Hearth Festival - February 2017

Hearth Festival - February 2017

Join us for author talks and conversation this February!

Improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, acquire hints and tips and find inspiration during our bi-yearly micro-festival, Hearth. The newest addition to the Gladstone's Library Calendar and the younger sibling of our Gladfest summer literature festival, Hearth began in 2013 and is held in November and February every year. Hearth is an opportunity to meet, talk and create with four authors over a weekend of writing-related activity.

This winter, Hearth takes place 4th - 5th February. 

Saturday, 4th February 

2.30pm - 3.30pm: Caroline Brothers - Fictional Truths

Caroline Brothers is praised for her engagement with identity, displacement and boundaries. Her first novel, Hinterland, followed two small Afghan boys on a journey across Europe while The Memory Stones, set partly in Latin America, explores how a family braves the aftermath of violence. She explains how to carve out a story without getting crushed by the research. 

Caroline Brothers was born in Hobart, Australia and grew up in Melbourne before moving to London to complete postgraduate work. She joined Reuters, which trained her as a foreign correspondent, and has worked as a reporter in the UK, Belgium, Mexico, Central America and in France. She has also worked as a reporter and an editor for the International New York Times in Paris. 

The Memory Stones was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection and a feature on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.

4pm - 5pm: Julia Forster - Failing Greatly and Keeping the Faith

Author of the novel What a Way to Go, Julia Forster stows plenty of unpublished material under her bed. She works with authors on finding their voice and establishing careers, and will discuss maintaining momentum with large writing projects. 

Julia Forster was born in the East Midlands and studied Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick where she was awarded the Derek Walcott Prize for Creative Writing in 2000. She went on to study for an MLitt. in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews and has worked in the publishing industry across the UK as well as in the marketing and publicity department at the New Welsh Review, where she coordinated the inaugural New Welsh Writing Awards 2015. Julia now works for Literature Wales where she sits on their bursary panel, helping to award bursaries to both emerging and established writers. In 2016, she was awarded a K Blundell Trust Award from the Society of Authors for her third book which she is now working on. 

Read an interview with Julia Forster from The Writes of Woman.

5.30pm - 6.30pm: Reading and Reflection with all four Hearth speakers  

6.45pm: Dinner

Sunday, 5th February 

10.15am - 11.15am: Antonia Honeywell - What is the World Coming to?

Join Antonia Honeywell, author of thought-provoking dystopian novel The Ship, for a talk about writers who explore the present by imagining the future. From Orwell to Atwood, how can we put our deepest fears to creative use? 

Antonia Honeywell has worked at the Natural History Museum in London and as a teacher at Watford Grammar School for Girls and North Westminster Community School. She has written a play, Dandelions, which was performed to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as a musical, Melting Point. Her debut novel, The Ship, was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in February 2015. 

The Ship was chosen as one of The Independent’s Best Young Adult Fiction Books of 2015 and garnered reviews from the Guardian and The Times.

11.45am - 12.45pm: Malachy Tallack - The Un-Discovered Islands

In this illustrated talk, critically-acclaimed author Malachy Tallack explores some of the world’s strangest places from his new book, The Un-Discovered Islands; 24 islands once thought to be real but which did not, in fact, exist. 

Malachy Tallack is from Shetland and currently lives in Glasgow. His first book, Sixty Degrees North, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. Malachy received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2014, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2015. As a singer-songwriter, he has released four albums and an EP and has performed live in venues across the UK. He is contributing editor to the online magazine The Island Review and has written for many other publications, both online and in print. 

The Un-Discovered Islands was one of The Telegraph’s Top 20 Travel Books of 2016 and one of the Guardian’s Top 10 Travel Books of 2016. Read a review from The Spectator here. 

12.45pm: Lunch


Tickets are onsale now! Please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org for final availability.

Individual event tickets are priced at £12.

Day tickets are priced at £32.50 which includes a lunch or dinner. DAY TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT.

Weekend tickets are priced at £55 including a meal on each day. WEEKEND TICKETS NOW SOLD OUT.

All tickets include free entry to the panel discussion on Saturday evening with all four Hearth speakers during which they will reflect on reading and writing and guests are invited to put forward their most testing questions!