Charleston Festival Previous Years


The Charleston Festival brought together a remarkable cast of writers, thinkers, artists and performers to interrogate history, politics, science, literature and society.

Many thanks to 2017’s speakers who included : Nick Clegg, Richard Ford, David Grossman, Harriet Harman, Barry Humphries, David Olusoga, Ann Patchett, Vanessa Redgrave, Tamara Rojo, Philippe Sands, Elizabeth Strout and Colm Tóibín amongst others.

Professor Stephen Hawking was the recipient of the Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize, which was accepted on his behalf by his daughter Lucy Hawking, and friend, Professor Kip Thorne.


Barry Humphries & Juliet Nicolson at the 2017 Charleston Festival

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The 2016 speakers included Jeanette Winterson, Ian McEwan, Joan Bakewell, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Graham Swift, Edmund de Waal, Rose Tremain, Eileen Atkins, Michael Morpurgo and Helen Dunmore.


Jeanette Winterson

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The 2015 speakers included Peter Carey, Ali Smith, Tom Stoppard, Shami Chakrabarti, Monty Don, Antonia Fraser, Anita Anand, Helena Kennedy, Amartya Sen and Hans Urich Obrist


the 25th Anniversary of the Charleston Festival

The 2014 speakers included Carol Ann Duffy, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Alan Bennett, Penelope Lively, Paul Muldoon, Grayson Perry, Jane Gardam, Richard Dawkins and Sarah Raven.




What's on

20 Mar
Papercutting workshop with Su Blackwell

Learn how to make an exquisite concertina card, which could be given as a gift, or framed and treasured forever.

30 MarFamily
Family Easter Events at Charleston

The Easter Trail will take place between Friday 30th March –Monday 2nd April 2018.

18 May - 28 May
Charleston Festival 2018

Now in its 29th year, the Charleston Festival brings together a remarkable cast of writers, thinkers, More

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