Settle to stage first festival of storytelling

Festival organiser Sita Brand

Festival organiser Sita Brand

First published in What's On

Tales to inspire the mind and fire the imagination will be told in Settle as the market town hosts its first-ever storytelling festival.

The event, which runs from October 7 to 10, is designed to appeal to audiences of all ages.

It is devoted to the tradition of storytelling and aims to provide people with a rich and memorable experience. Visitors will be given a unique live experience as well as the chance to encounter voices from different cultures and traditions.

Highlights include a performance by folk musician Jackie Oates; tea and tales with BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding and Settle’s Alan Hemsworth; an evening for three generations with England’s first Storytelling Laureate Taffy Thomas and late- night ghost stories with Lebanese actress Alia Al Zougbi and storyteller Sita Brand.

Other attractions include tales from Africa and the Caribbean with international artist Jan Blake; an evening of Irish mythology and song with Nick Hennessey and Simon Heywood and storytelling walks around the town led by Taffy Thomas. Festival director Sita Brand said: “The essence of storytelling is not only in the telling, but also in the listening.

“So, as the nights draw in and a cold wind begins to blow, audiences are sure to find the festival a warming autumn experience – except, of course, if you come to the late- night ghost stories, which are sure to send a shiver down your spine.”

Budding authors are invited to write a story on a postcard and have their work displayed at Settle’s Gallery on the Green. People can enter as many times as they like. Stories, which should fit on a 6ins x 4ins postcard, should be sent to Settle Stories, c/o Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ, by October 31.

Visit settlestories.org.uk for the full programme.

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