Summer is the busiest time at tourist destinations across the UK, so why not escape the hustle and bustle

and take time out for a relaxing break at Gladstone’s Library. With (hopefully) glorious weather for exploring the area and a menu full of fresh and summery choices being served in Food for Thought, you are sure to leave Gladstone’s Library feeling refreshed and inspired. Don’t worry if there are wet days, we have plenty of reading material with over 200,000 books in the Library! We have a wide range of events taking place during the summer months as we gear up to our first ever literary festival at the Library in September. GladFest will be taking place between 6th and 8th September and will see many of our favourite writers returning to the Library to give talks and workshops. The deadline for applications to our 2014 Writer-in-Residence Scheme is also coming up at the end of August, so if you are an author interested in applying, visit our website for more details.

Greek in a Week

Monday 5th – Sunday 11th August

This course is ideal for those wishing to learn New Testament Greek or for those wanting to revise or improve their knowledge of it. No prior knowledge of Greek is assumed – all we ask is that you try to learn the Greek alphabet before you arrive. This tried and tested course – a very successful way of learning the basics of New Testament Greek - is now in its seventeenth year and is led by New Testament scholar Kalyan Dey.

Hebrew in a Week

Monday 12th – Sunday 18th August

This course offers an exciting way to enjoy and understand Biblical Hebrew. Lyn Bechtel leads the week for those who wish to begin to read Biblical Hebrew. It can be enjoyed by those who know a little Hebrew and wish to revise and improve their knowledge or those who have no prior knowledge.

Welsh in a Week

Monday 26th – Sunday 1st September

To enquire about availability, call 01244 532350 or e-mail Or book online at

Come with little or no knowledge of the Welsh language – just a desire to learn and by the end of the week, a basic ability in Welsh will have been achieved. The course tutor is Julie Brake, Senior Lecturer in Welsh at Glyndŵr University.

All priced from £330.

Latin – Second Steps

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th September

A brief introduction to Latin Poetry, dealing with metre and scansion and reading selections from the major poets, The course, like the popular Latin in a Week, is led by Robert Parker. It is suitable for those who want to take their knowledge a little bit further. Priced from £200.

An Evening with Greg Garrett
Thursday 18 July 8pm
Greg will talk about his writing and latest projects including giving readings from 'Movieland' a novel about and for movie lovers.

£7 includes a Hendrick's Gin and Tonic.

Creative Writing Workshop with Greg Garrett
Writing Funny: A short Course in Humour Saturday 27th July 10am - 4pm
"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." So goes the old Hollywood saying. But the truth is, we can study comedy and actually learn structures, language, and characters from writers who have employed tried and true ways to bring humour into their pieces. Join award winning writer, Greg Garrett, as he explores how you can liven your story with humour. £28 includes

Gladstone’s Library will be hosting its first ever literary festival in September. From 6-8 September we will be welcoming authors, writers and readers alike to the Library. Tickets are now available and are selling fast. Visit for more details on each event. Tickets are £5 unless otherwise stated.


Friday 6th September
From 6.00pm Welcome Drinks: Join us for a complimentary glass of Hendrick’s gin to get the Festival under way. 8.00pm Damian Barr: Maggie and Me
Damian Barr is a writer, playwright and salonnière. In May this year, Bloomsbury published Maggie & Me, his memoir of surviving Thatcher’s Britain.

Saturday 7th September
10.00am What is Bibliotherapy? Ella Berthoud spent 13
years reading books in inappropriate places . During her degree studies she read as many novels as she could at once!

11.30am Damian Barr interviews Vanessa Gebbie Vanessa Gebbie is a novelist, poet and award-winning short story writer. She will be talking to Damian about her life as a writer.

11.30am & 1.30pm Children’s Event: Make Friends with a Book! Free events. Are you aged between 6 and 10? Jeanette
and Leah from the The Reader Organisation would love to share some stories and poems with you. Each session will be different so come to both if you like! 11.30am Bibliotherapy Sessions running throughout the day, £10 per session. Bibliotherapy is a fun individual guided reading session. You will leave with a reading ‘prescription’ specifically tailored to your requirements!

Sunday 8th September
10.00am Deborah Wynne: Hades! The Ladies! Department Store Culture and Brown’s of Chester The author of two
books on Victorian literature and culture, Deborah will be talking about her latest research which focuses on Chester’s oldest department store, Brown’s of Chester.

morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

2.00pm Andrew Tate: Twenty-First-Century Gospels: Jesus in Contemporary Fiction - Andrew Tate’s talk will
explore why fiction and films based on the life of Jesus continue to thrive and ask whether such 21st century gospels undermine or re-invigorate Christian belief? 5.00pm Peter Francis talks to Don Cupitt - Don Cupitt is the author of forty-nine books, his broadcasting work culminated in the 1984 BBC TV series, The Sea of Faith, which gave rise to a flourishing international movement of the same name. In this interview, Don will be talking about his life and work.

Creative Writing Workshop with Vanessa Gebbie
Sunday 22 September 10am – 4pm Getting to grips with flash fiction - Flash is both a
technique and a product. The technique is excellent for coping with writers' block, and the product is perfect for today's publications. A very creative, informal workshop.

11.30am Stella Duffy : Wearing Many Hats. Stella will read from her novels, talk
about her work and answer any questions you may have about the writing process, her Buddhist practice of 26 years or why she finds it impossible to do one job at a time!

11.30am Children’s Event: Young People’s Laureate for Wales, Martin Daws Free event. Performance poet, Martin
Daws, is the Young People’s Laureate for Wales. He will lead a fun workshop for young people aged 11 plus in which they will explore different ways of writing poetry – and enjoy reading them out loud!

5.00pm Shelley Silas: Scriptwriting Workshop : Just Get On With It (ends at 6.30pm). Shelley writes for theatre, radio
and television. Her workshop will get you started or restarted.

6.30pm Sarah Perry: Gladstone, Tennyson, Hallam and Victorian Friendships Sarah Perry first novel, will be
published by Serpent’s Tail in 2014. She is currently hard at work on her second novel. Sarah was our Writer-in-Residence in January and we are delighted to welcome her back.

£28 includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

2.30pm Wendy Cope and Lachlan MacKinnon: Poetry Readings Wendy Cope
published her fourth collection of poems, Family Values, in 2011. Lachlan Mackinnon has published four collections of poetry. 3.30pm Emma Rees on Vulvanomics: How We Talk About Vaginas Emma will consider why there is such a problem in American and British culture in talking about the female body.

For tickets, please contact reception To book any of the on 01244 or email events on 532350 this page, call 01244 532350 or e-mail

8.00pm Solve a Victorian crime with Martin Edwards : Who Killed George Hargrave? (2 hour event). Martin
Edwards is a crime writer, and author of two best-selling series of crime novels. Come and solve a Victorian crime in this interactive event. Martin will be your guide! 8.00pm Poetry Open Mic Free event. Bring your own poems, or just one that you love, and come and share.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
5 July - 25 August - Grosvenor Park, Chester
8 weeks of glorious open air theatre in Chester’s beautiful Grosvenor Park. This year the productions include A Midsummer Nights Dream, Cyrano de Bergerac and Othello.

Moonlight Flicks
4 July - 31 August - Roman Garden, Chester Centre
Brand new for 2013, Moonlight Flicks is the region’s first Wireless Headphone Outdoor Cinema.

6 July - 20 December - Grosvenor Street, Chester
This small exhibition explores the role of ‘motherhood’ between 1860 and 1960, with interpretation extending into the surrounding period rooms.

Llangollen Fringe
18 – 27 July
The festival of comedy, music and art tales place over 9 days in various venues around the town, including Llangollen Town Hall and Llangollen Pavilion.

Canal Linocut exhibition by Eric Gaskell
Throughout July - National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
The show features works looking at a variety of canal-based motifs; the lock gates, the tumbling water, townscapes and landscape, the boats. The official Canal & River Trust poet laureate, Jo Bell, is showing a number of her poems alongside Eric Gaskell's prints.

Ffoto Alternative Wales: Time National Portrait Gallery: Made in 1988
22 July – 8 September – Bodelwyddan Castle
Two contrasting photographic displays on the theme of time and change to mark Bodelwyddan Castle’s 25th anniversary as a public museum. Ffoto Alternative Wales is a collective of artist-photographers from north Wales who are passionate about discovering the creative possibilities of all types of photographic processes, often revisiting early photographic techniques, adapting cameras or inventing new ones to achieve their goals.

Discover a Medieval City: Places, Voices, Journeys
Throughout July until 22 September - Grosvenor Museum, Chester
This exhibition explores life in medieval Chester. It investigates the role of religion and the city’s significance as a place of pilgrimage. It uncovers the role of the guilds in trade, along with ornaments of the wealthy such as jewellery and tableware. Most importantly, it displays an array of magnificent documents which paint a picture of Chester, its citizens and visitors, including manuscripts from St Werburgh’s Abbey, the scripts of the Mystery Plays, and medieval Welsh poetry.

Welsh Poetry Reading
22 July - St John's Church, Chester
Welsh poet Aled Lewis Evans reads some of the medieval works and his own poetry in Welsh and English.

Trapped in Time: 600 Million Years of Fossils
Until 24 July - Wrexham County Borough Museum
The story of life on Earth is one of the greatest stories ever written, though it is told through fossils rather than words. This exhibition will showcase specimens from when the Earth began, the age of dinosaurs including two dinosaur eggs, and the rise of mammals and humans.

Chester Cathedral Library Tour
24 July - Guided Walk
Discover this hidden gem at the cathedral-take a tour of the library and a look at its displays

National Eisteddfod
3 – 10 August - Denbigh
The Eisteddfod is one of the world`s greatest cultural festivals. Music, dance, visual arts, original performances, family activities – there`s something for everyone at the National Eisteddfod.

Chester Walls Tour
27 July
Take a tour of the impressive city walls with a member of the Guild of Chester Tour Guides.

A Vision of England: Etchings by William Monk
Throughout July until 4th August - Grosvenor Museum, Chester
William Monk (1863-1937) was one of the most significant artists to be born in Chester. The exhibition demonstrates Monk's technical brilliance, not least in his subtle manipulation of ink on the surface of the etched copper plate. His prints celebrate a vision of England which ranges from the quaint corners of picturesque Chester, through the age-old tradition of historic colleges, to the grandeur and vitality of metropolitan London.

Water Babies
22 August - Grosvenor Street, Chester
It’s 150 years since Charles Kingsley wrote ‘The Water Babies’. Have a look around the Natural History Gallery to see if he was inspired by the creatures in the collection.

17 – 21 September - Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
A new play by Oliver Cotton starting Maureen Lipan. Haunting, funny, poignant and full of mystery, Daytona is a play with not one but two love stories at its heart.

Chester Cathedral National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port Erddig, National Trust, Wrexham Hawarden Farm Shop Grosvenor Museum, Chester Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral Roman Amphitheatre - Chester Chester Rows, Walls and Eastgate Clock Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Wrexham County Borough Museum Chester Zoo Bodnant Garden, National Trust, Conwy

19 September – 5 October - Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold
Directed by Kate Wasserberg. One of Friel’s most praised works, winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

Bookings and enquiries for any of the events on this page should be made with the specified organisation.

Mold Food Festival
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September
The picturesque market town of Mold is holding its eighth annual food and drink festival.

Do you have a friend or relative who loves the library as much as we do? Do you know someone who’s been meaning to come here for ages but has never got round to it? Maybe you have a birthday or an anniversary coming up and are looking for a special way to celebrate? Well, we could have the answer! Gladstone’s Library now offers a range of gift vouchers (£10, £20 and £30) which can be used as part or full payment for courses and accommodation – perfect for a treat, a thank you or to introduce someone to the delights of Gladstone’s Library. Our newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms are perfect for relaxing and getting away from the daily routine. Anyone who enjoys a good read will be spoilt for choice – the Gladstone Room has a great collection of twentieth century fiction – and a plentiful supply of homemade food is available throughout the day in ‘Food for Thought’. We can’t guarantee the weather but, rain or shine, we can say with certainty that Gladstone’s Library is a great destination for booklovers. For further information or to purchase your vouchers, please call Reception 01244 532350 or email

Vanessa Gebbie

We recently introduced a new addition to our suite of meeting rooms, the Sea of Faith Room, along with a number of new conference packages and options to suit a wide range of requirements. Whether your organisation is looking for a venue for its next conference or you have a project that needs completing and just need a quiet place to concentrate – we have something to suit all needs. Gladstone’s Library now has five conference/meeting rooms. Our largest facility can seat up to 36 people and three of our rooms are perfectly designed for small meetings, interview sessions, group working or just as a quiet space in which to work away from the office. These rooms can seat up to 6 people. By popular demand, we have introduced a new all-inclusive half-day rate, ideal if you just need a room for a morning or afternoon session rather than a full day. We have also introduced the option to hire one of our smaller rooms on an hourly basis for a maximum of 2 people. To find out more, contact us on 01244 532350 or e-mail

Vanessa Gebbie is a novelist and awardwinning short story writer. Author of two collections: Words from a Glass Bubble and Storm Warning (Salt Modern Fiction), her novel The Coward’s Tale (Bloomsbury UK/US) was selected as a UK Financial Times Book of the Year and Guardian readers’ book of the year. Recipient of an Arts Council Grant for the Arts and a Hawthornden Fellowship, her short stories have been commissioned by literary journals, the British Council, for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, and are widely anthologised. She also writes poetry and is a freelance writing tutor.

We hope that you are able to visit us this Summer to enjoy everything that Gladstone’s Library has to offer.
To check availability or book for a course or event, please call 01244 532350 or e-mail It is also possible to book accommodation online through our website Find us on Facebook, Linked In, Pinterest or follow us on Twitter @gladlib

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