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Christmas Craft Fair - 30 Nov

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

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.

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

All these events are free but you must book your place via our reception on 01244 532350 or by emailing us 

For more information about our Fun Palaces activities click here!

For further information about Fun Palaces click here.


Join ufor a micro literary festival where you can choose the events that you would like to attend, have dinner with Gladstone’s writers in residence and then gather round the hearth for stimulating and entertaining conversation.

Be prepared to be enthralled and informed.  

To find out more 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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