Gladfest | Gladstone's Library

We are sorry to say that Gladfest did not run in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to Covid-19 Gladstone's Library will be closed for almost a full year. We closed our doors in March 2020 and our re-opening plans are aimed at Spring 2021. If you feel you can make any kind of financial donation to support the work that we do here, and help us re-open, please click here for information.


...and what a year it was - 2019, the SEVENTH year of Gladfest!

THIS YEAR award-winning novelists Patrick Gale and Salley Vickers returned with their new books, while Sarah Perry, Michael Nobbs and Oliver Emanuel ran new and exclusive masterclasses. The literary world was buzzing with news of Damian Barr’s first novel and it was right here with us, and the buzz continued with Kit de Waal, Alix Nathan, and Suzette A. Hill, who all talked about their latest books.

As always, it wasn't just fiction! Melanie Reid, Damian Le Bas and Dan Richards shared their journeys and some of the UK’s most creative minds showcased their research: Joe Moran on shyness and creativity, Danny Dorling on Brexit, Charlotte Higgins on labyrinths, Rachel Hewitt on women in the mountains. And we remembered William Gladstone with our 19th Century strand - Deborah Wynne on Victorian recycling, Claire O’Callaghan on Emily Bronte and Simon Grennan on comics.

Plus there were spiritual reflections with Pádraig Ó Tuama and Zia Chaudhry, life reflections with actor Neil Pearson and a look to the future of local with Tamara Harvey and Charlie Gladstone.

If there were any sessions that you missed head over to our Soundcloud to have a listen!

View our Gladfest photo album here.

Our writers, staff, the Library and YOU all make Gladfest what it was.


With love from the Gladfest team