Gladfest 2017

Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September 2017

Weekend tickets give you full access to Gladfest across the weekend and include your choice of talks. Places are limited.

Weekend Ticket

A great way to experience Gladfest 2017. The ticket price includes your choice of any 10 talks Friday - Sunday.
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  • Francis Spufford & Sarah Perry - Essex Serpents and Golden Hills
    Fri 1st Sep, 18:00 to 19:00
    The authors of two of 2016's most popular books consider our compulsive enthusiasm for historical fiction.

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  • Theatr Clwyd - Uncle Vanya
    Fri 1st Sep, 20:00 to 21:30
    Writer Peter Gill and director Tamara Harvey discuss the staging of Chekhov's poignant comedy. Includes an exclusive rehearsed reading with some of the production's actors.

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  • Natasha Pulley - Fantastical Peru
    Sat 2nd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
    The author of The Bedlam Stacks explores the real people and places behind the story.

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  • Mike Scott - Demythologising Shakespeare
    Sat 2nd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
    Uncover the 'real' William Shakespeare...

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  • Francesca Haig - The Forever Ship
    Sat 2nd Sep, 11:30 to 12:30
    The Forever Ship author discusses the final book in her trilogy...

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  • Kate Hamer - The Doll Funeral
    Sat 2nd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
    The Doll Funeral grabs you by the hand and leads you into the forest. Discover what's there in this talk and reading.

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  • Melissa Harrison & Dan Richards - Writing the Outside
    Sat 2nd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
    The authors of Rain and Climbing Days discuss the nation's new favourite genre.

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  • Linda Woodhead - That was the Church That Was
    Sat 2nd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
    Theologian Linda Woodhead considers the loss of influence of the church and its declining members.

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  • Angela Topping - The Five Petals of Elderflower
    Sat 2nd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
    The poet reads from her latest collection, some of which was composed here at Gladstone's Library.

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  • Louisa Young - Writing the Recent Past
    Sat 2nd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
    Join the author of some of the finest examples of contemporary historical fiction, soaked in impeccable historical research and saturated with the emotional consequences of wartime.

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  • Diarmaid MacCulloch & Linda Woodhead - A New Reformation
    Sat 2nd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
    The historian and theologian express their hopes and fears for religion and culture in Britain.

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  • Kathryn Hughes - Victorians Undone
    Sat 2nd Sep, 17:30 to 18:30
    Discover why George Eliot was proud of her bigger right hand and what Darwin really thought of his beard!

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  • Rebecca Farmer - Listen if you Dare!
    Sat 2nd Sep, 17:30 to 18:30
    A poetry reading and discussion of Irish poet and radio producer Louis MacNeice.

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  • Sally Magnusson - Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
    Sat 2nd Sep, 20:30 to 21:30
    Join Sally for an inspiring hour which promises to be sad and funny, wise and honest.

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  • Dan Richards - Climbing Days
    Sun 3rd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
    Scramble in the Lake District, top summits in Switzerland and ascend the mighty Dent Blanche with the author of Climbing Days.

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  • Lauren Elkin - Flâneuse: Women Walk the City
    Sun 3rd Sep, 11:30 to 12:30
    The author of the gender-bending Flâneuse treads the paths of some truly colourful characters.

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  • David Loyn - Books from the Front Line
    Sun 3rd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
    Join one of Britain's foremost foreign correspondents for vivid depictions of life reported from some of the world's most conflicted areas.

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  • Jean Seaton - The BBC and Post-fact Politics
    Sun 3rd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
    The BBC Official Historian considers the role of the organisation in a new world of social media and 'post-truth'.

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  • Joanna Cannon - The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
    Sun 3rd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
    The author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep discusses her writing career so far...

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Choose to attend Gladfest for the day on Saturday or Sunday. The ticket price includes your choice of talks on that day.

Saturday 2nd September

Price includes your choice of any 5 talks.
-0+ £ 30.00
  • Natasha Pulley - Fantastical Peru
    Sat 2nd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
    The author of The Bedlam Stacks explores the real people and places behind the story.

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  • Mike Scott - Demythologising Shakespeare
    Sat 2nd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
    Uncover the 'real' William Shakespeare...

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  • Francesca Haig - The Forever Ship
    Sat 2nd Sep, 11:30 to 12:30
    The Forever Ship author discusses the final book in her trilogy...

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  • Kate Hamer - The Doll Funeral
    Sat 2nd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
    The Doll Funeral grabs you by the hand and leads you into the forest. Discover what's there in this talk and reading.

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  • Melissa Harrison & Dan Richards - Writing the Outside
    Sat 2nd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
    The authors of Rain and Climbing Days discuss the nation's new favourite genre.

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  • Linda Woodhead - That was the Church That Was
    Sat 2nd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
    Theologian Linda Woodhead considers the loss of influence of the church and its declining members.

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  • Angela Topping - The Five Petals of Elderflower
    Sat 2nd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
    The poet reads from her latest collection, some of which was composed here at Gladstone's Library.

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  • Louisa Young - Writing the Recent Past
    Sat 2nd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
    Join the author of some of the finest examples of contemporary historical fiction, soaked in impeccable historical research and saturated with the emotional consequences of wartime.

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  • Diarmaid MacCulloch & Linda Woodhead - A New Reformation
    Sat 2nd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
    The historian and theologian express their hopes and fears for religion and culture in Britain.

    -0+
  • Kathryn Hughes - Victorians Undone
    Sat 2nd Sep, 17:30 to 18:30
    Discover why George Eliot was proud of her bigger right hand and what Darwin really thought of his beard!

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  • Rebecca Farmer - Listen if you Dare!
    Sat 2nd Sep, 17:30 to 18:30
    A poetry reading and discussion of Irish poet and radio producer Louis MacNeice.

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  • Sally Magnusson - Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
    Sat 2nd Sep, 20:30 to 21:30
    Join Sally for an inspiring hour which promises to be sad and funny, wise and honest.

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Sunday 3rd September

Price includes your choice of any 5 talks.
-0+ £ 30.00
  • Dan Richards - Climbing Days
    Sun 3rd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
    Scramble in the Lake District, top summits in Switzerland and ascend the mighty Dent Blanche with the author of Climbing Days.

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  • Lauren Elkin - Flâneuse: Women Walk the City
    Sun 3rd Sep, 11:30 to 12:30
    The author of the gender-bending Flâneuse treads the paths of some truly colourful characters.

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  • David Loyn - Books from the Front Line
    Sun 3rd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
    Join one of Britain's foremost foreign correspondents for vivid depictions of life reported from some of the world's most conflicted areas.

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  • Jean Seaton - The BBC and Post-fact Politics
    Sun 3rd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
    The BBC Official Historian considers the role of the organisation in a new world of social media and 'post-truth'.

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  • Joanna Cannon - The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
    Sun 3rd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
    The author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep discusses her writing career so far...

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Become a Gladvocate!

Help us keep Gladfest thriving and as affordable as possible. Donate and receive a goodie bag (including a Gladvocate car sticker and pencil), an invite to VIP drinks with the festival authors, and have your name featured online and on our supporters poster!
-0+ £ 25.00

Francis Spufford & Sarah Perry - Essex Serpents and Golden Hills
Fri 1st Sep, 18:00 to 19:00
The authors of two of 2016's most popular books consider our compulsive enthusiasm for historical fiction.
-0+ £ 7.00
Theatr Clwyd - Uncle Vanya
Fri 1st Sep, 20:00 to 21:30
Writer Peter Gill and director Tamara Harvey discuss the staging of Chekhov's poignant comedy. Includes an exclusive rehearsed reading with some of the production's actors.
-0+ £ 7.00
Natasha Pulley - Fantastical Peru
Sat 2nd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
The author of The Bedlam Stacks explores the real people and places behind the story.
-0+ £ 7.00
Mike Scott - Demythologising Shakespeare
Sat 2nd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
Uncover the 'real' William Shakespeare...
-0+ £ 7.00
Francesca Haig - The Forever Ship
Sat 2nd Sep, 11:30 to 12:30
The Forever Ship author discusses the final book in her trilogy...
-0+ £ 7.00
Kate Hamer - The Doll Funeral
Sat 2nd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
The Doll Funeral grabs you by the hand and leads you into the forest. Discover what's there in this talk and reading.
-0+ £ 7.00
Melissa Harrison & Dan Richards - Writing the Outside
Sat 2nd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
The authors of Rain and Climbing Days discuss the nation's new favourite genre.
-0+ £ 7.00
Linda Woodhead - That was the Church That Was
Sat 2nd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
Theologian Linda Woodhead considers the loss of influence of the church and its declining members.
-0+ £ 7.00
Angela Topping - The Five Petals of Elderflower
Sat 2nd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
The poet reads from her latest collection, some of which was composed here at Gladstone's Library.
-0+ £ 7.00
Louisa Young - Writing the Recent Past
Sat 2nd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
Join the author of some of the finest examples of contemporary historical fiction, soaked in impeccable historical research and saturated with the emotional consequences of wartime.
-0+ £ 7.00
Diarmaid MacCulloch & Linda Woodhead - A New Reformation
Sat 2nd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
The historian and theologian express their hopes and fears for religion and culture in Britain.
-0+ £ 7.00
Kathryn Hughes - Victorians Undone
Sat 2nd Sep, 17:30 to 18:30
Discover why George Eliot was proud of her bigger right hand and what Darwin really thought of his beard!
-0+ £ 7.00
Rebecca Farmer - Listen if you Dare!
Sat 2nd Sep, 17:30 to 18:30
A poetry reading and discussion of Irish poet and radio producer Louis MacNeice.
-0+ £ 7.00
Sally Magnusson - Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
Sat 2nd Sep, 20:30 to 21:30
Join Sally for an inspiring hour which promises to be sad and funny, wise and honest.
-0+ £ 7.00
Dan Richards - Climbing Days
Sun 3rd Sep, 10:00 to 11:00
Scramble in the Lake District, top summits in Switzerland and ascend the mighty Dent Blanche with the author of Climbing Days.
-0+ £ 7.00
Lauren Elkin - Flâneuse: Women Walk the City
Sun 3rd Sep, 11:30 to 12:30
The author of the gender-bending Flâneuse treads the paths of some truly colourful characters.
-0+ £ 7.00
David Loyn - Books from the Front Line
Sun 3rd Sep, 13:00 to 14:00
Join one of Britain's foremost foreign correspondents for vivid depictions of life reported from some of the world's most conflicted areas.
-0+ £ 7.00
Matthew Bradley - The Context of Sherlock Holmes: Exploring Popular Culture with the Great Detective
Sun 3rd Sep, 13:00 to 14:30
Be menaced by Nazis, kissed by Spider Women and engulfed in the psychological angst of Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's best-known character.
-0+ £ 12.00
Jean Seaton - The BBC and Post-fact Politics
Sun 3rd Sep, 14:30 to 15:30
The BBC Official Historian considers the role of the organisation in a new world of social media and 'post-truth'.
-0+ £ 7.00
Joanna Cannon - The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Sun 3rd Sep, 16:00 to 17:00
The author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep discusses her writing career so far...
-0+ £ 7.00
Natasha Pulley - Process in Fantasy Writing
Sun 3rd Sep, 16:00 to 17:30
How do you plan fantasy? How do you research something imaginary? Find out in this practical workshop.
-0+ £ 12.00

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