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 I'm Hanan

Professional Storyteller


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My Story

I were born in 1975, I graduated from the American University in Cairo. and later held several positions in major international companies before shifting my career towards my passion, storytelling. My story began with the bedtime stories that my father used to tell me when I were a little girl. My father would sit next to me on the bed and tell me the stories of the clever rabbit and the cunning fox and of Uncle Marzouq and Bowl (El Soltania), and many other stories that I remember to this day, and that was the nucleus that sparked my love of storytelling, stories and reading in general.


In 2011, I left working full-time in companies and established a social enterprise under the name Yohka Anna (Once Upon a Time) which aimed to spread the culture of reading among children. Among the activities carried out by the Organization was the activity of storytelling, which later I decided to pursue  in 2021. I began my career as a storyteller to children and adults. I didn't lean on only my storytelling talent, so I sought to study the art of storytelling in various places, such as the International School of Storytelling in England,  StoryWallahs organization in India, and El Warsha Troupe led by Hassan Al-Gretli in Egypt. Then I designed the Art of Storytelling Workshop in order to spread the culture of storytelling and train the largest number of storytellers; this is one of my goals that I pursue. I believes that storytelling is an ancient art, but it has been forgotten, and U seek to restore life to that great art.

 

2021
Professional Storyteller

got a Certificate on Storytelling for Children from StoryWallahs Organization in India

2011

Made a Career Shift towards Education and got a Certificate in Trainer of Trainers (TOT) from Action Aid Organization

got a Certificate in Trainer of Trainers (TOT) from Action Aid Organization​

2000

Graduated from the American University in Cairo

Vision

To be one of the best stroyteller in Egypt and the Arab World and establish the Art of storytelling among our communities

Mission

My mission as a storyteller is to embody my deepest values and to convey them with openness and honesty; to be true to the audience, by delivering on the promise that it will be worth their time by acknowledging their needs and involving them in the narrative.

Values

Accountability - Integrity - Passion & fun - Positivity - All-embracing - Freedom

Objective

to be part of reviving this art and make all the people of Egypt and the Arab world enjoy it once again

Awareness

be part of the awareness movement about the art of storytelling

Storytellers

guide as many storytellers as possible

Community

be part of the storytellers community

Next generation

watch the next generation making their way 


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