Gladstone’s Library

Gladstone’s Library is a unique, historic, and atmospheric residential library – and the perfect venue to record our twelve Q and A sessions, which supplement the written modules.

It’s also a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning, for open-minded individuals and groups who are looking to explore pressing questions and to pursue study and research.

The Library is home to the British Crime Writing Archives, which encompass the archives of both the Crime Writers’ Association and the Detection Club.

Crime-writing heritage is celebrated each year through Alibis in the Archives, an extremely popular weekend festival featuring leading crime writers from Britain and overseas.

We acknowledge with grateful thanks the invaluable support of Peter Francis (Warden), Louisa Yates (Director of Collections) and especially Rhian Waller (Head of Marketing)

These are the values the Library seeks to embody:

Welcoming: Friendly people in a comfortable environment; happy to accommodate special requests; open to long or short visits, groups and individuals; making our riches available to the widest audience possible.

Intelligent: Voracious readers; thoughtful about where we can make a difference.

Open-minded: Unafraid to explore ideas; hungry for new avenues of enquiry; engaged with contemporary questions and exploration of the connections between them; liberal in values and attitude; respectfully accommodating different points of view.

Surprising: Having more to us than meets the eye; maintaining the pace of innovation.

Diverse: Celebrating difference and inclusion; giving people space to be themselves.

Ethical: Defining value in social terms; pursuing progressive standards; caring for the environment.

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Fiction Feedback (established 2008) is a trading name of Dea Parkin, MD of Competitive Edge Writing & Marketing Ltd (1991; incorporated 2011).