What’s on at Charleston Festival

Chris_Mullin_Charleston_Festival_201922 May

7.30pm - Brexit Britain

Chris Mullin

Former Labour MP Chris Mullin’s A Very British Coup foretold subsequent political upheavals. Does his new novel, The Friends of Harry Perkins, have predictive qualities?

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23 May

Thursday 23 May - All Day Ticket

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

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12.30pm - Writing about History

Antony Beevor and Antonia Fraser

Antony Beevor and Antonia Fraser, historical writing luminaries, in conversation about their craft.

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3pm - Insiders/Outsiders

Monica Bohm-Duchen, Esther Freud and Norman Rosenthal

Monica Bohm-Duchen, Esther Freud and Norman Rosenthal consider the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture.

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5.30pm - On the Future

Martin Rees with Lewis Dartnell

Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, on the dilemmas posed by humans becoming as powerful as nature.

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Bettany_Hughes_Charleston_Festival_201923 May

7.30pm - Istanbul

Bettany Hughes

Historian Bettany Hughes celebrates Istanbul’s dramatic past and dynamic present.

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24 May

Friday 24 May - All Day Ticket

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This ticket includes entry to all four events on the beginning of the second week of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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Peace_in_our_Time_Cressida_Connolly_Charleston_Festival_201924 May

12.30pm - Peace for our Time?

Tim Bouverie and Cressida Connolly with Jon Snow

Historian Tim Bouverie, novelist Cressida Connolly and news presenter Jon Snow analyse conflicting forces in the lead up to WW2.

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Cultural_Catalyst_Tina_Brown_Charleston_Festival_201924 May

3pm - Cultural Catalyst

Tina Brown with Virginia Nicholson

Legendary magazine editor and founder of the Women in the World summits Tina Brown discusses her irreverent Vanity Fair Diaries with Virginia Nicholson.

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5.30pm - Popular Culture and Protest

Maria Balshaw and Hazel Reeves

Tate director Maria Balshaw and Hazel Reeves, sculptor of Manchester’s Emmaline Pankhurst statue, in conversation.

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Mary_Robinson_Keynes_Prize_Charleston_festival_201924 MayReturns only

The Charleston John Maynard Keynes Prize

Mary Robinson

Keynes Prize recipient Mary Robinson delivers a talk titled ‘The Challenge of Climate Justice’.

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25 May

Saturday 25 May - All Day Ticket

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

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Cassandra_Darke_Posy_Simmonds_Charleston_Festival_201925 May

12.30pm - Never Anyone but you

Rupert Thomson with Frances Spalding

Rupert Thomson’s gripping story of female surrealists, lovers and resistance activists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, with art historian Frances Spalding.

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3pm - Chiaroscuro

Amy Sackville and Elizabeth Macneal

Novelists Amy Sackville and Elizabeth Macneal explore the challenges of transforming real artists Diego Velazquez and Lizzie Siddal into fiction.

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Cassandra_Darke_Posy_Simmonds_Charleston_Festival_201925 May

5.30pm - Cassandra Darke

Posy Simmonds with Liz Forgan

Posy Simmonds delivers an illustrated talk about her new book which features a mean-spirited Chelsea art dealer.

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Adam_Nicholson_Charleston_Festival_201925 May

7.30pm - The Making of Poetry

Adam Nicolson

Adam Nicolson explores the period when young Wordsworth and Coleridge produced some of the most revered poetry in the English language.

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Sunday 26 May - All Day Ticket

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This ticket includes entry to all four events on the penultimate day of the 2019 Charleston More

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After_Amritsa_Anita_Anaud_Charleston_Festival_201926 May

11.30am - After Amritsar

Anita Anand with Razia Iqbal

Prompted by her family connection to the notorious Amritsar massacre, Anita Anand embarks on a quest to trace the journey of the perpetrator’s assassin.

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1.45pm - The Cut Out Girl

Bart van Es with Sophie Raworth

Bart van Es unravels the fateful true story of a young girl hidden by the author’s Dutch grandparents in occupied Holland with BBC journalist Sophie Raworth.

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4PM - Bloody Brilliant Women

Cathy Newman with Gaby Hinsliff

Cathy Newman offers a fresh history of some unsung pioneering women: policewomen, fighter pilots, writers, scientists and artists. Chaired by journalist Gaby Hinsliff.

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6.30 PM - Vita and Virginia

Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave

In an exceptional double act, Eileen Atkins and Vanessa Redgrave present a dramatised reading adapted by Atkins from the letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.

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Monday 27 May - All Day Ticket

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In_Montparnasse_and_Sussex_Sue_Roe_Anthony_Penrose_Charleston_festival_201927 May

12.30pm - In Montparnasse and Sussex

Sue Roe and Antony Penrose with Frances Spalding

Sue Roe and Antony Penrose discuss the birth of surrealism and the painters and writers who worked within this revolutionary milieu.

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Pastoral_Symphony_Melissa_Harrison_Charleston_Festival_201927 May

3pm - Pastoral Symphony

Melissa Harrison and Isabella Tree with Suzanne Joinson

Melissa Harrison (All Among the Barley) and Isabella Tree (Wilding) discuss whether this is a golden age of nature writing with novelist Suzanne Joinson.

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