Workshops & Projects

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.

We offer workshops to both Secondary Schools and Further Education establishments, the corporate sector and individuals.


'Connecting to Story'...

is our programme of workshops lead by arts professionals from the world of theatre, music and spoken word.

The sessions explore different ways in which stories can be expressed and can be designed around a theme if desired.

They can be stand alone workshops or delivered as a recurring series.

'Step Up & Speak!'...

are workshops designed to help young people become confident communicators. They explore presentation skills and transferable communication skills in a fun and interactive session.

Schools Workshops

KS3 & above.

Individual Storytelling Workshops

'Connecting the Threads'...

is our new programme of workshops lead by storytelling professionals. These are for both beginners and those wishing to deepen their practice.

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

Business Workshops

We 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

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


Participant in Finding the Best Storyteller in You.

"The storytelling workshops were insightful & very well received."


South East Essex College.


Recycled Tales 

In conjunction with Tiny Tales Storytellers, and with funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Southend on Sea Borough Council, we ran our first storytelling project throughout September and October of 2019.

The project used 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 explored local myths and reflected on current stories. Workshops were run in both schools and the community and participants responses informed the creation of the performance 'Estuary Re-Told' at The Palace Theatre, Westcliff in conjunction with Students from South East Essex College.

Spinning Yarns @ Village Green

In July 2019 we curated the first storytelling and spoken word stage at Metal's Village Green Festival. Again with funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Anglian Water, we brought together a wonderful programme of storytellers, poets and musicians from the local area and London.