Women’s Support Project, Glasgow 11.9.14

The Women’s Support Project is in the Gorbals, they represent decades of commitment to the rights of women and they house a library that reflects this temporal gathering and sharing of information. Glasgow Women’s Library acquired the WSP archive a while ago, and I have already been starting to look at this but I spent some time looking […]

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September: Sabr, Services and Support

This September I have been introducing myself and making contact with support services for women in Glasgow, to research and look at who can engage in the work once that takes more shape. On the 9th of September I met with Say Women who are  “A voluntary organisation which offers safe, supported accommodation and related […]

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Ali Cobby Eckermann – Little Bit Long Time

Little Bit Long Time is Ali Cobby Eckermann’s first collection of poetry detailing her struggle as one of Australia’s Stolen Generation. It explores the pain and joy she experienced as she reconnected with her Aboriginal birth mother and ‘her mob’. I found Little Bit Long Time a unique and fresh read that gives us not only the insight into an indigenous community, but also a woman’s longing to find out who she is and where she belongs.

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Clare Henry’s Article Archive comes to GWL

Clare Henry is one of the titans of Scottish journalism, and Glasgow Women’s Library are proud that Clare has chosen to donate copies of all her articles bound in book form to our collection.

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Dragon’s Pen: Mixing the Colours

Why not be bold and submit your stories and poems to our annual Dragon’s Pen writing competition. This year the theme is Mixing the Colours – Women and Sectarianism in Scotland.

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Commonwealth Women’s Writing Project at GWL!

An Impossible Challenge?

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow might be over, but at Glasgow Women’s Library a fantastic group of women is still working away on a challenge we set ourselves earlier this year – to identify a contemporary woman poet, short story writer or novelist from every Commonwealth country, source copies of their books and get them onto the shelves at GWL.

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Help to Keep Glasgow Women’s Library Running!

GWL’s Senior Managers, Sue John and Adele Patrick, have both enjoyed the experience of running the annual Glasgow Women’s 10K for the last 20 years and can boast a handful of Half Marathon medals each too. Neither of them has yet risen to the challenge of running a full 26.2 mile Marathon – but all that is about to change.

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Artists in the Archives

This summer no fewer than three renown women artists are working at Glasgow Women’s Library. Kate Davis, Mandy McIntosh and Beth Collar are each mining different areas of our collections to create new works.

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A review of Palestinian poet Maya Abu Al-Hayat’s conversation with Magi Gibson

A review of Palestinian poet Maya Abu Al-Hayat in conversation with GWL Reader in Residence Magi Gibson, following the recent publication of A Bird Is Not A Stone, a collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry with Scottish translations.

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A.L. Kennedy’s ‘Stitches’

A.L. Kennedy’s 21 Revolutions piece ‘Stitches’ is evocative and poignant, while also displaying the writer’s trademark humour and political awareness. The piece is inspired by knitting patterns from GWL’s collections, and Kennedy comments on the nostalgia that surrounds the process of knitting in the 21 Revolutions podcast (available here). Although ‘Stitches’ isn’t typically nostalgic, the […]

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