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How to Write Historical and Biographical Fiction with Lesley McDowell - 31 May

Lesley McDowell invites you to join her for this full-day creative writing workshop on historical and biographical fiction. ..
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Easter Craft Fair - 19 Apr

Come one, come all to the Gladstone’s Library Easter Craft Fair. We’ve gathered old favourites along with a few fresh faces to help welcome in the spring.....
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What's happening at Gladstone's Library

At Gladstone's Library, we have an evolving programme of courses and events that keep us connected with a wide range of writers and thinkers – see our programme brochure for full details.

After an exceptional March during which we hosted courses led by Robin Meyers, Zia Chaudhry and Writer in Residence, Peter Moore, we are now looking forward to Easter, to welcoming our next Writer in Residence, Lesley McDowell, and to a couple of very popular short courses.

Gladstone's Library is the perfect place to host your conferences, courses and workshops, but you don't have to take our word for it. Why not watch this video created by - you might recognise a few faces!

Easter Weekend

Easter promises to be a lot of fun at Gladstone's Library!

Gladstone and his basket

On Easter Saturday (19 April) we have 18 stalls at our Craft Fair (10.30am - 4pm) - everything from jewellery, bags and scarves to candles, pots and garden ornaments.  This is a great chance to browse and buy the handiwork and crafts of local artists and makers. 

And then on Easter Sunday (20 April), we have our annual Easter Egg Hunt – this is a free, fun and popular event for local families.  Starting promptly at 11.30am, remember - this is a sprint, not a marathon - when the eggs are gone they are gone!

Both events are free to attend, but booking is recommended for lunch in Food for Thought.

Film & Theology and RS Thomas

R.S. Thomas

The hugely popular Film &Theology (25—27 April) course is returning to Gladstone’s Library for its 17th year.  Led by the Library's Warden, Peter Francis, participants will see, discuss and reflect on a wide range of films including Frears’ Philomena (2013), Banard’s The Selfish Giant (2013), Ross’s The Hunger Games (2012),  Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2012) and  Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973). 

This is followed in May by an exciting opportunity to read and discuss the poems of RS Thomas in the idyllic setting of the Library.  Led by John G McEllhenney, there are just a few places left on the course: A Masterwork of Doubting Belief (23—25 May).  Not to be missed for Thomas scholars, aficionados and fans. 

May's Writer in Residence

Lesley McDowell

We are delighted to welcome Lesley McDowell to the Library for her residency in May.  An author and critic living in Scotland, Lesley earned a PhD for work on James Joyce and feminist theory before turning to literary journalism.  While with us, Lesley will host two events.  The first, on 16 May, is a talk, Between the Sheets, based on her book of the same name.  This is part of our "Museums at Night" celebration, and is followed on the same evening by Love and Other Disasters where members of the audience will share and read passages from their favourite romantic (or not!) literary works.  Lesley's second event is a creative writing workshop on how to write historical and biographical fiction (31 May).  For full details of Lesley's events, click here.

Gladstone’s Library is one of a kind – a residential meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions as well as to pursue study and research in an age of distraction and easy solutions.


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Happy Easter everyone! Our Easter egg hunt will be starting at 11.30am sharp!
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RT @Kizzia30: Have just bought the most beautiful thing at the @gladlib craft fair - A bag made from one of my favourite books!…
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There's still time to buy some of our fabulous books at the craft fair today. They're selling like hot cakes.. As are our scones!
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