Settle Stories Blog

Interviews with Storytellers - Alia Alzougbi

Alia is a Lebanese storyteller based in London. She performed at the Settle Storytelling Festival in 2010.

Stories on a Postcard

Ernest Hemingway once said his best work was a short story of only six words: 'For sale: baby shoes, never worn.' So here's the challenge. Can you write a very short story that will fit on no more than a postcard? Even if you think you can't, why not give it a go? Get your creative juices flowing and send your story to Settle Stories, c/o Victoria Hall, Settle.

Why is storytelling important?

Once, there was an anthropologist who went to conduct research in small village in West Africa. The year before his visit the village had been given the gift of electricity, and every hut had a TV set. When the Anthropologist returned a year later he discovered all the televisions stacked up in an abandoned hut. So he went to see the Head Man. Anthropologist: What don't you use TV sets? Head Man: We have a storyteller. Anthropologist: Maybe, but the TV knows thousands of stories. Head Man: True, but the storyteller knows us.


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