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Literary Event, Tue 12 Nov 2019, £15-£25.95

Adventures in Research: Mussolini's Island

Adventures in Research: Mussolini's Island


An Evening with Writer in Residence Sarah Day. In researching novels based on real life historical events, author Sarah Day has followed eighteenth-century explorers to Russia and a group of persecuted gay men to the Tremiti Islands. She has explored a hidden church beneath a swimming pool in St Petersburg, a derelict prison on San Domino, and viewed countless photographs and archives of extraordinary individuals. Sarah will offer fascinating tales of her travels, as well as tips for your own travels – and your own travel writing.

Sarah Day is a historical novelist, columnist, and reviewer. After some years spent in science-based disciplines her debut novel, Mussolini’s Island, was published in 2017 to creative and commercial success (winner of a Betty Trask award, shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown and Polari First Novel Prize). As well as writing fiction, Sarah is a science communicator for the Geological Society and has also worked with The Natural History Museum and the British Science Association to find news way to communicate scientific theories and discoveries.

To book your place, book online, 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 12 Nov 2019 20:00


Tickets are priced at £15 or £25.95 with dinner (a copy of Mussolini's Island included).


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