A New Zealand Pioneer in the art of storytelling, Dreamweaver has worked and travelled throughout New Zealand, and in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, U.S.A, Canada and Japan telling stories, giving workshops, presenting papers, and learning stories.
A trained teacher and Speech Therapist, she spent over 28 years as Young People’s Librarian, then Children’s Community Services Officer at the Invercargill Public Library.
For her services to children and the community, Dreamweaver was honoured by the New Zealand government, receiving an M.B.E. in 1987.
Since 1990 when she left the library service she has been a free-lance storyteller. In 1992 she established the first international storytelling festival, Glistening Waters, although that is no longer presenting.
The NZ Guild of Storytellers Inc: Nga Kaikorero Purakau O Aotearoa also came into being at that time and still is alive. She is Secretary/Treasurer/Editor.
But her main storytelling activities at present are the annual Dreamweaver programme funded by the local ILT which offers a day of story to every school in Invercargill each year and the Celebrate Story programme which, under the umbrella of the Southland Committee of the NZ Literacy Association, brings two International storytellers to Southland each year.
This year, 2015, the local James Hargest Trust has made it possible for Dreamweaver and Tania Faulkner-McKenzie (our Guild president) to offer 20/30 sessions to Invercargill pre-schools and that will happen in the 4th term, 2015 and the 1st term, 2016
She also attends the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee each year to hear tellers and grow her own skills.