What’s on at Charleston Festival

17 MayReturns only

Friday 17 May - All day ticket

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This ticket includes entry to all four events on the opening day of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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Essex_Clay_Andrew_Motion_Charleston_Festival_201917 May

12.30pm - Essex Clay

Andrew Motion with Kate Kellaway

Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion’s new collection explores his mother’s death following a riding accident. In conversation with Kate Kellaway, Observer Poetry Editor.

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3pm - Rise

Gina Miller with Caroline Lucas

Gina Miller discusses her successful campaign to prevent the government from triggering Article 50 without parliamentary approval with Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP.

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5.30pm - How was it for you?

Virginia Nicholson with Joan Bakewell

Social historian Virginia Nicholson and broadcaster Joan Bakewell discuss whether the ’60s were genuinely liberating for women.

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7.30pm - Frankisstein

Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson introduces her on-the-pulse re-working of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

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18 MayReturns only

Saturday 18 May - All Day Ticket

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This ticket includes entry to all four events on the 2nd day of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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The Life and Times of a very British Man

Kamal Ahmed with Arifa Akbar

The BBC’s Kamal Ahmed re-visits growing up as a mixed-race child in 1970s Britain with journalist Arifa Akbar.

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3pm - The Godfather of Pop Art

Peter Blake with Martin Gayford

Peter Blake discusses his work, including his iconic album cover for The Beatles, with art critic Martin Gayford.

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5.30pm - The Skripal Files

Mark Urban with Charles Anson

Mark Urban recounts Sergei Skripal’s double agent career and explores current tensions between Russia and the West.

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7.30pm - Keeping on Keeping on

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett’s medley from his inimitable plays, prose and Diaries. Expect to be delighted by his acerbic wit.

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19 MayReturns only

Sunday 19 May - All Day Ticket

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This ticket includes entry to all four events on the 3rd day of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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12.30pm - Transformations

Andrea Lawlor and Angela Steidele with Claire Armistead

Angela Steidele’s true story of Gentleman Jack and Andrea Lawlor’s novel Paul takes the form of a mortal girl celebrate gender metamorphoses.

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3pm - Seeking Justice

Thomas Grant and Helena Kennedy with Alan Moses

Do Thomas Grant’s Court Number One and Helena Kennedy’s Eve Was Shamed show the law holding up a mirror to society? In conversation with Alan Moses.

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5.30pm - Leonardo at 500

Stephen Farthing, Michael Farthing and Ben Lewis

Stephen Farthing and Michael Farthing examine Leonardo’s anatomical drawings while Ben Lewis traces the journey of da Vinci’s famous painting, Salvator Mundi.

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7.30pm - The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Simon Callow

Oscar Wilde devotee Simon Callow introduces and reads The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Wilde’s indictment of the penal system.

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21 MayReturns only

Tuesday 21 May - All Day Ticket

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This ticket includes entry to all four events on the fourth day of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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Lionel_Shriver_Charleston_Festival_201921 May

12.30pm - Charleston Festival Debate

Lionel Shriver, John Mullan with William Nicholson

Lionel Shriver proposes and John Mullan opposes the motion: ‘There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book’. William Nicholson chairs.

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21 MayReturns only

3pm - A Man for our Times

Melvyn Bragg with AC Grayling

Melvyn Bragg, presenter of In Our Time, talks about his novel, Love Without End, set in both medieval France and the present.

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5.30pm - Learning from the past?

Margaret MacMillan

Marking the two anniversaries of John Maynard Keynes’ enormous contribution to world affairs, historian Margaret MacMillan delivers a specially commissioned talk.

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7.30pm - Outrages

Naomi Wolf with Miranda Sawyer

Naomi Wolf, provocative author of The Beauty Myth, discusses issues of censorship in relation to the 1857 Obscene Publications Act.

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22 May

Wednesday 22 May - All Day Ticket

Why not make a day of it?

This ticket includes entry to all four events on the fifth day of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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12.30pm - Free Spirit

Annabel Abbs with Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Annabel Abbs’ novel Frieda focuses on the protagonist’s scandalous love affair which inspired D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

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3pm - New Daughters of Africa

Margaret Busby, Diana Evans and Bonnie Greer

Margaret Busby, Diana Evans and Bonnie Greer discuss writing by women of African descent which is energising the literary landscape.

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5.30pm - Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez with Polly Toynbee

Activist Caroline Criado Perez, who campaigned to insert Jane Austen’s image on the £10 note, reveals bias against women in data analyses.

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