Hearth Festival - October 2016

Pull up a chair, gather around the hearth and indulge in a weekend of stimulating and entertaining conversation at our two-day micro-festival.

Improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, acquire hints and tips and find inspiration during our autumn 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 October / 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 autumn, Hearth takes place Saturday, 29th - Sunday, 30th October. 

Prepare to be stimulated, enthralled and informed by:

Saturday, 29th October 

2.15pm - 3.15pm: Pippa Goldschmidt - The Hidden Lives of Scientists

Pippa Goldschmidt is now a successful poet, novelist and short-story writer – but she used to be an astrophysicist. Join Pippa for a fascinating hour as she discusses how the hidden lives of scientists can be explored in literature.

Find out more about Pippa on her website.

4pm - 5pm: Rose Collis – And Her Trouser-Wearing Characters

From women who wore the pants, to the darkest secrets of cities: internationally-acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis’s books and shows are like no-one else’s. Join Rose for an hour of stories, vignettes and songs as she talks about – and performs – extracts from her plays about some of her favourite characters from ‘alternative’ history.

To visit Rose's website, please click here.

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

Sunday, 30th October 

10.15am - 11.15am: Irene Zabytko – The Sky Unwashed: Chornobyl in Fiction and Film

A thoughtful hour as Irene shares the experience of writing The Sky Unwashed, a novel praised for its depiction of Chornobyl (Ukrainian translation) refugees returning to their still-irradiated villages. Includes a showing of Irene’s award-winning film short about the disaster.

To visit the website dedicated to Irene's film, please click here.

11.45am - 12.45pm: Nadene Ghouri - The Art of Writing Memoir

A multi-award winning journalist who specialises in human rights issues, Nadene is the co-author of The Lightless Sky with Gulwali Passarlay. Gulwali’s talk sold out at our last Hearth; join Nadene as she shares the secrets of writing bestselling memoir with a unique impact.

For examples of Nadene's Guardian writing, please click here. To find out more about The Lightless Sky, please visit its official website.


Individual event tickets are priced at £12. Day tickets are priced at £32.50 which includes a lunch or dinner. Weekend tickets are priced at £55 including a meal on each day. 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!

To book your tickets, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Why not make a weekend of it? Please ring or email to check availability on our accommodation.