Writers-in-Residence Winners Announcement

Naomi Alderman, the first ever writer-in-residence at Gladstone’s Library, will be joined by Stella Duffy, Nadene Ghouri and Ian Parks who will each take up tenure for one month at Britain’s only residential library. Each writer will blog about their stay, run a creative writing workshop and host an ‘Evening With’ event. They will receive full board and lodging, travel expenses and a stipend of £100.00 per week.

Each writer is, in their own way, redefining the liberal tradition with fiction, non-fiction and poetry represented.

The successful writers were chosen by Katy Guest, Literary Editor of the Independent on Sunday, Sathnam Sanghera, Times columnist and author of If You Don’t Know Me By Now, celebrated novelist and memoirist Rupert Thomson and Charlie Gladstone, great great grandson of William E. Gladstone. The scheme is the brainchild of writer and Salonierre Damian Barr.

Says Charlie Gladstone: “Working on this was fascinating and humbling; there were so many good entries that it was hard to know where to look. And the judging panel all had strong opinions; we had a very sparky, noisy debate to decide the winner.”

Says Stella Duffy: “As a mid-list, mid-career author, the one thing that has been profoundly lacking in my career is time. I have gone from novels to plays to stories back to novels back to stories, with never a break I am enormously grateful to Gladstone’s Library and to the judges for giving me the greatest of gifts – a whole month full of nothing but time. Time to think, time to read, time to wait and see what the next piece of work will be, could be, might be. I’m really excited about where this might lead.”

The winners will be officially announced at the National Liberal Club at 6.00pm on Tuesday, 1st November. For more information on our winners click on their names below:

Naomi Alderman

Stella Duffy

Nadene Ghouri 

Ian Parks