice, a Trip’& ‘Open House’ are favourites. ‘A Cinema Paradiso’ is naughty so audiences blush and enjoy that one.

J: What is your favourite one to perform and why?

A: In this collection I would nominate different poems on different days.  It’s like choosing your favourite child.

J: Are there any you would not read to an audience and why?

A: There is an audience for every poem in the collection.  If I didn’t believe that I would have pulled the poem out.  And I pulled several out  and set them aside.

J: In your poems I notice a lot of biblical references, nature, places you have lived or visited like Sicily, Tasmania, Canada, sense of holiness, and a sense of epiphany  – there are often layers of meaning under what at first seem like straightforward lines…How would you describe your main influences – poetically (other poets or writers) and life?

Emily Dickinson:  How original are her thoughts!  How haunting the imagery!

Lawrence Ferlinghetti:  Rhythm

Bob Dylan: Rhyme, the surprise directional shift that works.

William Carlos Williams: Tenderness & delicacy.  Fearless minimalism.

Allan Lake: He shares all his ideas with me.

Walt Whitman: for being Walt Whitman.

Pessoa: for everything alanbookcover I’ll feature some poems of Allan’s works from Sand in the Sole in Ripple Poetry in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned.

If you can’t wait then and want to read the whole collection  now definitely go purchase Sand in the Sole on Amazon