Charleston to Charleston

In November 2017, Charleston (East Sussex) joined creative forces with Charleston (South Carolina) to produce the first annual Charleston to Charleston (C2C) Literary Festival. Blending notable international authors and diplomats with lauded American artists and historians, the inaugural festival spanned four days and nights full of stimulating speaker conversations, a movie screening, and celebratory receptions. Speakers included Booker Prize winning poet/novelist Ben Okri; British journalist Miranda Sawyer; British novelist Jeanette Winterson; American artist and activist Jonathan Green; American historian Marjorie Spruill; and many, many others. Click here for more information on our 2017 Speakers.

The festival is coordinated by Charleston to Charleston, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized by the Charleston Trust in Sussex and the Charleston Library Society in South Carolina. The festival was announced in January 2017, in a series of events featuring Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey.

A partnership born of a shared love of books, learning and creativity means that here, at the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, those life-enhancing ideals truly will flourish.






November 8 – 11, 2018

For further details visit the Festival website.


  • BLOOMSBURY MUSE with Regina Marler, Sarah Milroy and Virginia Nicholson – More Info
  • THE BLUE TOUCH PAPER with David Hare and Michael Farthing – More Info
  • DENIAL – By David Hare, starring Rachel Weisz – More Info 


  • THE DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY with Christopher Dickey and David Hare – More Info
  • NEGROLAND with Margo Jefferson – More Info
  • CIRCE with Madeline Miller – More Info
  • CHRONICLING CONFLICT with John Avlon, Elliot Ackerman and Lyndsey Addario – More Info


  • RENAISSANCE MUSE with Ramie Targoff – More Info
  • THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES with Tina Brown – More Info 
  • TYRANT: SHAKESPEARE ON POWER with Stephen Greenblatt and Geoffrey Harpham – More Info
  • TO CATCH A KING with Charles Spencer and Bernard Cornwell – More Info


  • HISTORY OF TRIAL with Deborah Lipstadt and Anita Zucker – More Info 
  • UNEXAMPLED COURAGE with Richard Gergel and William Hubbard – More Info
  • THE WORLD BROKE IN TWO  with Bill Goldstein and Alexandra Harris – More Info

What's on

22 Nov
Bloomsbury Revisited Excursion

2-day excursion into all things Bloomsbury in London, including private tours and behind the scenes access to collections.

24 Nov - 25 Nov
Frost Fair

Come and do some festive shopping in our newly restored 18th-century barns.

02 DecTalk
Annie Sloan at Charleston

Spend a morning with Annie as she explains her unique relationship with Charleston. Get one ticket free by adding the code Annie2 at the checkout.

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