"No scripts, no props, no cameras, no books, no pen or paper required. Just the magic of Once Upon A Time"

  Christine Willison

Spinning Yarns is dedicated to increasing the audience for oral storytelling. As such, we organise events in various venues and are always happy to discuss creating new events for new spaces.  



Tea & Tales


Hannah Brailsford and Peter Optical invite you to listen and engage with folk tales, fairy stories, wonder tales and myths both from our own shores and around the world, whilst enjoying a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake.


Venue: The Palace Theatre, London Rd Southend on Sea Essex

Date: The 1st Wednesday of the Month

Next Date: 5th February 2020

Times: 2.30pm -3.30pm

Tickets: £2

Soup & Stories

Love Bites Edition


Join the Spinning Yarns Collective and enjoy a steaming bowl of Ankes homemade soup and bread whilst they weave a selection of romantic tales and songs. Beware these aren't all happy ever after's!

Drinks are not included in the price. BYO is welcomed at £5 corkage per bottle - we provide corkscrew and glasses.

Venue: Ankes Coffee & Tea Lounge,

481 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Date: 15th February 2020

Times: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Tickets: £10 with food / £5 without through Facebook or



Join us in celebrating World Storytelling Day this March with stories of voyages and journeys. Wonderful storytellers Hannah Brailsford, Sarah Llyod-Winder and Laura Sampson will be weaving the tales and musician Charlie Wallis will be serenading us into the weekend. Come and sail away on a boat filled with story bliss in the wonderful surroundings of the Temple Cafe and enjoy wonderful drink and food too.

Venue: Temple Cafe,

 815 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9SY

Date: 20th March 2020

Times: 7.30pm for 8pm start

Tickets: £5 in advance through Facebook or Eventbrite                  £6 on the door 

"Attended my first Spinning Yarns event last night and it won't be my last. I just loved it! The storytellers were amazing, so expressive, their spoken word draws pictures in your mind and transports you into the story itself."

"The tradition of Oral storytelling brought to life by the Spinning Yarns collective.

A wonderful group of Storytellers."