I’ve just been browsing through a book I’ve had for a while, Noise and Smoky Breath, An Illustrated Anthology of Glasgow Poems 1900 – 1983, edited by Hamish Whyte and published in May 1983 by Third Eye Centre and Glasgow Libraries Publications Board. But where are the women poets?
A couple of months ago I posted about some of the Suffragette treasures we have in our archive; the beautiful brooch in the Suffragette colours, lilac, white and green; the witty postcards. And I intimated there were more treasures to be revealed…
EMILY INSPIRES! NEW WRITING COMPETITION
Just got word of this writing competition and I thought I’d post it here in case you’re interested. But if you are, the deadline is very soon, so get writing!
Being a writer – and a Reader in Residence – has its perks, and recently I experienced them when I was invited to Orkney to be part of the Orkney Book Festval, the brainchild of the sterling people who make up the George Mackay Brown Fellowship. A major part of the festival was the celebration of the life and works of Orkney born film-maker and poet, Margaret Tait…
These days most of us are used to finding our comedy entertainment through sitcoms or films, but there has always been a great range of comedy writing in book form, from novels and short stories to spoof memoirs and autobiographies. So that got me to thinking about drawing up a Top Ten List of Comic Reads Written by Women
The right book at the right time – Way back, when I was a young(ish) mum and had not long started writing, a friend gave me a loan of a poetry book called FAT LIKE THE SUN by ANNA SWIR. Never heard of it? Or, for that matter, her? Well, neither had I…
Last week, along with Glasgow Women’s Library’s popular Read, Relax, Recharge! lunchtime reading group, I ventured out from the frowsy confines of the library and climbed up to the light-filled studio at the top of the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.
Last Thursday evening I got together with a lovely crowd of women at our soon-to-be home in Landressy Street, Bridgeton for a ‘Books That Changed Our Lives’ event with Orkney-born author, Alison Miller, and GWL Librarian, Wendy Kirk. Alison, whose first novel, DEMO, was published by Penguin, was able to travel down to GWL especially for the event, thanks to the Scottish Book Trust.
Just a note to let you know what a great time we had at our Illuminated Letters workshop last Thursday. We had the full use of the amazing studio on the top floor of GoMA in Glasgow, and soon we settled in, filling the space with laughter and chat.
At GWL we’ve been very excited – and inspired – by the Dear Women… Illuminated Letters project we’re launching today at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. (See the last post for more info.)
The whole idea of mixing text and artwork in letters and journals seems particularly popular with women, and if you’re thinking of writing a letter to Glasgow Women’s Library as part of our project, then Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo provides inspiring examples.