Gabrielle "Journey" Jones
Gabrielle "Journey" Jones is a poet, musician and a co-Founder and CEO (Creativity Encouragement Officer) of Creative Womyn Down Under, a community initiative since 2006 in Sydney which helps to connect women and creativity. Gabrielle has been passionate about using spoken word performance poetry and drumming to raise social issues for over 20 years.
During this time, Gabrielle has also been involved with many not-for-profit community organisations and government agencies across Australia in her professional role as a Social Worker. She has developed many interesting ways to incorporate creativity into social work projects.
Creativity as social, political and personal action is the cornerstone of Gabrielle’s work as a Poet and Percussionist. She plays the djembe and other percussion instruments with her trio Tranceportation, and is a regular musician at Sydney Spiritfest gatherings as well as guest performances with other world music groups. Gabrielle has been facilitating drum circles and workshops since 2002 with Zangdrum.
Gabrielle has shared her poetry and drumming on open mics and by invitation at local, national and international events including Newtown Festival; Cruelty Free Festival Sydney; Live & Original at Mr Falcons, The Corridor and Lazy Bones; Red Rattler Theatre; Caravan Slam Marrickville and poetry slams at Glebe, Parramatta and Bankstown; Women Writes Movement and Sydney Writers’ Festival circles; International Women’s Day; International Day for People with Disability; Reclaim the Night; Woman Scream International Poetry Festival; National Folk Festival; Michigan Women’s Music Festival; Heartland Chicago; The Happening, Catskills New York.
Gabrielle was born on Eora Country, Sydney and is from Maori and African American cultural heritage. Intersectional feminism underpins a lot of Gabrielle’s spoken word poetry and rap. She shares her experiences and positive, proactive thoughts challenging the many levels of oppression facing women due to gender, race, ethnicity, class, ability and sexual identity inequalities. Gabrielle also writes about creativity, love, spirituality, friendship, family and her children. Her first published collection of poetry "Spoken Medicine" will be officially released in 2017 by Ginninderra Press.