Charleston to Charleston literary festival is a celebration of books, art and ideas, held in Charleston, South Carolina, and modelled on Charleston Festival, one of England’s most long-standing festivals. It is a unique transatlantic collaboration; one of the motives behind establishing the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival was to promote the special US/UK cultural relationship. The mutual values of the UK-based Charleston Trust and the Charleston Library Society, the founders of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, embrace a belief in the power of literature, the arts, science, humanitarian ideas and respectful conversation to unify communities and society and to foster empathy in these tumultuous times. All of the festival speakers reflect this vision. Their events will inform, challenge, stir and amuse.
The Festival boasts an outstanding array of authors from Pulitzer Prize-winners, to UK-based Orange and Costa Prize-winners, to the recipient of the National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama. Subjects include history, biography, current affairs, science and art explored by novelists, non-fiction writers, journalists and thinkers. You will be transported from war-torn Holland to the Harlem Renaissance, from newsrooms to science labs, from China to Chicago. Prepare to agree, to argue, to change your mind, to laugh and to cry. Most of all, prepare to join us and be engaged.
Celebrate #DallowayDay by exploring the power of modern essay writing and the legacy of Virginia Woolf’s work.
Legendary folk singer Shirley Collins in a unique collaboration with Brian Catling and Matthew Shaw.
Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day’s intensive painting, and lose yourself in the atmosphere of the walled garden.
Using a mixture of drawing materials including inks, oil and chalk pastels, Rose will lead you More