Prizes and Awards

Charleston- EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize

JMK Logo cmykA new award, the Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize, was announced May 23rd 2014 by Director of the Charleston Trust Alistair Burtenshaw at a lecture at the Charleston Festival given by Channel 4 News Culture and Digital Editor Paul Mason.

This new global prize will award an individual of any nationality of exceptional and inter-disciplinary talents in the spirit of John Maynard Keynes’ work, life and legacy. Reflecting that legacy, the winner will be widely recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to society through his or her work in economics, the arts, international relations, politics or a combination of these.

In the spirit of the Bloomsbury set, the Prize will be a specially commissioned work of art, details of which will be announced in the coming months. The winner is also be invited to give the annual Charleston-EFG Keynes lecture at the Charleston Festival each May.

The first winner was revealed on the evening of Monday 9 February at the Royal Academy during the launch of the 2015 Charleston Festival programme.

The 2015 Winner is Amartya Sen. 

Regarded as one of the world’s foremost thinkers in the field of famine, poverty, social choice and welfare economics, Amartya Sen’s ground-breaking work has not only been academically influential, but has also had a profound impact on the formation of development policy worldwide. Currently a Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, Sen has been a Professor at the London School of Economics and until 2004 was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.  His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Dame Liz Forgan, chair of the advisory panel, commented:

“The aim of this prize is to honour individuals from around the world who continue to embody Keynes’ extraordinary attributes. The remarkable Amartya Sen couldn’t be a more worthy winner in this inaugural year. Philosopher, economist, teacher, moralist, his tireless commitment to the cause of ending inequality and deprivation by bringing a penetrating intelligence to bear on their causes is truly exceptional. On behalf of my fellow judges I would like to congratulate Professor Sen on his outstanding achievements.”

The winner, Amartya Sen, commented:

I feel deeply honoured by the news of this award. The world in which we live today has been made much more secure by the economic wisdom that Keynes brought to us during the dark days of the Great Depression. When that wisdom is partly or wholly ignored in the making of economic policy, large numbers of people are made to suffer unnecessarily. I am afraid we have seen several depressing examples of that in the recent years, especially in Europe, with a huge human toll. Keynes was a great path finder, and it would have distressed – if not surprised – him to see how well-identified paths can be comprehensively neglected by policy making that draws more on ideology than on well-reflected reasoning.”

Amartya Sen delivered his lecture “The Economic Consequences of Austerity” an event supported by EFG Private Bank at the 2015 Charleston Festival on Saturday 23 May, 2015. Read the full lecture here in the New Statesman.

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Amartya Sen at Charleston 2015 (c) Axel Hesslenberg on behalf of Charleston Trust

Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction

To celebrate Small Wonder’s 10th anniversary Charleston joined forces with the University of Chichester to establish a major new annual literary award. The Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction will recognise long-standing creativity and achievement in writing short stories.

Edna O’Brien is 2014’s recipient of the The Charleston-Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction. She has also won the American National Arts Gold Medal and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her current collection, The Love Object, brings together stories that have inspired generations. Edna O’Brien read from one of her stories and was in conversation with Di Speirs, BBC Radio’s Editor of Books and member of the Advisory Panel for the Award.

The acclaimed Irish writer William Trevor was announced as the 2013 winner of the award at a special event on 29th September. Tony Lacey, Trevor’s longtime editor at Penguin, accepted the award on his behalf.  You can listen to an exclusive interview with William Trevor and Diana Reich HERE.  Further information on the award is available HERE.

Announcing Jane Gardam as the recipient of the third Charleston – Chichester Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction.

The only award that recognises long standing creativity and achievement in writing short stories

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Jane Gardam OBE was born in 1928. Her work includes novels, short stories, non-fiction and children’s books. Although she did not publish her first book until her 40s, she is one of the most prolific and acclaimed authors of her generation. She has won several prestigious awards, including the Whitbread Prize (twice), for her novels and short fiction. Her first book was a collection of linked stories and her most recent publication is The Stories. Her much admired trilogy, Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat and Last Friends, charts the end of the Empire from different perspectives.


JSW15 Jane Gardamane Gardam says: “The Charleston-Chichester Award is a particular delight! I feel I have been welcomed home by old and dear friends. All my visits to Charleston have been happy ones and the sense of the famous novelists and short-story writers and painters of the past is so strong that I feel – everyone who visits feels – that they are only just out of sight.  Particular pleasure is in the Prize being for The Short Story, so long a poor relation of the novel. I am honoured and delighted that I have lived long enough to find that lovers of the short-story have been there all the time – not now almost out of sight but in full view.”

Alistair Burtenshaw, Director of Charleston, says: “The Small Wonder Festival pioneered interest in the short story genre when it was established, twelve years ago. We are gratified by the surge of enthusiasm for the form since then and the fact that it is now recognised by all the major literary prizes. The unique Charleston-Chichester Award reinforces our commitment to the art of short fiction. We are delighted to announce that Jane Gardam, an exemplary writer of glorious stories, is our third recipient.”

Diana Reich, Artistic Director of Small Wonder says: “Although Jane Gardam is now best known for her Old Filth trilogy, it is perhaps less well known that the original protagonist began his literary existence in one of her sublime short stories. Her writing is sometimes compared with Jane Austen, due to the lucidity of her prose, powers of observation and understated wit. We are sure that this Award will serve to confirm her reputation and that her rich, vivid and startling short stories will come to be seen as classics.”

Dr Sarah Gilroy, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chichester says: “Jane Gardam is an outstanding writer whose creativity and mastery of the short form of fiction is second to none. We are delighted that she has been selected as the third recipient of the Charleston-Chichester Award. She is an inspiration to all, but particularly so to undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing students, many of whom are finding their way through the foothills of the publication mountain range.

Alison MacLeod, Professor of Contemporary Fiction, University of Chichester says:“Beneath the elegant surfaces of Jane Gardam’s stories, we find the unique and compelling vision of a master story-writer. As a writer, her touch is light, and yet she brings us up close to the fierce intensities of love, yearning and grief. If her stories are quiet, they are also disquieting. But throughout her short fiction, Gardam delivers the world afresh and beautifully alive – as only our greatest writers can.”


Charleston has been awarded:

TripAdvisor, ‘Certificate of Excellence’ 2014 and 2015

VisitEngland, ‘Quality Rose Marque’ 2014

VisitEngland, ‘Hidden Gem Accolade’ 2014

Lewes District Business Awards, ‘Best Place to Visit’ 2014; ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ 2015

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