Hannah Need was always the storyteller in her family. She would tell and perform stories for
anyone that would listen. She loved to tell not just ‘Once upon a time tales…’ but also share
anecdotes, news and chat about family traditions, keeping these memories alive. Her love of
words and language led her to practice as a Speech and Language Therapist for nearly 20 years,
enabling people to find the words to tell their stories.
After a change of heart, perhaps a premature mid-life crisis and having children Hannah’s love of
words, language, and all things story, led her into the world of storytelling.
When Hannah tells stories there is often a contemporary twist, a personal anecdote, observations
from life around us. Her stories take you on wonderful journeys of escapism whilst her candid
observations and willingness to share sometimes difficult life events often ring true. As you listen
to Hannah’s stories unfold, you’ll definitely laugh, may shed a tear, or just feel that you’re not the
only one going slightly mad during lockdown! To describe Hannah’s storytelling in 3 words, would
be to say its generous, gentle and gorgeous.
Hannah’s storytelling work has taken her all over the place, including schools, gardens, festivals,
art exhibitions and more recently the wonderful world of zoom and audio storytelling. Whilst
missing live audiences Hannah delights in the opportunity to meet and collaborate with
storytellers and audiences from this country and around the world.