Man Booker, Not the Booker, Gladstone’s Library, and the long and short(lists) of it all…

Man Booker, Not the Booker, Gladstone’s Library, and the long and short(lists) of it all…

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At Gladstone’s Library we’ve been eagerly consuming the longlists for the 'Man Booker Prize', and its democratic counterpart the 'Not the Booker Prize' (run by the Guardian), and we’ve spotted some familiar names!

Our own shortlist for the Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence 2019 programme shares Sophie Mackintosh and Guy Gunaratne with both the Man Booker and NTBP longlists, as well as Caoilinn Hughes with the NTBP list.

A winning Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence is invited to stay at the Library for a month while they work on their next project, and in return gives a talk on their latest work and a workshop on their literary speciality. Our Writers in Residence are always an absolute pleasure to host and provide some of the most popular events at Gladstone’s!

Our literary festival Gladfest is also coming up next month (7th – 9th September), and three of our speakers – Malachy Tallack, Sally Magnusson and Kit De Waal – are on the 'Not the Booker Prize' list. Even better, there’s still a handful of tickets left for all three!

Gladfest is perhaps the most fun and exciting event we hold at Gladstone’s: a huge weekend of new voices and literary veterans coming together for fascinating talks, as presenters and in conversation, surrounded by creative workshops, engaged audiences and of course, great food!

2018 has been a brilliant year for literature so far and with Gladfest right around the corner and our excellent shortlist for the 2019 Writer in Residence programme it looks like visitors to Gladstone’s Library are going to keep reaping the benefits as talks, festivals and workshops get better and better.

Wishing the absolute best of luck to all of our shortlisted 2019 Writers in Residence and our wonderful Gladfest speakers in both competitions, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Click here to find out more about our 2019 Writers in Residence shortlist, and here to find out more about Gladfest 2018, happening next month. Tickets from just £7!

By Alex Locke, Graduate Work Experience