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image for Literary Event item typeGladfest 2018 at Gladstone's Library

Literary Event, Fri 7 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

Gladfest 2018

Gladfest 2018


Welcome to the sixth year of Gladfest! We are delighted in 2018 to be celebrating 100 years of votes for (some) women and have gone all out with our festival colour palette – we hope you’ll enjoy the Suffragette theme as much as we’ve enjoyed applying it!

At Gladfest we bring together the most exciting contemporary writing from all over the country, and this year is no exception with history, poetry, comic strips, memoir, nature writing, spirituality and fiction of all kinds.

Our most exciting addition to the festival this year is the all-new Gladfest Fringe which will be packed full of free music, spoken-word poetry, family entertainment and refreshments. Plus, we’ve got a drop-in programme of comic book crafting activities for young people and those young at heart. Come and try a bit of Gladfest for free!

A snapshot of the names this year include Sunday Times Bestseller Joanna Cannon (Three Things About Elsie), multi-award-winning author Sarah Perry (Melmoth), writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway (Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death), novelist and poet Michèle Roberts (The Walworth Beauty), the Wolfson History Prize shortlisted Miranda Kaufmann (Black Tudors), broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson (The Sealwoman’s Gift), Stylist journalist Lucy Mangan (Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading), plus an exclusive preview reading of their forthcoming Lord of the Flies production from North Wales’ premier theatre, Theatr Clwyd. Visit our Gladfest Speakers pages for the full list!

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 7 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

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Mon 13 - Sun 19 Aug Welsh in a Week
Mon 20 - Sun 26 Aug Latin in a Week
Fri 7 - Sun 9 Sep Gladfest 2018
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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality