Gladstone's Library

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Gladstone's Library is a beautiful Grade I listed residential library nestled in the hills of North Wales. It comprises a residential library and meeting place which is dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups, who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.

This institution pays tribute to William Gladstone. It is Britain's finest residential library, and its only Prime Ministerial library. It was founded by the great Victorian statesman himself and, following his death in 1898, became the national memorial to his life and work.

As well as a unique collection of more than 250,000 printed items, Gladstone's Library also offers comfortable en-suite accommodation, conference rooms and a bistro, Food for Thought. Whether you stay for a month or just pop in for a cup of tea, we hope that you will enjoy your visit.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Our Reading Rooms are open 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Saturday.
Food For Thought is open Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Lunch is served 12 noon - 2.00pm daily.
Afternoon Tea available weekdays 3.00pm - 4.00pm (booking essential).

Admission charges

There is no admittance fee.
It is free to become a Reader, which is required to use the Reading Rooms.
There are free daily Glimpses of the library at 12 noon, 2.00pm & 4.00pm.

Getting there

Hawarden Railway Station is on the Wrexham – Bidston line which has connections to Liverpool. Hawarden Station is on Station Road and is 5 – 7 minutes' walk away from the Library.
If you are travelling a long distance, you may find it easier to travel to Chester and then get a bus (11, X44, or 4) or a taxi (we are approximately 8 miles from the railway station).

The collection is our greatest asset. The Library has been recognised as the most important research library and collection in Wales after the National Library of Wales.

The heart of the Library is Gladstone’s own collection of over 32,000 items, majoring in the subjects of the Arts and Humanities. Many of his books contain his annotations, some of which are extremely detailed. We even have some of Gladstone’s Eton school books, containing caricatures of the masters. In addition to his books, the Library houses most of Gladstone’s non-political correspondence, speeches and papers.

Among the manuscripts located at Gladstone’s Library are Sir Stephen Glynne’s Church Notes and the Glynne-Gladstone Manuscripts. The latter collection consists of over 250,000 items of family letters and estate, household and business papers relating to the Gladstone and Glynne families.

Gladstone’s Library also houses an interesting pre-1800 collection which is particularly strong in theology and church history, and several special collections, such as the Bishop Moorman Franciscan Library. There are many individual items of interest, including a rare copy of Erasmus’ Paraphrase of St John’s Gospel, translated by the Tudor Princess Mary.

Most of our books are available to our readers on open access and are housed in oak bookshelves, based on a design by Gladstone. We also have books housed in our modern annexe within sliding presses. Such an impressive collection attracts many visitors of different academic disciplines and cultures from all over the world.

Collection details

Literature, Personalities, Religion

Key artists and exhibits

  • Library and collections of William Ewart Gladstone
  • Sir Stephen Glynne’s Church Notes
  • Glynne-Gladstone Manuscripts
  • Moorman Franciscan Library
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Desserts at Gladstone's Library

Museums at Night - Mad Hatter's Tea Party

  • 15 May 2015 8-10pm

Join us to mark and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Enjoy readings from the book in the surroundings of Gladstone's Library, as part of the Museums at Night festival.

We'll provide the cake, you buy the drinks!

Admission

Tickets £7.50. To book, call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Website

http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/museums-at-night-mad-hatters-tea-party

Tea, cake and books at Gladstone's Library.

Liberteas: A nationwide event celebrating Magna Carta

  • 14 June 2015 2-5pm

Join us for Afternoon Tea with a chance to reflect, debate and celebrate the rights that we enjoy today and to commemorate those who worked to gain those rights.

To book please contact reception on 01244 532350
or email enquiries@gladlib.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.95 for adults, £3.50 for children (includes Afternoon Tea).

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/liberteas-a-nationwide-event-celebrating-magna-carta

The History Room at Gladstone's Library

Silence of the Shepherds

  • 18 — 20 June 2015

Justin Lewis-Anthony, author and theologian, explores the silencing of the representatives of religion in popular Hollywood films.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.
Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/silence-of-the-shepherds

The Truth About Ruth

The Truth About Ruth

  • 22 — 26 June 2015

Lyn Bechtel takes a careful look at the book of Ruth.

It was a radical and subversive book when it was first written as it challenges the prevailing theological and social conventions.

Ruth, a foreign outsider, becomes the grandmother of David, the most important and iconic Jewish monarch.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £362, non-residential tickets £200.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/the-truth-about-ruth

Gladstone's Library.

The Authentic Paul

  • 29 June — 3 July 2015

Following his acclaimed reading of John's Gospel last year, Kalyan Dey turns his attention to the dominant New Testament figure of Paul, offering a distinctive, insightful reading of Paul's writings that will challenge preconceptions.

Admission

Residential from £362, non residential from £200.
Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events

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Britain's Religious Crisis

  • 3 — 5 July 2015

Linda Woodhead highlights the growing values gap between religion and society.

She looks at ritual innovations and explores the rapid rise of those who have 'no religion' and the seculigious.

She reviews the deathly battles for the soul of traditional religion and the role of politics and the media.

Finally, she contemplates how to resolve the crisis and move forward.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/britains-religious-crisis

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What William Did Next? Annual Gladstone Lecture: Founder's Day

  • 6 July 2015 From 2pm

Loyd Grossman takes the chair as a multi-talented panel discusses the claim that Gladstone’s Library is being truly ‘gladstonian’ in what it says and does.

Does it demonstrate the same enthusiasm for spirituality, literary culture and political discourse as the Grand Old Man?

The panel:

Gregory Cameron - Bishop of St Asaph
David Cannadine - Professor of History - Princeton University
Zia Chaudhry - Barrister, Muslim and Author
Patrick Derham - Historian and Headmaster of Westminster School
Stella Duffy - Author, Theatre-maker and Buddhist
Peter Francis - Warden of Gladstone’s Library
Loyd Grossman - Journalist, broadcaster, Chair of Heritage Alliance
Martyn Percy - Theologian and Dean of Christ Church Oxford University
Julie Smith - Liberal Democrat Peer, Cambridge academic
Michael Wheeler - Chairman of Gladstone’s Library, Victorian Scholar
Louisa Yates - Director of Collections & Research, Gladstone’s Library

To register your interest call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Tickets £15 (limited availability).

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/annual-gladstone-lecture-founders-day

Statue of William Gladstone, at the front of Gladstone's Library

The Apocalyptic Imagination - Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies Conference

  • 7 — 9 July 2015

Since the formation of the New Testament canon, the Apocalypse has occupied a curious and often liminal place in literary and cultural history. The canonicity of the Book of Revelation has been disputed often and by some of Christianity’s most influential figures. Yet the Apocalypse has also been regarded as the ending that gives shape and purpose to biblical metanarrative and to history. It remains central to Christian eschatology, though its proper interpretation is contested vigorously.

For much modern literary criticism – perhaps most notably Frank Kermode’s seminal study The Sense of an Ending (1967) – the Apocalypse has been read as a model for the end-directed orientation of secular as well as religious narrative.

Yet for many critics this literary ‘sense of an ending’ can be little more than a consoling fiction; for others, it is an artificial closure imposed upon the endlessly open processes of reading and interpretation.

This conference brings together scholars across a range of literatures and critical perspectives in order to explore the place of and approaches to the apocalyptic tradition in contemporary criticism.

Does the ‘sense of an ending’ remain an appropriate framework for our reading of apocalyptic texts?

In what ways might modern criticism read and respond to the apocalyptic writings of earlier literary periods?

What have notions of apocalypse come to mean for the secular – or post-secular – imagination, particularly in the contexts of genocide, nuclear threat, global terrorism and environmental catastrophe?

The biblical Apocalypse concludes with a vision of a ‘new heaven and a new earth’.

If our contemporary apocalypse has become the ‘end of history’, does it also retain its imaginative aspiration to ‘make all things new’?

Keynote Speakers:

Linnie Blake (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Andrew Tate (Lancaster University)

Please note: All bookings are made through Liverpool University, details coming soon...

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £199, non-residential tickets £35.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/the-apocalyptic-imagination-gladstone-centre-for-victorian-studies-conference

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The Gladstone Umbrella

  • 17 — 19 July 2015

Whether you've grown up with a healthy love of history and Victoriana or you're a career academic with a penchant for the 'Grand Old Man', no matter your background the Gladstone Umbrella is the colloquium for you.

Offers of papers should be sent to d.r.brooks@qmul.ac.uk.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/gladstone-umbrella

Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon

Poetry Reading: Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon

  • 23 July 2015 From 7:30pm

Wendy Cope has been described by Former Archbishop Rowan Williams as 'the wittiest of English contemporary poets.'

Lachlan Mackinnon was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2010 for his poetry collection Small Hours, and won the Cholmondeley Award in 2011.

His critical reviews can be found regularly in the national press.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladllib.org.

Admission

Tickets £12.

Wendy Cope OBE

A Workshop With Wendy Cope

  • 26 July 2015

Join former teacher, TV critic and arts and reviews editor Wendy Cope in this poetry workshop.

Wendy has been a freelance writer since 1986, when her first book of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published.

Her fourth collection of poems, Family Values, appeared in April 2011.

She has also written for children and edited several anthologies.

Time to be confirmed.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Tickets £35 (includes lunch in our bistro, Food For Thought).

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/a-workshop-with-wendy-cope

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Greek in a Week

  • 3 — 9 August 2015

Ideal for those wishing to learn New Testament Greek or for those wanting to revise or improve their knowledge of it.

No prior knowledge of Greek is assumed -all we ask is that you try to learn the Greek alphabet before you arrive.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £543, non-residential tickets £300.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/greek-in-a-week

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Hebrew in a Week

  • 9 — 15 August 2015

Enjoy and understand Biblical Hebrew.

For those who know a little Hebrew and wish to revise and improve their knowledge or those who have no prior knowledge.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £543, non-residential tickets £300.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/hebrew-in-a-week

Salley Vickers

An Evening with Salley Vickers

  • 11 August 2015 From 7:30pm

A former university lecturer and psychologist who used the creative arts in her practice, Salley now writes full time as a writer who doesn't plan her books.

Her phenomenally successful novels have garnered critical praise and popular reviews.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Tickets £12 (includes a copy of Salley's latest book).

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/an-evening-with-salley-vickers

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Latin in a Week

  • 17 — 23 August 2015

This successful approach to learning Latin aims to take complete beginners to the point where they can read short extracts of poetry and prose. It can also be enjoyed by those who know some Latin and wish to revise and improve their ability but no prior knowledge is assumed.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £543, non-residential tickets £300.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/latin-in-a-week

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Welsh in a Week

  • 24 — 30 August 2015

Come with little or no knowledge of the Welsh language - just a desire to learn and, by the end of the week, a basic ability in Welsh will have been achieved.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £543, non-residential tickets £300.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/welsh-in-a-week

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Gladfest

  • 4 — 6 September 2015

Lovers of books, history, ideas and literature are all invited to Gladfest - a three-day literary celebration at the UK's only Prime Ministerial Library.

Since 2013 Gladstone's Library has welcomed high profile and internationally renowned writers, novelists, poets, journalists and academics for its annual literary festival Gladfest.

Gladfest, dubbed North Wales and Chester's affordable literary festival, welcomes thousands of visitors through its doors every September.

Highlights from 2014 included distinguished writer Robert McCrum, BBC journalist Hugh Pym and former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd. Read more about last year's event at https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/gladfest/gladfest-2014.

With more than 20 talks and workshops, a craft fair, a bookshop, free children's activities and of course delicious home made food from our Food for Thought bistro, Gladfest is an event for all the family.

We are currently working on our 2015 programme but we can confirm the following guests (in order of appearance):

Martin Edwards, Melissa Harrison, Alice Oseman, Zia Chaudhry and Judy Brown.

Michel Faber, Peter Moore, Matthew Bradley, Sarah Perry and Lesley McDowell.

Jessie Burton, Sarah Dunant, Patrick Barkham, Michael Nobbs and Richard Beard.

Patrick Gale, Simon Grennan, Robyn Cadwallader and Sarah Butler.

Priority booking for Friends opens on May 4. To register your interest call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Further information coming soon...

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Talks £6

Workshops £10

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/gladfest2015

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Latin Second Steps

  • 14 — 18 September 2015

You will start reading and understanding extracts from the poets, comic playwrights and prose writers of Classical Latin literature.

To book call 01244 532350 or email us.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £362, non-residential tickets £200.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/latin-second-steps

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The Good Life Experience

  • 18 — 20 September 2015

A festival quite unlike any other, Hawarden’s own ‘The Good Life Experience’ will be back with a bang for its second year this September.

From spoon-carving to axe-throwing, abseiling to campfire cooking, this exuberant celebration of food, drink, well-being, and all things outdoors is set to be a magical event, nestled amongst woodland and with historic Hawarden Castle in the background.

And Gladstone’s Library is proud to be part of the fun! We’ll be bringing along our pop-up library and debate space, complete with a tempting range of aromatic teas and famous Gladstone’s biscuits, all in a bid to explore how books manage to make our lives so good.

Take the stand in our Speakers’ Corner to tell your fellow readers and revellers why your favourite book is so special, or drop in for a session of Bibliotherapy, and collect your literary prescription from the Gladstone’s Library staff.

Don’t forget to grab a restorative cup of tea and have a flick through the books in our pop-up library and shop. That’s the Good Life!

Listen to Peter Francis' talk from last year's The Good Life Experience on our Sound Cloud page (https://soundcloud.com/gladstones-library/talk-by-peter-francis-in-the-temple-of-peace-the-good-life-experience-2014).

Find out more about the Good Life Experience and how to purchase tickets by visiting the dedicated website (see details below).

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Ticketing information available at http://www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk/buy-tickets.

Website

http://www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk/

Gladstone's Library front door standing open

Open Doors at Gladstone's Library

  • 19 September 2015

Open Doors is a national scheme allowing members of the public the opportunity to explore some of Wales historic cultural institutions, its architecture and its heritage.

Here at Gladstone's Library, we're opening our doors for a day to show off our own hidden treasures.

Tours run throughout the day. No prior booking necessary.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/open-doors

Robyn Cadwallader

Writing The Body - A workshop with Writer in Residence, Robyn Cadwallader

  • 27 September 2015 From 10am

We all experience the world through our body and our five senses. Our emotions have physical expression, and even our thoughts begin in the body, yet we so often neglect them in our writing.

In this workshop Robyn will help you explore the ways of more vividly communicating the body's experience by observing our own senses and by looking at varied examples from other writers.

Writers of poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction welcome.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Tickets £35 (includes lunch).

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/writing-the-body-a-workshop-with-writer-in-residence-robyn-cadwallader

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A Literary Salon: Writers in Residence 2016

  • 12 October 2015

Join us in London as we unveil and introduce our Writers in Residence 2016 who will read from their work.

To register your interest, contact call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Where

London

Admission

Ticket pricing information to be announced shortly...

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/a-literary-salon-writer-in-residence-2016

St Deiniol's Church, Hawarden

Celtic Christianity: Renewing Influence

  • 16 — 18 October 2015

Celtic Christianity fascinates those who look for a spirituality that is ecological, friendly to women and offers models of how the Church could be.

Does this Celtic tradition have any basis in fact?

Ian Bradley explores the myth, reality and possibilities of Celtic Christianity.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/celtic-christianity-renewing-influence

Chapel at Gladstone's Library, Hawarden

Has Spirituality Replaced Religion?

  • 23 — 25 October 2015

With his customary eloquence, one of today's leading British theologians Keith Ward, wonders why spirituality has become so popular and religion so unpopular.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/has-spirituality-replaced-religion

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The Gladstone Lecture

  • 27 October 2015

This lecture will address the following: 'The Condition of British Politics and the State of the Constitution'.

It will be held in Gladstone's personal library, the Temple of Peace, at Hawarden Castle.

To register your interest call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Ticket pricing details to follow...

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/the-gladstone-lecture-lord-peter-hennessy

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Hearth (Aelwyd)

  • 31 October — 1 November 2015

Pull up a chair, gather around the hearth and indulge in a weekend of stimulating and entertaining conversation.

Improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, get hints and tips and find inspiration during our micro festival Hearth.

The newest addition to the Gladstone's Library Calendar, Hearth, began in 2013 and is held in November and February every year.

Hearth is an opportunity to meet, talk and create with four authors over a weekend of writing related activity.

Former Hearth guests include: Lucy Gough, Rebbeca Abrams James Runcie and Patricia Bracewell; Adnan Mahmutovic, Neil Griffiths, Melissa Harrison and Tania Hershman; Sarah Butler, Katrina Naomi, Suzette Hill and Jessie Burton.

Our next micro-festival will focus on Welsh writing.

Be prepared to be stimulated, enthralled and informed.

You can hear some of our November 2014 and February 2015 talks on our Sound Cloud page: https://soundcloud.com/gladstones-library.

To register your interest, call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Tickets on sale during Gladfest.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/hearth-aelwyd

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Films of Faith and Doubt

  • 2 — 5 November 2015

This short film conference provides the opportunity to view and reflect on films including 'Noah', 'Ida', 'On the Waterfront' and 'Wadjda'.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £271, non-residential tickets £150.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/films-of-faith-and-doubt

Landscape view of St Deiniol's Church, Hawarden

Boundless Grandeur: The Christian Vision of Donald Allchin

  • 6 — 8 November 2015

Kallistos Ware, Fiona Gardner, Densil Morgan and David Keller are among those who will reflect on the importance and friendship of Donald Allchin whose legacy embraces the Eastern Orthodox and Celtic traditions and a love of Welsh poetry.

This event marks the launch of a new book about Donald's theology and offers the opportunity to listen to some of the great writers of contemporary spirituality.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £181, non-residential tickets £100.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/boundless-grandeur-the-christian-vision-of-donald-allchin

Vanessa Gebbie

Focus on Short Fiction

  • 8 — 13 November 2015

Focus on Short Fiction - the art of the short story

The short story: a brilliant medium for writers, and a challenging one. So hard to get right, and so rewarding when you do.

This five-day creative writing course, led by novelist, poet and writer Vanessa Gebbie, is a great way to focus on the craft underpinning so much successful fiction.

Vanessa, author of The Coward's Tale, has won awards for both her fiction and poetry including a Bridport Prize for short fiction and the International Troubadour Poetry Prize.

The course will bring together like-minded writers in pursuit of answers to the following questions:
• What exactly is a short story?
• What is a story, and what is not?
• What makes it tick?
• What are the tricks of the trade? How can writers produce them successfully, better, and better again?
• How can writers be original and surprising, as well as competent, to make their work stand out in the slush pile or competition entry pile?

Activities will include analysing published works, debating craft issues, and looking at opportunities regarding the short-story market and short-story competitions.

Participants will be encouraged to write every day, play games with words, and open themselves up creatively. The Library itself will be on hand as a space for creative inspiration, as will the beautiful surroundings (weather permitting).

Vanessa envisages the week’s events as an opportunity for busy and focussed creative expression.

“We will make new stories, characters, settings, voices. We will write complete pieces, and work on outlines for others. We will share our own work, if we wish, and focus on giving feedback that is not just useful for the writer, but useful for our own learning. I hope you will leave with enough ideas to keep you going for ages, and the tools to sharpen both your first drafts and your editing skills.”

For the final evening, the group will be joined by visiting writer Kit de Waal, who will share her work and her secrets of success in a workshop and in an informal reading event round the fire, at which participants will be encouraged to share their own work. Kit will also write with the group on the final morning.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Residential tickets (bed & breakfast, morning and afternoon coffee, lunch and dinner) start from £454, non-residential tickets £250.

Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/focus-on-short-fiction

Rachel Holmes

Writer at Liberty with Writer in Residence, Rachel Holmes

  • 10 November 2015 From 7:30pm

As a feminist, internationalist and human rights activist, Rachel Holmes has always seen her writing and active ethics as indivisible.

Hard truths are sometimes easier to tell in a cultural space; creativity and optimism thrive more readily there than in the Westminster village or any party political machine.

In this evening event, Rachel hosts writers and political activists for an evening of reading, discussion and engagement.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Tickets £12 (includes a copy of Rachel's book).

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/writer-at-liberty-with-writer-in-residence-rachel-holmes

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Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies Autumn colloquium

  • 20 — 22 November 2015

Postgraduates from North West and North Wales universities present their research on the nineteenth century.

We're sorry to say that residential places are reserved for Gladstone Centre members -but day-delegates can come for free!

Call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org to reserve your ticket.

Admission

We're sorry to say that residential places are reserved for Gladstone Centre members -but day-delegates can come for free!

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/gladstone-centre-for-victorian-studies-autumn-colloquium-

Rachel Holmes

Style, Research and Craft

  • 29 November 2015 From 10am

Led by Rachel Holmes, author of 'Eleanor Marx: A Life' (Bloomsbury, 2014), this workshop offers a day's intensive skills development in the elements of style, research and craft effective in writing.

Participants will learn how to effectively present human stories -- particularly those on which empathic public campaigning, policy and test case litigation are based.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Tickets £35.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/style-research-and-craft-a-workshop-by-writer-in-residence-rachel-holmes

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Christmas Craft Fair

  • 6 December 2015 10:30am-4:30pm

With a wide range of handmade crafts by local designers and craftspeople. Plus our very own book shop, Gladbooks!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry.

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/christmas-craft-fair

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Great British Films

  • 14 — 18 December 2015

An opportunity to watch some of the best British films: 'Genevieve', 'If . . .', 'Brief Encounter','The Innocents', 'Peeping Tom'. Unashamedly nostalgic – would they be on your list of favourite British films?

For more information or to make a reservation please call us on 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Admission

Open only to residents.

Free entry to screenings for all residents; normal accommodation and concession tariffs apply.

Single En Suite £70.00 per room, per night (bed and breakfast)

Double/Twin En Suite £90.00 per room, per night (bed and breakfast)

Single Standard £60.00 per room, per night (bed and breakfast)

Double/Twin Standard £85.00 per room, per night (bed and breakfast)

Discounted Rates for: Student (with Student ID); Clergy; Members of the Society of Authors (with validation).

Website

https://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/events/events-courses-list/great-british-films

Getting there

Hawarden Railway Station is on the Wrexham – Bidston line which has connections to Liverpool. Hawarden Station is on Station Road and is 5 – 7 minutes' walk away from the Library.
If you are travelling a long distance, you may find it easier to travel to Chester and then get a bus (11, X44, or 4) or a taxi (we are approximately 8 miles from the railway station).

Gladstone's Library
Church Lane
Hawarden
Flintshire
CH5 3DF
Wales

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Website

www.gladstoneslibrary.org

E-mail

General Enquiries

enquiries@gladlib.org

Library Enquiries

library@gladlib.org

Louisa Yates, Director of Collections and Research.

louisa.yates@gladlib.org

Peter Francis, Warden.

peter.francis@gladlib.org

Natalie Tomlinson, Marketing Officer.

natalie.tomlinson@gladlib.org

Annette Lewis, Development Manager.

annette.lewis@gladlib.org

Telephone

General Enquiries

01244 532350

Fax

General Enquiries

01244 520643

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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