Writers in Residence

Writers in Residence 2016 submission opens on March 2, 2015. Find out more here. 

Our Writer in Residence was established in 2011 by Gladstone's Library in association with Damian Barr (saloniere and author of Maggie and Me) to explore and define liberal values in the twenty-first century.

Every year a group of the world's most exciting writers spend up to a month at Britain's only residential and Prime Ministerial library. The programme supports writers at all stages of their career: residencies have been awarded to manuscripts with a publishing contract as well as to novels submitted by established writers. 

To enter, writers submit a one-page CV/biography, a copy of their latest book, a statement on (re)defining 'liberal values' and a description of the writing that they plan to do at the Library. The submission period runs in Spring each year.

'You are looked after well - the food is delicious, the accommodation, with writing desk, is comfortable, quiet and spotless. But it is the library that drew me, [...] I wrote so much, and am sure the magic will work again' (Vanessa Gebbie, 2013)