Placements and Volunteers Blog

Catherine Morrison, Royal Army Medical Corp Nurse

Archive volunteer, Katy Owen, tells us about a wonderful new donation to the collection.

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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 […]

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Pens, pens, pens

Sitting in the Engender Conference in the event room of the GWL, intern Luba reflects on pens. The conference started, many inspiring women talked on the stage and interesting and challenging questions were raised. With this unused pen in my left hand, I zoned out for a moment. While a smooth voice talked about “challenge”, “activism”, “fight” in the background, an idiom came to my mind: “A pen is mightier than the sword”.

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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 […]

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Thoughts on Brand New Ancients

Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients pushes the idea of what poetry can be, telling a complete story through verse rather than serving as a collection of individual poems. It’s the kind of story that deserves to be read all in one go, preferably with tea, and lose yourself into the world of these characters whose lives intersect in ways that are recognisable to the reader.

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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 […]

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Thoughts on The Hate U Give

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr, who witnesses her innocent best friend Khalil being shot wrongfully by police in her home of the “ghetto” of Garden Heights, and how she struggles to find her identity between her home and the suburban high school she attends. It describes how she handles her grief and how she deals with the legal enquiry to his death as the only witness to the incident.

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Thoughts on Are You My Mother?

Alison Bechdel’s second memoir, Are You My Mother?, explores her relationship with her mother and her quest for her to understand their relationship. It discusses her experiences of therapy in her attempts both to understand herself from a psychoanalytical perspective and the way she and her mother interact with each other. It also covers her parents’ relationship, and her mother’s marriage to a closeted gay man as detailed in her first memoir, Fun Home.

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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 […]

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One Month at GWL

Last month Jessica left her familiar student life in Germany behind to spend this summer as an intern at GWL. Here she shares her thoughts of her first month at GWL.

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