Small Wonder Festival
I love a good short story and the form is enjoying something of a resurgence. Charleston is ahead of the curve with its annual Small Wonder festival, an atmospheric occasion that brings together author talks, workshops and performance in a huge marquee.
Last year I saw a fascinating talk about the Russian underworld with a political journalist and the writer of McMafia. I previously caught hilarious and moving spoken word performance when New York’s live storytelling event The Moth came to visit.
The programme for this year has just been released but popular sessions sell out early, so take a gander and get booking.
The wonderful Lionel Shriver of We Need to Talk About Kevin fame will be highlighting US satirical writing along with Tom Rachman and Sarah Churchwell in Land of the Free. Juno Dawson, Louise Doughty and Kate Mosse will celebrate Emily Brontë’s bicentenary in I Am Heathcliff. A friend of Muriel Spark will be reminiscing about the author and her work. Twice Booker-nominated Sarah Hall will be talking about her new collection Madame Zero in Mothers and Madames. Ben Okri shares protest poerty in the session Rise Like Lions and authors Tim Dee and Alexandra Harris will be talking about their Sussex inspiration in Ground Work: Writing The Downs.
There’s also a workshop on writing for audio, a short story slam for new writers and a free reading group hosted by Holly Dawson, who also arranges the wonderful Lewes Short Story Club.