It’s a new year, and with it a new schedule of exciting and inspiring events here at the Women’s Library. January and February are jam-packed with events and workshops, so why not come along and escape from the dreich and the dull outside with a hot cup of tea, nice biscuit and some good company!
Some highlights for the remainder of January include:
On Saturday 21st January from 1:30pm-3:00pm, we will be welcoming performance artist Donna Rutherford to the Library for a very special event to talk about her latest work Unsaid Lullaby, a project that deals with the very personal issue of that which is most notably missing in her middle-aged life – the children that she never had. A socio-political commentary as much as a personal one, Rutherford uses this piece to examine both her own and other women’s thoughts on being childless, as well as society’s and the way broader public opinion treat their decision harshly. The work also contains a beautifully intricate sound-scape by Inge Thomson comprised of voices and music inspired by lullabies old and new. This event is free and open to women 14+. To book a spot, call us on 0141 550 2267.
Beginning Saturday 28th January from 2pm-4:00pm, we are proud to be hosting a new series of In Her Shoes, exploring lesbianism and what it means to be gay and a woman. In this series of four workshops, we encourage any women from any background or age group who identify as lesbian to come along and confide their experiences in a supportive environment that champions lesbian culture. Through these discussions, we encourage attendees to consider the role their sexuality plays in their life and identity, as well as the culture, history, and politics of broader society.
Finally, we are delighted to be holding our Alter Native Burns Night/Woolf Supper – successor to last year’s sell-out inaugural Herland initiative – on Friday 27th January from 7:00pm-10:30pm. Joining us for the celebration are Salonniere’s and poets Jane Goldman and JL Williams, who will serenade us with passion-filled poetry and a Bloomsbury flavoured ‘Toast to the Lassies’, and musicains – or, rather, Bards – Sophie Collins, Lila Matsumoto, Nuala Watt, Rahat Zahid, and MacGillivray. It is our hope that the Bohemian-inspired night will celebrate both our national poet Burns and the feminist heroine Woolf – who share a birthday – exploring and revealing the similarities and authorial links between these two incredible writers. Must be an Aquarian thing! This event is open to all (18+) and we prefer for tickets to be booked in advance whenever possible. This event costs £20 full price. We offer subsidised places at £10 for students, people on a low income, unemployed or those in receipt of benefit and Friends of GWL. Pop into the library to book.
For more information on our other events over the next couple of months, check out the Find Out What’s On section on our website, or pop in to the Library and ask for more info!