Guerilla Authors – Girls on a Mission!


As part of this week’s Book Week Scotland celebrations I parachuted in to Bridgeton in the east end of Glasgow with fellow Guerillas Sue Reid Sexton and Helen Fitzgerald, ably assisted by the amazing J*. We made our base camp at Bridgeton Community Learning Campus on Dale Street, where our boss D* was waiting with maps, state-of-the-art pens, and stashes of – shhh! whisper it quietly – our secret weapon, paper.

We synchronised watches, made sure our interpersonal communicators had the right numbers, then D sent us out. Our mission?  To come back with stories and poems from the good people of Bridgeton. Or, if we failed, to do the honourable thing and  fall on our pens.

From this point on I’ll let the pictures tell the story…


Magi & Jean at Carmichael House. Jean was one of the first postwomen van drivers in Scotland!



Impromptu 5 minute workshop in Clyde Gateway offices.


Book Trust Scotland at the Continental Fish and Chip Place at Bridgeton Cross. We feasted on stories – and got free chips too!


We were lucky with the weather – sunshine and blue skies – and with the collaborators we met along the way. In the end we were able to go back, heads held high, mission accomplished. D typed up the amazing stories and poems we had liberated and posted them on the wall of the community centre.


Guerilla writers Sue, Magi and Helen – mission accomplished!


Of course, we couldn’t have D or J in the photo. Their identities have to be protected. But without them, well, who knows what might have gone wrong?

Can’t wait for my next assignment. Guerilla Writers are GO!

Hope you’re all having as much fun with Book Week Scotland as I am.

Happy reading!


* code-names. TOP SECRET. But D was doing a first class impersonation of GWL’s Donna Moore. And J? Well, she looked exactly like GWL volunteer, Jay!


  • Posted 29th November, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I love this blog post. Fantastic to see this exciting event in the East End – can’t wait for the Women’s Library to fully arrive in Bridgeton! Well done everyone.

    • Posted 29th November, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Lalou! That fish and chip shop is right round the corner from where the new Women’s Library will be. The chips are amazing! :)

  • Posted 29th November, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi Magi,

    This is a fantastic blog really capturing the fun had on the day by all, the great teamwork by the whole GWL team and the up for it spirit of all in Bridgeton. I can vouch for the talents of our east end friends too, the stories are marvellous! Well done to all, mission accomplished (for one day in the life of the GWL RinR anyway…)

    Adele x

  • Posted 29th November, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Cheers, Adele! Yes, it was a team effort. Shame so many of them have to keep their identities secret. Though I’ve heard they’ll be coming out from their bunkers to the amazing GWL Dragon’s Pen event tonight at Bridgeton Library, Landressy Street, less than a minute from Bridgeton Station.

    Now, must go and get my dragon costume ready – and practice that breathing fire trick! Who ever would have guessed that being GWL Reader in Res would be so EXCITING!

  • Posted 3rd December, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    This looks great! Will you be putting the stories onto the blog? I’d like to read them (:

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