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 on Yuin Country, Far South Coast, 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 is waiting on her second collection to be released late 2020.
Gabrielle is wholeheartedly inspired by and contributes to creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism, inclusion, kindness 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. Over recent years, she has been involved in a range of collaborative projects and events including with Women's Resource Centre, Bega, Unspoken Words; Red Room Poetry; Kind Art Ed; South Coast Writers Centre; and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival.
Watch a few videos of Gabrielle's performances here.
Gabrielle Journey Jones has been passionate about using performance poetry and drumming to raise concerns about social issues for over 20 years.
Creativity as social, political and personal action is the cornerstone of Gabrielle’s work as a poet, percussionist and events producer.
Gabrielle began organising drumming workshops and performances after setting up “Zangdrum” in 2002. At that time, she had been involved with various women’s drumming groups including Feral Fingers. Gabrielle plays the djembe and other percussion instruments with her trio Tranceportation and is a regular musician at Sydney Spiritfest gatherings and with other world music performance groups.
In 2006, after noticing a gap in social events for local Sydney women, Gabrielle co-founded Creative Womyn Down Under. This is a voluntary-run community initiative to help (re)connect women with many forms of creative expression.
Over the last 12 years CWDU have organised 31 major events for women including festivals; weekend retreats; house concerts; artist-led workshops in mixed media, drawing, sculpture, watercolour painting, poetry and drumming; creativity support groups; and health and other forums.
In May 2018, Gabrielle launched “Poetic Percussion” to utilise her poetry and drumming experiences in the full-time delivery of interactive workshops and spoken word performances. Gabrielle also enjoys working collaboratively with other creative optimists. Please see weblinks on the Communities page.
To facilitate opportunities through workshops and performances for people to tell their own stories creatively.
To contribute to building creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism, inclusion and compassion.