Sunday, 12 August 2012

Small Wonder Story Festival

My attention was drawn to Charleston's Small Wonder short story festival by Sara Humphrey. I know it still seems a long way off at the moment, but some events are already selling out so, if you want to get involved, don't wait much longer!

There are about twenty linked events that go to make up the festival including readings, discussions, workshops and performances. Some are directly concerned with short story writing and telling and others are complimentary to the theme. All the events will take place either in the traditional barn or in the fabulous Arabian tent. City Books of Hove will be providing a bookshop facility throughout the festival and most of the speakers are expected to be signing their books after their events. The Charleston Shop and Cafe will both open and the Festival will have it's own Bar. 

Slam, on the Friday evening, is the open mike competition mentioned by Sara. Participants read aloud a three-minute story they have written themselves with the theme 'The Final'. The audience then votes for their favourite.

There is an amazing list of authors who will be attending Small Wonder at some point during the four days: Margaret Drabble, A L Kennedy, Jonathan Coe, Angela Carter, Kevin Barry, Jackie Kay, Roshi Fernando, ... There will also be a screening of Moonrise Kingdom in the Arabian Tent (£5 to include hot chocolate and popcorn!)

Charleston used to be the home and workplace of the artists known as the Bloomsbury Group and is still kept in their style. The interior was painted by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell and it is possible to visit the house and grounds from April to October. There is also an extensive range of cultural events held at the house and in the exhibition gallery throughout the year.

Charleston, Thu 27th to Sun 30th Sep.
Tickets various prices depending on whether you book by the day or for specific events. Booking options and box office details are on this page of the Small Wonder website.

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