Dear Diary: September means G L A D F E S T 2 0 1 3
Chester; do you realise how lucky you are?
Just now it seems that hardly a day goes by without news of some fantastic local first. Another one to add to the glories is GladFest at Gladstone’s Library.
On Friday 6th September Gladstone’s Library will launch its own festival for readers, writers and book lovers.
This is an opportunity to get impressively high on words. The offering spans genres from crime fiction to children’s writing, runs from a poetry open mic to bibliotherapy; offers interaction and workshops.
The festival begins on Friday evening with welcome drinks and the first event and continues through both Saturday and Sunday.
It is a world of books and the world in words. Glance through Thatcher’s Britain, female bodies, Chester’s department stores, faith, belief and religion, Victorian murder mystery and keep on going.
There are writers, poets, performers, thinkers and educators that a London-centric press could bluster about and make grandiose. The festival speaks clearly on its own account courtesy of the library’s web-link: http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/GladFest/. Here you will find details of the courses and workshops that run over the weekend, ticket prices and booking details.
GladFest is about access to some of the authors who visit the library regularly with the addition of a few new faces and it is a great time to make a first visit to the library. Over the weekend there will be much to take part in but also a chance to make contact with the place; maybe use the lovely Gladstone Room to read.
The library is a legacy; a gift from William Gladstone, politician and statesman and stands as tribute to all those who have worked since to further his vision. Centred around and developed from Gladstone’s own collection of books it offers opportunity and permission for learning and debate. This is a place for the life of the open mind.
7 miles by road from Chester and accessible by train and bus; all this makes the library a local treasure. Its offering of overnight accommodation is a wonderful way to extend that access if you have more time or live further afield.
There is icing on the cake in the form of ‘Food for Thought’, the on-site restaurant if you should need further reason to visit. Here you will find excellent meals, tea and coffee and of course; cake.
Contact the library for further information.
Tel: 1244 532350. Their office is available 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively make contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org