Kyla McDowall

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Review of Lesley Nneka Arimah’s What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

“When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters. He did not know how quickly it would wick the dew off her, how she would be returned to him hollowed out, relieved of her better parts.” Of all the books on my eagerly anticipated […]

New Exhibition Coming February: Our Red Aunt by Fiona Jack

In one of the most ground-breaking projects in our history, GWL is extremely excited to be hosting our first ever solo exhibition by an international artist – and what an exhibition it is! From the launch party on Thursday 1st February until closing on Saturday 17th March, we will be exhibiting the latest project from […]

Further Thoughts on Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Ideology, the Wild Women Archetype and a Woman’s Place In the World

Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ opus Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, is a beautifully crafted and thoughtfully written work, which not only serves as a window into her rich, tradition inspired imagination and upbringing, but also sets up a platform for her to voice her passionate, well-learned opinion […]

Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ La Loba: Wild Woman, Luminous Wolf

Tomorrow at GWL we welcome musician and storyteller Lesley O’Brien for an incredible, unique Story Café special. Inspired by my research of Lesely and her love of travel, culture and exploration (and being ever eager to learn more about women of the world and different cultures myself), I read up on some of her personal […]

Story Cafe Special with Lesley O’Brien: Storytelling, Travel, Therapy and Music

Join us on Thursday 30th November from 12:30-2pm as we celebrate Book Week Scotland by welcoming incredible storyteller, musician and East End native Lesley O’Brien for an afternoon of traditionally inspired music, nibbles and spellbinding stories from her extensive experience of both myth and travel. Lesley’s long held love and lifelong passion for storytelling lays […]

New Polls on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Show Widespread Abuse

I, like thousands and thousands of others across the world, have been repulsed by the almost never-ending allegations levelled against Miramax co-founder and Hollywood big wig Harvey Weinstein over the past few weeks. It’s utterly horrible to ponder what these brave women endured at his hands and unchecked whims, and how they scared they must […]

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 […]