Gladstone’s Library is delighted to reveal the lineup for the sixth year of Gladfest which takes place at the Library in Hawarden, 7th – 9th September.

Exciting names this year include 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.

The festival also boasts a number of the country’s brightest breakthrough talents including Penny Boxall (Who Goes There?), Annabel Abbs (The Joyce Girl), Sheena Wilkinson (Star By Star), Sam Guglani (Histories) andMalachy Tallack (The Valley at the Centre of the World).

This year the festival is excited to transform its back lawns into a creative hub with the launch of the Gladfest Fringe – a carefully curated space bustling with FREE performances and stalls. Music, storytelling and open-mic poetry are just some of the exciting sessions to look forward to and there will be makers workshops, stalls and choirs too. There will also be a range of free comic book craft activities for young people and the young at heart curated by InterAct Imaginatons – find them in the Young People’s Tent!

 This year Gladfest is proud to welcome on board two new sponsors; Arriva Bus Wales and The Laura Ashley Family Foundation / The Community Foundation in Wales. Lisa Pearson, Head of Marketing for Arriva NW & Wales said,

“We are delighted to be involved with this years’ Gladfest – here at Arriva NW & Wales, through our Community Promise Programme we are committed to supporting community events such as Gladfest that have both a fun & educational focus. We’re looking forward to being a part of what the 2018 festival will bring to North Wales!”

Priority booking for Gladstone’s Library Friends opens at 9am on Wednesday, 2nd May for two weeks. Tickets do sell out during this window. For priority booking plus advance notice of special offers and events, find out more about becoming a Friend at

Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Wednesday, 16th May.

For the full lineup and more information, please visit

@gladlib | #Gladfest18

Notes to Editors

Gladfest is the biggest event in the Gladstone’s Library calendar. Now into its sixth year, previous guests have included  Diarmaid MacCulloch (All Things Made New: The Reformation), Loyd Grossman (Benjamin West and the Struggle to be Modern) Sarah Dunant (Blood and Beauty), and Salley Vickers (Miss Garnet’s Angel)

Gladstone’s Library is situated just six miles from Chester with good transport links to Liverpool and Wrexham. It is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William Gladstone. It is home to a unique collection of more than 150,000 printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment in which to read, relax, converse and become inspired. It is the UK’s only residential

The Community Foundation in Wales is a unique charity, privileged to be working alongside people who are motivated by wanting to make a difference in Wales. Established in 1999, the Foundation now awards grants of over £2 million each year to charities and community groups on behalf of its donors. The Foundation’s philanthropy advice and grant-making services are quality assured through a program endorsed by the Charity Commission.

Arriva is one of the leading passenger transport companies in Europe: in 14 countries, providing bus, train, tram, ferry and car and bike-sharing services to over 2.4 billion passengers each year.