Book Week Scotland – let’s binge on books!

Book Week Scotland is coming back, kicking off on Monday 24th November. So get your diaries out and make some space to binge on books at Glasgow Women’s Library. There’s a Commonwealth Women’s Writing Party and more!

Commonwealth Women’s Writing Project at GWL!

An Impossible Challenge?

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow might be over, but at Glasgow Women’s Library a fantastic group of women is still working away on a challenge we set ourselves earlier this year – to identify a contemporary woman poet, short story writer or novelist from every Commonwealth country, source copies of their books and get them onto the shelves at GWL.

GWL welcomes SALMA, inspirational Tamil poet

Thursday saw an amazing event in Glasgow Women’s Library. Thanks to Commonwealth Poets United we were able to welcome Salma, an Indian Tamil poet who, against the odds and the wishes of her family and husband, became firstly a published poet, then a politician. Salma’s story is inspiring.

Cape Town Poet Wows GWL!

Toni Stuart is an amazing young woman. That’s what those who turned up to last Thursday’s Read, Relax, Recharge! special were left thinking after listening to Toni’s unique poetry reading.

Top Ten Female Science Fiction Writers

The 2013 Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction was announced on My 1st. Of 82 novels submitted by publishers 6 were shortlisted. Not one of those 6 was by a female author.

Well, you might be thinking, that’s no surprise, men voting for themselves again.

The Mystery of the Invisible Women Poets – Glasgow 1983

I’ve just been browsing through a book I’ve had for a while, Noise and Smoky Breath, An Illustrated Anthology of Glasgow Poems 1900 – 1983, edited by Hamish Whyte and published in May 1983 by Third Eye Centre and Glasgow Libraries Publications Board. But where are the women poets?

Another archive treasure – and a poem

A couple of months ago I posted about some of the Suffragette treasures we have in our archive; the beautiful brooch in the Suffragette colours, lilac, white and green; the witty postcards. And I intimated there were more treasures to be revealed…

Emily Wilding Davison Writing Competition


Just got word of this writing competition and I thought I’d post it here in case you’re interested. But if you are, the deadline is very soon, so get writing!

Blue, Black, Permanent – and Inspirational.

Being a writer – and a Reader in Residence – has its perks, and recently I experienced them when I was invited to Orkney to be part of the Orkney Book Festval, the brainchild of the sterling people who make up the George Mackay Brown Fellowship. A major part of the festival was the celebration of the life and works of Orkney born film-maker and poet, Margaret Tait…

Women Writing Funny – a top ten list

These days most of us are used to finding our comedy entertainment through sitcoms or films, but there has always been a great range of comedy writing in book form, from novels and short stories to spoof memoirs and autobiographies. So that got me to thinking about drawing up a Top Ten List of Comic Reads Written by Women