Tanya Batt is a storyteller, educator, gardener, collaborator, author, and podcaster or, in her own words, 'a word warbler, tale teacher, seed sower and story stitcher' who channelled her childhood propensity for talking and her love of dressing up into a real ‘imaginary job’.
A self confessed 'story-o-phile' and 'frock-o-holic', she is based in Waiheke Island, Aotearoa New Zealand. Stories have put food on her table and a roof over her head for the 30 thirty years, as she has shared her mahi (work) in as many countries.
Tanya is the creative director of the ‘Once Upon An Island Charitable Trust’ that uses storytelling for community building, environmental and cultural education.
A very special young man called Toby inspired her latest show, 'Toby or Not To Be: Stories of Death and Dying', which is a collaboration with her partner, musician Peter Forster.
Tanya nominated 'Taku Mana' as a song she would like played at his funeral or wake. I don't (yet) have access to this version of the song, but you can listen to another version in our 'Farewell songs' playlist
Tanya will be hosting a monthly Death Cafe on Waiheke Island at Ritual Cafe in Ostend, on the first Tuesday of every month.