Storytelling, poetry and sharing

‘Stand By Your Nan’ is an Arts Council funded show and storytelling participatory experience about Rachel Sambrooks’ grandmother and yours.

Often unsung stories, grandmothers give us a perspective on the timeline of life that is rarely honoured and this show is full of poems, humour and stories all about my Nan’s story, with sharing of others.

The event is all about turning memories into stories. Recognising the unforgettable & unsung women in our lives and keeping their stories alive, exploring where we came from, and how those women contributed to who we are today.

My Nan, Eve Hind, was the original Educating Rita who pretended to be an ordinary working class housewife whilst she dreamed of greater things, became a new age pioneer on strange spiritual quests and as a lifelong learner, became a fine art graduate in her 80s. 

This is an inclusive and sharing event and everyone is welcome- all ages, genders, races and abilities. The more, the merrier.

You can buy a pdf of book here: Stand By Your Nan book

You can hear two of the poems ‘By  Heart’ and ‘On the Buzzes’ here: soundcloud

Quotes from audience:

‘A wonderful series of poetry, narrative and wit that will acquaint you with Eve and make you think of your own grandmother’

‘powerful and evocative performance piece which brought Rachel’s grandmother to life and reminded me of the importance of honouring our heritage and the female principle’

‘Stand By Your Nan’ is written and performed by Rachel Sambrooks and supported by producer/director Sameena Zehra with marketing assistance from Joanna Hedges.


The show was piloted in 2016 at Sutton Libraries, with workshop and open mic, including a local group of poets Words Aloud Collective who I facilitated to write and perform group and individual poems inspired by the theme.

‘Stand By Your Nan’ appeared at Women in Comedy Festival, Manchester and Brighton Fringe May 19/20th and is available for booking for community venues and festivals alike.