Jenni’s is currently recording a NEW album for kids: “Reaching for the Moon and other wisdom tales” due for release this December, 2013. It will be an album of stories to build character and prevent bullying for 4-9 year olds. PRE-BUY at the storyshop page.
You can also stay tuned on it’s progress via FB
Why would you buy a story CD or digital download for your child and what is storytelling anyway? Storytelling can stimulate imagination, build emotional resilience, develop concentration and shorten journeys.
The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. -Scottish Traveller Proverb
Storytelling is the perfect antidote to our overly technological and impersonal age, where we can be overwhelmed with often meaningless ‘soundbytes’. Our children get bombarded with advertising messages via TV, ipods and the internet. Many of these messages we’d rather they never heard.
Good stories hold buried treasure: food for the soul. They also hold the listener’s attention in such a way that deep tranquility can be experienced as the heart rate and breathing slows and the mind concentrates on picturing the unfolding story. While recorded stories may not be delivered eye to eye, they can feel very much like they are coming ‘mind to mind and heart to heart’.
Jenni Cargill is an Australian storyteller with unbridled enthusiasm and passion for her art and four award-winning recordings to her name. She offers her skill and her passion in a diverse range of ways. Jenni employs a wide repertoire of dramatic skills and a beautiful singing voice to hold her audience. Her training includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Sociology from the University of Queensland, a Diploma of Education (Secondary English) from Southern Cross University, classical singing training, and therapeutic storytelling training with Susan Perrow and Nancy Mellon and a diploma from the Drama Action Centre in Sydney. There she studied clowning, improvisation, dance, singing, mask, mummers, percussion and workshop facilitation, specialising in storytelling.
Jenni’s professional performance experience was gained in over twelve hundred schools in Australia and New Zealand, both solo and as member of the Musica Viva ensemble ‘Pastance’. She has performed at corporate events, for ABC Radio National as well as ABC TV’s ’7.30 Report’. She has performed and presented workshops for the Jung Society Brisbane, the National Storytelling Conference, the Woodford Folk Festival since 1993, The Townsville May Month of Learning, Byron Bay Adult Community Education and The Byron Bay Writers Festival.
Jenni now lives in the vibrant NSW North Coast town of Mullumbimby with her two children, Tamlyn and Layla, and her partner, Max Strong – aka Salty Pete the Pirate. The children can be heard on the Story Tree CD in “Lily and the Fig Tree” and “Shelley and Rustle” and on Mermaid’s Shoes the “Two Russian Goats” track.
Jenni moonlights as a tutor and guest lecturer at Southern Cross University working within the ‘Storytelling’ Unit for the School of Education. She is also a trained high school English teacher and has taught Advanced HSC English.
About Max Strong aka Salty Pete
Max is Jenni’s partner. When they met he had just won the finals of the Tenterfield Bush Poetry Competition and had been a contemporary and bush poet and English teacher for many years. Jenni’s passion for storytelling rubbed off on Max and after they had two children, he began telling bedtime stories to Tamlyn and Layla. More at Max’s page.
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