Gladstone’s Library’s Writers in Residence 2017 Shortlist Announced. #chesterculture

Gladstone’s Library has revealed the names of the 10 writers shortlisted for its prestigious Writers in Residence award for 2017.

This year’s submissions were drawn from a pool of entries from around the world.
To qualify for consideration, all applicants had to submit a book published in the last three years as well as a short piece of writing on liberal values.

Now into its sixth year, the Writers in Residence programme, established in association with Damian Barr (saloniere and author of Maggie and Me), was set up to explore and define liberal values in the twenty-first century.

The shortlist is made up of novels, poetry and creative non-fiction that, in the eyes of the panel of judges of authors, industry experts and members of the Gladstone’s Library team, best represent some of the most creative contemporary writing.

The ten shortlisted titles for 2017 are:

  • William Atkins, The Moor: A Journey into the English Wilderness (Faber & Faber, 2014)
  • Elaine Beckett, ‘Faber New Poets 13’ (Faber & Faber, 2016)
  • Penny Boxall, ‘Ship of the Line’ (Eyewear Publishing, 2014)
  • Caroline Brothers, The Memory Stones (Bloomsbury Circus, 2016)
  • Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Harmless Like You (Sceptre, 2016)
  • Nancy Campbell, Disko Bay (Enitharmon Press, 2015)
  • Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse: Women Write the City (Chatto & Windus, 2016)
  • Pippa Goldschmitt, The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space (Freight Books, 2015)
  • Antonia Honeywell, The Ship (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2015)
  • Mab Jones, Take Your Experience and Peel it (Indigo Dreams, 2016)
  • Jacqueline Saphra, If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women (The Emma Press, 2016)
  • Ruth Scurr, John Aubrey: My Own Life (Vintage, 2015)

Four of these authors will now be awarded a month’s residency at the Library in Hawarden.

“The Gladstone’s Library Writer in Residence programme continues to go from strength to strength,” said Warden of Gladstone’s Library, Peter Francis. “This is thanks, in part, to the support and generosity of our sponsors, in particular that of Joanna Munro, but also to the continual high standard of applicants. We are hugely proud that the programme continues to attract the very best in contemporary creative writing and are looking forward to revealing our four winners in October.”

This year’s judging panel consists of Senior Strategy Director at FutureBrand and Trustee of Gladstone’s Library, Freddie Baveystock; writer and journalist Peter Moore; author and journalist Melissa Harrison; poet Judy Brown; Peter Francis, Warden of Gladstone’s Library and Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library, Louisa Yates.

Judging takes place on Friday August 5th and the winners will be announced on Monday October 3rd at the National Liberal Club in London when the four winning authors will read from their work.

Tickets for this Writers in Residence 2017 launch event are priced at £10, to register your interest, call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org

#chesterculture – A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That – Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July 2016

Ever wondered about the true scope of what they do at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden?

Join them for ‘A little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That’, a weekend long event held from Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July 2016.

During this weekend you’ll experience a typical slice of discussion at Gladstone’s Library.

content_salleyvickers
A wonderful compendium of thoughts starting with bestselling novelist Salley Vickers whose works include the international word-of-mouth bestseller Miss Garnet’s Angel which became a favourite among book clubs and reading groups.

Salley will introduce and read from her eagerly-anticipated new novel,Cousins, which follows three generations of the Tye family as they are forced to come to terms with the true nature of inheritance – both genetic and behavioural.

John McEllhenney and Susan Fogarty explore the doubting-belief of the great Welsh poet R.S. Thomas, an Anglican vicar who wrestled ceaselessly with problems of faith and doubt in his poetry.

It is not too much of a leap from R.S. Thomas to Peter Francis’ talk about Honest Faith – claiming that no supernatural beliefs are true and presenting Christianity as a rational philosophy of life.

william_ewart_gladstone_-_project_gutenberg_etext_13103There is a significant Victorian slant to the weekend as well with Chair of Gladstone’s Library Michael Wheeler presenting Florence Nightingale as a great reformer, the founder of modern nursing and a noted liberal Christian.

Louisa Yates talks reading, journeying through Gladstone’s Literary Life by imagining his typical week. She addresses how such a busy man could possibly have read the 22,000 books he noted in his diaries.

The weekend concludes with a discussion about ‘liberal values’ in which Michael Wheeler and Peter Francis ask whether the word ‘liberal’ still has any meaning in the contemporary world.

Residential prices start from £202, non-residential from £150. Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

For further information visit http://www.gladlib.co.uk , call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org

#chesterculture – Gladfest – Gladstone’s Library – Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016.

The UK’s friendliest literary festival returns Gladfest returns with another programme of the best and brightest writing talents, from old friends returning with their latest books to new-to-Gladfest stars.

The three day literary celebration, held at the UK’s only Prime Ministerial Library in Hawarden, will be welcoming high profile and internationally renowned writers, novelists, poets and academics for its annual festival Gladfest from Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September 2016.  Now into its fourth year, Gladfest is back and it’s better than ever.

loyd-grossman_239116kHighlights include Val McDermid (Splinter the Silence) discussing what compels us to consume crime fiction; Scarlett Thomas (The Seed Collectors) who explores her complex relationship with realism and fantasy; Loyd Grossman (Benjamin West and the Struggle to be Modern) on the Georgian craze for history as expressed in books, prints and paintings; Guy Cuthbertson’s perspective on Wilfred Owen and the WWI poets and Richard Holloway (A Little History of Religion) who muses on religious experiences and expressions.

sarah_perry

Michel Faber and Sarah Perry will make a welcome return with their latest books, Undying and The Essex Serpent after sell-out slots at last year’s festival.

Further highlights include Sir Anthony Seldon (Cameron at 10: The Inside Story) on contemporary politics and education; Rachel Holmes who delves into the radical lives of Eleanor Marx and Sylvia Pankhurst; Andrew Tate exploring the ruined futures of dystopian fiction; Ian Parks who considers the poetry of C.P. Cavafy and Peter Blair charting the meteoric rise of contemporary flash fiction.

francesca_haigpeter_moore

If you’re a little more hands-on, there will be workshops throughout the weekend sharpening manuscripts with Francesca Haig (The Fire Sermon), prioritising workload with Michael Nobbs (Drawing Your Life), using the imagination as a literary device with Peter Moore (The Weather Experiment) and creating comics with Simon Grennan (Dispossession).

fantastic20mr20fox201_1For younger Gladfesters, there’s an expanded programme of Young People’s Events and a series of interactive activities inspired by the books of Roald Dahl who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Young people can explore the poetry of Revolting Rhymes, the characters of Fantastic Mr Fox, the language of The BFG and create prints to take home inspired by Dahl’s marvellous animals and creature creations.

Plus there’s the all-new Gladfest market place filled with the best local designers and contemporary crafts, the Gladbooks bookstall stocking reads from festival speakers (plus the opportunity to get them signed), the Food for Thought servery open throughout the day for delicious homemade hot and cold food, and the Gladbar ready and waiting to serve up festival tipples.

As one of the UK’s only festivals with no green room and no backstage area, you never know who you’ll bump into. Mingle with like-minded festival-goers, share a fireside drink with the authors and really make the most of Gladfest 2016.

For the full lineup click here,
Click here to view the official Gladfest 2016 programme

Gladfest
Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September 2016. gladfest20201620speakers
Weekend Tickets: £55
Day Tickets: £30 and Workshop Day Tickets: £40.
Individual event tickets are priced from £7.
For more information call Gladstone’s Reception on 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.


General release opens at 9am on Wednesday 18th May.

Friends priority booking opens at 9am on Wednesday 4th May.
Friends may book tickets for themselves and up to two guests.

Sign up as a Friend for pre-release tickets, exclusive Gladfest accommodation and a host of other benefits.

 

#chesterculture – DemFest – Gladstone’s Library – Friday 13th May and Saturday 14th May 2016.

A brand new festival will be making its debut in Hawarden next month.

The Democracy Festival will be held at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden on Friday 13th May and Saturday 14th May 2016.

DemFest, run in partnership with The Raymond Williams Foundation and The Democratic Society, is a space to meet people, develop fairer and more participatory forms of politics, and enjoy a range of democracy-related cultural events. demfest

At DemFest you will have a chance to think, get-together and talk with others with similar interests or projects. You won’t just hear a party line, DemFest is non-partisan and independent.

Why now? We are living in tumultuous times. The UK may be on the brink of fracturing and leaving the European Union, power and resources are increasingly concentrated in fewer and fewer hands and the gulf between the UK’s main political parties is rapidly widening.

Meanwhile, myriad possibilities for new forms of democratization are opening up. Whether through experimentation at community level, developments in online technology or the growing public appetite for more collaborative and less hierarchical ways of living, DemFest is about getting together to explore, celebrate and help re-make democracy for our times.

An affordable festival (prices range from free to £6) aiming to engage and provide a forum for discussion for those of all ages and backgrounds; but you won’t hear a party line; DemFest is non-partisan, independent, and not-for-profit.

Guests include Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party; Peter McFadyen, author of Flatpack Democracy and Robin McApline from Common Weal, a ‘think and do tank’ campaigning for social and economic equality in Scotland.

Confirmed events include Women and Protest, exploring women’s particular history of protest, objection and defiance from Suffrage to SlutWalks; Futures of European Democracy, considering the future of the UK in Europe; State of Emergency: War, Terror and Democracy, defining the responsibilities of ‘democratic’ states in the contexts of migration, asylum and war; and Democratization and the Media, asking what needs to happen to ensure our media is democratic.

There are also a number of free audio and video playback sessions from past events at Gladstone’s Library, including talks from ex-Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, crossbench Peer, Lord Peter Hennessey, and the Library’s Founder’s Day discussion, hosted by Lloyd Grossman.

For more information and to book online visit www.demfest.org.  man-dual

DemFest
Gladstone’s Library
Friday 13th May and Saturday 14th May.
Tickets are priced between free and £6 with a £2 Concessions rate.
Day Tickets are priced at £45 (including 10 events) or £15 for Concessions.
Alternatively, contact Gladstone’s Library on 01244 532350 or enquiries@gladlib.org.

#chesterculture – Writer in Residence, Susan Barker at Gladstone’s Library – 12th and 30th April 2016

susan-bakerSusan Barker grew up in east London. She studied philosophy at the University of Leeds and creative writing at the University of Manchester.
She is the author of the novels Sayonara Bar (2005) and The Orientalist and the Ghost (2008), both published by Doubleday (UK) and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Her third novel The Incarnations (Doubleday, July 2014) is about a taxi driver in contemporary Beijing and interwoven with tales from the Tang Dynasty, the invasion of Genghis Khan, the Ming Dynasty, the Opium War, and the Cultural Revolution.

 

While writing The Incarnations she spent several years living in Beijing, researching modern and imperial China.

She has received grants from the Arts Council England and the Society of Authors, and has been an artist in resident at the Corporation of Yaddo, Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat and the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. In 2010- 2012 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Leeds Trinity University.

Currently Susan is working on her fourth novel while staying as writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library.

On Tuesday 12th April, in a talk that includes readings from her award-winning third novel, The IncarnationsSusan will talk about the process of writing her third novel. She will also discuss the challenges of writing from other cultural perspectives as well as making the fictional leap beyond one’s own identity.

On Saturday 30th April, Susan will be holding a day long workshop at Gladstone’s Library where she will lead the group through the challenges of conveying works of art in prose. Focusing on depictions of visual art and artists in literature, the group will consider literary texts in which works of art are evocatively conveyed, or in which art becomes a prism through which the historical, political and social context of the day is refracted. Works covered include Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World, Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Following these discussions, participants will work to produce individual stories about an artwork chosen by Susan.

An Evening with Writer in Residence, Susan Barker
Tuesday 12th April 2016
7.30pm for 8pm
Tickets are priced at £15 which includes a copy of Susan’s latest book.

A Masterclass with Writer in Residence, Susan Barkeray
Saturday 30th April 2016
Tickets are priced at £35 for the day which includes lunch and tea/coffee


Gladstone’s Library
To book your place, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

#ChesterCulture – ‘On the Waterfront’ – Free screening – Gladstone’s Library – 23rd March 2016

Gladstone Library have teamed up with neighbouring St Deiniol’s Church to present a free screening of On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan. 1954. 108 mins)

Attendees are also welcome to come for dinner which will be served from 6.30pm with prices starting from just £6.75.
For more information or to register your attendance please call Gladstone Libary’s Reception on 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Gladstone’s Library

Free entry

Screening will begin at 7.15pm sharp.