Story-telling at Ripon Yarns

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The programme of workshops for Ripon’s first week-long story festival has been announced.

Ripon Yarns begins on Saturday, July 9 with a total of 24 events hosted by 18 organisations or individuals in Ripon.

The programme of workshops encourages story-making of all kinds, said festival co-organiser Sue Mackay of Ripon Museums.

“We wanted to look at story telling in its many forms and to allow people to have fun with it.

“The workshops allow people to have a taster of something new.”

The first is a Croon and Cruise on the festival’s opening evening. Taking place on the Ripon Canal, it is a singing workshop led by Skipton community choir leader Dave Stewart.

“We will be learning to sing some Yorkshire stories as we glide along the canal,” he said.

The Ripon Yarns logo pictured right, was designed by local artist Clare Lindley using the art of paper-cutting. Clare will be teaching the techniques of paper cutting on the morning of Tuesday, July 12 at the Workhouse Museum.

Linda Lewis, who writes under the name Catherine Howard, has been working as a short story writer, full time, since 2003. Her workshop on Wednesday, July 13 at the Spa Hotel will include writing exercises, discussion and market analysis as well as a light lunch.

Teenagers can bring their own characters to life on film with artist Andy Burns at the last workshop on Saturday, July 16 at the Workhouse Museum. They will learn to model scenes and use stopmotion animation with video and laptops to put together a short animated sequence.

Pick up a full programme of Ripon Yarns events from the Little Ripon Bookshop, Workhouse Museum, and Tourist Information Centre log onto www.riponyarns.co.uk.