Kyla McDowall

Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ La Loba: Wild Woman, Luminous Wolf

Tomorrow at GWL we welcome musician and storyteller Lesley O’Brien for an incredible, unique Story Café special. Inspired by my research of Lesely and her love of travel, culture and exploration (and being ever eager to learn more about women of the world and different cultures myself), I read up on some of her personal […]

Story Cafe Special with Lesley O’Brien: Storytelling, Travel, Therapy and Music

Join us on Thursday 30th November from 12:30-2pm as we celebrate Book Week Scotland by welcoming incredible storyteller, musician and East End native Lesley O’Brien for an afternoon of traditionally inspired music, nibbles and spellbinding stories from her extensive experience of both myth and travel. Lesley’s long held love and lifelong passion for storytelling lays […]

New Polls on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Show Widespread Abuse

I, like thousands and thousands of others across the world, have been repulsed by the almost never-ending allegations levelled against Miramax co-founder and Hollywood big wig Harvey Weinstein over the past few weeks. It’s utterly horrible to ponder what these brave women endured at his hands and unchecked whims, and how they scared they must […]

Am I Blue: A Review Taster for Story Café Special: Sister Creatures!

Alice Walker’s 1986 short work Am I Blue is a poignant and thought-provoking story which, at surface level, details a woman’s friendship with a horse she names Blue, while, on a deeper level, follows in the footsteps of Walker’s other works and plays easel to a canvas upon which the author paints a bleak yet […]

Join Us This Thursday for Utter: Raise Your Voice – It Might Just Help Your Mental Health.

Are you an aspiring singer? Looking for a fun way to meet new people or try something different? Or are you interested in boosting your own confidence or escaping the stresses of daily life in a safe and understanding environment? If so, this is just the session for you! Beginning this Thursday 14th September from […]

A Review of Marlena, the Debut Novel of Julie Buntin

Marlena is the stunning, intricately thought out début by young New Yorker Julie Buntin. Fresh with clearly remembered and intimately experienced details of the struggle and turbulence of adolescent life, Buntin pours herself into narrator Cathy, caught in a rut of reminiscing and fantasising on the life of her 15-year-old self, back when she had […]

This Week At GWL: Project X: Dances of the African Diaspora. A Chance to Try Something New!

10th August 5:30-8:30pm and 12th August 1:00-3:30pm. Are you interested in learning about the history of rap/hiphop? Have you ever wondered about the roots or development of dancehall or tap? Have you ever wanted to “step” out and learn some new moves? Well, this is certainly the session for you! Join us on Thursday and/or […]

Reading Recommendation: Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death

A few days ago, I read the latest news from American cable TV company HBO that they’ve green lit and are currently in the early developmental stages of bringing a new sweeping fantasy show to the small screen – an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death. Being that I’m a fan of both HBO […]

Early July Special: Voices from the Belvidere

On the 4th July from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm we are excited to invite all you ladies to Voices from the Belvidere, a session that will showcase the remarkable resolve and innovation of women during one of the country’s hardest times. For a little while now, the GWL has been fascinated by the stories […]

Thoughts on The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

A couple of days ago, I finished reading the popular third wave feminist non-fiction book The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, and its 368 pages of socio-political commentary, theory and in depth analysis of everything in the female sphere left me with many lasting impressions, ideas and musings that I wanted to compile into a […]