Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor: The Tale Teller
“Julie should talk more in class.”
“Julie’s marks would improve if she would contribute more in class.”
So said frequent school reports all through infants and primary school, but none of these teachers knew what Julie’s parents in their infinite wisdom instinctively did; she was listening. Like a human sponge, Julie was absorbing all of the facts, details, lessons, and most importantly, stories that she was privileged to be exposed to every day of her childhood.
With a deep love and respect for education, Julie has spent her adult life studying literature and the art of storytelling. Now Julie loves to share that knowledge and those stories with audiences of all ages.
As a research librarian at an Australian university, Julie uses every type of technology at her disposal but ensures that she never gets so busy multi-tasking that she forgets to use the greatest information skill available – the ability to absorb and share stories.
Julie was raised in a story loving and storytelling family. Her father read or told stories to Julie and her 2 sisters every night, often purchasing new collections of stories to share on their holidays. Julie’s maternal grandmother shared her wealth of English/Irish stories and rhymes at every opportunity and her paternal grandfather told her stories of his Scottish highland ancestors and his personal stories of being a shearers’ cook and working in Aussie pubs. In a family that always shared meals around a table, with the radio and television banned at meal times, stories always featured on the menu.
Julie’s first full-time job was in a Sydney public library and within the first year of her employment, she was given the role of conducting weekly storytime sessions. Julie’s passion for storytelling was born and has been a key element of every role she has held since, including Children’s and Young Adult Services Coordinator at a Sydney Library, Regional Children’s and Young Adult Services Librarian at a Victorian public library and currently as a research librarian at a university library in regional NSW.
Julie has been storytelling for over 25 years and became a professional storyteller in 1992, joining the Artist’s Register of Tellers for the Storytelling Guild of Australia (Victorian Branch.) In 1997 Julie moved back to NSW and renewed her membership of the NSW Branch of the Guild, obtaining her Accreditation Certificate several years later. She loves sharing stories with people of all ages, in schools, kindergartens, festivals, holiday camps, universities and organisations. Julie uses a combination of traditional and augmented storytelling, involving drawing, origami, string and musical stories and her stories include (but are not limited to) folk tales, stories of other cultures/lands, historical and personal stories.
Julie is available for school visits, teacher training, conferences, concerts, festivals and workshops on storytelling as a powerful communication and learning tool for organisations and educators.
Bachelor of Arts (Literature and History majors) University of NSW
Graduate Diploma in Information Management – Librarianship, University of NSW
Graduate Diploma in Children’s Literature, University of Technology, Sydney
Doctor of Philosophy (English), University of Newcastle. Thesis “"Storytelling engagement in the classroom: Observable behavioural cues of children's story experiences." A copy of the thesis is available for free download from http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/939911
Accredited Teller, Storytelling Guild of Australia (NSW)
March- Seminar on the Grass, International Women's Day Expo, University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus
October - Creative writing through Storytelling, Years 10 & 11, Muswellbrook High School, NSW (Caravan of Stories booking)
October - Creative writing through Storytelling, Years 7 & 8, Singleton High School, NSW (Caravan of Stories Booking)
September - The Scheherazade Cycle - Women who make a difference" Humanities Seminar Series, Ourimbah Campus, University of Newcastle
September - Creative writing through Storytelling, Years 7-12, Gosford High School, NSW
September - Creative writing through Storytelling Year 8, St Peters Catholic College, Tuggerah, NSW
August - "Tell on" quoth the King" storytelling feedback sessions, Ourimbah Campus, NSW
March - Workshop for Beginner Storytellers, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, Kincumber, NSW
March - Seminar on the Grass, March "Bonding between women - a storytelling journey" International Women's Day Expo, University of Newcastle,
“Look what we found in the storeroom?: Organisational storytelling for tertiary institutions” workshop. University of Newcastle, Ourimbah and Callaghan Campuses
Book launch for “Outside”, written by Libby Hathorn, illustrated by Ritva Voutila. Society of Women Writers Inaugural Literary Festival, Sydney
“It’s all a plot: preparation and memorisation for storytelling” workshop. Sydney International Storytelling Conference
“Indicators of Engagement: The engagement with storytelling process” poster presentation. Sydney International Storytelling Conference
“Beginning storytelling for Messy Church presenters” workshop. Anglican Parish, Terrigal NSW
“The PhD storytelling journey” radio interview. ABC Radio, Erina, NSW
Book launch for “Hope” written by Matt Lumb, illustrated by Kiara Mucci. University of Newcastle, Ourimbah and Callaghan Campuses
“There’s always fish: Children’s experiences of entering the story realm” paper. Independent Scholars Association of Australia & School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle Symposium
“Storytelling in Early Childhood Education” Lecture and tutorial. University of Newcastle EC Education students
March - International Storytelling Day - Strong women (in collaboration with WoW Girls), Kincumber NSW
February - Long Story Short, The Millery, University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus
December - The Web: Tales told live, Glebe, Sydney NSW
November - Long Story Short, Kincumber, NSW
October - Adults only storytelling, Singleton Public Library. Arts Upper Hunter tour (Caravan of Stories booking)
October - Guest storyteller, School of Nursing and Midwifery 25th Anniversary, University of Newcastle
September - Featured Storyteller - Rose Scott Women Writers Festival Symposium, Sydney, NSW
September - Long Story Short, Kincumber, NSW
July - Long Story Short, KIncumber, NSW
May - Long Story Short, Kincumber, NSW
March - Long Story Short, Kincumber, NSW
January - Long Story Short, Kincumber, NSW
January - Grimm lunch series - Storytelling based in the 1815 edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales - Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle, NSW
Grimm lunches series – storytelling based on the 1812 edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. University of Newcastle
Caravan of Stories Upper Hunter tour. Arts Upper Hunter, Murrurundi, Merriwa, Aberdeen, NSW
Cafe la Story (2 events). East Gosford, NSW
World Storytelling Day, Bateau Bay NSW
Peninsula Families Fun Days, Department of Education and Training, Woy Woy South Public School, NSW
Cafe la Story (2 events). Kincumber and The Entrance, NSW
Harmony Day storytelling, University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus
Details of earlier presentations and performances are available by request.
Mundy-Taylor, J. (2013). Storytelling engagement in the classroom: observable behavioural cues of children's story experiences. (PhD), University of Newcastle. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/939911
Mundy-Taylor, J. (2013). Teller's tips: Ethics and classroom management. The storyteller. (Magazine of the Storytelling Guild of Australia, NSW.)
Lyons, G., & Mundy-Taylor, J. (2012). Following the blue bouncing ball: An evidence-based strategy for using storytelling and collaborative stretching to enhance quality of life for persons with severe cognitive impairments. Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies, 8(2), 85-107. doi: 10.1080/15505340.2012.665310
Lyons, G., Cassebohm, M., & Mundy-Taylor, J. (2011). 'Stretching': a simple strategy for improving the quality of life of children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The SLD Experience, 61(1), 8-12.
Mundy-Taylor, J. (2008). Utilising the PAL technique: the power of traditional storytelling to encourage oral history responses - a workshop. Paper presented at the Old stories, New ways, 2007 National Oral History Conference, Brisbane. http://www.ohaaqld.org.au/images/docs/conferencepapers/The%20Oral%20History%20Association%20of%20Australia%20Booklet%20Final.pdf
Founding member of the Australian Fairy Tale Society
Accredited Teller with the Storytelling Guild of Australia