Small Wonder Festival

The UK's only festival dedicated to short stories and short form writing.

Small Wonder Festival is the UK’s only festival dedicated to short stories and short form writing.

This year’s festival takes place from 24–26 September. Join us for a long weekend celebrating writers of short stories, lyrics, poetry, letters, essays, comic strips and cartoons as they share their ideas and inspirations.

We’ll be joined by a host of writers using the power of the written word in all sorts of different formats. From poet Carol Ann Duffy to oral storytellers the Crick Crack Club, and uncovering Proust’s early short stories for the first time to Ben Okri’s timely environmental fairytale.

Book tickets for individual events, a full day, or join us for the whole weekend. Around the site, there’ll be plenty going on with an onsite bookshop, an opportunity to meet the writers and ask them your questions, and delicious food and drink from Caccia and Tails. Of course, there’ll also be time to book a visit to our exhibitions, visit the house and enjoy the late summer in the garden.

FLASH SALE: 10-17 September 2021

As a special treat, enjoy 50% off all Small Wonder Festival tickets* booked before midnight, 17 September. If there’s an event or two that’s caught your eye, now is the time to book! Browse the full festival line-up below and enter the code: HALFPRICEWONDER at the checkout to claim your discount.

*discount does not apply to Day Tickets


A dedicated bus between Lewes station and Charleston will be in operation for the festival. You do not need to book the bus, simply turn up. The bus costs £5 for a return ticket and £3 for one way.  See the bus timetable here.