MEDIA RELEASE 1 – Launching ‘Under One Sky’ Triumph of Local Writers Group


Media Release – launch Under One Sky


‘Under One Sky’

Triumph For Local Writers Group from the Cassowary Coast

Floods, Cyclone Yasi, more floods, nothing has been able to stop the Licuala Writers from saving and now launching their very first anthology Under One Sky.

Editor June Perkins and the illustrator Sal Badcock became refugees in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone but, displaying remarkable resilience, both felt that the official launch should happen as soon as possible to raise community spirits.

Originally scheduled for February 2011 the launch will now go ahead Thursday May 5th at a newly repaired Rainforest Room at the Mission Beach Resort.  It will feature readings from the anthology and ‘a celebration of community’ accompanied by music, song and photographs.  Jacque Duffy, Pam Galeano, June Perkins, multi-talented Sal Badcock, Benjamin and Sandon Perkins (local guitar brothers) will bring magic to the night.

Most members of the writing group were affected in some way by the cyclone and its aftermath, some quite severely, due to members of Licuala writers belonging to Cardwell, Tully and Mission Beach communities.  The group has stirred itself with courage and were recently very proud to present their anthology to Prince William (via the CEO and Mayor of the local council) and to several other dignitaries (via contacts).  The book has now been highly recommended as a gift for all future visiting dignitaries to the area.

Under One Sky includes reflections on local identity and global connections to the world by a diverse group of twenty people of the Cassowary Coast.  It is superbly illustrated in black and white by Sal Badcock and edited by Dr June Perkins, Pam Galeano and Tara Webster.  Under One Sky is available for purchase on the night of the launch for $25 (plus postage and handling after launch) and ongoing from the writing group itself (who will be out and about promoting it all year) as well as select local distributors Larsens Newsagency -Innisfail, Tully Tourism Information Centre,  the Mission Beach Arts Centre when it opens.  State and other city distributors are invited to contact us.

The book has been sponsored by Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Queensland Government through an Arts Queensland RADF grant, as well as numerous community groups and local businesses.

For more information and request for interviews contact

Licuala Writers



About June

Author empowering multicultural community and social change through inspiring multi-arts & intercultural stories
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