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About Jack

Dublin-born Jack is rooted in the scéalaí tradition as explored by Eamon Kelly and John Campbell, having shared a stage with both. He has experience in schools, libraries and prisons. He works regularly in the National Museum of Ireland and in psychiatric hospitals. He has been a teller at local arts festivals and at Irish storytelling festivals.

Internationally, Jack has appeared at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC; Festival At The Edge in England; Alden Biesen in Belgium; Estonia; Berlin; 
The Beni-Mallal Festival in Morocco; Zimt & Zinder German/Irish Festival in Potsdam; The Hakaya Festival in Amman, Jordan; The Grimm's Library in Berlin; St. John's Storytelling Festival, Newfoundland; Shakespeare&Co. Festival, Paris; Warsaw Storytelling Museum Festival; Rome Storytelling Festival; Sidmouth Folk Festival; Edinburgh Storytelling Festival; Girvan Folk Festival; Orkney Folk Festival; Whitby Folk Festival; Hammersmith Irish Festival; Newcastle Irish Festival and The Illinois Storytelling and Education Programme. Jack has three times been the featured Irish storyteller at the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival and twice at Gimistory, the Cayman Islands.
He has also appeared at Ireland's Flat Lake Festival and The Electric Picnic.

Jack is a founder member and current chairman of Storytellers of Ireland/Aos Scéal Éireann and of the Dublin Yarnspinners. In 2007 and 2009 Jack co-curated the biennale Farmleigh Festival of Story and Song in Dublin. Jack was curator of If Walls Could Listen, a storytelling Festival for Derry/Londonderry (August 2013) and guest curator of the Yarn Storytelling Festival in Bray, Co. Wicklow (November 2014)

From 2007-2013 Jack has been a teaching participant on Tales, the 6-week winter course, in 8 Ballymun schools organised by AXIS.
Jack is on the Poetry Ireland Writers-in-Schools panel.

Jack was casting coordinator for "Sanctuary", a DVD of asylum monologues, produced by Fomacs (Forum on Migration and Communication)
Jack is a member of the Hakaya network, which is part of the Arab Education Forum.
In 2015 he was the English language Copy-editor of Timeless Tales, a publication, in Arabic and English, of 25 traditional tales collected from Syrian refugees in camps in The Lebannon in 2014.(The Hakawati Project of The Arab Educational Forum)

When working with young people, Jack draws on stories from many corners of the world and encourages the collection of reminiscences from grandparents. He leads a storytelling workshop for children at the National Museum in Collins Barracks. For the Axis Centre in Dublin’s Ballymun, Jack facilitates the annual Tales project. At the National Library of Ireland, he has explored the folklore of WB Yeats as part of The Life and Work of William Butler Yeats, the library’s current exhibition.

Jack tours and performs regularly with the famed Irish Traditional singer and collector , Len GrahamIn September/October 2012, Jack and Len teamed up with the renowned poet Theo Dorgan to tour Ireland as Rhyme, Rant & Rann (with the support of The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon).

Jack presents "The Headless Horseman & Other Stories" with the German storyteller, Suse Weisse, a show in German and English of T.Crofton Croker's Fairy Legends of the South of Ireland which were translated into German by the Grimms Bothers within a year of being first published in English (1825). The performance was first presented at the Grimms Library in Berlin in winter 2012.

Jack has presented papers on various aspects of storytelling (the Irish Oral Tradition, repertoire building, Reminiscence Work, collecting from patients with dementia) at the George Ewart Storytelling Centre, University of Glamorgan, Wales; at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh; at the Beni-Mallal Festival in Morocco; the Hakaya Festival in Amman, Jordan.
Again in Jordan in 2012 he accepted an invitation to make a presentation to institute a project based on the Irish Schools Collection (1937/38) amongst Palestinian schoolchildren.

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