About the Author

Dr June Perkins is a lyrical, jubilant, compassionate and poetic writer of Indigenous Papua New Guinean and Australian background with extensive experience in conducting cultural and creative writing workshops within community settings and in tutoring and mentoring primary school, high school and tertiary writers. She is moved to write by pressing social issues, such as … Continue reading

Responding to Art

I have made significant progress on a poetry project, writing poems for The Words and Pictures  project at QAGOMA. Which is just as well as there are just four days left for my final selections and edits. Some of the works  have  inspired more than one poem.  One even inspired four pieces. I now have to select … Continue reading

Magic Fish Dreaming

Paper back, ISBN   9780980731187. Recommended Retail Price $18 Pick up your nets, let’s go on a hunt for a giggle poem! Magic Fish Dreaming takes us on a spellbinding poetic quest through Australia’s richly diverse Wet Tropics. Each enchantingly illustrated page draws us into the fun of looking, listening and learning about the world around … Continue reading

Magic Fish Dreaming Press Clippings

MAGIC FISH DREAMING PRESS CLIPPINGS Blog over at Love the People You Meet Radio Interview Australia Poetry Times, pp. 47 -8   Article with Quest Paper p. 4 City North News March 10th 2016     ABC Far North Radio Interview Poetry for Children interview with Ali Stegert Art Books for Children -an article by Mel Irvine at … Continue reading

The Drago Tree

Isobel Blackthorn was born in London and has lived in Spain, Lanzarote, (Canary Islands), and Australia. She’s been a teacher, market trader, project manager and PA to a literary agent. Isobel received her PhD in Social Ecology in 2006. She now lives in rural New South Wales where she follows her passions for social justice, philosophy, current affairs, books and art. … Continue reading


Peace, like Giant Saguaro Cactus, Took fifty years before flowering hope Just night and green morning Over quickly Then flowers came out again Again out came flowers then Quickly over morning green and night Just hope flowering before years fifty Took cactus Saguaro Giant Like peace. (c) June Perkins

After Yasi – Blog Hop

After Yasi: Finding the Smile Within is going on a virtual book tour, commonly known as blog tour, blog hop or virtual book tour. A big thank you to all those listed. Best comments for each blog will be given a PRIZE, either a free copy of the ebook or a choice of a signed … Continue reading

Alesa Lajana’s Preview Concert Hidden Histories

Alesa Lajana’s Preview Concert Hidden Histories

Last weekend my family went to Alesa Lajana’s Hidden Histories preview concert at Mt Tambourine, at Club Zamia. Alesa, with support from the exceptional Kirk Lorange, performed her album preview to an intimate crowd of friends, family and the public from her home town and Brisbane.  Many songs were performed for the very first time … Continue reading