As the flowers begin to bloom, the nights begin to lengthen (finally) and we all thaw out, we at the GWL have prepared a jam-packed schedule from workshops to outings and events, exhibitions, awards and, of course, the Story Café. There’s something for everyone available throughout March, so here’s just a small taster of a few events upcoming!
Kicking things off on the 2nd from 5:30 – 7:30 is our ever-popular Drama Queens: Play Reading for Pleasure, featuring your choice of various plays from GWL’s diverse collection. Of course, no prior stage or drama experience is required, and many women are content to simply sit back with a cuppa and cake and watch. Women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged t come and engage in a bit of escapism… Who will you choose to be tonight? A pyromaniac suffragette or a bitter, high-class socialite? The choice is yours! Booking for this even is preferred, and the Drama Queens event costs £2 full price, though you may qualify for a subsidised ticket if you are a student, on a low income, unemployed or are in receipt of benefit/Friends of GWL.
The GWL is excited to welcome When the Light Shifts, a collective exhibition of a selection of the finest images from some of our country’s finest female photographers. The exhibition, which has toured nationally, will be available to view at the GWL from the 6th March – 1st April. Including images that delicately approach pertinent subjects such as the intimacy and identity of the portrait, the still beauty of organic matter and its place in our world and the importance of images to today’s online world, When the Light Shifts is unmissable to anyone interested in the art of photography. We would also love to welcome you to the exhibition’s opening event on Saturday 11th March from 1:30-3:30, featuring all of the fifteen exhibiting photographers.
On Tuesdays the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March from 10:30 – 12:30, the GWL will be welcoming poet and artist Marjorie Lofti Gill in a series of special and innovative creative writing workshops titled ‘Belonging’. In these sessions, you can explore the innate relationship between photography, humanity, inspiration, creativity and the prose that is often birthed from it. In particular, Lofti Gill encourages attendees to consider the experience of flight, journey and the plight of migrants and refugees. The workshops will ask participants: ‘What does it mean to take a journey?’ and finish with asking: ‘When do you belong?’ Whether you’re an amateur writer or budding author, ‘Belonging’ is sure to test your creative limits and open you up to a new avenue of inspiration. You never know – it might just be the start of your bestseller! No prior writing experience is necessary and the session is completely free, but booking will be essential to secure your spot. Follow this link if you’re interested in coming along: https://womenslibrary.org.uk/event/belonging/
Finally, if you’re from the East Dunbartonshire area, why not try something different and join us at Lenzie Meadow Primary School in Kirkintilloch on Thursdays 16th, 23rd and 30th March from 5:30 – 7:30 as we come together to discuss and design future locations for our Women’s History Walks. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of something bigger in your own community, as you take the reigns alongside Glasgow Women’s Library and the Trails and Tales Project to develop a guided tour featuring your local women. Share your own knowledge, stories and memories and help create a route which will become part of a series of new women’s history walks around East Dunbartonshire. We’d love to see you there!
For a full list of events being held by us throughout March and the Spring, please visit the ‘Upcoming Events’ section of our website, under the ‘Find Out What’s On’ tab.