Placements and Volunteers Blog

GWL's logo has a festive feel with snow, a wreath and the women symbol has a scarf and gloves.

GWL logo gets a festive makeover!

As we prepare for our ‘Mull Over Ethical Gifts’ event we hear from GWL volunteer Heather who has given our logo a festive makeover.

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 […]

In Profile and Staying There: Celebrating 25 years of GWL by taking a look back at its predecessor, Women in Profile.

Information ans Management placement student, Ellen Embleton, writes about the collections she worked on during her 2 week cataloguing placement at the library.

PODCAST: NEW PLACES, WOMEN’S VOICES – Unwrapping women’s history across Scotland on Travelling Gallery and GWL tour

Since August this year Glasgow Women’s Library has been touring Scotland with Lauren Printy Currie’s Travelling Gallery exhibition. In this podcast, our national intern, Luba, talks about the Travelling Gallery project and shares with you some of those unique voices.

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 […]

Books recommended by the Front of House team

On Tuesday evening the fabulous Front of House Volunteer Team gathered: Aastha, Allison, Claire, Anemay, Pauline and staff members Gabrielle and Emily. Following the GWL tradition we had tea and bisuits and talked about books we had recently read whether we enjoyed them, felt inspired by them or were left slightly confused. Here is our […]

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Jessica On Finding Your Feet

This summer we had the delight of hosting Jessica on her student placement. Now back home she is continuing to contribute to the life of GWL through supporting with Seeing Things research and social media. Below, we hear from Jessica as she reflects on her time, and learning, at GWL this summer. 

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 […]

There’s a first time for everything: Travelling Gallery and Glasgow Women’s Library on the road

In Spring 2017 the artist Lauren Printy Currie completed a three month residency at GWL. Lauren’s new Travelling Gallery exhibition, Her body remembered a night-blooming cereus, sweated industry and salt (what came near), which was inspired by her time at GWL, is now touring the length and breadth of Scotland. Here, Luba the GWL national lifelong learning intern tells us about life at GWL and on the road with Travelling Gallery…

My Week at the Glasgow Women’s Library

My first day at GWL! I was initially introduced to a flurry of people – sorry, women – whom greeted me with warmth in their eyes. It was a Monday, however, and it was 10 o’clock in the morning, so everyone spoke tiredly of their weekends and got straight to work.