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Liz Allard Small Wonder 2018 Writing Workshop28 SepWorkshop

Writing for Audio - Workshop

Tutors Liz Allard and Alison MacLeod

Explore the key challenges of writing stories for sound in this full day writing workshop. BBC More

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Kate Mosse Small Wonder 2018 (c) Ruth Crafer28 Sep

I am Heathcliff

Juno Dawson, Louise Doughty, Kate Mosse

Explore new stories written in response to Emily Brontë’s masterpiece of passion and obsession – Wuthering Heights.     More

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Small Wonder Festival 2018 at Charleston28 Sep - 30 Sep


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Daligit Nagra Small Wonder 201828 Sep

To Make A Homeland

Daljit Nagra, Kate Clanchy, Asima Qayyum, Colin Grant

Seventy years since Empire Windrush, voices of immigration are inextricably part of Britain’s national identity.   More

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Al Kennedy Small Wonder 2018 (c) Dorna Lisa Healy28 Sep

The Literary Monologue: Celebrating 20 Years of Mslexia

AL Kennedy and Debbie Taylor

Enjoy a specially commissioned monologue celebrating 20 years of Mslexia magazine’s championing of women writers.    More

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Ben Markovits Small Wonder 2018 Short Story Workshop (c) Caroline Maclean29 SepWorkshop

Four Ways of Answering

Tutor Benjamin Markovits

Acclaimed novelist and writer Benjamin Markovits leads a creative writing workshop focused on structure.

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Small Wonder 2018 Reading Group29 Sep - 30 Sep

Small Wonder Reading Group

Led by Holly Dawson and Lewes Short Story Club

Join us to read aloud stories by Small Wonder authors before seeing them on stage.   More

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Small Wonder 2018 Mothers and Madames29 Sep

Mothers and Madames

Sarah Hall, Chris Power and Catherine Taylor

Two maestros of the form present tales of transformation, rootlessness, and physical and psychic abandonment.   More

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Small Wonder 2018 Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea29 Sep

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Imogen Hermes Gowar, Lucy Wood and Nicolette Jones

Curiosities, mysteries, myths and the irrational abound in luminous fictions fashioned to arouse and unnerve.   More

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Small Wonder 2018 Courtyard Readings29 SepFree

Courtyard Readings

Read your own short fiction aloud

A chance to read your own short fiction aloud to the friendly festival crowd at Charleston. More

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K J Orr Small Wonder 2018 (c) Lotte Davis29 Sep

The BBC National Short Story Award

Sarah Hall, KJ Orr and Di Speirs

Former winners and judges of the Award discuss different themes, the form and its topical relevance. More

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Ben Okri Small Wonder 201829 Sep

Rise Like Lions

Ben Okri

This Man Booker Prize-winning novelist extols the power of poetry as a vehicle for protest.    More

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Small Wonder 2018 The Something-Nothings29 Sep

The Something-Nothings

Olivia Laing, Sarah Wood and La JohnJoseph

The debut of ‘The Something-Nothings’ – a Small Wonder-commissioned composition inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.    More

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Tim Dee Small Wonder 201830 Sep

Ground Work: Writing the Downs

Tim Dee, Alexandra Harris and Suzanne Joinson

English nature writing has a long and glorious history, which continues to evolve in the Anthropocene. More

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As Byatt Small Wonder 2018 Charleston-Bede's Award for a Lifetime's Excellence in Short Fiction (c) Trevillion30 Sep

Cabinet of Curiosities

AS Byatt with Alison MacLeod


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30 Sep

Land of the Free

Tom Rachman, Benjamin Markovits and Sarah Churchwell

Explore writing from three contemporary voices on the many contradictions of the USA today.  Trumpland: a More

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Alan Taylor Small Wonder 201830 SepReturns only

Illuminating Spark

Alan Taylor with Nicolette Jones

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Muriel Spark has triggered renewed interest in her work.   More

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Letters of Sylvia Plath Small Wonder 201830 SepReturns only

The Letters of Sylvia Plath Vol II

Sarah Churchwell and Miranda Richardson

A unique insight into Plath’s vivid and daring poetry by way of her personal letters.    More

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Neil Barlett Small Wonder 201830 Sep

Liminal Moments: Ways of Being

Neil Barlett and Eley Williams

Tricksy, playful and profound new stories that explore around identity and moments of intimacy.     We More

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