Press Release : Famed ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Coming to Charleston in January for Charleston Library Society Special Event Series
Marks launch of international collaboration between Charleston Library Society and Charleston Trust U.K.
CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. X, 2016 – The Charleston Library Society and The Charleston Trust U.K. will host Oscar and Emmy-winning writer Julian Fellowes, the creator of “Downton Abbey” and a best selling novelist as the guest of honor at a series of special events in January.
An Evening with Julian Fellowes will be held at the historic Dock Street Theatre on January 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. during which Lord Fellowes will be interviewed onstage by former PBS president Ervin Duggan, a South Carolinian with deep family roots in Charleston. All proceeds from the evening will help fund the future Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, a new cultural attraction debuting November 2017, modeled on and formed in collaboration with Charleston, Sussex, home to the Charleston Festival, one of England’s premier literary events.
“We are thrilled to welcome Julian Fellowes to Charleston, and to kick off our partnership with the Charleston Trust,” said Anne Cleveland, executive director of the Charleston Library Society. “This special event series leading up to the debut of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival supports the Library Society’s mission of advancing cultural and literary initiatives while providing a setting for likeminded individuals to connect and engage with literature, history, culture and music in Charleston.”
A Literary Luncheon and Intimate Conversation with Julian Fellowes & William Nicholson will be held the following afternoon at the Charleston Library Society at 12:30 p.m. Fellowes will be joined by William Nicholson, a British screenwriter, playwright and novelist who has been nominated twice for an Oscar. The two will discuss past and future works while being interviewed by Michael Farthing, Chair of the Charleston Trust U.K. Fellowes and Nicholson both attended Cambridge at the end of the 1960s.
An Evening with Julian Fellowes
Literary Luncheon with Julian Fellowes & William Nicholson
About the Charleston Library Society
The Charleston Library Society is the South’s oldest cultural institution and the second oldest circulating library in the United States. Since its founding in 1748, the Library Society has been a private lending library and is currently one of 16 such libraries in the country. The Library Society is a cultural institution for life-long learning, serving its members, the Lowcountry community and scholars through access to its rich collection of books, manuscripts and archival material and programs promoting discussion and understanding of the ideas they contain. For more information, visit www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org.
Julian Fellowes is creator, sole writer, and executive producer of the worldwide television series Downton Abbey, which has received 69 Emmy Award nominations; winning 15, including writing and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie for Fellowes. His theatre writing credits are School of Rock – The Musical (Broadway/Tony Award nominee, Best Book, West End), Mary Poppins (West End, Broadway/Drama Desk nominee, Best Book), Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End), The Wind in the Willows (UK Fall 2016, West End opening June 2017). His film writing credits are Gosford Park (Academy Award winner, Original Screenplay), Vanity Fair, Piccadilly Jim, Separate Lies (National Board of Review Directorial Debut Award), From Time to Time (Directed, Best Picture – Chicago Children’s Film Festival and Fiuggi Family Festival in Rome, Youth Jury Award – Seattle International Film Festival, Young Jury Award – Cinemagic in Belfast), The Young Victoria, The Tourist and Romeo & Juliet. His television writing credits include Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Prince and the Pauper, Titanic (miniseries), Doctor Thorne (miniseries). He has authored the international bestselling novels Snobs, Past Imperfect and most recently Belgravia; the children’s book The Curious Adventures of the Abandoned Toys and Downton Abbey scripts. Fellowes is also a screen and stage actor. He and his wife, Emma, live in London and Dorset, England. They have a son, Peregrine
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