Festival Dinner


6.30pm to 10.30pm                TICKETS £110 (single) /  £990 (table of 10)


One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”. (Virginia Woolf: A Room of One’s Own)

We are delighted to announce two exceptional speakers for the Charleston Festival Dinner, an opportunity to dine, listen, think, enjoy and engage in convivial conversation, à la Bloomsbury.


Nick Clegg PC MP is a Liberal Democrat politician who was Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council from 2010-2015 as part of the coalition government. He was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats (2007-2015) and has been a Member of Parliament since 2005. Nick Clegg’s book, Politics: Between the Extremes, was widely admired across the political spectrum.   It is a bird’s-eye view of the recent dramatic changes in politics as well as a candid account of his rise and fall as Deputy Prime Minister.  He speaks frankly about his regrets and lifts the lid on the arcane world of Westminster.  With nationalism resurgent and stark new divisions in society, he argues for a renewed belief in ‘the politics of reason’, cross-party collaboration and values of liberalism. Isabel Hilton, writer, broadcaster, editor of chinadialogue.net.


Min Kym is a child prodigy violinist whose story went global when her rare 1696 Stradivarius violin was stolen at a train station café.  Born in Korea, educated in the UK, she was the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music and subsequently the youngest ever foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music.  She had embarked on a soaring performing and recording career when her Stradivarius was lost.  In an instant, her world collapsed and she was no longer able to play. Using episodes from her book Gone, Min Kym illustrates key stages in her life by playing pieces connected with her experiences – from her earliest days as a child prodigy, via international competitive success to her debut recordings. Combining readings with playing gives the listener a unique insight into Min’s journey; told in the language of music and words. Accompanied on the piano by Ian Brown. Introduced by David Pickard, Director of the BBC Proms and Charleston Trustee.

Guests will be wined and dined, stimulated and entertained by two remarkable speakers, and have the opportunity to purchase their books.

Proudly sponsored by Lancing College

This event is NOT included within the ALL EVENT ticket.