A Quiet Space

D’aguilar national park, Queensland – image by June Perkins
Inside the quiet space 
             time will bend
          branches over water
           tall grasses tumble
                   meanings for peace
                 walkers stumble stones
                      beyond deadlines
                       dreamers seek  
                         how solitude mends.
(c) June Perkins

Light’s Leviathan

Lucia Tyson ©

Lights Leviathan

“In every age and cycle He hath, through the splendorous light shed by the Manifestations of His wondrous Essence, recreated all things, so that whatsoever reflecteth in the heavens and on the earth the signs of His glory may not be deprived of the outpourings of His mercy, nor despair of the showers of His favors. How all-encompassing are the wonders of His boundless grace!”

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah

Outpourings in darkness
                       soul frames longing
                         lost, lassoing,
                                twisting twirling

Thoughts into action
                  flight away from fancy
                        singing rungs to

Ripple rising 
        through the water
                 torch like
                  from torment, 
                         transforming into

(c) Poem by June Perkins

Poem inspired by photograph and Gleaning from Nineteen Months

Diaspora WQ 275 Panel

(Pictured above: Sharon, Dimity and June)

Delighted to be on a panel with these two insightful women, Sharon Orapeleng, and Dimity Powell, to discuss the challenges and gifts of Diaspora to – community, writing, and publishing.

The session is fully booked out, and is happening before the Queensland Writer’s Centre, Christmas Party in a couple of weeks.

Sharon Orapeleng is a behavioral change expert and a mental health professional. Through Psyched Solutions Training and Consultancy – Sharon is on a journey to create a much more compassionate community that cares by embedding the African philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’’ – I am Because We Are, in all she does. A renowned speaker and community advocate, Sharon works with workplaces, businesses and communities delivering workshops on mental health awareness and wellbeing as well as facilitating cultural diversity conversations. She also works for the Queensland Government as a strategic policy and program lead for mental health community support programs delivered by non-government organisations.

Dimity Powell is the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review. Amongst her 30
published stories and six books are the recent Oswald Messweather (2021), and
the forthcoming This is My Dad (2022), Discover more at dimitypowell.com

June Paisa Perkins, author, poetry advocate, educator, and director of gumbootspearlz press, defines herself as a world citizen in the diaspora ocean whilst looking outwards from Brisbane. She has edited two community collections themed Cassowary Coast and recovery from cyclones, and independently published two poetry collections. WQ 275 is her first commissioned editing position.

A huge thank you to the Queensland Writers Centre for their support of Diverse communities.

Ask a Poet – At Ask an Author

It was such a highlight to have this wonderful chat with the effervescent Michelle Worthington, from Share Your Story

We tackled some cool questions from children about what it is like to be a poet!

There are many other inspiring interviews with other creatives, such as Candice Lemon Scott, Dannika Patterson, Karen Tyrell,  just to name a few,  so do check out Ask a Creative with Michelle

There are interviews with a clown, comedian, authors, illustrators and more!

Thank you Michelle for having me as a guest in this series.

Illuminations – interviews and guest blogs

Illuminations Interview on Baha’i Blog

Shaking Off the Dust

KBR Interview with Ruha and Minaira Fifita

June, Ruha and Minaira chat – Sound Cloud

SCBWI Announcing Illuminations New Work

Queensland Poetry Festival Panacea Poets Reading

Extract in anthology In Your Hands

Celebrating New Books in Troublesome Times Sophie Masson’s blog