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This year’s Small Wonder pivots on the idea of transformations; very fittingly, as in its 15th year the festival will return to the renovated Hay Barn at Charleston. The changing, fluid nature of identity is a major theme across the programme taking inspiration from Orlando at the present time, one of the three opening exhibitions in our new galleries.
In the year of the 70th Windrush anniversary and an increasingly contentious debate around national identity, we explore the ever-changing nature of British society through the lens of poetry by Daljit Nagra, whose parents made Britain their home. In keeping with Charleston’s tradition of dissent, the incomparable orator Ben Okriexplores the power of poetry as a vehicle of protest. And acerbic tales from the USA by Lionel Shriver and Tom Rachman skewer contemporary America.
Continuing Charleston’s strong feminist heritage, we celebrate a diverse range of women’s voices across the festival. Imogen Hermes Gowar presents her gender-charged parable of Georgian London and AL Kennedyperforms a dramatic female-voiced monologue in partnership with champion of women’s writing Mslexia.
Small Wonder continues in its mission to bring exciting new writing to our audiences, whilst also commemorating our illustrious forebears including Sylvia Plath as the second volume of her personal letters hits the press, Muriel Spark in her 100th year and Emily Brontë in her 200th.
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Charleston-Bede’s Award for a Lifetime’s Excellence in Short Fiction will be presented to Dame Antonia Byatt.