Craven dialect to be saved through new Settle heritage project

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ARTS AND Heritage charity Settle Stories has been awarded £49,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to focus on the history and stories of a Craven poet and help save his rare dialect.

This investment will enable an exciting project to go-ahead about the poet, farmer and Temperance advocate Tom Twisleton in the centenary year of his death.

The project is in collaboration with the Museum of North Craven Life and will be led by young people across Craven.

They will look at the stories contained in his poems and explore social issues of both local and national significance from the time of Tom Twisleton between 1845 - 1917.

These poems were written in Craven dialect over one hundred years ago. This dialect is now dying out with only around 150 speakers of the dialect, most of whom are very elderly.

The heritage currently lies in old newspapers, poetry books, family and other local archive collections that are inaccessible to the general public. Thanks to National Lottery players, Settle Stories will work with local young people to change this.

The project will see Twisleton’s work brought back to life through new recordings of his work, available as podcasts, a family publication that will include some of the original poems and stories, images and new poems in Craven dialect by young people. The project will culminate in a celebration weekend in Settle.

Director of Settle Stories Sita Brand said: “We are delighted to have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and confident the project will support young people to be active citizens with pride in their local Heritage.”