Gladfest 2018

7th September - 9th September 2018



Hello and welcome to Gladfest 2018!

Welcome to the sixth year of Gladfest! We are delighted in 2018 to be celebrating 100 years of votes for (some) women and have gone all out with our festival colour palette – we hope you’ll enjoy the Suffragette theme as much as we’ve enjoyed applying it!

At Gladfest we bring together the most exciting contemporary writing from all over the country, and this year is no exception with history, poetry, comic strips, memoir, nature writing, spirituality and fiction of all kinds.

Our most exciting addition to the festival this year is the all-new Gladfest Fringe which will be packed full of free music, spoken-word poetry, family entertainment and refreshments. Plus, we’ve got a drop-in programme of comic book crafting activities for young people and those young at heart. Come and try a bit of Gladfest for free!

A snapshot of the names this year include Sunday Times Bestseller Joanna Cannon (Three Things About Elsie), multi-award-winning author Sarah Perry (Melmoth), writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway (Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death), novelist and poet Michèle Roberts (The Walworth Beauty), the Wolfson History Prize shortlisted Miranda Kaufmann (Black Tudors), broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson (The Sealwoman’s Gift), Stylist journalist Lucy Mangan (Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading), plus an exclusive preview reading of their forthcoming Lord of the Flies production from North Wales’ premier theatre, Theatr Clwyd. Visit our Gladfest Speakers pages for the full list!

In 2016 you asked for online booking and we gave it to you. Last year you recommended e-tickets and this year you’ve got them! Save the environment by bringing along your ticket on your phone or tablet and have it scanned as you enter the event (a print and collect service is available for those without access to printing facilities).

PLUS we’ve got special discounts for people travelling to us on Arriva buses – click here for details!

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

See you in September!

With love from the Gladfest team

PS download a copy of our programme straight to your smartphone or tablet here!

We are looking for Gladfest volunteers - can you help?