Charleston Festival celebrates landmarks

Charleston Festival, Charleston, Firle, near Lewes,

May 25-June 3.

THE 23rd Charleston Festival promises to set the mood for this year’s celebrations, anniversaries and landmarks - Dickens bi-centenary; Captain Scott’s centenary; Alan Turing’s 100th; the Jubilee and the Olympics.

Under the heading Pilgrimages: Annie Leibovitz reveals her most personal collection of images; David Wilson discovers the lost photographs of Captain Scott; Wade Davis mourns Mallory’s doomed attempt on Everest; Andrew Motion returns to Treasure Island; Robert Macfarlane and Ronald Blythe explore rural landscapes; and Michael Frayn escapes to Skios.

Under the heading The World At War: Alan Hollinghurst invents a legendary WW1 poet; Matthew Hollis follows Edward Thomas to the trenches; Ian McEwan and Asa Briggs commemorate Alan Turing and Bletchley Park; William Boyd fictionalises World War Two intelligence; and Max Hastings conveys the terror and the pity of the Second World War.

Under the heading Revolutions: Andrew Miller evokes pre-revolutionary Paris; Ahdaf Soueif and Jon Snow bear witness in Tahir Square; Paul Mason wonders why it is kicking off everywhere; and John Lanchester and Robert Skidelsky question how much capital is enough.

Under the heading celebrations: Claire Tomalin congratulates Dickens; Michael Pennington, Tim Pigott-Smith and others perform Simon Gray’s Little Nell; Chad Harbach considers whether sport illuminates the human condition; and Andrew Marr analyses modern monarchy.

Also appearing are Joanna Lumley, Ruth Rendell, Hannah Rothschild, Kate Summerscale, Jeanette Winterson, Marina Warner, Edmund White and many more.

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