Creative ID: 045
Art form(s): Literature, Storytelling.
Based in: Auckland, Waiheke Island.
When I'm available: I'm self-employed and this is my work – so providing I don't already have a booking for the time required, I have no restrictions on my availability. However I do live on Waiheke Island and organise my work to make efficient and considered use of time, energy and resources.
Where I'm available: Nationwide.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I am a qualified teacher (BEd, Dip Teaching ECE), performance storyteller, children’s author and an early childhood (3–8 years) specialist in Arts Education. With a tertiary background in Education, Psychology, Communication and Performing Arts. I have been invited to present workshops, papers and perform in more than 20 different countries over the last 29 years. I have lectured and provided courses/workshops/performances for tertiary colleges and technical institutes, early childhood centres, schools, and many other community groups/education service providers both nationally and abroad. I am the author of three teaching books in the areas of storytelling, drama and dance education as well as a published children’s writer. I offer a range of programmes for children, including visual storytelling workshops using the Japanese traditional art of Kamishibai, integrated storytelling and dance, storytelling and environmental education and well as bespoke workshops/performances for specific areas of learning. My strengths are my highly interactive approach and good humour. I creatively direct a Charitable Trust based on Waiheke Island and have produced seven storytelling festivals, a Story Centre and an extensive body of community arts projects. I believe that delight and curiosity form the basis of life-long learning.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
Selected items from the last five years:
- Eastern Central Summer Reading Programme Library Tour
- Once Upon An Island Summer Storytelling Programme in conjunction with Whakanewha Regional Park
- Auckland Museum (Auckland 150th anniversary event)
- Auckland Regional Parks 50th birthday celebrations
- Once Upon an Island National Bike Month Events
- Wanaka Spoken Word Festival Once Upon An Island
- National Children’s Day Event – Treasure Island
- Auckland Festival
- Tour of International Schools based in Kuala Lumpar
- NZ Book Council Speed Date an Author, Dunedin
- Upsurge Kerikeri Arts Festival
- Taupo REAP Tour of Early Childhood Centres
- Dunedin Writers Festival
- Geelong Early Years Conference, Australia
- Kidi Corp Best Start Conference
- Eastern Bay of Plenty REAP Tour
- Christchurch Libraries and Schools
- Australian Book Week Tour, Adelaide
- Australia Residency programme Wesley College, Melbourne
- Go West Literature Festival
- Story telling and community building consultant Norfolk Island
- Tauranga Arts Festival
- Singapore Workshops and performances
- Malaysian Tour (3 weeks)
- Netherlands Tour (schools, workshops and adult performances)
- Festival at the Edge (UK Storytelling Festival)
- Colombia – Abrapalabra Storytelling Festival
- Waikato Literacy Association
- Hong Kong International School Residency
- Queensland Tour
- Wairarapa REAP workshops and performances
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
I offer a wide range of programmes for children/adults, including visual storytelling workshops using the Japanese traditional art of Kamishibai, integrated storytelling and dance, storytelling and environmental education and well as bespoke workshops/performances for specific areas of learning. My strengths are my highly interactive approach, good humour and ability to 'think on my feet' and respond/integrate to children's contributions. I am comfortable with all ages but my particular strength is with younger children ages 3–8 years.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I believe delight and curiosity form the basis of life-long learning – I love to learn myself and to work with those who love to learn. The arts are such an important part of who we are as humans. They are the means by which we engage with the world and express meaning. I enjoy opportunities to create moments of insight, joy and understanding.