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Play time by Oliver Emanuel

by Amy Sumner | Monday, 18th March 2019

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

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'. 


Dragons at Gladstone’s Library!

by Amy Sumner | Monday, 11th March 2019

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

    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

      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.