writer / interdisciplinary performance artist / poet / dance practitioner
Jenny is an emerging writer from South Australia whose work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing 2011, 2012, 2013. Her poetry collection: Some Call It Abuse, was released in August 2016, and a collaborative verse novel: Shedding Sin, in May 2013. In 2014 she was awarded the Cowley Literary Award for her short story: ‘Can’t say no to a dying man’.
As a performance poet she has among other things been featured at Melbourne’s Overload Poetry Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival and won the SA State Library Poetry Slam 2012. Her one woman shows play with relationships between words, movement and rhythm tap, and she has worked extensively in the genres of classical, contemporary and tap dance, narrative and improvisation.
Jenny takes on many roles including arts production, choreographer, workshop presenter, MC, dance educator, performer, and reviewer. She was a founding committee member of the TAFE / Adelaide College of the Arts’ Spoke Word Festival, and production assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney,
A professional dancer and dance educator for twenty years, Jenny is fascinated with the language of rhythm and movement. From 1998 – 2009 she was co-director of an Adelaide based performing arts school: Beat Company Performing Arts. She also drums in Adelaide band Alien Whore.
reviews, comments and press:
Can’t say no to a dying man:
“There were many contenders for the title, but the 2014 Cowley Literary Award goes to Jenny Toune, whose grim but engaging short story captures, in brutal starkness, the essence of how the basics of the human condition can both divide and unite us.”
“a well crafted story that displayed a strong grasp of characterisation, voice and dialogue”
“The stylistic simplicity added depth to the narrative. Well edited.”
Amazon readers say:
“Shedding Sin – a novel in verse – is a poetic chronicle of a relationship smashed by betrayal then bound together again by a love too strong to stay down. If you’re searching for a collection of flowery poems this is not it. You can’t dip in and out of Shedding Sin – you need to start at the start and surf the torment, hunger and raw honesty all the way to end. An ocean of agony and joy…fearless and fabulous.” Jojo
“As an unabashed fan of poetry, I found this verse novel by Kelly and Toune to be innovative and richly textured. Rife with Biblical context, disconsolate love, and visceral imagery, both authors sparkled in their adept use of vocabulary. I hope to see much more from both of these poets!” Cyn O
“This book I really enjoyed from go to whoa!. It is a pulsating read of no punches pulled, poetic and dangerous. Gritty,Biblical done in the way of the psalms, though I aint ever read the psalms like that. It is a two bottle of red wine and cigarette read. The language is both powerful and beautiful, scary, riveting. A great book. A book I shall read time and again” lawsonsotherdog
Overload Poetry Festival: Jenny Toune’s performance piece