Applied Storytelling

Jack giving a storytelling session to children at 'The Ark', Dublin

From 2007-2013 Jack was a teaching participant on Tales, the 6-week winter course, in eight Ballymun schools, organised by The Axis Centre,  Dublin. When working with young people, Jack draws on stories from many corners of the world and encourages the collection of reminiscences from grandparents. He has lead storytelling workshops for children at the National Museum in Collins Barracks. Jack has also trained in Reminiscence Work.

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 has presented papers on various aspects of storytelling in the Irish Oral Tradition. He has spoken about applied storytelling at the George Ewart Storytelling Centre, University of Glamorgan, Wales; at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh; at the Beni-Mallal Festival in Morocco; and at the Hakaya Festival in Amman, Jordan. 

Jack is on the 
Poetry Ireland Writer-in Schools Panel.