Hearth (Aelwyd)

Hearth (Aelwyd)

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

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 autumn, Hearth takes place 31 October - 1 November and will focus on Welsh writing, although all talks will be in English. Prepare to be stimulated, enthralled and informed by:

Saturday 31 October

3.15pm: Kate Hamer - The Novel Journey

The Cardiff-based author takes us through the experience of writing her debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat, published February 2015. From keeping faith in the world she created to gauging the right time to submit to literary agents.

4.30pm: Gee Williams - Perfidy, Poetry and Foul-play (or Why Poets take to Crime)

Four months on from the release of Desire Line, a literary thriller which was the WHSmith and Waterstones Book of the Month, poet and fictioneer Gee Williams traces the tradition of the thriller from her own work in the modern day back to that of Thomas Hardy.

8pm: Reading and Reflection with all Four Hearth Writers

Sunday 1 November

10.30am: Abbie Ross - Childhood Memoir Writing: Wales Through the Eyes of a Child

Abbie Ross chats about the childhood in rural North Wales that inspired her bestselling memoir Hippy Dinners: woolly tights and brown food, pudding basin haircuts and picking mushrooms in the field. Now a firm city-dweller, Abbie reflects on what the Welsh countryside taught her.

1.30pm: Cynan Jones - How to Avoid Being a Writer and What to do if you Can't

Cynan Jones gives a tongue-in-cheek talk about his chosen career path and the publication of his four short novels, the most recent of which, The Dig, won Wales Book of the Year 2015. A chance to put your most probing questions to a captive writer!

This year, Hearth is part of the Museums at Night initiative.


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.


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