Gabrielle Journey Jones lives on Yuin Country, Far South Coast NSW. She shares Maori and African bloodlines and has performed her poetry at local, national and international events for 20 years. Gabe is inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, artivism and inclusion. In 2018, Gabe established Poetic Percussion and has facilitated drumming and spoken word workshops with more than 60 schools and community organisations in recent years. Gabe’s first collection of poetry “Spoken Medicine” (2017) was released by Ginninderra Press. They are in the process of publishing her second anthology “Etymology of Courage” (2020). Gabe encourages everyone she meets to bravely speak their own medicine and to tell themselves the healing truth through poetry in safe spaces – such as Red Dirt Poetry Festival! Contact Gabe at