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image for Festival item typeGladfest at Gladstone's Library

Festival, Fri 6 - Sun 8 Sep 2019




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

THIS YEAR award-winning novelists Patrick Gale and Salley Vickers return with their new books, while Sarah Perry, Michael Nobbs and Oliver Emanuel run new and exclusive masterclasses. The literary world is buzzing with news of Damian Barr’s first novel and it’ll be right here with us, and the buzz continues with Kit de Waal, Alix Nathan, and Suzette A. Hill, who’ll all be talking about their latest books.

As always, it’s not just fiction! Melanie Reid, Damian Le Bas and Dan Richards share their journeys and some of the UK’s most creative minds will be showcasing their research: Joe Moran on shyness and creativity, Danny Dorling on Brexit, Charlotte Higgins on labyrinths, Rachel Hewitt on women in the mountains. And we remember William Gladstone with our 19th Century strand - Deborah Wynne on Victorian recycling, Claire O’Callaghan on Emily Bronte and Simon Grennan on comics.

Plus there are spiritual reflections with Pádraig Ó Tuama and Zia Chaudhry, life reflections with actor Neil Pearson and a look to the future of local with Tamara Harvey and Charlie Gladstone.



The Gladfest Fringe will be packed full of free music, spoken-word poetry, family entertainment and refreshments. Plus, we’ve got a drop-in programme of crafting activities for young people and those young at heart. Come and try a bit of Gladfest for free!

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

Children welcomeDisabled accessFacilities for hearing impaired

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 6 - Sun 8 Sep 2019


Weekend Ticket: £55.00 - includes any 10 talks across weekend.
Day Ticket: £30.00 - includes any 5 talks on one day.
Masterclasses: £45.00 per session.
Individual Talks: £7.00 each.


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
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired