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My empowering Book Week flop!

Written on September 17, 2014 at 11:11 pm, by

Don’t you love it when you are put in a situation that streeeetches your experience and knowledge, so that you learn  new things and develop new skills? This year, Book Week did just that for me! I had been enjoying rave reviews and responses… until I went to Milperra High, a school for newly arrivedContinue Reading

Oral storytelling: what is it exactly?

Written on September 17, 2014 at 11:09 am, by

‘Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memory. This is how people care for themselves.’ –Barry Lopez (1990, p. 49) Since humans learned to speak, we have told stories: stories to explain why the world is as it is, storiesContinue Reading

2014 Mullumbimby Living Community Festival

Written on September 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm, by

On September 7, I again had the pleasure of telling stories at the at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens. Last year I told stories with help from musician Greg Sheehan and my daughter Layla. This year, I was joined by my friends, Teeya Blatt and Jacquelina Wills who are fellow members of the Byron Circle ofContinue Reading


Written on August 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm, by

After my colleague Jackie Kerin (Victoria) inspired me at the National Storytelling Conference to learn the Japanese art of kamishibai storytelling, I just ordered one! Here is a blogpost she wrote about her kamishibai journey. Learn about the art of  kamishibai storytelling and possibilities in education here.

Fairy Tale Rings around Australia

Written on August 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm, by

At the recent Inaugural Australian Fairy Tale Conference in Sydney, (AFTS) Jo Henwood, not only told a stupendous Australian version of Thumbelina, she also  proposed the brilliant idea of national ‘Fairy Tale Rings’. Below is an excerpt of what she proposed. Some groups have already been held. My local closed story group in Byron Shire willContinue Reading

The Inaugural Australian Fairy Tale Conference in Sydney, 2014

Written on August 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm, by

After the stupendously enriching International Storytelling Conference, which ended on a Sunday June 8, some of us lucky ducks got to immediately swan off to the ‘The Inaugural Australian Fairy Tale Conference’ (or AFTS Conference) in Sydney on the Monday June 10, as we had a long weekend, thanks to the Queen’s Birthday. The AustralianContinue Reading

International Storytelling Conference in Sydney

Written on July 4, 2014 at 8:11 am, by

LEFT: Jenni telling ‘The Mulberry Tree’ during the Saturday night concert. RIGHT: Jenni with international tellers: Diane Ferlatte USA, Rona Mentari wearing yellow scarf (Indonesia) with puppet and friend, Evita Hofstetter (NSW) and Victoria Burnett (US) in blue.

Australian Storytelling Conferences

Written on June 2, 2014 at 11:32 am, by

There are two exciting storytelling events happening in Australia this June long weekend in Sydney. Lucky me, as I am off to both, where I will catch up with lots of storytelling colleagues from far and wide, and this time some of my local story colleagues will also be attending. Yippee! International Storytelling Conference “Weaving Stories Together”  The firstContinue Reading

The Story Well

Written on March 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm, by

Last night in my online course I shared this quote with the participants: “Telling a fairy story is like lowering a bucketful of heroes deep down into the well of the unconscious mind. There they can fight the dragons of fear face to face. They can outwit the giants of greed and hate. And likeContinue Reading

Three fables for the times

Written on March 17, 2014 at 6:43 am, by

 Told by Jenni at “March in March, Byron Bay”  Watch the video of this performance here. I want to offer some soul food in the form of stories, because it is easy to feel despairing in these challenging times. I am going to tell you three 1 minute fables, which I find helpful. Then I’ll weaveContinue Reading

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