Gladstone’s Library

My residency at Gladstone’s Library is fast approaching and I am looking forward to spending time there away from the hustle and bustle of my daily life as a writer. The library is doing marvellous work with these residencies, and I have enjoyed attending events led by Ian Parks and Katrina Naomi since the scheme started.

I have three very different public events during the residency, so there is something for everyone. on 10th October there is a free early evening reading at 5.30 pm wth the option to book dinner at £12. This does need to be booked ahead.

On 12th October, I have planned a rich a varied day long writing workshop 10 am- 4pm. This is focusing in particular on writing poetry for children but we will be writing poems and learning techniques as well. The price of £28 includes drinks and a generous lunch. Pre booking is essential. It is a Saturday so hopefully people will be able to attend.

Lastly on 17th October, I am giving a talk and reading poems from The Lightfoot Letters, and showing slides of Maria Walker’s artwork as well as photographs of the letter writers, who happen to be my father’s family. Until I met Maria Walker, I had no idea these letters existed but they do offer a fascinating insight into 1920s life in a working class family.

In addition to these events, I am looking forward to focusing on writing some new poems and tackling a new critical book I am planning, if I can finish my John Clare book which is almost ready now.

The resources at Gladstone’s are amazing, and the peace and quiet of the surroundings very inspiring. I feel a little like I am going to live in Chrestomanci Castle! The food is absolutely lovely, and my only worries are putting on too much weight and missing my family – but then it’s not too far away so hopefully they will come and visit. I’m also planning to take my watercolours as painting helps me notice things.

Do consider coming to some or all of the public events. The library deserves everyone’s supportImage


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