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GladFest 2014 - 05 Sep

Tickets are selling fast, don't miss out! Friday 5 to Sunday 7 September. ..
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One to one with award winning author Greg Garrett - 10 Aug

American author Greg Garrett Gregg will be making his annual visit to Gladstone’s Library on Sunday, August 10 where he will be holding intensive one-on-one sessions for writers of novels, short stories, nonfiction, plays, and screenplays...
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Gladstone Umbrella - 18 Jul

Gladstone's Library, the National Memorial to the Grand Old Man, provides the perfect setting for the annual colloquium for scholars and Gladstone enthusiasts. ..
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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.

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

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. 

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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…

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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Our work exp student Simon spent the week creating a reading list on a selection of books on music from the library
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Day 5: And have we mentioned there'll be vintage cars? #Gladfest #Craftfair
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