In November 2017, Charleston (England) will join creative forces with Charleston (South Carolina) in the first annual Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival. The festival will bring acclaimed U.S. and international authors to South Carolina for a series of events over several days to share ideas, books, and to meet readers and book lovers from the Lowcountry and across the nation.
The new festival is coordinated by Charleston to Charleston, Inc., a nonprofit 501(C)3 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. Click here for the line up of events and tickets.
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.
The Library Society is grateful to partner with the Charleston Trust, the charitable organization set up to preserve Charleston, Sussex. Charleston, a farmhouse in the pastoral setting of the rolling South Downs of Sussex near the English Channel, was the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became the country retreat of the famed “Bloomsbury Group” of writers, artists and intellectuals such as Virginia and Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey, E.M. Forster and from time to time, T.S. Eliot and Vita Sackville-West, among other friends. “Charleston”, which is now open to the public, hosts one of the most prestigious literary and ideas festivals in the UK. “For the last 28 years, the Charleston Festival has featured innumerable well known international authors, creators and thinkers,” said Alistair Burtenshaw, director of the Charleston Trust. “We are thrilled to partner with the Charleston Library Society to create this new special cultural attraction in the U.S.”