Settle Stories Blog

Human Beings are Hard-Wired to Play

Want to have a go at writing, or refresh your writing skills? Can’t figure out how to develop to the next level? Have you ever considered using creative play?

Dolls & their untold stories

Here at Settle Stories HQ we’ve been collecting stories, stories of people's favourite dolls and teddy bears for some time for our exhibition, My Favourite Doll at the Listening Gallery.

Could you be a creative writer?

Ever thought you’re not capable of writing? Creative writing is an art. The art of making things up. It's writing done in a way that is not academic or technical but still attracts an audience. Though the definition is rather loose, creative writing can for the most part be considered any writing that is original and self-expressive.

How mindfulness improves creativity

Interest in the  psychological effects of mindfulness-meditation has grown in the last decade. Several studies suggest that being mindful leads to better functioning and increased attention. But how can mindfulness improve our ability to be creative?

2018 Festival reviews

  SETTLE STORIES FESTIVAL 2018 All reviews by Gill O'Donnell 

Travelling Together

Emma Dawson Varughese will be wowing children and adults alike at this year’s festival with her KARVAN installation. Emma describes this experience as: 

A love for making

Agnis Smallwood is a Yorkshire based designer, maker, researcher and educator who in her own words “loves to create, make and teach.” Whilst studying for her degree in Contemporary Applied Arts she was gifted two looms and first discovered a passion for weaving.

'Art should be social' - Q&A with Mhairi Lockett

This year the Settle Stories Festival programme illustration was created by a local young artist, illustrator Mhairi Lockett. We're proud to have supported local, young talent and increadibly blow away with the fantastic result! She's come up  one of our most powerful, eye catching festival covers to date.

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