Reading Ideas

Review: Wir haben sie noch alle! – a publication by the Berlin feminist archive

GWL was recently sent a publication by the biggest German archive on women’s history, the FFBIZ which is located in Berlin. We are thrilled to find out that our publication 21 Revolutions served as a model for the fortieth anniversary special by the FFBIZ. Our intern Jeanette tries to break down the language barrier in this review, puts the work into context and relates what she liked best.

A month of specials and travels

In this blog post, our intern Jeanette reminisces about what volunteering at GWL held for her in the month of May. Be prepared for travels, books and fun at handcrafting.

Photograph of the Everyman’s Library edition Muriel Spark book mentioned in the blog post. The cover shows a black and white image of a woman, possibly Spark, and the tail end of the yellow ribbon is poking out of the bottom of the book.

Muriel Spark: What is this I’m reading?

As part of Open the Door 2018 we hear from writer Hannah Van Hove who reflects on her readings of Spark and her current writing project that considers experimental women writers.

Women, Fear and Fairy Tails: A Review of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Stories crafted from or inspired by fairy tales have been my favourites since I was a child, when they would fill me with wonder and excitement. These days, when I hear about a book of newly crafted fairy tales in adult form, much of the same feeling still remains. There’s something about the whimsy, the […]

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

Our most recent Book Picnic took place on Friday 20th and as usual was filled with exciting new recommendations.

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince is the much-anticipated maiden novel of acclaimed American young adult author Holly Black’s latest fantasy trilogy. Having read and very much enjoyed the magic and musings on morality present in Black’s previous YA works, The Cruel Prince was high on my must reads of 2018. Set in the cruel, deceptive and xenophobic […]

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

We had another session of our Book Picnic with Rosie, Gaby, Wendy and Pauline. And as usual wonderful book recommendations were shared: Small White Monkeys by Sophie Collins This wonderful publication is about shame, self-expression and self-help. The image of the small white monkeys is taken from one of Sophie Collins’ poems called ‘The Engine’ […]

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire: A Question of Family, Love and Morality

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire was long-listed for last year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize. It’s an elegant, thought provoking and socially relevant tale of clashing cultures, family loss, grief and a young woman of Islam’s place in the modern world; torn between a service to family and faith and her own sense of individuality and morality. […]

Star by star by Sheena Wilkinson

I really enjoyed this book. Stella is a hugely engaging character, even though her conviction that she knows what is best for everyone leads her into some terrible scrapes and embarrassing situations.

Don’t Miss Talking About Making, A Double Session With Artists Jasleen Kaur and Ruth Ewan!

On Wednesday 21st February and Saturday 3rd of March from 1:45-4:00pm we are thrilled to be welcoming Glasgow’s own worldwide exhibiting artist Jasleen Kaur in a “double bill” of conversation and presentation with esteemed thinker and fellow artist Ruth Ewan. The event, organised by GWL’s Seeing Things initiative, is comprised of two back-to-back special sessions […]