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Gladstone’s Library Announces Writer-In Residence Winners

Richard Beard, Vanessa Gebbie, Peter Jukes and Sarah Perry have been chosen as the 2013 Writers-in-Residence at Gladstone’s Library.  Each will spend a month at Britain’s only residential library, blogging about their stay, running creative writing workshops and hosting ‘Evening With’ events. They will receive full board and lodging, travel expenses and a stipend of £100.00 per week.  Now in its second year, the scheme attracted such range and quality that a further two places were awarded to poets Angela Topping and Katrina Naomi (for a shorter duration).

Each writer is, in their own way, redefining the liberal tradition with fiction, non-fiction and poetry represented.

The successful writers were chosen by Richard Godwin, columnist on the London Evening Standard; Cathy Galvin, Director of What's the Story?, London's most intimate monthly literary event, and founder of the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award; Naomi Alderman, novelist and the Library’s first Writer-in-Residence in March 2012 and Charlie Gladstone, great great grandson of William E. Gladstone.  The scheme is the brainchild of writer and Salonierre Damian Barr who chairs the judges.

Says Cathy Galvin, “We judges had the pleasure of reading wonderful work and knowing all of the writers selected would not only enjoy a unique residency but would contribute something tangible to our understanding of liberal values. It was, quite simply, a joy.”

The winners will be officially announced at the National Liberal Club at 6.00pm on Wednesday, 17th October.

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