The Charleston Library Society and The Charleston Trust U.K. will launch a new literary festival Nov. 2–5.
The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival will feature authors, readers and thinkers from around the world. Events will take place at various locations in Charleston, including the Charleston Library Society, Charleston Music Hall and Circular Congregational Church.
Confirmed guests include British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch, historian Marjorie Spruill, Nigerian novelist and poet Ben Okri, British novelist Bernard Cornwell and former director of London’s Globe Theater Dominic Dromgoole, among others. They will discuss topics including Shakespeare, feminism, race and the 1920s Charleston Renaissance.
The festival also will include a special red carpet advanced screening of the film "Breathe" by Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson.
The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival will be modeled on, and formed in collaboration with, the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, home to the Charleston Festival, one of England’s premier literary gatherings.
“The Charleston Festival is the No. 1 literary festival in Europe, so we are thrilled to partner with the Charleston Trust to create a new cultural attraction in the U.S.,” said Anne Cleveland, executive director of the Charleston Library Society. “Our goal is to strengthen the festival each year to continue to unite internationally acclaimed authors with readers for years to come.”
Michael Farthing, chairman of the Charleston Trust in Sussex, said the international tendencies of the Bloomsbury writers in England are embraced today by the trust and its festival.
"So, to collaborate with an esteemed, long-established Library Society in the U.S., whose values we share, is a natural extension of our mission,” Farthing said. “We are delighted to bring to the partnership our near 30-year experience of running annual literary festivals. We look forward to our debut joint festival in November with writers from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.”
To learn more about the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, visit www.charlestontocharleston.com. For ticket information, call 843-723-9912.