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?
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.
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.
Sarah Sayeed is a writer and musical artist who has written and performed nationally and internationally with shows to include Samson and Delilah, Sydney Festival, BBC Mela, Brighton Fringe and DePercussion. Trained in Indian classical techniques with maestro Swati Natekar, she has released work through Public Transit Recordings and her own single Black Is independently.
Ursula Holden-Gill is an award-winning storyteller, writer and educator. Described as a “one woman tour de force,” her blend of music and storytelling is captivating and sparks the imagination.
“Ursula is an enchanting, highly engaging storyteller. She takes her audience on an absorbing journey of laughter, wonder and surprise.” (BBC Writers Room, 2015)