Our Story

"The first law of storytelling is that stories should be spoken and heard."  Hugh Lupton

Spinning Yarns was set up in 2016 out of a desire to share old and new stories from around the world. Working with a collective of storytellers, performance poets, writers and musicians we aim to excite and entertain with words and to provide a platform for adults to experience and enjoy oral storytelling.

In addition to our own events, we can offer storytelling support to other organisers, including festivals and private events.

We hope to grow our collective and give opportunities for those who want to develop their skills and work with us.

Artistic Director



Hannah became a professional storyteller in 2012, sidestepping from a career as a classically trained actress. 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 old and young alike, those drawn into Hannah’s stories find themselves on playful and poignant journeys that captivate their hearts and minds, and leave them just a little more curious.

She is the founder and owner of Tiny Tales Storytellers, a company that specialises in engaging children, schools and families through storytelling, and she holds storytelling residencies at Southend Theatres and Jacqson Diego Story Emporium. A member of The Society of Storytellers and Equity, she hopes the work of Spinning Yarns will serve to inspire a life long love of both sharing and creating stories and play its part in keeping the tradition of oral storytelling alive.



Co- Founder



Jacqueline Johnson is a writer, creator and explorer of stories. Her fascination with text and the cultural and historical appropriation of stories has led her in various directions through the fields of fiction, poetry, history, science, anthropology, performance and art. She is the founder and director of Jacqson Diego Story Emporium, and has written, created and led projects for children and adults across different disciplines, both in the UK and further afield. Jacqueline’s work has been both published and performed, she is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education and holds a PhD from the University of London.


Collective Members




Singer Songwriter




Storyteller & Musician


Performance Poet