Small Wonder Festival, the UK's only literary celebration dedicated to the short form, is bijou and (we like to think) beautiful. With 16 sessions across five days, it's a case of blink and you'll miss it - and the same goes for booking tickets!
Going, going ...
We've already sold out our Writing for Radio Workshop, and KJ Orr's Exploring Story Worlds Workshop (although we do of course operate a waiting list).
If you are an aspiring writer of short fiction, don't miss out on our session with fantastic debut writers Jessie Greengrass and Julianne Pachico, and the publishing folk - editor and agent - who contributed to their success. They will all be available to take your burning 'how to get published' questions.
But the beating heart of Small Wonder is our main events programme. Bookings are going very fast, in particular for weekend events - so don't leave it too late!
Stories from here and elsewhere Protest - Stories of Resistance features one of our most credited and esteemed writers of short fiction and poetry, David Constantine, alongside a voice relatively new to the review pages, but already deep in plaudits, Kit de Waal (My Name is Leon). They will read and talk about their contributions to the Protest anthology, a project which paired fiction writers with historians and eyewitnesses to create new work responding to real life moments of protest in the UK: David on the Oxford March responding to 'Rivers of Blood', Kit on the Smethwick Campaign, which saw pub crawls organised to antagonise the colour bars operating in 60s Birmingham. A unique and thought-provoking mid-week session.
Bringing things up to date, our Friday evening session, Stories of Britishness, on what it means to be 'British' features powerhouses of literature and activism Nikesh Shukla andSalena Godden, whose works range across spoken word, essays, memoir and fiction.
Last year's anthology The Good Immigrant - a collection of essays, was a watershed moment
for British publishing. Don't miss their conversation and electric readings with Afua Hirsch, Sky News presenter and author of forthcoming book Brit(ish).
Refugee Tales was a stand-out session at last year's festival, an electric combination of stories which need to be told, by world class writers who have listened to the stories of those who are in the hell of indefinite detention at the hands of the UK authorities. Neel Mukherjeeand Marina Warner participate in this unmissable event.
Shuttle bus to and from Lewes station
Nestled in the South Downs, access to Charleston is via a single lane farm road. If you would prefer not to drive, Cuckmere Community Bus will be running a shuttle service for all Festival events. Plan your visit
Pre-book a tour of the House
Learn more about Charleston and its Bloomsbury residents, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, on a guided tour of the House museum. Tours run throughout the Festival. Book House tickets
Charleston is looked after by The Charleston Trust, an independent charity that receives no public or government funding for its running costs. Information about Charleston and its many other activities and events can be found at www.charleston.org.uk.