Writers in Residence

Writers in Residence was established in 2011 by Gladstone's Library in association with Damian Barr (saloniere and author of Maggie and Me) to explore and define liberal values in the twenty-first century.

Every year a group of the world's most exciting writers spends up to a month at Britain's only residential and Prime Ministerial library, previous Writers in Residence include: Stella Duffy, Katrina Naomi, Sarah Perry and Peter Moore.  

The winners for 2015 residency were officially announced at the National Liberal Club, London on November 19 in front of a crowd of former Writers in Residence, agents and publishers.

Jessie Burton, Sarah Butler, Pascale Petit, Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon, Salley Vickers, Robyn Cadwallader and Rachel Holmes have all been appointed for the programme's fourth year, and will spend their residency in Hawarden , North Wales.

Over the course of 2015 each Writer in Residence will blog about their stay, run creative writing workshops, and host an 'Evening With' event (each event can be found on our Events & Courses List).

They each receive full board and lodging, travel expenses, and an honorarium of £100 per week.

This year's judges were author Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests), poet and former Writer in Residence Katrina Naomi (The Girl with the Cactus Handshake), poet and author Vanessa Gebbie (The Coward's Tale), and Freddie Baveystock.

To enter, writers submitted a one-page CV/biography, a copy of their latest book, a statement on (re)defining 'liberal values' and a description of the writing that they plan to do at the Library.

"For the fourth year running we have another wonderful selection of authors and poets residing with us here at Gladstone's Library," said Warden Peter Francis.

"We were so impressed by the quality and range of the writers that we appointed eight this year, meaning that for seven months of 2015 there will be a writer residing at the Library.

"Jessie Burton and Sarah Butler will be the first to join us in February 2015", he added.

"For the first time in its four year history the Writers in Residence programme has secured a sponsor. A generous individual, who was aware of the struggle that writers have to find time, space and money to write, thought that supporting our scheme was a good practical way of helping. All of us at the Library, and no doubt our future writers, are greatly in her debt and are truly appreciative of her support."

Writers in Residence 2016 submission opens on March 2, 2015. Find out more here.