Can you tell us a bit about what you do at GWL?
Katie: I’m Front of house too. I used to be part of the Young Critics project and have volunteered since that ended [in June 2016]. I do lots of fun creative stuff for the Library. I design vouchers and badges and do other Front of House stuff.
Kathryn: I’m here on an internship for eight weeks. One day I am part of the Community Curators group with Krisztina. On Thursdays I’m in the archives working on the Speaking Out project. I also do general Front of House stuff.
What do you most enjoy about GWL?
Niamh: What don’t we enjoy?! I love for me personally that all my interests are under one roof. Intersections of culture, social discussions, inclusion, literature and great fun events raising awareness of important issues.
Katie: I don’t know how to follow that answer! You get to meet so many inspiring women here. There are so many things you get to do: [helping with] events or creative things or just speaking to interesting people visiting from other countries.
Kathryn: I’ve not been here that long… but I enjoy meeting such a wide variety of people and hearing all their stories as well.
Who have you meet thanks to the library?
Kathryn: I’ve meet you guys [Niamh and Katie]. Gabrielle, Kristina, and other community creators and other volunteers.
Katie: I’ve meet some of my closest pals. That seems faux deep or false but its true. Some people I’ve meet here are now my best friends.
Niamh: I’ve meet many female creatives in Scotland. Top artists, authors and curators. There is opportunities to meet highly respected individuals.
What have you learnt?
Niamh: I’ve learn archiving skills, how not be afraid phone calls and library administrative skills. And that spaces can be used for multiple purposes.
Katie: I sure have learn a lot. I’m more confident. I was a ball of anxiety when I started. Being part of Young Critics taught me photographic, filming and critical skills. And how to look at art.
Kathryn: [So far] archiving and object handling. And running reception too and answering phones.
What is the worst thing about the GWL?
Everyone: NOTHING. Maybe just when the biscuits run out.
Describe GWL in one word.
Niahm: Oh! just one! Inspiring. Safe is a good one as well. But also its not…as it has radical ideas!
Katie: Comforting. Now I have a full-time job as well I know elsewhere people can be horrible and non-inclusive. It is comforting knowing people here as they are so nice. People are represented and it feels safe.
Kathryn: Friendly. I’ve not met one person here who isn’t.