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I'm Hanan

Experienced 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 litter 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 3am Marzouq and El Soltania (bowel), and many other stories that I remember to this day, and that was the nucleus that sparked my love for 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 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 pursues. I believe that storytelling is an ancient art, but it has been forgotten, and I seek to revive that great art.

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Professional Storyteller

launched El Hakawateya (the Storyteller) brand


Decided to pursue the storytelling career ...

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


Got a Certificate on Storytelling for Children from Julie Neal from the International School of Storytelling


Made a Career Shift and left the coporate world ...

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


Graduated from theAmerican University in Cairo


To be one of the best storyteller inEgypt and the Arab World and establish the Art of storytelling among our communities


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.


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


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


To Create awareness about the Art of Storytelling


educate and coach as many storytellers as possible and guide them through their journey

Storytelling performance

storytelling become part of the performing arts in Egypt and the Arab world.

Next Generation

to see the coming generations of storytellers make their way easy and smooth

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