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"Ssh, Listen!

Do You Hear The Stories Whispering?"



I’m Hannah Brailsford and I’m a professional storyteller & drama practitioner based in Essex passionate about engaging and inspiring children and families through stories.

I have twenty-five years experience as both a drama educator and storyteller supporting oracy in education and the wider community.


I use traditional stories, folk & fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world to inspire and ignite imaginations and nurture the next generation of storytellers and creators.


With the assistance of my storytelling elf Oakley and her friends from the Story Wood, my sessions are both inclusive and interactive.

I have an enhanced DBS and public liability insurance and I'm a member of both Equity, The Society for Storytelling, UKLA and The National Literacy Trust.

"Wherever she goes, Hannah lifts the soul with her unique brand of storytelling and infectious joy for her craft."

Jacqson Diego Story Emporium


Storytelling for

Early Years 

KS1 & KS2

& SEN 


 Storytelling for

Festivals, Organisations

& Venues. 


Storytelling for

Special Occasions

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Thorpe Hall School

Thank you for a fantastic session. The children didn't stop talking about it and asked if it was taking place every week.

The Redbridge Storytelling Festival

“Lots of transfixed children as the

brilliant storyteller Hannah Brailsford performed stories taken from her very

large hat!” 

Southend Theatres

Christmas Tales Attendee

What a magical festive treat for the kids. They were mesmerised!



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We are back monthly at the theatre with stories for all the family.

Sessions run from 10.30am to 11.30am and are held in the outer foyer.
£2 per child. No need to book.
Parents/carers must stay with their children at all times. Visit for more details.

Spring / Summer Dates:


Saturday 9th April

Saturday 14th May

Saturday 11th June