About the Artist
I was born in South Island Christchurch NZ and began writing poetry when I felt misunderstood. My first poem was published in the local paper at age four. In my early twenties I left NZ after losing my first child. Determined to be a singer songwriter in Sydney Australia 1986 I became a full member of APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association). Soon after I returned to NZ and published the first edition of “Visions of a new Kind” 1987 with the support of my father’s publishing company. The same year I won recording time with NZ Broadcasting House for five of my original songs. 1992 I created and produced “Land Of The Warthogs” in VHS format. It was a spoken word, silent film, stage performance, journey into the underworld. In 2001 it was accepted and exhibited at Melbourne Fringe Festival as a VHS short film and performance (see chapter illustrations).
When 9/11 events created world “terrorism“ I turned to documentary film making with Art Resistance and later produced my own short docos. The poem “before meeting you” was requested by Dr. Christine Cole for her book Releasing the Past: Mothers stories of their stolen babies. I took refuge at that time in spiritualist meditation circles and wrote poetry in trance state. Later in my life I returned to performing my original poetry as spoken word in Alice Springs N.T. The indigenous people of Australia say “Alice is the place where the song lines meet”. I found my place and finally claimed myself as an artist and a performer in this desert heart.
Other Projects by the Artist
Land of the Warthogs production and filming of spoken word film
Seeing Things Film Production re. Tasmanian ghosts
Tasmanian Mountain Festival Co-Coordinator of “Sculpture Trail” exhibition
2005 Shadows in the Water
Independently produced environmental film for Launceston community action groups.
Land of the Warthogs
Melbourne Fringe festival
Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival
2003-6 Actively Radical TV,
Anti Landmines Valhalla cinema Radical Film Festival Award
ARTV sponsorship training for channel 31 community TV Sydney.
Anti-Landmines from the exhibition by John Rodsted. (ARTV)
Tap Gallery Alternative ,promotion video
Alexandria Park Community School NAIDOC promotional video
Malabar School Arts Festival promotional school video
2011-12 Aftershock the survivors of the Christchurch earthquake
2011-13 Grafton Nimby Bridge Song, Anti CSG song
1986 Full time member of APRA
(Australian Performing Rights Association)
1987 original song recordings
Broadcasting House Wellington NZ
Self-Published poetry book “Visions of a New Kind” 1987
Certificate 4 Sound Production TAFE Grafton
Certificate 4- Music and Media TAFE Grafton
Certificate 4-Screen and Media TAFE Grafton
“Women’s Circus” Performance: Lilith 1999
Glen Innes Local Aboriginal Land Council, Office
Event Manager eco tourism music festival on tribal land
Steve Matthews Drama Action Sydney
Short courses in drama and performance – clowning, playback, mask, TV presenting
Metropolitan Drama Studios: Judith Davenport
volunteer work: worked with homeless teenagers, early school leavers.
Self employed street cafe musician performer and artist.
Recommendations and Testimonies
I love the way the original story has changed into a whole new dimension.
I enjoy you sharing your mind with me.
Not usually one to read poetry books, I found I was really interested in Visions of a new kind and Jayne’s perspectives on a range of life experiences. I found ‘Thoughts… on life, love, and states of mind’ particularly thought provoking. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Well done Jayne!
Your poetry book Visions is a lovely insight into you as a person.
Thank you for your wonderful book ‘Visions of a kind’.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the poetry and felt like I was transported along with verse and could recognise a lot of the feelings deep within myself.
You are a very talented and gifted lady and I thank you for your honesty and clarity of visions we can all share.
This is a great read and I love your style