Improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, get hints and tips and find inspiration during our February micro-festival. 

Pull up a chair, gather around the hearth and indulge in a day of stimulating and entertaining conversation.

Hearth began in 2013 and is held every year on a Saturday in February. As Gladfest's younger sibling it aims to distill all the best bits of festival life - book chat, comfortable chairs, tea and cake, a good glass of wine - into a single day. With opportunities to meet, talk and create with four authors over a day of book-based events, it's one of our most popular events and regularly sells out. You can come for the full day or if time is tight, a morning or afternoon. We also reserve a few tickets for individual events for the truly time-pressed.

Please use the sidebar to the left to navigate our successful past and exciting upcoming Hearth festivals, and you can listen to a selection of recordings from our past Hearth festivals over on our SoundCloud page. 

We're sorry to say that Hearth will not be taking place in 2021. We look forward to lighting the fire again in 2022.

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.