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Musical Mary Drew

by Amy Sumner | Thursday, 24th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The contents of Mary Drew’s diaries have been something of a surprise to me! But the daughter of a four-times Prime Minister, whom later acquired the position of Private Secretary to William Gladstone, did not hide her love of music. So much so, she wrote reviews about the music she listened to, the orchestras she went to see, and her own public and private performances.



Democracy by James Kirchick

by Amy Sumner | Monday, 07th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Staring at me from the desk in my bedroom at Gladstone’s Library during my recent residency was a postcard inscribed with a bit of the namesake’s wisdom: 

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. 


Things I learned while not editing my novel by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

by Amy Sumner | Monday, 07th August 2017 | 0 Comments

I met my first Wikipedia surfer, almost 10 years ago. It was my first year at university. The polo-shirted boy explained that he spent hours clicking link after link. It wasted days of his life, he said and smiled. Back in my dorm, tucked into my duvet, I settled in with Wikipedia. I clicked a link. I read for a while, and then stopped. The site seemed useful, but I wasn’t entranced by the hyperlink pathway.


Gladfest interview: Louisa Young

by Amy Sumner | Monday, 07th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Louisa Young was born in London and educated there and at Cambridge University. She was a freelance journalist for many years, including for the GuardianMarie-Claire and the motorcycle magazine, Bike. An interview with Johnny Cash led to the realisation that she couldn’t be a journalist any more, and she moved into fiction, biography, history, and recently, songwriting. Her first book was a biography of her grandmother Kathleen Scott, sculptor and widow of Captain Scott of the Antarctic, who lived in the house where Peter Pan was written, and in which Louisa grew up with five siblings and six cousins.