Kangaroo Valley Public School, NSW
New Shoots, 2018
Kangaroo Valley School has a long and proud history. It has an important part to play in the lives of the 100 families whose children attend school. Many changes have occurred, especially in recent years to both the physical nature of the school and its clientele. Our stated purpose is to prepare our children for high school, and entry into society, by providing them with the best possible education.
On July 4th, poet Gabrielle 'Journey' Jones led workshops with students from Kangaroo Valley Public School in collaboration with Bundanon Trust as part of Red Room Poetry's New Shoots project, celebrating, cultivating and collecting poems inspired by plants.
Bundanon Trust supports arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs. With New Shoots, Bundanon is uncovering the secret stories of the leaves and trees around us.
Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia. She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and lives in the Illawarra, NSW with her family.
Gabrielle has shared her poetry on open mics and by invitation at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry "Spoken Medicine" was published in October 2017 by Ginninderra Press.
Gabrielle spends most of her time being wholeheartedly inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism, inclusion and compassion.
Gabrielle encourages everyone she meets to speak their own medicine – to share the stories of their life journey in whatever forms feel safe, healing, authentic and most useful to them.
Gabrielle facilitates spoken word poetry workshops, teaches drumming and leads drum circles. She is currently involved in a range of collaborative projects and events including with Unspoken Words; Red Room Poetry; Kind Art Ed; South Coast Writers Centre; and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival.