“If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar
If you are a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have flax-golden tales to spin
Come in come in”
~ Shel Silverstein
Author, oral storyteller, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her former career included being a counsellor/psychotherapist, university and polytech teacher. She has listened to hundreds, if not thousands, of human stories. Nowadays she is a Story Practitioner, using storytelling and other expressive arts to enable people to understand and change the stories they tell themselves and teaching children and adults to tell and write stories. Gaye and husband Michael also host writers who want to begin or continue projects and need time in a peaceful environment.
Gaye and Michael live on a small farm in the Wairarapa where Gaye is currently working on a novel which she hopes will bring to life a character cut by the editor, from her previous novel, ‘But For The Grace,’ (published by Fraser Books, Masterton) which Sue McCauley says is ‘… a page-turner…deserves to be read and deeply pondered.’
After training in a variety of psychotherapies— Gestalt, Psychodrama, Group therapy, Narrative therapy, Marriage and Family Counselling, she attended Victoria University and completed a Masters in Social Work(How Does Telling A Story Of Oppression Become An Act Of Liberation~ Irene Gaye Sutton. Victoria University Thesis) which gave a psycho-social context for her work and helped her to understand the opinions of ordinary people of their therapists and social workers.
Come and see Gaye in her small studio nestled beside the olive grove at Te Ao O Nga Pukeko, Walk and talk with her through the peaceful landscape. Or maybe you’d like to take time out for your own writing by making a writing retreat of some days or weeks. Maybe you’d like to write your stories in a Word Explorers group. Get in touch to make a plan.