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image for Literary Event item typeGladfest 2017 at Gladstone's Library

Literary Event, Sat 2 - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library


Our little festival is five years old this year! It seems only yesterday that we said ‘hey, let’s have a festival!’ – 16 weeks later, Gladfest was born. Since then, thousands of you have been through the doors, some for the very first time. Gladfest brings together award-winning, internationally-renowned and breakthrough writers for a wonderfully eclectic weekend. We’re very proud of it.

To celebrate, we’re working to pay it forward. In previous years, we’ve been fortunate that writers have loved the Library so much they’ve been happy to accept bed, board and travel as payment. But we believe that writers, just like all of us, should be paid for their work. So this year, in line with the Society of Authors’ advice, all Gladfest speakers have the option of a stipend as well as a writing break at Gladstone’s Library.

Not everything is changing. This year, you’ll find all that’s made Gladfest so special over these last four years. Drinks by the fire with your favourite authors; some of the world’s best emerging writers right here in Hawarden; the chance to get award-winning books signed. As always, it all takes place in the unique surroundings of our beautiful Grade I listed Reading Rooms.

Big names for the 2017 Gladfest lineup include TV historian Diarmaid MacCulloch (All Things Made New: The Reformation), multi award-winning author Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent), broadcaster Sally Magnusson (Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything), journalist and biographer Kathryn Hughes (Victorians Undone), Gladfest friend Francesca Haig (The Forever Ship) and BBC Official Historian Jean Seaton (Pinkoes and Traitors). Visit our Gladfest Speakers pages for the full list!

The festival also boasts a number of the country’s brightest breakthrough talents including Dan Richards (Climbing Days), Natasha Pulley (The Bedlam Stacks), Joanna Cannon (The Trouble with Goats and Sheep) and Tara Guha (Untouchable Things), and there'll be an exclusive rehearsed reading of their new adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya from Theatr Clwyd.

Our writers, staff, the Library and YOU all make Gladfest what it is.

To book, please book online, call Reception on 01244 532350 or email

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
Sat 2 - Sun 3 Sep 2017

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 14 - Sun 20 Aug Latin in a Week
Mon 21 - Sun 27 Aug Welsh in a Week
Sat 26 Aug Reformation to Reform: Masterclass Penny Boxall
Sat 2 - Sun 3 Sep Gladfest 2017
Mon 4 - Fri 8 Sep Latin Second Steps
Sat 16 Sep Open Doors



01244 532350


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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