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)
- 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.