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My bleeding art by Suzannah Evans

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 08th November 2019 | 0 Comments

A couple of nights ago, at my Q&A event at the Library, an audience member asked a question along the lines of: If I cared about climate change, why wasn’t I writing political slogans instead of poems? A good question in these times of heightened worry for our world and our environment, and one that I answered briefly at the time, but which I think is very important to address more fully too. 


Invitation: Friends festive coffee morning

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 08th November 2019 | 0 Comments

As the year draws to a close here at Gladstone’s Library and we begin our Christmas celebrations, we’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our Friends to a festive coffee morning on Thursday, 5th December from 10.30am. Your support has been invaluable this year so why not take the opportunity to escape your Christmas errands and enjoy a morning retreat at the Library with tea, coffee and festive treats.


How to read 22,000 books by Amber Massie-Blomfield

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 08th November 2019 | 0 Comments

William Gladstone (who lived until he was 88) read 22,000 books in his life. They like telling people this fact when they arrive at the Library, I suppose, because they like to see how their faces contort as they try to do the maths. Let me save you the trouble – it works out at around a book a day, for most of his adult life. 


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by Administrator | Wednesday, 09th October 2019 | 0 Comments

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by Administrator | Wednesday, 09th October 2019 | 0 Comments

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Gladstone and the Romantics: our new April display

by Amy Sumner | Friday, 05th April 2019 | 0 Comments

Today when we consider the word ‘romantic’ we think of love and sentimentality, but the term ‘Romanticism’ had a much broader meaning, historically. Romanticism was a period which spanned the late 18th and early 19th centuries, emerging as a response to the disillusionment with the Enlightenment values of reason and order in the aftermath of the French Revolution of 1789. It covered a range of developments in art, literature, music and philosophy and William Gladstone himself would have been witness to its peak during his lifetime.




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