Revealing our 2019 Writers and Political Writers in Residence...

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We are delighted to announce the names of the six winners of our Writers in Residence award and the two winners of our Politics in Residence prize 2019.

Now into its eighth year, our successful Writers in Residence programme was established in association with Damian Barr (saloniere and author of Maggie and Me (2013) and You Will be Safe Here (2019)) to support contemporary novelists and poets across the UK and beyond.

This year’s judging panel consisted of Senior Strategy Director at FutureBrand and Trustee of Gladstone’s Library, Freddie Baveystock; writer and editor William Atkins (The Moor); poet Jenny Lewis (The Epic of Gilgamesh); writer and journalist Patrice Lawrence (Orangeboy); Peter Francis, Warden of Gladstone’s Library; and Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library, Louisa Yates. 

The six winners of the 2019 Writers in Residence award at Gladstone’s Library are:

  • Sarah Day, Mussolini’s Island (Headline Publishing, 2017)
  • Oliver Emanuel, The 306: Day (National Theatre of Scotland, 2017)
  • Suzannah Evans, Near Future (Nine Arches Press, November 2018)
  • Susanna Forrest, The Age of the Horse (Atlantic Books, 2016)
  • Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure (Penguin, 2018)
  • Emily Morris, My Shitty Twenties (Salt, 2017)

The authors will each receive up to a month’s residency at Gladstone’s Library – the world’s only residential library, and a place that the UK’s creative community call home – where they will use the Library’s tranquillity and resources to work on their current project. During this time, the authors will engage with the library’s creative community, running a creative writing masterclass, giving an evening talk, and submitting a blog to the Library’s website.

Rachel Hewitt (A Revolution of Feeling, Granta 2017) and Amber Massie-Blomfield (Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die, Penned in the Margins 2018) have been chosen as Gladstone’s Library’s Political Writers in Residence for 2019. Both Amber and Rachel will spend three weeks at Gladstone’s Library in 2019 during which time they will each host an evening event linked to their writing.

Politics in Residence at Gladstone’s Library recognises the best written expressions of political thought, particularly that which encourages political debate with a public audience. Developed from the Library’s successful Writer in Residence programme, Politics in Residence recognises some of the best non-fictional writing in English. The programme rewards thoughtful, well-researched considerations of contemporary political topics: we take ‘political’ to mean any cultural, spiritual, economic, political, social or ethical issue. The prize does not distinguish between political leanings or affiliations; all submissions, however, must be aimed firmly at engaging the general public. Creative non-fiction, journalism, lifewriting and biography are all eligible.

Politics in Residence provides space and resources for two writers whose work engages with liberal values. By liberal values, we do not mean views aligned with any one political ideology, but rather:

  • a commitment to freedom and social justice;
  • tolerance and respect of difference;
  • open-mindedness coupled with intellectual curiosity;
  • generosity of spirit and a willingness to learn from others.

Acknowledging the global significance of political topics, the winning writer will also submit two blogs about their work while in residence.

The 2019 Writers in Residence and Politics in Residence programmes are officially launched on Monday, 8th October at the National Liberal Club in London when each of the winning writers will be invited to read from their work. Tickets for this popular event are priced at £15 and can be booked by calling 01244 532350 or emailing Click here for further information.

Please note, the dress code for this event is smart – jacket and tie for men and no t-shirts or vests for women. No jeans will be permitted.