GLADSTONE'S Library in Hawarden has announced the names of the four writers appearing at its annual Hearth festival.

The intimate writing festival which is hosted in the 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 anyone 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).

Hearth takes place on Saturday, February 2. 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).