Hannah is a professional performance storyteller, drama educator and spoken word promoter. She is driven by a passion to engage and inspire through the power of story.
As a memeber of The Society of Storytellers, her mission is to increase access and participation to the ancient tradition of oral storytelling, particularly regionally in Essex where she is based.
"Always putting the story at the heart of her performances and driven by a passion to engage and inspire, Hannah uses the power of oral storytelling to weave new worlds and adventures, taking her audience through traditional and modern tales and into folk tales and myths from around the world. Telling stories to both young and old a like, those drawn into her stories find themselves on playful and poignant journeys that captivate their hearts and minds and leave them just a little more curious."
Dr Jacqueline Johnson (Jacqson Diego Story Emporium)
"The stories transported me to new places and lifted my mood."
virtual audience member
Covid 19 sadly means that for now I can't bring my stories in person to you. However, I have moved my work online, so if you would like to have a virtual live storytelling session or event do get in contact and we can still connect our communitites through stories. You can also enjoy my stories online on YouTube or at The World Storytelling Cafe. Visit
and if you can please do tip my hat. The pandemic has brought all my work to a sudden halt and as such my income too.
I am pleased to announce I have been accepted on the Mercury Creatives Programme and I look forward to sharing the exciting projects in development as they emerge.
Recycled Tales Project
Tiny Tales Storytellers in conjunction with Spinning Yarns Theatre has been running an oral storytelling and spoken word project.
The aim of the project was to create a series of modern folktales for the Estuary towns informed by those who live in the area. Engagement workshops have been held in schools and the community to help create the show 'Estuary Re-Told' staged at the Dixon Studio in October 2019 and the 'Tail of Tails' will go on display in 2020.
The project has been supported using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Southend Borough Council. We would like to thank all those who have participated and engaged with the audience and to our funders for making the project possible.
"From the moment she began, our children were transfixed as Hannah skillfully drew the children into the story. The children left the session having been thoroughly entertained and inspired by the magical tour de force that is Hannah the Storyteller."
Hamstel Junior School
"Thank you so much again for our storytelling sessions. Our children really enjoyed it and so did the staff. You have inspired us in our storytelling!"
Milton Hall Primary School
"Thank you for a fantastic session. The children didn't stop talking about it and asked if it was taking place every week."
Thorpe Hall School
“You were absolutely fantastic. The children were mesmerised! I had so much fun listening to you.”
Hampstead Garden Suburb Residents Association
"The storytelling was excellent, the children were utterly delighted. Thank you so much."
The National Literacy Trust
"Loved your contribution to the day- the kids too which is the most important thing. Thanks so much. "
"Lots of transfixed children as the brilliant storyteller Hannah Brailsford performs stories taken from her very large hat!"
Redbridge Storytelling Festival
"We would both like to thank you for bringing such magic to Roots this year"
"Thank you for all your wonder, Hannah, its been wonderful to have you be a part of the festival."
Into The Wild Festival