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Play time by Oliver Emanuel

by Amy Sumner | Monday, 18th March 2019 | 0 Comments

My two year old daughter has been with me at Gladstone’s for the past few days. Like any parent of a toddler will tell you, her desire for play is tireless. Tell me a story. Let’s go outside. Shall we dance? I’m a monster. Rrrr. There is seemingly no end to her enthusiasm and joy for making things up and mucking around.


Susanna Forrest on walking

by Amy Sumner | Tuesday, 12th March 2019 | 0 Comments

After a certain age your body lets you know that sitting for hours at a desk requires a degree of physical fitness. Via carpal tunnel, twanging hamstrings or a classic 'bad back', you discover that you are not, in fact, capable of eight hours on what the Germans call your 'sitzfleisch' or 'seat meat'. 


Notice: May Bank Holidays

by Amy Sumner | Monday, 11th March 2019 | 0 Comments

Please be advised that on the May Bank Holidays (Monday, 6th & Monday, 27th May) the Reading Rooms will be closed to all but residents and no Glimpses will be running.


    Dragons at Gladstone’s Library!

    by Amy Sumner | Monday, 11th March 2019 | 0 Comments

    Here at Gladstone's Library we are preparing for dragons...

    On Tuesday, 12th March Gladstone’s Library will play host to an evening with playwright and March Writer in Residence, Oliver Emanuel. Oliver will deliver a talk on the art of writing without words, something he achieved with his play Dragon, where a young boy grieving over the death of his mother struggles to find the words to express himself and instead finds solace in a 10-foot dragon.


      W.E. Gladstone and nineteenth-century international law

      by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 06th March 2019 | 0 Comments

      This month’s display in our History Room focuses around William Gladstone and nineteenth-century international law. This is a large topic and this blog aims to add some extra details that unfortunately wouldn’t fit into the cabinet! 


        Sophie Mackintosh on finding a routine

        by Amy Sumner | Wednesday, 06th March 2019 | 0 Comments

        One of the most beneficial parts about coming to Gladstone’s is the opportunity to be far away from your usual daily routine. It’s amazing how much energy and brain-space is freed up when you take away so many parts of every day life - cooking, cleaning, commuting, and even having a television.



        Sophie Mackintosh on making time to read

        by Amy Sumner | Monday, 25th February 2019 | 0 Comments

        Having never been a Writer in Residence before, I was extremely excited about the idea of getting an enormous amount of work done before having to head back to inconvenient ‘real life’. Write one book? The library is open from 9am to 10pm every day, after all - the problem will be writing too many books, if anything!


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