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Settle to stage Storytelling Festival
10:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Settle Storytelling Festival has got bigger – and this year there will be more than 30 events to entertain.
The four-day festival will be launched at The Folly on Thursday and will once again celebrate the power of imagination through traditional and contemporary stories, laughter, music and walks at various venues in the town.
“It is very exciting, with more events than we have ever had previously,” said festival founder Sita Brand. “There is a lot more fun stuff – and in times of recession, you need to have some fun.”
The festival is embracing new technology. It is staging a digital story trail where festivalgoers will have to use their smart phones to navigate their way around town to watch six short films by filmmaker Glenn Bunn.
“We think this is the first time this has been done,” said Sita.
There is also a world premiere of Nail Soup where storytellers Taffy and Chrissie Thomas join celebrity chef John Crouch for a sizzling feast of food and stories from the UK’s Polish, Bangladeshi, Italian and Chinese communities.
Many of the events are family-friendly – there is the chance to get lost in a maze created in the gardens of the Friends Meeting House by visual artist Bryony Pritchard, discover the Starbird with wings that sparkle like jewels, listen to the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s musical adaptation of John Hegley’s story Stanley’s Stick or hunt for the storyteller in the gold hat using magic beans.
Award-winning Usifu Jalloh, who has already visited local primary schools, will evoke the warmth and colour of Africa when he tells the story of The Cow Foot Prince using songs and drums.
This year’s festival lecture will be given by Professor Richard Keesing, who will recount how 17th century mathematician Richard Norwood calculated the earth’s circumference to within half a per cent accuracy using the sun’s shadows between London and York.
There is also an appearance by former Emmerdale actress Ursula Holden, who played cancer sufferer Alice Dingle in the TV soap. However she is also an award-winning storyteller and will perform Fairies in the Gutter, a thought-provoking tale inspired by her upbringing in a northern town.
Another highlight will be Dominic Kelly in The Devil’s Purse, which is about boggarts, fairies and goblins who have been let loose and are everywhere.
“We need to keep storytelling alive,” said Sita, who will recount ghost tales at the Falcon Manor . “I believe that every one of us – adults as well as children – should have the opportunity to listen to stories and I want to encourage the art of telling stories traditionally by passing them down through generations.
“The same stories vary from country to country and even from one day to the next, and that’s the fascinating beauty of them.”
To find out more, visit settlestories. org.uk or call 01729 825718.
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