When: 10th – 13th October 2013
Where: Settle, North Yorkshire
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event. Some events are free.
What is it?
From 10th to 13th October, the North Yorkshire town of Settle will be buzzing with activity as it hosts the Settle Storytelling Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates the power of imagination with four days of traditional and contemporary stories, ideas and laughter at various venues in the historic market town.
This year stories can be told in return for magic beans, or by using a dash of modern technology, and can be enjoyed with a cup of tea and slice of cake, or washed down with a pint of good old Yorkshire ale. Whether you’re keen to be involved in interactive stories, fancy going on a mystery trail or simply like to listen to a cracking yarn, there’s something for everyone at the festival.
Highlights this year include:
The Digital Story Trail, running throughout the festival and created by filmmakers Glenn Bunn and Esme Brand. Use your smartphone and new augmented reality technology to follow the trail of five short films located in and around the town centre. Watch a fascinating tale of local history and friendship unfold. Maps are available from the festival box office.
Nail Soup on Friday 11th October (8pm – 9.30pm) at Settle Victoria Hall. Taffy Thomas, the UK’s first storytelling laureate, and celebrity chef John Crouch will be serving up a sizzling feast of entertainment, cooking live on stage as they tell stories from the UK’S Polish, Bangladeshi, Italian and Chinese communities.
Hunt the Storyteller on Saturday 12th October (11am – 4pm). Buy a bag of magic beans from the festival box office for just £2 and find the storytellers in and around Settle. Use your beans to pay for a special story.
The Cowfoot Prince on Saturday 12th October at Settle Victoria Hall. Sierra Leone’s Usifu Jalloh uses songs, drumming and the power of story to share the warmth and colour of Africa as he draws you into the magic and nostalgia of childhood.
The Devil’s Purse on Saturday 12th October at Settle Victoria Hall with internationally renowned storyteller Dominic Kelly. They’re waiting in the shadows and the corners, and even in the cracks in the walls. Sometimes sinister, sometimes suspiciously helpful; and on long winter evenings they have far too much time on their hands. Spend an hour in the company of ‘The Other People’…
More info: www.settlestories.org.uk