Location: Gladstone's Library
Address: Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF  
The 5th birthday of Gladfest

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Gladstone’s Library is delighted to announce the lineup for its fifth Gladfest literary festival.

This year they welcome big names including TV historian Diarmaid MacCulloch (All Things Made New: The Reformation), multi award-winning author Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent) and broadcaster Sally Magnusson (Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything) as well as a number of the country’s brightest breakthrough talents including Dan Richards (Climbing Days), Natasha Pulley (The Bedlam Stacks) and Joanna Cannon (The Trouble with Goats and Sheep).

The festival is also pleased to introduce a speaker payment plan in line with the Society of Authors.

Across the festival weekend there will be a free-entry Market Place filled with local designers and contemporary crafts, a bookstall stocking reads from 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 food.

Gladfest has also programmed a range of free book-themed arts and craft activities for all the family, curated by InterAct Imaginatons, so kids can go free!

Gladfest has been steadily raising its profile since its inception in 2013. Over the years it’s brought some big names to Hawarden including Robert McCrum and Salley Vickers (2014), Jessie Burton and Sarah Dunant (2015), and Val McDermid and Loyd Grossman (2016). The festival prides itself in bringing together award-winning, internationally-renowned and breakthrough writers in a beautiful Grade I listed building for a wonderfully eclectic weekend.

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Weekend Tickets are priced at £55, Day Tickets at £30 and Workshop Tickets at £40. Individual event tickets are priced from £7.