The art of storytelling does not have to begin and end with a narrative, though a gifted writer may seduce a reader in absentia, in the silence of an armchair maybe, or by torchlight beneath the duvet of a winter's evening. J K Rowling does not need to be present to draw countless children and plenty of adults, into her web of fantasy.
Most of us have read at least one poem in our lives, even sometimes without realising it. One of the most well-known may be:
Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, but so are you
But poems don’t need to rhyme or be short to be considered a poem. We thought we would introduce you to 5 types of poem which you may or may not have come across before:
We have finally opened the first few squares of our advent calendar and Christmas trees are beginning to pop up all over the place, so with the festive season growing daily we thought we would bring you a quick 5 facts
It is with pleasure that we welcome storyteller extraordinaire Chris Bostock back to Settle Stories in December for a much anticipated family show at Victoria Hall. Enthusiastic audience members who warmly greeted last year's winter extravaganza, The Snow Bear, will recall Chris' electric stage presence and infectious joie de vivre.
Apart from being one of the Trustees of Settle Stories, Jane Rice-Bowen has taught English in Japan, staged rock concerts and pantomimes, been involved in the London 2012 opening and closing ceremonies, and been CEO of the National Centre for Circus Arts.
Studies show that between a third and half of British adults believe in ghosts, and one in ten of us claims to have had a ghostly encounter. Most cultures worldwide have their own ideas of ghosts or spirits, if not as the manifestations of the dead, then as angels, demons, or other supernatural inhabitants of our world.