[image-1]Earlier this year we caught wind of a new book festival heading to Charleston — inspired by a literary festival that takes place at, of all places, the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England. And today we can tell you all about the festival’s lineup of events and speakers. We’ve gone international, y’all.

Co-sponsored by the Charleston Library Society and The Charleston Trust U.K., this [image-2]collaborative literary festival offers a weekend of programs at various locations in downtown Charleston (S.C. that is). Anne Cleveland, executive director of the Charleston Library Society said, “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. Our goal is to strengthen the festival each year to continue to unite internationally acclaimed authors with readers for years to come.”

So far confirmed guests include Sir Kim Darroch, British ambassador to the United States; Southern historian Marjorie Spruill; Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri; British novelist Bernard Cornwell; and former director of London’s Globe Theater, Dominic Dromgoole.

On Fri. Nov. 3 Cornwell, Dromgoole, and Nan Morrison, all eminent Shakespearean scholars, discuss Shakespeare’s impact on the past, present, and future of Charleston’s Circular Congregational Church. On Sat. Nov. 4 Spruill joins Belinda Gergel and Margaret Bradham Thornton for Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights, a panel discussing the past and present battle over, yep, women’s rights. Also on Sat. Nov. 4, poet Okri joins Charleston’s artist, activist, and academic Jonathan Green for Meditations on Greatness, a discussion of the qualities we need to survive and transcend the age in which we live.

The list goes on — but if those kickass literary, pertinent, societal woes-dissected talks don’t get you excited, we really don’t know what else will.

In addition to these literary events, the festival features an advanced screening of Oscar-nominated screenwriter William Nicholson’s Breathe, a biographical drama about Robin Cavendish, a man disabled from the neck down, who became a pioneering advocate for the disabled.

“The artists and scholars that created the Bloomsbury community at Charleston in Sussex were by nature internationalists. 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,” said Michael Farthing, Chair of the Charleston Trust in Sussex.

Stay up to date with the fest’s full schedule at charlestontocharleston.com. And if you’re interested in early bird tickets, call (843) 723-9912.

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