Hearth - November 2017

Hearth - November 2017

Join us for author talks and conversation this November!

Gladstone’s Library is delighted to announce the line-up for its autumn micro-festival, Hearth, which takes place over the weekend of 4th – 5th November in the cosy common room of our residential library. This intimate literary festival offers keen writers the opportunity to pick up hints and tips, and ask questions of published authors about their experiences. It also encourages anyone interested in the world of books to find out more about the writing and publishing process.

Saturday, 4th November 

2.30pm - 3.30pm: Krishan Coupland - Hyperfiction: Make a Part of History

Krishan Coupland uses technology to create non-linear narratives, weaving together digital media with physical. This practice is known as hyperfiction and Krishan’s talk explores the various forms of this genre, as well as its future possibilities. Krishan will also create a lasting interactive hypertext piece based in Gladstone’s Library. Make a part of history...

Krishan Coupland is a writer, editor and digital nomad. His debut collection of (very) short fiction, When You Lived Inside the Walls, was published by Stonewood Press in 2017. Other poems and stories have been published in Ambit, Aesthetica, Litro and elsewhere. In his spare time Krishan runs and edits Neon Literary Magazine. He is currently working on two more projects: a young adult novel, about a boy who can turn himself inside out; and a game about what it is to be poor.

4pm - 5pm: Will Harris - Mixed Perspectives

Will Harris has been called a poet who ‘distrusts fixed perspectives’. His debut chapbook, All This is Implied, mulls over societies where difference and complexity is the norm. Now writing a prose book on mixed identities, Will has said that much of his writing comes as a response to those who distrust, rather than welcome, difference. Join Will as he reads from his writing past and present.

Will Harris was born in London, of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage. He has worked in schools and as a tutor, co-edits the small press 13 Pages and is one of the organisers of The Poetry Inquisition. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, The White Review and The Rialto, where he is Assistant Editor. He is also part of the editorial team behind Swimmers and helped put together the first-ever Poetry Magazine Fair. He is a fellow of the Complete Works III, and will be published as part of the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: Poets of the New Generation. His debut pamphlet,
All This is implied, was published by HappenStance Press in June 2017. He blogs about literature, race and politics at willjharris.com.

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

6.45pm - 7.30pm: Dinner

Sunday, 5th November

10.15am - 11.15am: Sam Guglani - Medicine, Science and the Arts

What are the human and moral challenges of contemporary medicine? Why are the arts an urgent and necessary means of knowledge towards better medicine – and ultimately, better society? Join poet, novelist and consultant oncologist Sam Guglani for an hour’s reflection, including the Medicine Unboxed project and readings from his work.

Sam Guglani is a poet, novelist and consultant oncologist who specialises in the management of lung and brain tumours. He has a background in medical ethics and chairs the Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust law and ethics group. Director of Medicine Unboxed since he founded it in 2009, Sam uses the arts and creative industries to illuminate challenges in medicine. He is a published poet and writes for The Lancet, and his debut novel Histories is released in 2017.

11.45am - 12.45pm: Joan Michelson - Bloomvale Home

A poetry reading and discussion of Bloomvale Home, Joan’s 2016 chapbook focussing on the care and treatment of residents in a Home for Assisted Living. Plain-spoken and unflinchingly compassionate, Joan’s poetry deals with the practicalities, mundane details and inevitable fate of the residents of Bloomvale Home.

Joan Michelson is a poet, lecturer, and arts facilitator who teaches poetry at all levels of education. She was poet laureate of Crouch End from 2011-14, and for many years was Head of Creative Writing and Holocaust Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

12.45pm: Lunch


Tickets are onsale now! To book please book online, call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Individual event tickets are priced at £14.

Day tickets are priced at £35 which includes dinner on Saturday or lunch on Sunday.

Weekend tickets are priced at £60 including dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.

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!