Shows lie at the very heart of Dales culture. Originally local in scale, and agricultural in outlook, many have grown over generations to become the bustling festivals we know today, appealing to farmers, day-trippers and tourists alike.
Charlotte Brontë is thought to have said - “I'm just going to write because I cannot help it”, and the attribution may not be apocryphal: she was impulsive, governed by an extraordinary muse, and powerfully driven to express the kinds of opinions and sentiments which were generally denied to those of her class and gender.
Can you catch starlight? Well Little Possum certainly could. This brilliant performance – Starlight, performed at Victoria Hall in Settle for Settle Stories (on December the 17th 2016)- had every child laughing, excited and delighted: it was enjoyed by all.
I remember, many years ago, a friend of mine fulfilling the requirements of a Master's degree course with a dissertation on the 'Concept of Fun', and thinking at the time that her choice stretched the bounds of credulity. How wrong was I ?
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.
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.
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.
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.