What’s on at Charleston

05 May

Charleston Festival Showcase

Informal reading and discussion group, exploring Bloomsbury texts and themes. First Sunday of every month.

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17 May - 27 May

Charleston Festival 2019

30 years of books, ideas and creativity at Charleston

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24 MaySold out

Friday 24 May - All Day Ticket

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?

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

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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Popular_Culture_Protest_Hazel_Reeves_Charleston_Festival_201924 May

5.30pm - Popular Culture and Protest

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 May

The Charleston John Maynard Keynes Prize

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

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

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Chiaroscuro_Amy_Sackville_Elizabeth_MacNeal_Charleston_Festival_201925 May

3pm - Chiaroscuro

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

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26 MaySold out

Sunday 26 May - All Day Ticket

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26 May


Kenneth Baker, former Cabinet Minister, explores the moral touchstones which have shaped culture since Greek and Roman times.

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1.45pm - The Cut Out Girl

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 offers a fresh history of some unsung pioneering women: policewomen, fighter pilots, writers, scientists and artists.

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6.30 PM - Vita and Virginia

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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27 MaySold out

Monday 27 May - All Day Ticket

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In_Montparnasse_and_Sussex_Sue_Roe_Anthony_Penrose_Charleston_festival_201927 MaySold out

12.30pm - Montparnasse and Sussex

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 MaySold out

3pm - Pastoral Symphony

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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Innocence_Experience_Sofka_Zionvieff_Charleston_Festival_201927 May

5.30pm - Innocence and Experience

Tessa Hadley’s Late in the Day and Sofka Zinovieff’s Putney lift the lid on buried secrets exhumed in a different era. Chaired by Juliet Nicolson.

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Erebus_Michael_Palin_Charleston_Festival_201927 MaySold out

7.30pm - Erebus

Intrepid TV traveller Michael Palin retraces the journey of the HMS Erebus from its icy fate during Franklin’s Arctic expedition in 1845 to its rediscovery in 2014.

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06 JunWorkshop

Hand painted bowls 6 June 2019

Amy Isles Freeman hand turns wooden bowls and then decorates them with her trademark, joyful, bold designs. In More

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08 Jun

Queer House Tours Launch

Queer Bloomsbury presents an LGBTQ+ day of celebration and the launch of our new queer house tours.

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