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Special Events

Below you'll find all the upcoming events that make Gladstone's Library special; whether they be Literary Festivals, evening talks, book launches or creative writing workshops it's all here. Easy to find.

Please note that events be booked by contacting Reception either by calling 01244 532350 or on email and are not available for online booking. Where events are listed as being free listed as being 'free' it is advisable to book as seating/places are limited. 


Easter Weekend

Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 April

Painted Eggs

Easter Craft Fair (Saturday only, 10.30am - 4pm) – a chance to browse and buy the handiwork and crafts of local artists and makers.  The traditional Gladstone's Easter celebration returns this year with the addition of a Craft Fair, following the success and local support of our Christmas Craft Fair.

Easter Egg Hunt (Sunday only at 11.30am) – a free, fun and popular event for local families.  You’ve never seen the Library like this before!  This is a sprint, not a marathon - when the eggs are gone they are gone!

Tickets: Free, but booking is recommended for Food for Thought.


Building the Gladstone’s Library Fun Palace

Wednesday 7 May 7pm

Fun Palaces

We’re turning Gladstone’s Library into a Fun Palace and we need your help! At our last public meeting we set things in motion, but we still have space and a lot of potential. Got an idea? Come and make it happen with us. Fun Palaces are made by people – come and make it with us. To find how you can help us or how you can get involved stop by for a chat, email, or call us on 01244 532350


Museums at Night with Lesley McDowell

Friday 16 May

Museums at Night Logo

Gladstone’s Library will be joining in with Museums at Night  to present:

Between the Sheets (8pm):  a talk given by writer in residence, Lesley McDowell, based on her book of the same name.

Love and Other Disasters (10pm – midnight):  readings in the Library of favourite romantic (or not!) literary works, chosen and read by members of the audience.

Tickets:  £5 for one event, £7 for both - tickets include a glass of something, with a little bit of pink


Historical and Biographical Fiction with Lesley McDowell

Saturday 31 May

Bayeaux Tapestry

  Lesley McDowell invites you to join her for this full-day creative writing workshop on historical and biographical fiction. The day will be spent focusing on historical figures that interest you! Over the course of the day you will learn first to analyse your own writing objectively and to recognise where a change in tense is appropriate. 

Tickets: £29 to include morning tea, lunch and coffee


Jelly Day

Monday 2 June

Jelly Day

The principle behind a Jelly Day is simple - just bring your laptop or whatever you need to work, and share space in Food for Thought or the Gladstone Room with others. Sometimes quiet, sometimes chatty, Jelly Days are great ways to meet new business contacts, try out a different environment or just catch up. Work space and Wifi is provided free.

Tickets: These events are free all you have to do is find a free seat


Changing Direction: Law and Poetry with Judy Brown

Tuesday 10 June (8PM)

Picture by Mathew Copely

Judy Brown will talk about how poetry pulled her from her career as a finance lawyer, a slow journey which led her to the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere where she spent a year as poet in residence.  She’ll also reflect on how her past career continues to influence her poems and track the traces of a legal training in her creative practice today, showing what can happen when two very different worlds interact. 

Tickets: £10 to include refreshment and copy of the book


Ambush: Finding the Hidden Poem with Judy Brown

Sunday 15 June

Fountain Pen

Are you struggling to get that poem on to the paper? Writer in Residence Judy Brown is here to help you find some new ways of starting poems and giving them energy. This full-day workshop will delve into places where you may find some unexpected sources of inspiration.  Sometimes it’s easy to start close to home - with what you remember (or think you remember) – but it can be very liberating to close your eyes and spin round until you are somewhere else entirely. 

Tickets: £29 to include morning tea, lunch and coffee


Association of Independent Libraries 25th General Meeting: Securing the Future

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 June

theology room - peter moore 2

The Association of Independent Libraries was founded in 1989 to further the conservation, restoration and public awareness of a too little known but significant section of our cultural heritage. It aims to develop links between its constituent members by means of co-operative agreements, newsletters, social gatherings, seminars, workshops and meetings. For more information on the AIL, the libraries associated and their events click here

All-inclusive rate: £195 includes AGM fee, 2 nights’ accommodation in best available room and all meals between 6pm Fri-2pm Sun (breakfast, two-course lunch and dinner morning and afternoon tea)


Nutshells

Sunday 22 June, Sunday 27 July, Sunday 31 August, Sunday 28 September

Nutshells Christmas Squirrel

Say hello to this cheeky chappy. This year we welcome a new feature to the programme at Gladstone’s Library: Nutshells. “Nutshells” will be opportunities to explore topical issues of the day. Led by experts for beginners; they’re a chance for you to come to Library with nothing and leave with something. No previous knowledge of the topic is required—just an enquiring mind.

Ticket prices will be £10 to include tea and coffee, or £20 to include lunch

 

Writers in Residence 2015:  Deadline 30 June 2014

Gladstone’s Library’s immensely successful Writer in Residence programme is now seeking submissions for residencies to take place in 2015. There will be four residencies offered in 2015. Each of the winning writers will be awarded a full month’s residency in the wonderfully creative atmosphere of Gladstone’s Library. During that month, each writer will publish two blogs about their stay, run a one-day workshop on the craft of creative writing, and host an evening event where they talk about any aspect of their writing life. Each residency comes with full board and lodging, travel expenses within the UK and a stipend of £100 per week.  For full details, including how to apply, please click here.


Multiculturalism vs Liberalism with Peter Tatchell

Monday 7 July 2PM

Liberalism 2

Peter Tatchell talks, for this Gladstone Lecture, about the relationship between Multiculturalism and Liberalism, taking the view that “they can be concordant, but often they are not. Many interpretations of multiculturalism involve a betrayal of liberal values.”

Tickets will be £15 and will include strawberry tea

Booking for Friends of Gladstone’s Library opens on Monday 14 April and for the general public on Monday 28 April


Jelly Day

Monday 4 August

Jelly Day

The principle behind a Jelly Day is simple - just bring your laptop or whatever you need to work, and share space in Food for Thought or the Gladstone Room with others. Sometimes quiet, sometimes chatty, Jelly Days are great ways to meet new business contacts, try out a different environment or just catch up. Work space and Wifi is provided free.

Tickets: These events are free all you have to do is find a free seat


Building the Gladstone’s Library Fun Palace

Saturday 4 October

Fun Palaces

Join us as we use a Storytelling Marathon, ‘Consequences-ish’ collaboration of on and offline spaces and a Micro-play workshop too as the foundations for our Gladstonian Palace of Fun. We need 48 people with a story to tell: writers, artists, scientists, students, performers, makers, readers: all of you can tell a story whether it is spoken, shouted or sung. We still have space and a lot of potential. Got an idea? Come and make it happen with us.

Fun Palaces are made by people – come and make it with us. To find how you can help us or how you can get involved stop by for a chat, email, or call us on 01244 532350.


GLADFEST

Gladfest 2014 is the second annual literary festival at Gladstone's Library.  Attracting internationally significant writers, it offers a unique opportunity to attend a range of readings, talks and workshops in informal and intimate settings in and around the Library.  This year's line-up includes:

  • Performance poet Martin Daws, young people’s laureate for Wales
  • Journalist, writer and presenter, Nadene Ghouri
  • Poet and novelist, Francesca Haig
  • Writer, broadcaster and theologian, Richard Holloway
  • Former MP, novelist and historian, Douglas Hurd
  • Novelist, playwright and TV writer, Stephen May
  • Journalist, writer and literary editor, Robert McCrum
  • Poet, Katrina Naomi
  • Writer, artist and blogger, Michael Nobbs
  • Art critic and novelist, Zoe Pilger
  • Novelist, Sarah Perry
  • Financial and political journalist, Hugh Pym
  • Novelist and poet, Salley Vickers

Booking opens for Friends of Gladstone's Library on 1 May when the full programme will be available.  General booking starts from 12 May.

For updated information, please click here.

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