Charleston was the one time home of the Bloomsbury painters Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf's sister) and Duncan Grant. It nestles under the South Downs between Brighton and Eastbourne.
All events take place in a traditional marquee in the grounds at Charleston Farmhouse. An excellent mixture of author events and workshops and this year is no exception.
When? Friday 19 to Monday 29 May 2017
Who?- Programme announced on Tuesday 7 February 2017. Tickets on sale from Monday 20 February.
How much? Various
Festival Website: www.charlestonfestival.org.uk
Twitter? @CharlestonTrust #charlestonfest
By Phone: 01273 709709
Past Festivals? Established - 1984
Authors who have appeared:
2015 -Speakers will include Amartya Sen, David Nicholls, Tom Stoppard, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Wayne McGregor, Monty Don, Colm Tóibín, Peter Carey, Helena Kennedy and Maggi Hambling.
2014 - Eileen Atkins -Alan Bennett -Richard Dawkins -Carol Ann Duffy- David Hare Robert Harris- Nicholas Hytner- Karl Ove Knausgaard- Ian McEwan- Michael Morpurgo Lorrie Moore- Paul Muldoon -Grayson Perry Tim Winton
Barbara Kingsolver - Olivia Laing - Caroline Lucas - Alison MacLeod - Colum McCann - Patrick McGrath - Ray Monk - Charles Moore - William Nicholson - Juliet Nicolson - Audrey Niffenegger - William Nicholson - Alice Rawsthorn - George Saunders - Charles Suamarez Smith - Gillian Slovo - Frances Spalding - Juliet Stevenson - Heidi Thomas - Robert Thomson - Colm Tóibín - Jenny Uglow - Andrew Wilson - Melvyn Bragg - Thomas Kennelly
Alan Bennett, Zadie Smith, David Dimbleby, Bill Bryson, Rose Tremain, Fatima Bhutto and moreJeanette Winterson, Michael Morpurgo, Alain de Botton, Kate Atkinson, Patrick Gale, Jeremy Paxman, Markus Zusak, Hilary Mantel, Ann Wroe, Graham Swift, Virginia Nicholson, Vince Cable, Will Hutton, Robert Skidelsky, Jill Dawson, Bethan Roberts, A.S Byatt, Trsram Hunt, Sheila Robotham, Willian Feaver, Deborah Moggach, Julie Neuberger, Colm Toibin, Lynee Truss, William Fiennes, David Lodge, Steve Jones, Ruth Padel, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Chris Stewart, Richard Holmes, Jenny Uglow, , Anne Chisholm, Margaret Drabble, Deborah Devonshire, Charlotte Mosley, Adam Nicholson, Michael Holroyd, Eileen Atkins, Prunella Scales, Sam West, Tim WestMarina Lewycka, Kate Mosse, Gore Vidal, Salmun Rushdie, Antonia Fraser
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