1. Little Alf came to live with Hannah

    December 2012

    Little Alf the mini Shetland came to Live with Hannah in the Yorkshire Dales

  2. Hannah started blogging about her adventures with Little Alf

    January 2013

    Hannah dropped out of A levels due to an injury and started a blog about Little Alf her miniature Shetland pony.

  3. Little Alf reached 10,000 followers!

    December 2013

    Hannah and Little Alf had over 10,000 followers online about Little Alf’s adventures and Hannah decided to write a book about Little Alf.

  4. Hannah's first book was published

    October 2014

     Hannah’s first children’s book was published about Little Alf when she was just 17 years old – ‘The Magical adventure of Little Alf – The discovery of the wild pony’

  5. Hannah added a second title to the Little Alf book series

    April 2015

    Due to the success of the first book, Hannah and Little Alf’s second book was published ‘The Magical adventure of Little Alf – The enchanted forest’

  6. London Agency

    May 2015

    Hannah and Little Alf received lots of international press and Hannah was taken on my by London literacy agency in London.

  7. Young entrepreneur rising star

    June 2015

    Hannah received ‘Young entrepreneur rising star’ award for North Yorkshire

  8. Little Alf the magic helper

    October 2015

    Hannah’s 3rd Book was published ‘Little Alf the magic helper’ which received an award for ‘5 star book for children’ in December 2015

  9. The Magical adventure of Little Alf - The secrets in the woods

    April 2016

    Little Alf’s forth children’s book was published ‘The Magical adventure of Little Alf - The secrets in the woods’

  10. Little Alf’s following grew even more

    July 2016

    Little Alf’s following had grown even more and was starting to get recognised all over the world, Hannah started to build her way up in the career ladder.

  11. London awards

    December 2016

    At the age of 19 years old, Hannah was runner up at the great British entrepreneur awards in London.

  12. Yorkshire Times

    January 2017

    Hannah becomes a features writer for the Yorkshire Times, a newspaper based in North Yorkshire.

  13. Special recognition award

    April 2017

    Hannah received a ‘special recognition’ award from HRH Princess Anne for dedication to the ‘Riding for disabled association.’ Hannah loves helping charity through her work.

  14. Little Alf shop

    August 2017

    Hannah opened up the first Little Alf shop in Leyburn Market town – close to her home.

  15. Little Alf’s memoir

    October 2017

    Little Alf’s memoir was published with ‘Little Brown publishing’ – ‘Little Alf the true story of a pint sized pony who found his forever home and was an instant best seller on amazon.

  16. won New York literacy award

    November 2017

    Hannah’s children’s book ‘Little Alf the magic helper’ won New York’s literacy award.

  17. ‘Russell Rhino

    January 2018

    Hannah launched ‘Russell Rhino’ an international clothing brand dedicated to helping Rhinos.

  18. Helping Rhinos

    February 2018

    Hannah became an ambassador to ‘Helping Rhinos’ the charity.

  19. Every Horse remembered

    March 2018

    Hannah and Little Alf become ‘Every Horse remembered’ ambassadors to Brooke, a charity which helps the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules all over the world.

  20. Hannah linked up with local artist Stacey Moore

    June 2018

    Hannah linked up with local artist Stacey Moore to create a piece of art for the Brooke charity featuring Little Alf to remember to horses, donkeys and mules who lost their lives in the First World War.

  21. Quirky Cows

    July 2018

    Hannah became work with her mum ‘Sharron Russell’ on her brand ‘Quirky Cows’ and became director to the company..

  22. Success in Germany

    October 2018

    Hannah & Little Alf’s memoir was translated and launched in Germany.

  23. Hannah’s 8th book was published

    November 2018

    After a busy year of writing, Hannah’s 8th book was published ‘Little Alf and the Christmas wish’ the book sold out before it hit the shelves.

  24. Money raised for Brooke charity

    November 2018

    The drawing of Little Alf created by Stacey Moore was auctioned by Alistair Steward and raised £1,200 for the Brooke charity.

  25. Meeting the duchess of Cornwall

    December 2018

    Hannah met HRH the duchess of Cornwall and received a thank you award for supporting the Brooke charity from Petra Ingram chief Executive at Brooke.

  26. Brooke charity ambassador

    January 2019

    Hannah becomes official ambassador to the ‘Brooke’ charity with a special ‘youth focus’ to help raise awareness for 2019.

About Hannah

Hannah Russell is a best-selling author, business coach, motivational speaker and entrepreneur based in the Yorkshire Dales. Her work has become inspiring and a role model for many individuals across the globe and has won awards for her books and business skills across the UK, USA and Germany.

Hannah’s first book was published when she was just 17 years old about her miniature Shetland pony Little Alf, he stands at 28 inches high due to him having dwarfism. Little Alf came to live with Hannah at a point in her life when she needed a new focus the most, after discovering she had fractured vertebrae’s in her back and had to give up horse riding, she took a year of college and not long after Little Alf came to live with her. Time was soon spent looking after him every day, she began a blog about him online which grew quite rapidly and he soon had his own fan base, this led Hannah to write a book about him and his adventures based for children, after writing the first book she decided to write another book, then another and by this time they were becoming quite a known duo across the UK. Soon after in 2017, Hannah was taken on by a literacy agency in London and they published the true story on Little Alf and Hannah ‘Little Alf the true story of a pint sized pony who found his forever home’ this was an instant best seller on amazon and went on to be published in different languages. Little Alf now has a series of books published about him and new books being released every year, he also has his own merchandise range and large online fan base, he has become quite the household name. Each year Hannah and Little Alf do a couple of appearances where people come and meet him, usually thousands of people flock to see him.

After becoming an established author, this sparked Hannah’s interest for business and charity work. She started working with schools and universities across the UK to give talks on her journey as an author and was soon being booked every week to visit somewhere new.

In the mean time she was studying interior design at home and had a part time job at an interior shop in Leyburn, a couple of years later the interior shop Hannah was working at as a ‘Saturday’ girl once over became available and she took over the business which is now known as ‘Russell home interiors and gifts’ and has a shop located in the Yorkshire Dales, Leyburn market town, the shop is all about escaping the ordinary and standing out from the crowd.

Hannah now has 6 business in total and spend a lot of her time working in her home office in the Yorkshire Dales, she has 16 rescue pets, including dogs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses and rabbits who regularly features on her blogs and she writes about.

Hannah is also ambassador for two charities ‘Helping Rhinos’ and ‘Brooke Action for working horses, donkeys and mules’ she has also worked with the charities overseas and takes part in fundraising events and campaigns every year.

She has received awards from HRH Princess Anne and The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla for her work towards charities. 

In 2020 Hannah was diagnosed with Sarcoma Cancer after discovering a lump in her hip due to extreme pain, after undergoing a course of radiotherapy and treatment, Hannah now wants to go forward and raise funds for Sarcoma UK and has begun fundraising for the charity through a clothing range.

Little Alf and Hannah

Little Alf and Hannah

Little Alf and Hannah