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)
Brazillian storyteller Ana Maria Lines will once again be joining us in the Yorkshrie Dales. She blew audiences away at the 2014 Settle Stories Festival and we're expecting great things of her at the 2018 Settle Stories Festival.
Winnie the Pooh Day in Settle, 20/01/2018. Settle Stories Autumn/Winter Events Season. Reviewed by Gill O'Donnell for the Craven Herald and Pioneer
In recent years the variety of events and range of performers taking part in Settle Storytelling Festival have conclusively demonstrated that stories are not just an activity for children.
Fairy tales depict the fantastical lives of princes and princesses, witches and ogres, giants and dragons. They have endured because of their magical power to take us away from the mundanity of everyday life and capture our imaginations. But are they really so far removed from reality?
The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh from the Hundred Acre Wood are stories which almost every adult and child living in Britain today will be familiar with. The honey-loving yellow bear with his adorable collection of friends, including Christopher Robin have filled many a storytelling hour for young children across the globe.
Perhaps our observance, celebration and misrecognition of Christmas are silken threads in a grander tapestry. Maybe the enduring shadows of the Christian, the pagan and the rapaciously commercial are only disparate mirrors of our yearning to feel secure, to return 'home', wherever home is.
Settle Stories is supported and governed by a board of trustees with an amazing skill set. Ann Rutherford is the latest addition to the board. A busy arts professional, we caught up with Ann to find out more about her.
Q: Tell us a little about your background. How did you get to where you are today?