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Literary Event, Tue 6 Nov 2018, £15

Advantages and Pitfalls: Writing Close Family

Advantages and Pitfalls: Writing Close Family


An Evening with Writer in Residence Keggie Carew. Her memoir, Dadland (2016), won the Costa Biography Award 2017 for its spellbinding account of her unorthodox, engaging, complicated father. Appropriately, the book’s subtitle is ‘a journey into uncharted territory’, and this is the subject of Keggie’s evening event. Writing about a close family member brings with it difficult decisions about what to share. Join our Writer in Residence for November for a tale of biography, history, and personal anecdote.

Keggie Carew has found recent fame with the publication of her ‘shape-shifting’ memoir Dadland. Before she began writing however, Keggie’s career was in contemporary art. After travelling across the world and living in many places along the way, Keggie settled in London where she ran an alternative art space, studied English and Art History at Goldsmith’s, and opened an unconventional pop-up shop in the East End. Keggie now lives near Salisbury with her husband Jonathan. Together they are establishing a nature reserve on 16 acres of land, where they run educational workshops for underprivileged young people.

To book your place, please call 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

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Dates Times
Tue 6 Nov 2018 20:00


Tickets are priced at £15 which includes a copy of Dadland.


Church Lane,



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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