Well it’s that time of year again when we fill up the stockings and toy boxes of our loved little ones. But aside from the latest toys and video games, what about the books that you’ll buy your children this year?
“From One Generation to Another”: Old Stories for a Young Audience with The Snow Bear
If there is a time for seeing old friends, Christmas is it. This Christmas Settle Stories are inviting an old friend to town - Chris Bostock, who last visited us at the 2013 Settle Stories Festival.
The UK has a firmly established tradition of country writing, ranging from purveyors of wonderfully colorful narrative detail - Laurie Lee, Gavin Maxwell; to those, such as Wordsworth, who took an existential interest in the fitting of Man to landscape; to others, like Robert Macfarlane, who examine country landscapes through the sometimes mystical prism of ancient habitation and use.
Dominic Kelly has been heralded as 'Compelling' by the Times and as a 'Master Storyteller' - BBC Radio. This Sunday (22.11.15) we're welcoming him to perform 'The Hero Light' in Settle. The show has been six years in the making, it's a wild epic from Irish Mythology. We thought we'd catch up with Dominic before Sunday to find out more...
'Moreover to light a fire is the instinctive and resistant act of man, when, at the winter ingress, the curfew is sounded throughout nature. It indicates a spontaneous Promethean rebelliousness against the fiat that this recurrent season shall bring foul times, cold darkness, misery and death.
I wasn't aware, until yesterday, that polar bears amble about at a leisurely pace so as to avoid overheating. With two layers of fur, and one hefty layer of body fat as insulation, this should come as no surprise.
Myths and legends are some of the oldest tales on our planet. They are usually known as such due to their longevity and the fact they have been passed down from parent to child and friend to friend so have been changed and exaggerated over the years.
If we were hoping to corroborate the work of Settle Stories by finding similar projects to our own in the region, then Temple Newsam House in Leeds might not, on the face of it, seem like the most promising starting point.
In an era of mass communication, when information hurtles round the globe at bewildering speed, and when available choice of reading matter massively outweighs our capacity to digest even the smallest fraction of it, it is easy to forget that stories, mythical tales, narratives, were once disseminated by word of mouth.