Gladfest - Wales' newest literary festival

Gladstone’s Library, based in Hawarden, is launching a new kind of literary festival this September. In response to the overwhelming success that the Library enjoys with its Writer-in-Residence events, Gladfest (6-8 September) is a boutique, non-corporate, affordable literary festival.

The featured authors are internationally significant but will be uniquely accessible at Gladfest. Most events will take place in the intimate splendour of one of the world’s great libraries – with a maximum of sixty people per event, this is an amazing opportunity to engage with the sort of names that are usually found at much larger festivals.

Some of the writers taking part include Damian Barr, author of this year’s best-selling memoir Maggie and Me; Britain’s most radical and controversial theologian, Don Cupitt (Sea of Faith); writer, director and performer Stella Duffy (Theodora); and award-winning poet Wendy Cope (Family Values). Other events cover topics as diverse as bibliotherapy, Victorian friendship and Brown’s of Chester. There are three free children’s events, a scriptwriting workshop, poetry readings and the chance to solve a Victorian crime. There will also be a poetry evening in which the performers are the audience. All this - and fantastic food too!

Festival Director, Louisa Yates, says, “Gladstone’s Library is fast becoming the place to visit for anyone who enjoys reading or creative writing. So many authors were keen to take part that is has been a struggle fitting everyone in but we believe that we have put together a programme that has something for everyone”.

Gladfest’s main sponsors include Airbus, Fineline Printers, New Welsh Review, Worldspan Creative and Reades Residential. Tickets are on sale now with a special offer running until July 1st of five tickets for just £20.00.

For more details on the Festival click here.