Kyla McDowall

Helen Oyeyemi and Boy, Snow, Bird: a Review

Some of my very favourite reads are ones that intricately incorporate rich myth, folklore and fairytale, and Helen Oyeyemi’s novels are nothing if not characterised by her abundant use of all of the above, exploring territories and cultures that such historically mythical possibilities for narratives have become deeply embedded. From the central ghost story of […]

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Don’t Discount the Power of Female Protestors – We’ve Been Successful Before

Over the weekend, global society witnessed something quite spectacular. In the wake of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th POTUS, people protested, and protested on a huge scale. Indeed, some figures suggest that protests took place in over 20 countries, with as many as one out of every 100 people in America marching to reject […]

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An Exciting January Schedule!

It’s a new year, and with it a new schedule of exciting and inspiring events here at the Women’s Library. January and February are jam-packed with events and workshops, so why not come along and escape from the dreich and the dull outside with a hot cup of tea, nice biscuit and some good company! […]

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Christmas Gaming Fun That Highlights a Terrible Sexism

Over Christmas, when the turkey and mince pies had settled, I – like many others – came together with my friends and family to show off and play with our new and shiny toys. My boyfriend’s younger brother – an eager gamer – had got lots of new titles for his Xbox and PC and […]

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Women’s Literacy And How the GWL Can Help!

While doing some research lately for a personal project of mine, I came across some shocking statistics that I felt I just had to share on the GWL Blog. While looking around for a base reference on female literacy rates in developing countries, I found a 2015 UN global report that had studied gender equality […]

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Ethyl Smith’s Story Café Specials: A List of 5 Great Women’s Historical Fiction

As part of Bookweek Scotland 2016, we will welcome Ethyl Smith into the Women’s Library on Thursday 24th November from 12:30-2:30, where she will host the next anticipated edition of our Story Café Specials. Ethyl will be joining us to discuss, elaborate and read from her much acclaimed historical novel Changed Times, which also happens […]

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A Review of The Novel The Color Purple In the Lead Up To ‘Celebrating Black on Screen Talent’

“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, […]

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Please Join Us This Saturday For Voices of Experience – Discussions on Architecture

All around the world, architecture shapes the character of a place and endures in our memories. Architectural landmarks are some of the only Earthly things that truly endure against time, and can move us, inspire us, awe us and comfort us. As master architect Louis I. Khan once said: “A great building must begin with […]

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Don’t Miss This Week: Sharon Hayes In Conversation

This Saturday 8th October, starting 2pm, we at the Women’s Library are delighted to welcome renowned American artist Sharon Hayes and her latest commission In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, a video installation that re-stages material extracted from newsletters and small-run publications produced by feminist, lesbian and effeminist political collectives […]

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I Don’t Think Little Big Girls Should Go Walking in These Spooky Old Woods Alone: Carter’s The Company of Wolves

Angela Carter is one of my all-time favourite writers, but, I shamefully admit, I had never read perhaps her greatest work – The Bloody Chamber, a collection of short stories. But, this past week, as the climax of a summer where I read only novels about women written by women, I changed that. And it […]

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