Settle Stories Blog

Storytelling Meets Poetry in a Camden Kitchen

Storytelling but with rhymes and more wordplay - Clair’s description of her poetry-play Chopping Chillies doesn’t boast of rave reviews or the countless hours of hard work it’s taken to bring the show to the Settle stage.

A master craft - Emily Knight on Enameling

Emily Knight graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a First Class Honours degree in Jewellery and Siversmithing. She now owns and runs 'Studio Vault' in Settle, where she sells and makes her own jewellery which is also distributed to stockists across the UK.

‘The Stories Have Us’: Mythmaking with Martin Shaw

Dr Martin Shaw is a storyteller and expert in the oral tradition who runs the Westcountry School of Myth and Story on Dartmoor, lectures on oral tradition at Standford University in the US, and has published two books on mythology, as well as translations of Gaelic and Welsh folklore.

Creating stories with comics

It is difficult to get a reliable angle on the work of Dave Crane because so much of what he extrudes through the mill of the imagination is, by turns, mysterious, satirical, witty, profound, deeply moving and, of course, funny.


If you could choose any job, what would it be? Surely storyteller in residence would be high up the list? This week, we spoke to the storyteller in residence at York Theatre Royal Cath  Heinemeyer.

The Song of the Sderot Siren - Dror Kessler

The much travelled Israeli balladeer, Dror Kessler, is paying a visit to Airton this month, at the end of a tour of England and Wales.

Stories About Jack: The Unexpected Ending

'Jack and the Beanstalk that we all remember from childhood, where Jack is the unsuspecting hero. I won't be telling that.’

A closer look at storytelling in Africa

With a breathtaking range of performance experiences to his name, Githanda Githae bounds on to the Settle Stories Festival scene armed only with an electrifying presence. A Kenyan actor, teacher, theatre-group director, storyteller, and all round raconteur, Githanda breathes life into adaptations of African stories and legends as a means of breaking down inhibiting cultural barriers.

Alexander Litvinenko - a story not forgotten

The poisoning of Russian dissident Alexander  Litvinenko is a news story that many of us remember. The story first hit the news back in 2006. Was Litvinenko's cup of tea really posisoned? For years, the case went very quiet and most of us forgot the story. Most of us, but not all...

Stories don't have to be spoken

Neapolitan Folklore Finds its Way to Yorkshire!


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