Hearth Festival - February 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 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 6th - 7th February. 

Prepare to be stimulated, enthralled and informed by:

Saturday, 6th February 

3.15pm - 4.15pm: Gulwali Passarlay & David Loyn - The Lightless Sky - SOLD OUT

At only twelve years old, Gulwali Passarlay fled the violence of the Afghan war. It would take him a year to reach Britain; he was shot at, imprisoned and almost drowned in the Mediterranean. Now, Gulwali shares his tale. 

Gulwali will be interviewed by former BBC journalist and the author of Butcher and Bolt – Two Hundred Years of Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan, David Loyn.

4.30pm - 5.30pm: Rebecca Farmer - Readings from Not Really

Rebecca Farmer is a startling new poetry talent. Her pamphlet Not Really was awarded the 2015 Poetry Business Pamphlet Prize by Carol Ann Duffy. Discover Rebecca’s poetry in a gentle hour of illustrated readings by the Hearth fire. Not to be missed.

8pm - 9pm: Reading and Reflection with all four Hearth speakers  

Sunday, 7th February 

10.15am - 11.15am: Natasha Pulley - Meiji Japan and Victorian Britain

What links Victorian Britain with Meiji Japan? More than you might think, says Natasha Pulley, author of the acclaimed The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Natasha is keeping it all to herself – you’ll have to join her to find out! 

11.45am - 12.45pm: Dan Richards - The Beechwood Airship: Writing, Not Writing, and Art

Someone who builds an enormous wooden airship, hangs it in the centre of the students’ union for a couple of years, then drags it outside and sets it on fire is bound to have something to say about Art. In this interactive talk, Dan explores the creative process and the importance of art for art’s sake, a topic he explored in The Beechwood Airship Interviews, where he spoke with Judi Dench, Robert Macfarlane, Manic Street Preachers, and others.


Tickets are priced at £32.50 for one day which includes lunch or dinner on your chosen day and entry to Saturday evening's panel discussion.

You can purchase weekend tickets for £55 which includes all Hearth events and meals.

Alternatively, tickets per event are priced at £12 each (includes free entry to the panel discussion).

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.