Man Booker-longlisted Sophie Mackintosh is one of the six winners of Gladstone’s Library’s writers in residence award along with Sarah Day and Emily Morris.
Mackintosh has been given the award for her debut The Water Cure (Penguin) while Morris secured the month-long residency for her memoir My Shitty Twenties (Salt). Joining them in the programme at the library in Flintshire, Wales, will be Oliver Emanuel for The 306: Day (National Theatre of Scotland), Suzannah Evans for Near Future (Nine Arches Press) and Susanna Forrest, The Age of the Horse (Atlantic Books).
Each writer will receive up to a month’s residency at the - the world’s only residential library – in order to work on their current project. During their stay, they will also engage with the library’s creative community, running a creative writing masterclass, giving an evening talk, and blogging for the Library’s website.
Meanwhile Rachel Hewitt, of A Revolution of Feeling, published by Granta last year, and Amber Massie-Blomfield, author of the recently published Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die (Penned in the Margins) have been chosen as the library's political writers in residence for 2019. The pair will spend three weeks at Gladstone’s Library in 2019 during which time they will each host an evening event linked to their writing.
The political residencies recognise the best written expressions of political thought, particularly that which encourages political debate with a public audience. The programme rewards thoughtful, well-researched considerations of contemporary political topics: we take ‘political’ to mean any cultural, spiritual, economic, political, social or ethical issue.
Gladstone's is Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library and the national memorial to William Gladstone, featuring more than 150,000 printed items and offers a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment in which to read, relax, converse and become inspired.
The residencies are officially launched on 8th October at the National Liberal Club in London when each of the winning writers will be invited to read from their work. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked by calling 01244 532350 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.