8 Blog Hop – Launching the Ebook

Exhibition posters

As a survivor of bullying and mental illness and a resilience author, I was interested in how June and her community survived their ordeal with coping skills and resilience. So I interviewed June to find out… http://www.karentyrrell.com/yasi-book-launch-blog-tour/

“In After Yasi – Finding the Smile Within, a deeply absorbing collage of images, anecdotes and post-Yasi survivor profiles, Perkins captures the very essence, the profound spirit of recovery.
After Yasi distills the stubborn tenacity and resilience of neighbours and friends, loved ones and indeed the entire community into a stirring visual tribute of them struggling to regain normality after an acutely abnormal interruption to their lives. Instead of being a somber exposition of loss and destruction, After Yasi allows hope to permeate through every page.” Dimity Powell http://dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/after-yasi-blog-tour-finding-smile-with.html


“Two things that struck me were, one, the children’s participation on all levels, in the activities of reparation that took place around the communities in unity. Secondly, the fact that this is truly an ebook, because, it provides links to other sources for numerous pictures and stories that were painstakingly recorded by June and her family. It opened a whole world of possibilities in the cyber-world of books!” Carol Campbell https://writersdream9.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/after-yasi-by-june-perkins/

The eBook is an interactive experience that links to blogs and sources that show how people coped with the cyclone and the aftermath. It’s a rich trail of material that celebrates the human spirit in all its facets – despair, pain, recovery, optimism and resilience.
Among the highlights for me are Christine Jenkins and the anchor she tied to her house; Mr Hardy and his chainsaw optimism; and the wonderful poem Cassowaries Can Fly.” Gail Kavanagh

“Having an interest in contemporary dance, I particularly appreciated that one of the recovery events that June documented was a dance workshop run by local dancer Danielle Wilson. Contemporary dance is still a less well-developed community art form in Australia.” Owen Allen https://owen59.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/after-yasi-a-review/


“Ten BIG, medium and tiny Questions for June….who lived through the terrifying nail-biting cyclone Yasi that hit the Cassowary Coast of North Queensland and then she had to clean the s*** up. Really not fair! I mean, it’s bad enough going to a scary movie and having to remember to take my popcorn box and my coke container to the bin but this kind of clean up you can’t even get the hoover out and just let it suck everything up.

So June….

1) What implement is most effective in cleaning up after a cyclone?

If you have one, or can borrow one, a chainsaw!

2) What clothes are best for cleaning up after a cyclone? And if you had to create a brand of unique clothes just for cleaning up after a cyclone what would you call it?

Anything you’d paint your house in and don’t care about, because it can get messy and sweaty. Hat and protective gloves, and reasonable boots would be helpful.

I have no idea what I’d call a clothing brand that was made for cyclone clean ups. I do know I would like such a brand to be non-profit, designed by comedians, and given out by Council, Red Cross and charities.

It would be great to have a funny, inspirational and educational clean up tshirt with reminders on the back like ‘take care with power lines, drink plenty of fluid, don’t do too much, help a friend, be kind to the SES, etc’ and a space for people to write on the tshirt their own personal saying or slogan with a fabric pen.

I wonder what Hamish and Andy would call a clothing brand.”


 “It’s powerful to document something you have been through with a community, like bushfire, cyclone, flood, storm, tsunami, but how can you write, video and photograph it in a way that is accessible to people who haven’t been through the event and sensitive to those who have lived it?

I faced this question when asked to be a guest blogger for Aftermath, a project by ABC Open, four years ago.  The Aftermath project focused on natural disasters and the process of how people recover from them. My topic was to cover the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi.” June Perkins, Documenting  Disaster Recovery for Beginners https://open.abc.net.au/explore/86598

This is not included in the ebook but is provided online here so you can follow the trail.   Still working on this page so check back in a couple of days.



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