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Gladfest 2014

North Wales and Chester's Affordable Literary Festival

For this information in Welsh please click here

5-7 September 2014

Gladstone’s Library is one of a kind – founded by William Gladstone at the end of the 19th century, it’s free to use and an amazing resource. This is our second GLADFEST. In 2013 we created a hugely successful, boutique, affordable festival bringing readers and internationally renowned writers together. This, combined with the year round Writers in Residence programme and the biannual HEARTH mini-festivals, makes Gladstone’s Library the place to visit for anyone who enjoys reading or creative writing.

At this year’s GLADFEST we aim to expand upon last year’s success, offering you a programme that bursts at the seams with poets, writers, politicians and many others; our very own bookshop, Gladbooks; the return of our hugely popular Craft Fair; fun and festivity; and locally sourced food produced in house at the Food for Thought coffee shop and restaurant.

Tickets for all talks are £6 and £10 for workshops. Advanced bookings for all talks and workshops is highly recommended. 

Disabled access is available to all main public areas on the ground floor but please let us know in advance if you have any special access requirements.

To book tickets call 01244 532350, email or call in at reception.

Our Gladfest guests

Friday, September 5: Douglas Hurd and Edward Young.

Saturday, September 6: Zia Chaudhry, Michael Nobbs, Francesca Haig, Laura Wilkinson, Katherine Angel, Katrina Naomi, Salley Vickers, Martin Daws, Robert McCrum, Nadene Ghouri, Melissa Harrison, Richard Holloway and Vanessa Gebbie. 

Sunday, September 7: Stephen May, Tania Hershman, Katrina Naomi and Tim Ridley, Michael Nobbs, Hugh Pym, Sarah Perry, Nadene Ghouri and Natacha Tormey. 

For our full programme click here

For our full programme in Welsh click here

For our young people's programme click here

For information on how to get to us and where to park on Gladfest, click here






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