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Molly Mahon - Block printing event at Charleston01 MaySold out

Block Printing with Molly Mahon

Learn the art of block printing with Molly Mahon.

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05 May

Sunday Reading Group

The perfect way to immerse yourself in a deeper understanding of the book.

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17 May - 27 May

Charleston Festival 2019

Programme announced February 2019. Join as a Friend for priority booking    

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17 MayReturns only

Friday 17 May - All day ticket

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

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Essex_Clay_Andrew_Motion_Charleston_Festival_201917 May

12.30pm - Essex Clay

Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion’s new collection explores his mother’s death following a riding accident. In conversation with Kate Kellaway, Observer Poetry Editor.

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3pm - Rise

Gina Miller discusses her successful campaign to prevent the government from triggering Article 50 without parliamentary approval with Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP.

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5.30pm - How was it for you?

Social historian Virginia Nicholson and broadcaster Joan Bakewell discuss whether the ’60s were genuinely liberating for women.

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7.30pm - Frankisstein

Jeanette Winterson introduces her on-the-pulse re-working of Mary Shelley’s classic novel.

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18 MayReturns only

Saturday 18 May - All Day Ticket

This ticket includes entry to all four events on the 2nd day of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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The_Life_and_Times_of_a_very_British_Man_Kamal_Ahmed_Charleston_Festival_201918 MayReturns only

The Life and Times of a very British Man

The BBC’s Kamal Ahmed re-visits growing up as a mixed-race child in 1970s Britain with journalist Arifa Akbar.

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3pm - The Godfather of Pop Art

Peter Blake discusses his work, including his iconic album cover for The Beatles, with art critic Martin Gayford.

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5.30pm - The Skripal Files

Mark Urban recounts Sergei Skripal’s double agent career and explores current tensions between Russia and the West.

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7.30pm - Keeping on Keeping on

Alan Bennett’s medley from his inimitable plays, prose and Diaries. Expect to be delighted by his acerbic wit.

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19 MayReturns only

Sunday 19 May - All Day Ticket

This ticket includes entry to all four events on the 3rd day of the 2019 Charleston Festival.

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Transformations_Andrea_Lawlor_Angela_Steide_Charleston_Festival_201919 May

12.30pm - Transformations

Angela Steidele’s true story of Gentleman Jack and Andrea Lawlor’s novel Paul takes the form of a mortal girl celebrate gender metamorphoses.

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3pm - Seeking Justice

Do Thomas Grant’s Court Number One and Helena Kennedy’s Eve Was Shamed show the law holding up a mirror to society? In conversation with Alan Moses.

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5.30pm - Leonardo at 500

Stephen Farthing and Michael Farthing examine Leonardo’s anatomical drawings while Ben Lewis traces the journey of da Vinci’s famous painting, Salvator Mundi.

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7.30pm - The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde devotee Simon Callow introduces and reads The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Wilde’s indictment of the penal system.

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21 MayReturns only

Tuesday 21 May - All Day Ticket

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

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Lionel_Shriver_Charleston_Festival_201921 May

12.30pm - Charleston Festival Debate

Lionel Shriver proposes and John Mullan opposes the motion: ‘There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book’. William Nicholson chairs.

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21 MayReturns only

3pm - A Man for our Times

Melvyn Bragg, presenter of In Our Time, talks about his novel, Love Without End, set in both medieval France and the present.

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Learning_from_the_past_Margaret_MacMillan_Charleston_Festival_201921 May

5.30pm - Learning from the past?

Marking the two anniversaries of John Maynard Keynes’ enormous contribution to world affairs, historian Margaret MacMillan delivers a specially commissioned talk.

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Outrages_Naomi_Wolf_Charleston_Festival_201921 May

7.30pm - Outrages

Naomi Wolf, provocative author of The Beauty Myth, discusses issues of censorship in relation to the 1857 Obscene Publications Act.

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22 May

Wednesday 22 May - All Day Ticket

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

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