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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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Museums at Night with Lesley McDowell - 16 May

Gladstone's Library opens its doors open after hours again this year, spurred on by the success of previous years. This year's event is hosted by Writer in Residence, Lesley McDowell...
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Film and Theology - 25 Apr

Six terrific films in a short weekend. An eclectic mix of films arranged to keep you thinking, arguing and even theologizing! ..
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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!

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). Click here for more information...

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. Click here for more information...

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.


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 books are £2 OFF R.R.P. Not only are you making a great saving, but every purchase helps support the library.

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

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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3 nights for the price of 2 @gladlib, May Bank Holiday weekend (2-5 May). See website for details!
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An ethnographic map of Russia, from vol. 1 of Rambaud's 'History of Russia' (1879, WEG copy).
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New Display to celebrate Saint George's Day, Shakespeare's Week and the World Book Day
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