Projects & Workshops

"The best teachers are the best story tellers. We learn in the form of stories." Frank Smith

Spinning Yarns is dedicated to creating opportunities to give access to oral storytelling on a variety of platforms and to pass on the skills to the wider community. To achieve this we actively look for or create projects to engage the wider community with storytelling and also offer training opportunities where transferable skills can be applied and the craft of storytelling learnt.

Business Workshops

Spinning Yarns can offer communication skills training packages to support business CPD. Our communication skills training is lead by Hannah Brailsford, an experienced corporate trainer with over twenty years experience in facilitation. The training uses the skills of oral storytelling to help with presentation and wider communication skills and offers an interactive approach in style. The sessions can be stand alone or incorporated alongside other training.

Past clients have included: Cronin Solutions, PPC Worldwide, Barclays Bank & Weetabix.

"Thanks so much for joining us, the day was a great success and everyone absolutely loved your storytelling!"

Leah Morgan Russell - Weetabix

Storytelling Workshops

Spinning Yarns offer a series of workshops lead by both storytelling and creative writing professionals. These are for both beginners and those wishing to deepen their practice.

Watch this space for the new programme coming soon.

Past workshops have included: 'Finding the Best Storyteller in You' with Paul Jackson & 'Storytelling for the under 5's' with Danyah Miller.

"It was such a wonderful weekend, so full of depth, trust and revelations. " 

Participant in Finding the Best Storyteller in You.

Recycled Tales Project

In conjunction with Tiny Tales Storytellers, we are excited to be running our first storytelling project throughout September and October 2019 to engage and inspire all ages through the power of story.

The project as a whole will use oral storytelling and spoken word to explore the real and imagined past, present and future identity of the Estuary towns from a cross generational viewpoint. Inspired by local folklore, workshops will explore myth and how we can create a modern tale that reflects the place and time we live in now. We will be engaging across generations in both schools and the community and participants responses will inform the creation of a performance to be staged locally.

The project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Southend on Sea Borough Counci, both of whom we are very grateful to for helping us make thie project happen.

If you would like to know more about the project, do get in contact and you can follow our progress through our blog.