Nell has a global repertoire of stories for adults; folk, fairy, myth and legend with the untamed, disorderly and feral left beating at the heart of the tales.

'She is daring and funny, soulful and provoking, and values, above all, the connection with the audience.'

  • Little Red Riding Hood and Other Lost Girls
  • The Girl Who Married A Dog: Arctic stories
  • Kiss of Forgetfulness: love play tricks of mis-remembering in a soot-stained city
  • How To Find Your Perfect Partner: short tales of true and mis-matched lovers
  • Trickster Tales: extraordinary, elemental tales from around the world
  • The Late Night Rude Show: rude and very rude stories!

'I was easily swept up in the lyrical, tragic moments that tripped off Nell’s tongue like water off the proverbial merman’s back'

kistlou blog, audience member

'Nell Phoenix has been regularly performing at our fabled Bedtime Story Nights for over five years, playing a hugely important role in making them one of the best reviewed events in the country. She is ALWAYS the first person we contact when we are scheduling new dates, and she is also our first choice for any bespoke events we are asked to do for high-profile corporate clients such as Charles Heidsieck Champagne or The Royal Exchange.

Nell is a natural performer with a rare gift to woo, tease, inspire and enchant an audience. She is a joy to work with, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is programming events, or who simply wants to enjoy an evening brimming over with wild wit and gentle wisdom. Nell is an absolute star!!’

David Carter 40 Winks Hotel London

Nell's stories are told (not read!) – call it traditional storytelling or oral or fabulous old stories re-told: Nell’s performance storytelling creates a rich and sociable event in a limitless variety of spaces.  

Nell aims to excite extraordinary images in the minds of the listeners and take them on a wild ride through known and little-told stories. Traditional storytelling connects powerfully with contemporary audiences whilst honouring the traditional spirit and tone of the tale.

Storytelling is an entertainment, a shared experience and a spur to the imagination. Through myths, folktales, legends, epics and fairytales we find a means to a deeper understanding of each other and ourselves.

The storytelling place is a haven in the noise and bustle of any festival. The place can be in a tent, around a campfire, on a magic carpet or under a tree - or any quiet corner of a field, playground or street.

Nell's storytelling is ideally suited for festival events, both indoors and out. Her great pool of stories lets her fit the story to the audience, young and old.

Nell tells tales from all nooks and crannies of the world, inspiring wonder, laughter, excitement and, sometimes, horror...

  • Stories for children and adults
  • Lively, interactive storytelling style
  • Tales told on a theme for special events

Storytelling is truly exciting – it makes you think, question and challenge ideas

Storytelling in schools enhances the development of our children as readers, writers and thinkers. Through storytelling, Nell inspires learning in the classroom by:

  • encouraging listening and concentration
  • valuing the individual's contribution and raising self-esteem
  • developing language skills to tell stories and express our response to them
  • widening the breadth of the pupils' emotional, moral and cultural understanding

Nell has years of experience with students of all ages 3 – 19 years old. All students engage with the energy and immediacy of a story well told - live and direct! They actively listen, comment and participate.

(Here are) some of the sketches that Y4 drew – inspired by your wonderful storytelling! Thank you for sharing your stories with our children, as you can see from the photos, they thoroughly enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again in the near future!

Judith Kelly Communications Manager, Christchurch School March 2016

We were at the ROH on Sunday and our children really enjoyed your stories. LOVED them! As did we. It made me realise being told (rather than read) stories is all too rare, and there is something magical about it.

Royal Opera House 2016

Thou shalt not is soon forgotten but once upon a time lasts forever.

Philip Pullman

Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

G.K. Chesterton