Monday, January 24, 2011

Jackie Kerin

Jackie has a saying: Before there were books, there were stories.’

She is the only storyteller to win the Port Fairy Festival Storytelling Award three times and is a winner of Australia's most prestigious award, The Spirit of Woodford Original Stories and Yarns.

Trained as an actress, Jackie now relishes her place in the Storytelling Australia (Vic). As a traditional storyteller she only tells the stories that give her pleasure.

Jackie takes pride in her ability to engage listeners of all ages. She is happy to work in a variety of settings: schools, kindergartens, museums, art galleries, literary, folk and community festivals.

Jackie breathes life into:

  • Traditional folk tales from around the world
  • String stories
  • Rhymes, chants and finger stories (for little people)

She also:

  • Recites verse and tells original tales, historical tales and tall stories

Jackie offers workshops in storytelling for childcare workers, teachers, children – anyone who wishes to develop their craft.

Jackie is a published author. Phar Lap the wonder horse, illustrated by Patricia Mullins (pub: Museum Victoria) was listed as notable by the CBCA in 2008. Her next book Lyrebird! a true story, illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe (pub: Museum Victoria) will be out before the end of the year.

SHARK! is an original tale based on a true incident and recited here by Jackie for your enjoyment.

Jackie is planning her festival and other public appearances for 2012 where she will be performing and speaking about the art of traditional oral storytelling and her work as a writer for children.

pic: Newport Lakes Bush Dance: kamishibai storytelling

Jackie’s website contains a blog with regular posts so you can see the breadth of her activities.

Contact Jackie: Jackie Kerin

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