21 Revolutions: The Writers

Suffragette brooch, c. early 20th centuryKaren CampbellKaren Campbell (photo by Rosie Healey)
She Was Aye Workin' by Helen Clark and Elizabeth Carnegie (cover detail)Anne DonovanAnne Donovan (photo by Christina Kernohan)
Sexual Politics by Kate Millett, 1971 (cover detail)Margaret ElphinstoneMargaret Elphinstone
Anti-Suffragette clock c. early 20th century (detail)Vicki FeaverVicki Feaver (photo by Christina Kernohan)
Scottish Women's Rural Institutes Cookery Book (cover detail)Helen FitzgeraldHelen Fitzgerald
Sixteen magazine cover detailJanice GallowayJanice Galloway
'Sex in Marriage' information pamphlet, 1950s (cover detail)Muriel GrayMuriel Gray
Living on the Earth by Alicia Bay Laurel, 1970 (cover detail)Jen HadfieldJen Hadfield
Model House detailJackie KayJackie Kay
Vogue knitting pattern (detail)A. L. KennedyA.L. Kennedy (photo by Campbell Mitchell)
Lung Leg: Maid to Minx LP cover, 1997Kirsty LoganKirsty Logan
The  Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, 1998 (cover detail)Laura MarneyLaura Marney
Girl Annual No. 2 (cover detail)Heather MiddletonHeather Middleton (photo by Rosie Healey)
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer, 1971 (cover detail)Alison MillerAlison Miller (photo by Rosie Healey)
Martha Gellhorn: A Life cover detailDenise MinaDenise Mina
Umbrella stand (detail)Donna MooreDonna Moore
Women of Moray, edited by Susan Bennett et al, 2012 (cover detail)Elizabeth ReederElizabeth Reeder
The Virago Book of Spirituality, edited by Sarah Anderson, 1997 (cover detail)Leela SomaLeela Soma
Girls’ Questions Answered pamphlet (cover detail)Zoë StrachanZoë Strachan (photo by Rosie Healey)
'Dusty' sweet pea seed packet (detail)Louise WelshLouise Welsh (photo by Steve Lindridge)
Jazz cover detailZoë WicombZoë Wicomb (photo by Rosie Healey)

To mark the Library’s 21st anniversary GWL commissioned 21 women writers and 21 women artists to create new work inspired by items and artefacts in our collections. The resulting fine art prints, poems and creative writing have been brought together with the sources that inspired the work in a beautiful, lushly illustrated book that was launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2014, and is available to order now.

In the 21 Revolutions Writers Podcast series, the writers read their work and talk about the inspiration behind each new piece. The podcasts are being released monthly, and are available on our website in the 21 Revolutions Podcast page. You can also subscribe to the podcast feed here, or through iTunes.

Portrait credits: Karen Campbell, Heather Middleton, Alison Miller, Zoë Strachan & Zoë Wicomb © Rosie Healey; Anne Donovan & Vicki Feaver © Christina Kernohan; A. L. Kennedy © Cameron Mitchell; Louise Welsh © Steve Lindridge of idealimages.co.uk