Bloomsbury In The Country
Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior of the house was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Charleston runs a May festival, and also the Small Wonder short story festival, which uniquely honours short-form writing, with workshops, readings and events each September. I took part in a debate with Kathy Lette and Hephzibah Anderson, whose memoir ‘Chastened’ concerns a year of self-imposed celibacy spent in an attempt to solve the conundrum of single living (city dwellers are increasingly likely to live alone.) The house is beautiful and is matched by the clear skies of September weather in Southern England. One for your diaries if you’re a short story fan.