Settle Stories Blog

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.

Chocolate inspires her creativity - Q&A with festival artist Sarah Sayeed

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.

Other people fuel my creativity - Interview with Darius Nash

  Darius Nash is a new face at this years Settle Stories Festival and one we're very excited to see. 

'Im not afraid to fail' - storyteller Ursula Holden Gill, interview

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)

Alim Kamara - Hip-hop artist | Storyteller

Alim Kamara is an award-winning lyricist; he is a hip-hop artist, storyteller and poet who is based in the UK and will be joining us in April for the Settle Stories Festival.

Value your everyday life, its fascinating

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.

Great photographers listen to their unique voice

Photographers are our eyes to the world. They educate us, inform us and inspire us. 

Review: Winnie the Pooh Day

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.

Women in Fairy Tales: ‘Snow White’ and the Insidious Power of Gender Stereotypes.

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?


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