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Stories in the Club: Tales of Place, Tales of Hope

Written on June 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm, by

I am excited to announce that I am launching a new community storytelling concert series, beginning the afternoon of Sunday, August 13, with the support from Ngara Institute and Creative Mullumbimby. Good stories can be road maps for a life well lived. In these times of rapid change and widespread loneliness, such ancient, simple soul food can beContinue Reading

The best story wins: amplify your environmental message using storytelling

Written on March 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm, by

As the power of story has been increasingly recognised, the quote ‘the best story wins’ (1) has enjoyed high circulation. Organisational storyteller, Annette Simmons used it in the title of a book and subsequent workshops. So let’s unpack for a bit, why stories are such a powerful way to communicate. We are hard-wired to process information in the formContinue Reading

Changing the World One Local Story at a Time

Written on July 13, 2015 at 1:29 am, by

Last June, ‘The Byron Circle of Tellers’ at my prompting, held an evening of community storytelling called “The Golden Tale Local Stories Concert”. People were asked to submit 5- 8 mins stories set in our local Shire, but they could be fact, fiction or faction (a mix of both). Here I will explain what inspiredContinue Reading

Green Storytelling: Jenni interviewed by Paul Bishop

Written on June 17, 2015 at 6:47 am, by

Last week I wrote a blog in answer to the first of three questions Paul Bishop asked me about Green Storytelling. Before I got around to answering the rest of the questions, Paul came along to the workshop and filmed an interview me and I covered all the questions and more. (THANKS PAUL!!)    Continue Reading

Green Storytelling, Bread for the Soul and David Whyte

Written on May 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm, by

  I just got asked three great questions about storytelling and my upcoming Green Storytelling workshop in Indigiscapes, Capalaba.     1. Why tell stories? (in an age of mass distraction)     2. How can stories help ME? (ie: in this ‘i-generation)     3. What can story do for our world environment thatContinue Reading

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

Kamishibai

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.

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

Storytelling with your own kids

Written on January 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm, by

 Mostly when parents tell stories to their children, the children are enchanted, enthusiatic and appreciative! But  not  always! This blogpost is dedicated to any parents who are telling stories to their offspring and being met with  disapproval. If this is you, here is a warm pat for your back and a sympathetic nod. Yes I haveContinue Reading

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