25th Charleston Festival

As if one needed an excuse to visit Charleston – the home and meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group with its Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant painted interior, especially at this time of year when its garden is in bloom – but sometimes one does require an extra push to actually make a date rather than just assuming a visit will happen on its own. So how about these folk as a lure: 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, Lynn Barber, Jung Chang, Jon Snow, and Tim Winton – among many others. The Charleston Festival always entices an amazing roster of writers, poets and speakers – not surprising given its history and the beauty of the house and its surroundings, but this year is an especially big one, as the Festival is celebrating its 25th birthday. Many of the events, alas, have sold out, but lots haven’t (including the two talks we most want to see: writer Lorrie Moore in conversation with Lynne Truss, and poet Paul Muldoon reading his own work and that of Seamus Heaney. He’ll talk about the Nobel Laureate too, whom he knew so well he gave the address at Heaney’s funeral). So do get on the website, pick your events, and make your plans.

What:
Charleston Festival: Celebrating 25 Years
When:
16 - 26 May 2014
Where:
Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL
Price:
Most tickets are £14 per event
Tel:
01273 709709
— Daisy
7th May 2014