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Staff, volunteers, interns and student placements share updates from projects and events at Glasgow Women’s Library

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group flyer. Black type on a sky-blue background reads, "Calling All Lesbians - Do we need/want a centre for lesbians?" Below this text, details of a public meeting to discuss the future of CLCBLG are provided.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group: The fight for a home

Tucked down a narrow, leafy street on the edge of Camden, just behind the hustle and bustle of London Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras stations, is the former site of the UK’s only dedicated lesbian centre. It doesn’t bear the usual markers of a heritage site – no commemorative plaques, no signage, not a QR code in sight – but for nearly a decade, 54-56 Phoenix Road was home to Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group (CLC&BLG).

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Bold Types Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition

Be bold and submit your short stories and poems to our annual writing competition. We’re following Book Week Scotland theme’s this year – CELEBRATION – and we can’t wait to see what you conjure up! Email your short stories and poems of up to 1000 words (either in a Word Document or typed in the […]

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Gender and Climate Change

Climate Change is a feminist issue. This blog introduces the debate around women and climate change.

Collage of photos from the Korean women in History article.

Korean Women in History

If you have been to the library recently you may have noticed the banner next to Front of House on which is written “Safeguarding the history of your grandmothers, Hearing the memories of your mothers, Providing inspiration for your daughters”. It is in the spirit of this trans-generational effort to uplift and support women, past and present, that I decided to write this article on great Korean women in history.

July Book Picnic

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet”, says American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, and we couldn’t agree more! After all, don’t we all need a little bit of adventure and travelling, especially nowadays? That’s why, on the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members and volunteers come together to […]

“Crazy Talk […] from Another Planet”: Representation and the H(ow)-Word

Hello, dear readers! My name is Carly, I’m an English lit and linguistics student from Germany and I’m currently in the library as part of a four-month student placement. When I’m not getting sidetracked by all the amazing things to be found in the GWL archive, I’m mostly busy cataloguing and listing materials in the […]

Book review: Taking Up Space

I received a free copy of this book from Glasgow Women’s Library, and they asked me to review it during my time of volunteering with them. As part of World Book Night Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library received copies of Taking Up Space for visitors to take away! This blog is a review of this thought-provoking […]

Art Night Marathon

Thursday 15 July, 8pm  To celebrate our partnership with Art Night we will be screening their online programme across one evening on Thursday 15th July. We hope you’ll join us through the night – with drinks and dinner; on a laptop in bed or with friends in a dark room with the volume up high; […]

A large white flag with the slogan 'No Cover Up' hanging from the front of the GWL building. Ingrid Pollard, 'No Cover Up', 2021. Photo: Alan Dimmick

Ingrid Pollard: No Cover Up – Political Protests in the 80s

If you have visited the library since May 28th, you will have noticed the exhibition No Cover Up by the artist Ingrid Pollard spread all throughout the library. Especially striking is her Demo Frieze in the lending library with its images of protests on long banners of fabric. […] They highlight the many political fronts on which British lesbians, especially British Black lesbians, were fighting during the 80s. It is a new perspective on the Lesbian archive here in the library as well as on the link between race, sexuality, and gender when it comes to politics.

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Life in the Slow Lane: A Long Covid Journey

On 1st September 2020 I set off on a wonderful week-long adventure walking the West Highland Way. Three weeks later, I tested positive for Covid-19. Over nine months on, I’m living with long Covid. The post-viral effects of Covid-19 are now known to have affected over a million people in the UK alone, with numbers […]