Hi, I'm Dawn Nelson, also known as DD Storyteller. I live in a village on the beautiful South Downs and my passion is connecting people with nature, history and the landscape that surrounds them, through storytelling.
Working as an author, storyteller and consultant, I write and perform interactive, original and traditional tales, as well as creating story based events, workshops and storytelling clubs for all ages.
I believe that one of the ways we can reconnect with the Earth is through story. Our ancestors left the answers right there, coded into their tales: be kind to each other, do not take your fellow animals for granted, create strong bonds and respect the earth.
As well as local schools and libraries, my clients include Royal Victoria Country Park, Butser Ancient Farm, Gilbert White's House & Gardens, Petersfield Museum, Winchester Museum and events such as The Royal opening of The Arc in Winchester.
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. In addition I train volunteers and staff to tell these stories so that sites can continue to perform them as part of their educational offer. A Victorian military hospital, Neolithic house, Iron Age sheep, embassies to China, the Night Watch, Regency dockyards, Antarctic explorations and the work of Gilbert White have all appeared in my stories.
Rewilding Story Circle
Experience the restorative power of ancient tales that connect us with nature and the land we live on, nourishing your soul and rewilding you through story.
Once a month we gather at the Wild Nest Yoga Studio in Petersfield to explore nature centric tales and folklore through mindful moments, storytelling and journaling.
My online offer includes events, interactive videos, Patreon subscription platform and a podcast. Over lockdown I performed over 40 online shows for a variety of audiences, independently, in collaboration with other storytellers and in association with local libraries and heritage sites.
I continue to produce videos for my Youtube account and online events for public and private event.
Events & Workshops For Adults
I provide talks and storytelling for older audiences and will happily provide talks for your groups or organisation on the origins of story, mythical beings, folklore, the story collectors and more.
My workshops focus on the stories of our childhood and those that connect us with nature, in order to understand ourselves and reconnect with the Earth as well as providing ways you can start telling your own stories.
As a reenactor I perfrom as part of the group Herigea Hundas and you can find me storytelling at their events regularly.
Schools, Festivals & Community Events
I provide workshops and storytelling sesions covering heritage and nature, which tie into national curriculum. From the Stone Age to the present day and I have a variety of ways to provide interactive educational experiences for children that connect them with nature and the world around them allowing them to learn through play.
I can also provide sessions based on the seasons and the Wheel Of The Year using the stories and acvities in my book 'Adventures In Nature'.
Underpinning all my work is my love of nature, the land and connecting with it through story, and you can visit my blog for ways to connect with heritage and wildlife through story.