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Exploring Mindfulness - 25 Oct

Co-ordinated by Avril Robarts, this exploration is for anyone interested, whether already practicing mindfulness or not. There is no focus on any particular belief or philosophy, just an exploration of techniques and a sharing of ideas. ..
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Fun Palaces - 04 Oct

Stories, poetry, creative writing, mystery plays, storytelling marathon and Consequences with a Twist... it must be Fun Palaces at Gladstone's Library. ..
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The Quest for the Original John - 15 Sep

Kalyan Dey tries to uncover the original writer of the gospel of John and to reveal his message and his purpose in writing.....
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What's happening at Gladstone's Library

Gladstone’s Library will be CLOSED from 2pm this Saturday (August 30). Food for Thought and the library will be closed and there will be no guided tours. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We will be open as usual from Sunday, August 31. Thank you.

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 and below to see some of the highlights coming up soon.

Founder's Day 2014

Founder's Day is one of the most prestigious dates in the Library's calendar. On July 7, members of the Gladstone Family, trustees, new fellows of the Library and leaders of the local community were among those gathered for the annual Gladstone Lecture.

This year, the Lecture was given by Peter Tatchell on the subject of Liberalism vs Multiculturalism. Part of his speech can be seen below. 

Founder of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, as well as a leading member of OutRage!, Peter Tatchell's activism has taken various forms over the years: standing for election as a Labour candidate in Bermondsey and as a Green candidate in Oxford East as well as classic direct action such as sit-ins and public protests. 

Founder's Day was also an opportunity to award fellowships, to Ros Aitken, who sadly passed away earlier this year, and Stella Duffy. Ros was a regular, longstanding and enthusiastic contributor to many of our courses, the Gladstone Umbrella in particular. Her husband Tom accepted the Fellowship on her behalf. Stella Duffy, who was one of our first Writers in Residence in 2012, was also made a trustee. 

To read our interview with Peter Tatchell, click here. 


Have you seen our aerial video courtesy of Skyquad? This incredible video shows the exterior of Gladstone's Library in all its glory. Enjoy!

We hope that you didn't miss our Warden, Peter Francis on Radio 4 Midweek where he spoke about our favourite 'health spa of the mind' with Sir Richard Eyre, Andrew Fusek Peters, Abbie Ross and Libby Purves. If you did, don't worry we have a link to it here.

Gladfest 2014

Plans are now and truly underway for this year's Gladfest held from September 5 - 7. 

Click on our wonderful image below for further information.  Help us keep Gladfest affordable for all

Gladfest Front Page Landscape

Say hello to Gladbooks!


You can now buy a selection of the latest fiction titles, fascinating non-fiction, wonderful children’s books, and books on Gladstone himself, straight from us! What’s more, all at discounted prices. Not only are you making a great saving, but every purchase helps support the library.

Come and see our selection at reception - there are some pictured above! - and look out for future appearances of our pop-up bookshop at events in the library very soon…

Fun Palaces

During the weekend of October 4 and 5, Gladstone's Library will become a Fun Palace!

Along with more than 150 venues across the UK and beyond, the library will become a hub of activity and it's all for FREE!

Gladstone's Library will be offering a range of events on Saturday, 4 October:

There will be a STORY CAFÉ with Lisa Rossetti, two Micro Plays theatre workshops with Chester Micro Plays, a game of Consequences with a Twist with not one, not two, but FOURTEEN former Writers in Residence, and a Storytelling marathon which Gladstone's Library needs YOU to join in with

For more information about our Fun Palaces activities, call 01244 532350, email us or click here! For more information about Fun Palaces 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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