Gladfest 2018

Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF

Tel: 01244 532350

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Gladfest is the UK's friendliest literary festival in its only residential library!

The festival is six years old this year and we have an extra special lineup to celebrate including Sunday Times Bestseller Joanna Cannon (Three Things About Elsie), multi-award-winning author Sarah Perry (Melmoth), writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway (Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death), novelist and poet Michèle Roberts (The Walworth Beauty), broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson (The Sealwoman's Gift) Stylist journalist Lucy Mangan (Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading) plus an exclusive preview reading of their forthcoming Lord of the Flies production from North Wales' premier theatre, Theatr Clwyd.

A number of the country's brightest breakthrough talents will be attending including Penny Boxall (Who Goes There?), Annabel Abbs (The Joyce Girl), Sheena Wilkinson (Star By Star), Sam Guglani (Histories) and Malachy Tallack (The Valley at the Centre of the World) and more!

Visit for the full lineup!

Plus FREE activities for kids; the all-new free entry Gladfest Fringe which will be packed full of music, spoken-word poetry, family entertainment and refreshments; our independent bookshop stocking reads from all festival speakers (with the opportunity to get them signed); and the Food for Thought café open throughout the festival for delicious homemade hot and cold refreshments!

Guide Prices

Day Tickets | £30 (includes any 5 talks on one day)
Workshop Tickets | £48 (includes all 4 workshops)
Weekend Tickets | £55 (includes any 10 talks across the weekend)
Individual Talks | £7 each
Individual Workshops | £14 each
Become a Gladvocate | £25
Family crafts | FREE

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