Merry Met Virtual Traveller
I'm Dawn Nelson and I live within the beautiful South Downs. My specialism is landscape, heritage and nature interpretation. I have worked with heritage sites, museums, schools, outdoor educators, community groups, councils and libraries to bring history and nature to life through story, creating a sense of place and custodianship. My passion is connecting people with nature, history and the landscape that surrounds them, through storytelling in all it's forms, so come on in and let's share a story.
As a writer, storyteller and consultant I specialise in heritage, nature and landscape interpretation.
I have worked with a variety of different heritage sites to create resources and performance stories that bring the history and the unique qualities of these sites to life for visitors. Examples of partners I have worked with include, The South Downs National Park Authority, The Weald & Downland Museum, Butser Ancient Farm, Gilbert White's House & Gardens and Hampshire Cultural Trust, and I perform at events such as Boat Burnings, Beltane celebrations and multi-period re-enactment shows. My passion is connecting people with nature, history and the landscape that surrounds them, through storytelling in all its forms.
My experience includes the production of performance stories, traditional interpretation boards, folklore and storytelling videos, podcasts, articles for publications, accessible audio tours using soundscapes and walking tours that explore the history and heritage of the South Downs.
As a reenactor I perform as part of the group Herigeas Hundas and you can find me storytelling at their events, regularly
From copy and scripts, to performances, workshops and volunteer training, get in touch to find out how we can work together to highlight the unique qualities of your site for your visitors and beyond.
'I'm so glad we caught the tale of Idun, you told it fantastically! What a magical evening!', Hannah Fletcher
I and my step granddaughter 4 yrs were entranced by a story teller who told us about the queen rat, her treasure and a hapless labourer who cleaned out the cess pits during the night. Most entertaining and not a sound was heard from the spellbound audience both adult and children of all ages. That tells you something.'
Steve H, Visitor at Weald & Downland Museum Review via Trip Advisor.
'Your storytelling skills are on another level! Amazing. Seeing how enthralled the children were with your
words was pure magic'. Lisa Hall
'Absolutely love listening to DD Storyteller. Her stories are so engaging and she provides a wealth of information about them too. It's great that there is the opportunity to listen online as I am too far away to attend in person. Brilliant nights entertainment, thoroughly recommended.' Alison Scott
Circles & Workshops
I provide workshops and gatherings for story lovers, exploring nature centric tales, mythology, folklore and legend through activities, storytelling and journaling.
Get in touch to find out more about circles for wild women, workshops that explore narrative as a communication tool for the workplace and workshops for those who wish to bring story into their own creative practice.
Many thanks for your talk last night at our AGM. People were spellbound listening to your tales and the delightful way you told them. You have a great talent to stand there in front of an audience with no script and keep everyone’s attention as the story unfolds. You made it a great evening.
Martyn Kille, Hambledon Arts Society
'Thank you so much for your story telling today - we took some quotes from the children at the end of the day it featured heavily as a part that they loved!
Kingsworthy Primary School, The Royal Opening Of The Arc, Winchester
'Great to work with Dawn again! She very cleverly re-developed our National Tea Day event for online consumption, and this hit our young family audiences perfectly. We had some great engagement with her video chapters of the story of Alice in Wonderland and still cannot believe how she managed to transform her living room into such a brilliant tea party scene. '
Katrina Foxton, Staunton Country Park (during the first lockdown 2020)
schools & Youth Groups
Stories are a great way to learn. Tell someone a story and it will stay with them forever. They are a perfect example of learning through play.
I offer workshops for schools that can be themed to suit your topic for that term and cover a range of subjects from history and heritage to nature and local legends.
To facilitate these sessions I use costume, activities, puppets and Kamishibai Theatre depending on the age of the audience.
I also visit Cub, Scout, Brownie and Guide groups for storytelling and story making sessions.
Spent an amazing day on a storytelling course learning about stories, nature and place, with DD Storyteller. I learnt so much and heard some wonderful tales. Definitely recommend her course and events.'