Sita Brand

Sita Brand

Sita Brand is the founder and director of Settle Stories. After a degree in Drama at Exeter University, Sita got a job with Common Lore storytellers and musicians with whom she toured for several years. Since then she has worked as an actress, presenter, writer, director, producer and arts consultant. In 1999, she went to Singapore as Artist in Residence funded by the British Council. Here she toured her one woman show Memories of an Indian Childhood to Singapore and Malaysia and ran workshops in storytelling.

On returning to the UK in 2000, she helped set up the Rich Mix Centre in London and established the multi-million pound programme Decibel for Arts Council England. More recently she performed for the North Pennine Storytelling Festival, Lime Tree Festival and in 2016 is set to tour her show 'Memories of an Indian Childhood' across the UK.

I'm struck by how well Brand retains the attention of her young audience despite having to make herself heard above the thumping musical beats coming from outside the yurt.

Afterwards we troop into the darkness. From the conversations outside, it's apparent that many of those in the tent have returned for the second night running, reminding me of something Brand had said earlier about how, at last year's storytelling festival, many people went thinking they'd just go to one event but found themselves attending to several. Why? "That's just about the simple pleasure of listening to a damn good yarn."

- The Guardian

Upcoming Events: 

Peak Performance

Saturday, 7 April 2018 - 2:00pm
1 hour
Friends' Meeting House - Settle

Explore how story and mindfulness can motivate and empower people to make change. During this panel discussion, you'll hear why story and mindfulness can empower people in various settings, including an argument for increasing such practices in health and well-being settings.


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Walking and Writing Mindfulness Retreat

Friday, 6 July 2018 - 5:00pm
Until Sun 8th July, 5pm
The Joinery
A series of mindfulness walks in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside around Settle. Experience a deeper connection with your own inner landscape during these mostly silent walks as well as with the outer world through which you journey.

EARLY BIRD places are SOLD OUT for this retreat.

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Creative Writing & Mindfulness Retreat - Oct 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018 - 5:00pm
Until Sun 21st October (4pm)
The Joinery

Creative Writing & Mindfulness Retreat

Discover how using mindfulness can develop your creative writing.

Step out of your everyday and into a place of reflection amongst like minded people in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.


A limited number of Early Bird Tickets are available until 31 July 2018.

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