Charleston loves to throw a party – and last Saturday (September 7), they did it in style, with friends and colleagues of Diana Reich gathering to pay tribute to her for 30 years of directing the Charleston Festival.
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, will be the first woman in the five-year history of the Charleston John Maynard Keynes’ Prize to receive the prestigious global award.
More than 30 craftspeople from as far away as Cornwall and the Isle of Anglesey will converge on the newly restored Hay Barn at Charleston near Lewes for the first-ever Frost Fair on November 24 and 25.
One of the highlights of this year’s Small Wonder short story festival will undoubtedly be the talk by literary editor and critic Alan Taylor who, for nearly two decades, was the friend and travel companion of Muriel Spark.
Charleston Festival opens today (Friday, May 18) with a line-up of speakers, which includes novelists Ali Smith and Alan Hollinghurst; Turner prizewinner Lubaina Himid and former MP turned director of the V&A Tristram Hunt.
Ali Smith, recently elected by the Times Literary Supplement as the best contemporary author in the UK, gets Charleston Festival (May 18-28) off to a great start when she showcases her new story at the opening event on Friday, May 18 (12.30pm).