This August, Yorkshire Festival of Story will be giving audiences the chance to escape, gain new perspectives and get active through the use of stories.
The festival will take place online throughout August 2020, with a programme of more than 80 free, diverse and immersive events.
2020 marks ten years since Settle Stories started producing a festival in one of the most rural parts of the UK: Settle, in the Yorkshire Dales. Thankfully, the global pandemic has not stopped festival organisers from delivering their most ambitious programme to date. Taking place across multiple online platforms, the festival hopes to reach larger audiences than ever before.
Yorkshire Festival of Story will celebrate the best voices from Yorkshire and beyond. Audiences will be invited to have breakfast with Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Presenter Dame Jenni Murray; Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, will deliver a talk live from her farm; and Booker-Prize winner, Ben Okri OBE, will be introducing his new collection of short stories.
Attendees will be able to learn new skills in storytelling, chocolate making and other workshops. Whilst contemporary theatre will be reimagined to fit the digital stage as the festival offers new perspectives on today’s world.
Yorkshire’s rich heritage will be celebrated as the Brontë Society explores the fierce brilliance of Anne Bronte in her bicentenary year; and the 150th anniversary of the Ribblehead Viaduct will be marked with new artists commissions, interactive events and talks.
There will be family activities to enjoy throughout the festival. Join Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize winner, Kevin Crossley-Holland, for folktales; help Get Lost and Found rediscover the magic of Roald Dahl’s words; and get creative with writing workshops from Rotherham’s Grimm & Co.
When: 1st – 31st August 2020
Where: Online via the festival website
More info: yorkshirefestivalofstory.com