• Fri
    7:00 pmThe Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Welshpool SY217JQ

    Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust Winter Lectures 2019

    The Life of Lady Margaret, wife of Clive of India by Robert Fowke

    One of a series of fascinating talks on archaeology and history in Wales

    Doors open at 6.30pm and the talks run from 7-8pm.

    Free entry to Friends of C.P.A.T - £3 to others

    Tickets available on the door

    For more information please visit the Facebook site detailed below or contact Community Archaeologist Penelope Foreman  on 01938 553670

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  • Sat
    2:30 pmEdith Bankes Memorial Hall,High Street, Northop. CH7 6BQ

    A Lecture for the Flintshire Historical Society by Andrew Davidson the Chief Archaeologist, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.

    For more information contact Mrs N. Parker on 01745 332220

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

    A talk by Radio Presenter Brian Cullen

    All are welcome, free to Society members £2 entry fee for non members

    For more information contact

  • Sat
    Gladstone's Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DF

    Hearth festival runs at Gladstone’s Library on Saturday, 2nd February

    Gladstone’s Library is delighted to announce the names of the four writers appearing at its annual Hearth festival.

    The intimate writing festival hosted in the cosy common room at the residential library offers keen writers the opportunity to pick up hints and tips, and ask questions of published authors about their experiences. It also encourages any with an interest in the world of books to find out more about the writing and publishing process.

    Speakers at the February festival are Jacqueline Saphra (A Bargain with the Light: Poems After Lee Miller), Ellen Wiles (The Invisible Crowd), Tania Hershman (Some of Us Glow More Than Others) and Alys Conran (Dignity).

    JACQUELINE SAPHRA describes herself as a ‘poet, editor, agitator, teacher, organiser and word-enthusiast’, writing prose and poems across genres and collaborating with composers, musicians and visual artists. The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye 2011) was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women (The Emma Press 2015) won the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work, and in 2017 A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller (Hercules Editions 2017) was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award. At Hearth Jacqueline will take a closer look at the life and work of Lee Miller, extraordinary and courageous photographer and trailblazer for women.

    ELLEN WILES is a musician-turned-lawyer-turned-writer. As a human rights barrister at a London chambers, Ellen worked on British cases and international projects including with the Bushmen in Botswana, Karenni refugees in Thailand and local lawyers in Myanmar. Her first book, Saffron Shadows and Salvaged Scripts: Literary Life in Myanmar under Censorship and in Transition (2015) features new literary translations and interviews with censored Burmese writers. Her first novel, The Invisible Crowd (2017) won a Victor Turner Prize for ethnographic writing. At Hearth Alys will talk about The Invisible Crowd - a compelling exploration of the British asylum system, the lottery of birth and the kindness of strangers.

    TANIA HERSHMAN is a writer, teacher and editor. She is the author of six books, as well as many short stories and poems. Her short stories and flash fictions (The White Road; My Mother Was an Upright Piano; Some of Us Glow More Than Others) are noted for their precise tone and wild, complex settings, while her poetry (Nothing Here is Wild, Everything is Open; Terms and Conditions) is similarly intricate and rich. After years spent living and working in Bristol, Tania currently lives in the north of England, where she is Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Manchester and writer in residence in the Southern Cemetery. In her hour she will read a specially-chosen selection of her past and current work while talking to Louisa Yates about how her writing life has shaped her, what she’s writing now, what hybrid writing means, and all that she might be next.

    ALYS CONRAN 's first novel Pigeon (Parthian Books) won the Wales Book of the Year Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It also won the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award, The Wales Arts Review People's Choice Award and was longlisted for the Author's Choice First Novel Award. She also publishes poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, creative essays and literary translations and her work is to be found in numerous magazines and anthologies including Stand and The Manchester Review. At Hearth she will consider what the Raj means to Britain today.

    Individual event tickets are priced at £14. Morning Tickets (including the two morning talks plus lunch and entry to the panel discussion) are £35 and Afternoon Tickets (including the two afternoon talks plus dinner and entry to the panel discussion) are £35. Day Tickets (including all Hearth events and meals) are £60. All tickets include free entry to the evening panel discussion with all four Hearth speakers during which they will reflect on reading and writing and guests are invited to put forward their most testing questions!

    To book tickets or for more information, visit, call 01244 532350 or email

    Super limited accommodation is available for this festival and may be booked by calling 01244 532350. Prices start at £69 (student, clergy and Society of Authors discounts available).


    Hearth festival began in 2014 and takes place annually in February. It is an opportunity to meet, chat with, quiz and create with successful writers in the unique setting of the Library’s common room. Attendees are invited to engage in discussion, find inspiration and get hints and tips on writing and getting published, while the fire flickers and the wine flows. Former Hearth guests include Rebecca Abrams (Touching Distance), James Runcie (The Grantchester Mysteries), Melissa Harrison (At Hawthorn Time), Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist) and Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat).

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

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  • Thu
    7:15 pmMasonic Hall, Earl Road, Mold. CH7 1AB.

    The next Mold Civic Society meeting will be Thursday 7th February 2019 starting with an A.G.M then Erin Lloyd Jones will talk on the “Great Storm of 1859”.

    New members are always welcome. Visitors are also very welcome for a small fee each visit.

    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

    For further information visit  

    or email

  • Sat
    2:00 pmPenyffordd War Memorial Institute, Chester Road, Penyffordd, Buckley CH40JHZ

    Clwyd Family History Society invite you to its monthly meeting featuring a talk by Ray Jones

    Non Members welcome

    No entrance fee

    Reg. Charity No. 512068

    Further information is available on our website at where details of membership can be obtained. Alternatively, telephone for more information to 01978 814924 (This line is manned by volunteers and only available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings).


  • Sun
    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 You can also book tickets online at


    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 | @gladlib