Extra Charleston Festival tickets released to meet demand

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With just over a month to go before the opening of this year’s Charleston Festival, extra tickets have gone on sale to meet the huge demand for a chance to hear some of the UK’s most exciting speakers.

From art to literature; science to medicine; from politics to fashion and film to theatre, the Charleston Festival offers a diverse programme of events.

Among the novelists are three Booker and three Orange Prize winners.

Art is represented by Edmund de Waal and Julian Bell.

James Shapiro, Nicholas Hytner, Jeanette Winterson and Eileen Atkins mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.

Science is covered by such heavyweights as the Astronomer Royal Lord Rees (in conversation with novelist Ian McEwan) and the inventor of the Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is winner of this year’s John Maynard Keynes Prize.

Award-winning investigative journalist Steve Silberman will speak about his new book on autism, Neurotribes, which has already won the Samuel Johnson Prize and is now shortlisted for the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize.

The 100th anniversary of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant coming to live at Charleston is marked with a starry festival opening featuring Carmen Callil, Christopher Hampton, Virginia Nicholson and Claire Tomalin in conversation with author and screenwriter William Nicholson.

For ticket availability contact the Dome box office on 01273 709709 or visit www.brightonticketshop.com.

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