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First speakers revealed for Charleston’s Small Wonder festival, 13-16 October

NATASHA BROWN I JIM MOIR I PEACHES I CLAUDIA RODEN I WILL SELF Early highlights of this year’s Small Wonder festival were announced today with a star-studded line-up featuring musician, producer and feminist icon Peaches, legendary food writer Claudia Roden, and artist and comic Jim Moir, better known as his alter ego Vic Reeves. Also […]

NATASHA BROWN I JIM MOIR I PEACHES I CLAUDIA RODEN I WILL SELF

Early highlights of this year’s Small Wonder festival were announced today with a star-studded line-up featuring musician, producer and feminist icon Peaches, legendary food writer Claudia Roden, and artist and comic Jim Moir, better known as his alter ego Vic Reeves.

Also among the festival highlights revealed today are Natasha Brown, the award-winning author of the precise but powerful, 100-page-long debut novel ‘Assembly’, and acclaimed writer, journalist and tv personality, Will Self.

Small Wonder returns this autumn, 13-16 October, with 20 live events and workshops across four days inside the Hay Barn at Charleston. Bringing together leading and emerging voices at the cutting edge of art and literature, Small Wonder is the UK’s only festival dedicated to short-form writing.

From short stories and essays to poetry and lyrics, the shortest forms of literature are some of the most immediate, powerful and impactful. Celebrate the short form with a long weekend of thought-provoking performances, timely discussions and workshops.

Join musician and feminist performance artist Peaches in conversation as she discusses the creative process behind her songwriting and the importance of her boundary-pushing lyrics. Across five critically acclaimed studio albums, Peaches’ bold and sexually progressive lyrics have tackled gender politics, profanity and sexual identity.

Programme highlights include:

Throughout history, food has proven to be a delicious tool for understanding different cultures and bringing people together. Claudia Roden, legendary food writer and author of many beloved Middle Eastern cookbooks, delves into the storytelling power of recipes, a form of writing which brings to life tales of migration, community and belonging.

Walking and writing have always gone together, from the poets walking out a rhythm to the novelists who put their characters on a path. Among those reflecting on the relationship between walking and writing is one of the most unusual and distinctive writers, acclaimed novelist and journalist Will Self, who has recently contributed to a new collection of essays, ”Where My Feet Fall’.

Natasha Brown, one of British literature’s most exciting new voices discusses the line between fiction and lived experience and her game-changing, award-winning debut novel, ‘Assembly’. Praised for its daring urgency and unique voice, in just 100 pages ‘Assembly’ explores themes of race, class, sexism and capitalism.

Although he is best known as Vic Reeves, his comedy alter ego, Jim Moir originally set out to be an artist. Art remains his first love. In an animated discussion, Moir reflects on his latest publication Birds: Paintings of 100 British Birds, which showcases the simplicity and sincerity of his artwork as well as his famous sense of humour.

Melissa Perkins, Head of Programme and Events at Charleston says:

‘Small Wonder is a showcase for the best and most innovative short fiction, poetry, letters, song, essays and more, from the top practitioners in the field. Featuring a mix of UK and international artists and writers, Small Wonder cuts through the cacophony of modern life and shows the beauty and power of concision.’

Nathaniel Hepburn, Director/CEO at Charleston says:

‘Small Wonder returns refreshed and revived this year as a space for interdisciplinary conversations across different art forms and different subjects all celebrating concision, brevity and distillation of words and ideas. The short form is revealed in this programme as one of the most vibrant and energising forms of literary and artistic expression. We are delighted that in our fourth and final festival of 2022, Charleston will again be bringing together a diverse range of speakers including artists, poets, writers, comics and musicians.’

Booking information

Tickets £8-£35

Priority booking for Charleston supporters: Tuesday 9 August 2022

General sale: Thursday 11 August 2022

Charleston’s Friend+, Patron and Benefactor supporters enjoy 48 hours of priority booking before tickets go on general sale. In addition, as part of a new Under 30 scheme, younger adult audiences can now access £10 tickets. charleston.org.uk/support/

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Notes to Editors

Small Wonder

13-16 October

Charleston

Firle, near Lewes

East Sussex

BN8 6LL

www.charleston.org.uk

@CharlestonTrust

For all press enquiries please contact:

Natalie Duff

n.duff@charleston.org.uk

+44 (0)7905941337

About Charleston

Charleston is a place that brings people together to engage with art and ideas.

The modernist home and studio of the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Charleston was a gathering point for some of the 20th century’s most radical artists, writers and thinkers known collectively as the Bloomsbury group. It is where they came together to imagine society differently and has always been a place where art and experimental thinking are at the centre of everyday life.

Today, we present a dynamic year-round programme of exhibitions, events and festivals. We believe in the power of art, in all its forms, to provoke new ways of thinking and living.