Events

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019
    Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019
    Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF

    Gladstone’s Library is now welcoming submissions for its 2020 Writers in Residence and Politics in Residence programmes, from which a selection of the best contemporary writers will be chosen to reside at the Hawarden library to focus on their current projects.

    The winning writers will each receive a month’s residency at the Library during which time they will blog about their stay, run a creative writing workshop and host an ‘Evening With’ event. They will each receive full board and lodging, travel expenses, and an honorarium of £100 per week.

    Now entering its ninth year, the competitive Writers in Residence programme was established by Gladstone’s Library and salonnière and author of You Will Be Safe Here, Damian Barr. The programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. Past recipients of the award include Polly Atkin (Basic Nest Architecture), Rowan Hisayo Buchannan (Harmless Like You), Amy Liptrot (The Outrun), Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Melissa Harrison (All Among the Barley), Sarah Perry (The Essex Serpent), and Ian Parks (Citizens).

    Now into its fourth year, the Politics in Residence award recognises the best written expressions of political thought, particularly that which encourages political debate with a public audience. Developed from the Library’s successful Writer in Residence programme, Politics in Residence recognises some of the best non-fictional writing, including creative non-fiction, journalism, life-writing and biography. Previous winners include Caroline Shenton (The Day Parliament Burned Down), James Kirchick (The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age), and Emma Rees (The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History).

    To enter, applicants to each programme must submit a one-page CV or biography along with a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider; a statement defining ‘liberal values’; a description of the writing that they plan to do whilst at the Library; and their proposal for their evening event and day masterclass.

    Writers at all stages of their career should feel able to apply. Residencies have supported some of the finest writers in the English language, whether they won for their 17th book or their first. Full details of how to enter are available at www.gladstoneslibrary.org.

    The submission period for both awards closes on Friday, 5th April 2019.

    NOTES TO EDITORS:

     

    Gladstone’s Library is a residential library located just six miles from Chester. It is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial Library and is the national memorial to William Ewart Gladstone. It houses a unique collection of 150,000 books and offers a comfortable yet stimulating work environment with resources for creative study such as renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials.

    To request individual comment, interviews or photographs, please email amy.sumner@gladlib.org.  Marketing Manager

    www.gladstoneslibrary.org | @gladlib

     

     

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019
    Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019
    Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF

    Writers Sophie Mackintosh and Susanna Forrest are set to wow audiences as Writers in Residence at North Wales’ unique Gladstone’s Library. Three events are scheduled with tickets for all selling extremely fast

    Gladstone’s Library is delighted that this February two spectacular women will be taking up their places as Writers in Residence, and will deliver three not-to-be-missed events!

     

    Sophie Mackintosh’s residency runs 10th February – 10th March. At her evening event, ‘Utopias and Dystopias’, on Tuesday, 12th February, she will ruminate on why both critics and audiences seem to love speculative fiction so much and will tackle some tough questions including why we are so drawn to it, what speculative fiction helps us to come to terms with, and what it can tell us about ourselves. Sophie also leads an exciting day-long masterclass on ‘The Art of the Short Story’. During the day, participants will learn how novels and stories inform one another, as well as how to work within (and learn from) the limitations of short fiction.

    Susanna Forrest’s residency runs 10th – 24th February. On Tuesday, 19th February, she will present an evening talk on ‘Writing Animals’ and will explore the challenges of doing animals justice in contemporary non-fiction. As a scholar of equine culture and history and the author of the The Age of the Horse (2016), Susanna has much to teach us about history, literature, anthropology, philosophy, and even food!

    Sophie and Susanna join us in February as the Library’s first and second Writers in Residence of 2019. Whilst staying with us they will be reflecting on and engaging with social, moral and ethical questions through their creative writing, and sharing their expertise with residents, visitors and event audiences. They will also submit a blog post to the Library’s blog, Volume.

    Tickets for ‘Utopias and Dystopias: The Water Cure - An Evening with Writer in Residence Sophie Mackintosh’ are priced at £15 or £25.95 with dinner (a copy of The Water Cure included). Tickets for ‘The Art of the Short Story - A Masterclass with Writer in Residence Sophie Mackintosh’ are now SOLD OUT.

    Tickets for ‘Writing Animals - An Evening with Writer in Residence Susanna Forrest’ are priced at £15 or £25.95 with dinner (a copy of The Age of the Horse included).

    For more information or to book tickets to any of these events, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org. You can also book tickets online at www.gladstoneslibrary.org.

    NOTES TO EDITORS:

    Sophie Mackintosh is an award-winning author of award-winning short stories; her work can be found in The White Review, Five Dials, Granta and elsewhere. Her first novel, The Water Cure (2018), has found huge success both commercially and critically. Shortly after her nomination for Gladstone’s Library’s Writer in Residence programme The Water Cure was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Sophie was born in Wales and is currently based in London.

    Susanna Forrest is an author, journalist, essayist and teacher. Susanna writes creative non-fiction on equine culture, a subject that took her across the world, including Mongolia. She published her first book, If Wishes Were Horses, in 2012, following with The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History (2016), an extraordinary achievement of research, travel, and writing which uses horses to tell the story of our own human history. The Times called her ‘the outstanding writer at the erudite end of horse madness’ and Waterstone’s named her book one of the Best Countryside and Nature books in 2016.

    Gladstone’s Library is situated just six miles outside Chester and is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William E. Gladstone. Home to a unique collection of more than 150,000 printed items, it offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment together with resources for creative study including renowned collections of theological, historical, cultural and political materials.

    Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer in Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. Through reflection and writing during their stay, Writers in Residence help us redefine liberal values for the 21st Century. The Residency programme is designed to share the Library’s benefits with as many people as we can, broadening the Library’s audience and benefiting from their perspectives in turn. The Library welcomes all, regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. All Writers in Residence will be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

     To request individual comment, interviews or photographs, please email amy.sumner@gladlib.org.

    www.gladstoneslibrary.org | @gladlib

     

     

     

     

  • Mon
    18
    Feb
    2019
    Mon
    22
    Apr
    2019
    6 pm - 8pmGlyndŵr University, Wrexham

    The course will run for ten weeks on Mondays 6-8 pm on the following dates 18 February -22 April

    What you will study

    -The meaning of family and community history

    -Constructing a family tree

    -Understanding the census

    -Reconstructing the community; urban and rural

    -People's occupations and roles

    -The tools and tactics of historical research

    -Oral. written and visual evidence

    FEES £150

    This fee covers attendance and tutorage, including assessment and basic materials

    Book online or contact enterprise@glyndwr.ac.uk

  • Wed
    20
    Feb
    2019
    Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
    6pm-8pmGlyndŵr University, Wrexham

    What you will study

    • Locating Wales in time and place
    • From Celtic tradition to Victorian culture: creating a timeline of people and places
    • The importance of the Welsh language
    • Cultural Turning points
    • Wales in the Modern Age

    FEES £150

    This fee covers attendance and tutorage, including assessment and basic materials.

    Book your place online or contact enterprise@glyndwr.ac.uk

  • Mon
    25
    Feb
    2019
    1pm - 3pmMinera Lead Mines Country Park, Wrexham LL11 3DU

    FEATHERS AND FUN

    Feeders

    Make a simple bird feeder and enjoy a fun trail
    around the country park spotting birds as we go.
    Binoculars available or bring your own.

    All activities are outside please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. There are toilets at the site. Subject to weather conditions please check Facebook on the day.

    www.groundworknorthwales.org.uk/visitminera

    info@groundworknorthwales.org.uk

    @visitminera  01978 757524

     

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
    12 noon - 4 pm Minera Lead Mines and Country Park near Wrexham

    Join us for a guided tour and walk around Minera Lead Mines and the Country Park, exploring the mine workings and industrial heritage. Walk starts at 1.30 pm and lasts approx. 1.5 hours.
    For those who are interested in supporting this fascinating heritage site, a full range of great volunteering opportunities are available. Come along on the day to find out more about Minera and find out if you can be a part of its future!
    Contact Groundwork North Wales on
    01978 757524 or email

    richard.aram@groundworknorthwales.org.uk

    www.groundworknorthwales/minera

    Note Minera is located next to the villages of New Brighton and Minera and can be reached from the A483, signposted as "Clywedog" on the A483 and "Minera Lead Mines" on the A525.

     

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019
    10.30 am - 11.15 am plus 11.45 am - 12.30pmMinera Lead Mines Country Park, Minera, Wrexham LL11 3DU

    NATURE BINGO

    Friday 1st March
    Session 1: 10.30 am – 11.15 am
    Session 2: 11.45 am – 12.30 pm

    Join Kate for a fun session of
    nature bingo exploring the country park,
    and learn about the wildlife residents.
    Choose which session you want to come to!

    All activities are outside please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. There are toilets at the site. Subject to weather conditions please check Facebook on the day.

    www.groundworknorthwales.org.uk/visitminera

    info@groundworknorthwales.org.uk

    @visitminera  01978 757524

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019
    7:00 pmHawkesbury Community Centre, Mill Lane, Buckley CH7 3HA

    A Buckley Society event at Hawkesbury Community Centre (In front of the Elfed High School)

    An illustrated talk by the Saltney and Saltney Ferry History Group

    Doors open 7 pm for a 7.15 pm start.     Non members £2 entry fee

    All are welcome

    e mail contact for further information  bucksoc@uwclub.net

    www.buckleysociety.org.uk

     

     

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019
    7:15 pmMasonic Hall, Earl Road, Mold. CH7 1AB (next door to the Post Office)

    The next Mold Civic Society meeting will be Thursday 7th March 2019.
    The talk will be “The Making of Mold Part 2” by Kevin Matthias.
    New members are always welcome. Visitors are also very welcome for a small fee each visit.

    Full program for 2019 is on the web page at :- http://moldcivicsociety.org.uk/

    Meetings are held at the Masonic Hall, Earl Road, Mold. CH7 1AB (next door to the Post Office) 7.15 for a 7.30pm start