Josje our New Zealand Sign Language storyteller is fluent in 4 languages. Dutch, English, NZSL and Dutch Sign Language.
Originally from Holland Josje is a a recent Dunedin resident, she moved here 6 weeks ago but has lived in Canterbury for 30 years.
We asked Josje:
What do you love about Dunedin?
We love the city and it’s surroundings. The Peninsula is beautiful.
Why are stories important to you?
I did not hear many stories -remember I am Deaf. I read them. The morals and meanings that you hear over and over that make you stronger as a person and good hearted. In sign language those meanings can be expressed without signs or words. As a visual language there are other ways to get those messages across.
What’s your favourite story memory?
Falling in love with the visuals. I don’t have many memories of stories from my youth the when I first saw stories and poetry in sign language that opened up a whole new world to me
What do you think people will discover at your story session?
That without sound you can tell a brilliant story.