The Story of Piney Gir by Jenny Newman
Ages 6 to 9 years.
The story of how Piney got her name. It involves floating above the clouds and encountering all sorts of crazy creatures, animals and wize wizardy people to discover her true self. This story is all about the journey.
London-based Piney Gir originally hails from Kansas and has for many years been a prolific and prodigious musician, spanning various genres from electro to alt-country to folktronic to 60’s retro pop to krautrock. She has been a darling of the BBC and UK live circuit for over a decade now. Meanwhile she’s very keen to share her enthusiasm for music and for books and libraries with this new project “The Story of Piney Gir.
One of the questions she gets asked a lot is ‘how did you get your name?’ “The real answer,” she says, “is that I made it up for myself when I was about 2 years old, nobody knows exactly where it came from… my strange brain, I guess.” But what sparked from this conversation was a fictional story about how Piney got her name. It involves floating above the clouds and encountering all sorts of crazy creatures, animals and wize wizardy people to discover her true self, this story is all about the journey.
The end product is an audio book that is kind of like Pippi Longstocking meets Peter and the Wolf, it’s a book, with accompanying music (each character has a Peter and the Wolf style theme), with a Radio 4 style reading of the story, which has come together with help from a collective of people author: Jenny Newman, illustrator: Katrin Geilhausen, layout: Lydia Merrills-Ashcroft, music composed by: Piney and A Scholar & A Physician, narrator: BBC 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe, and a cast of characters featuring Piney herself with Ali Shaw from Cranes, Louis Phillippe and Leo Chadburn aka Simon Bookish to name a few.
Piney is passionate about stories and storytelling, “Growing up I went to the library every week and discovered a new book each week which fuelled my love of literature and gives me eternal fondness for children’s books.”