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Join highly-regarded writers Kamila Shamsie and Neel Mukherjee for an hour-long exploration of states of freedom, as part of the 2018 Charleston Festival. With a particular focus on Shamsie’s acclaimed ‘Home Fire’, a modern reimagining of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’, and Mukherjee’s ‘A State of Freedom’, weaving together the heart-wrenching tales of a series of characters in present-day India, both authors will consider the potential of literature to allow us to unravel and understand our own reality through the prism of the lives of others. This is a unique chance to catch two Man Booker Prize nominees in one afternoon – and in a striking setting to boot! Order your copies of ‘Home Fire’ here, and ‘A State of Freedom’ here, so that you’re well prepared for May.

What do they say?

“Kamila Shamsie… Neel Mukherjee… discuss the ability of fiction to interpret the turbulent times in which we live and to make us re-think pre-conceived ideas with Catherine Taylor, freelance critic and journalist, former Deputy Director of English PEN.”

Where is it?

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL

When is it?

3.00pm, Friday 25 May 2018

How much is it?

£16 per ticket

Where can you find out more?

Intrigued? Click here for full details and to book your place.

Not quite what you’re looking for?

The Charleston Festival will be running 18 – 28 May, 2018. Click here for the full programme, or here to browse our Literature & Creative Writing section for alternative talks, tours and workshops.

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