In The Beginning
Hi, I'm Dawn Nelson, also known as DD Storyteller. I live in a village on the beautiful South Downs I have had a passion for stories all my life, from the epic sagas of the old worlds to the anecdote told between friends at the dinner table. As a storyteller I write and perform both interactive stories and traditional tales, as well as creating story based events and workshops for all ages. The nature that surrounds me has influenced many of my stories and I love to incorporate the outside world and ancestral wisdom into my performances for young and old.
For families I offer traditional stories in the form of my Jukebox Story Stones, which are original tales with echoes of the past. I also perform original mini mysteries as interactive stories and Kamishibai Theatre, to engage children, entertaining them as they learn, inspiring imagination and creativity. You can also find me telling traditional tales at heritage and nature based events for museums and schools. To find out more click here.
For adults, I am currently building a repertoire of Norse Legends, grim fairytales, Celtic tales and ballads. You can find me storytelling with the Saxons re-enactors Herigeas Hundas, running murder mystery events, leading my Fairytale, Folk & Fable workshops for adults and talking about the story collectors at functions and events.
My work with heritage sites has seen me write, produce and perform interactive stories that bring history alive for children and encourage the next generation to invest in their heritage and local community. A Victorian military hospital, neolithic house, iron age sheep, embassies to China, the Night Watch and Regency dockyards have all appeared in my stories.
I run Butser Storytelling Club. Based in the South Downs National Park, Hampshire, we are lucky to have access to the 6th Century replica Saxon House at Butser Ancient Farm, so do come and join us on the 4th Wednesday of each month to tell stories around an open fire and re-create the mead-halls of old. Please contact me for more information here.
For commissions and bookings contact me via the form at the bottom of the page or the button at the top, I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Me, my brother and my mother planting seeds in our garden.
The Story Unfolds
Based in Hampshire UK, I create stories and events for all ages that can be adapted to suit a variety of settings. Below are some examples of the events that I can attend and I would love to hear from you if you have an event in mind.