Settle Stories Blog

What makes historical fiction so popular?

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.

Restoring our Local Stories

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.

How Reading can Tackle your January Blues

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.

'A Tyrant Spell'

The Brontës - An Evening of Words & Music

Review: Winter Stories

Winter Stories at the Falcon Manor, Settle, 20/12/2016. Settle Stories Autumn / Winter Events Season Reviewed by Gill O'Donnell for The Craven Herald and Pioneer

Your Story - Your Voice

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.

Craven dialect brought back to life with Heritage Lottery Fund support

It's good news from us here at Settle Stories. We've been  awarded £49,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Young Roots Programme.

Grappling with poetry

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:

5 Facts you may not know about Christmas

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

Review: The Shahnameh

Reviewed by Gill O'Donnell for The Craven Herald and Pioneer The Shahnameh at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, 11,11,2016. Settle Stories Autumn / Winter Events Season


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