If you’re reading this, you probably know about the many and varied storytelling events and workshops that Settle Stories run for the general public, but did you know that those events are only a small part of all that we do? One thing that a lot of people don’t know about Settle Stories is that we work with over 6,000 school pupils every year as part of our learning programme, bringing professional storytellers into schools to tell stories and lead workshops with children of all ages.
Mother’s Day has come around again and as we get into March it is time to think about what we can buy for the loved ‘mum’ in our life. This may be your own mum, your grandma, your children’s mum or just a friend who you think is a mum deserving of a special gift.
When what are loosely called 'Science Fiction' writers step into the near or far future they are obliged to do so speculatively. Their invented realities are necessarily 'alternative' in the sense that they (and we) cannot know which way existential signposts will hang in the wind; the legends such signs bear remain hieroglyphs until they clarify over time.
Shows lie at the very heart of Dales culture. Originally local in scale, and agricultural in outlook, many have grown over generations to become the bustling festivals we know today, appealing to farmers, day-trippers and tourists alike.
Charlotte Brontë is thought to have said - “I'm just going to write because I cannot help it”, and the attribution may not be apocryphal: she was impulsive, governed by an extraordinary muse, and powerfully driven to express the kinds of opinions and sentiments which were generally denied to those of her class and gender.
Can you catch starlight? Well Little Possum certainly could. This brilliant performance – Starlight, performed at Victoria Hall in Settle for Settle Stories (on December the 17th 2016)- had every child laughing, excited and delighted: it was enjoyed by all. Here is a review from on of your Young Reviewers - Anya.
I remember, many years ago, a friend of mine fulfilling the requirements of a Master's degree course with a dissertation on the 'Concept of Fun', and thinking at the time that her choice stretched the bounds of credulity. How wrong was I ?
Writers such as Philippa Gregory, Bernard Cornwell, C J Sansom and Hilary Mantel are responsible for writing some of the UK’s best historical fiction, a genre which in recent years has grown in popularity. Their books take historical characters, events and places but use fictionalised central characters to help flesh out the storyline.
Since we first started out, promotion of the Arts in the wider community has been at the very heart of Settle Stories own 'story'. Which is why our recent award of £49,900 of Heritage Lottery Funding will make such a fantastic difference to the way in which we can restore local stories, local (hi)stories, to the forefront of our imaginations where they have always belonged.
January – even sometimes the word can make one feel low in spirits; it’s cold, dark, Christmas festivities are a distant memory and we usually don’t have a holiday to look forward to for at least a few weeks or months. But here at Settle Stories we have the perfect remedy for your January Blues . . . reading.