The 21 Revolutions Blog

Kirsty Logan reading her 21 Revolutions story, 'This Is Liberty'. Credit: GWL

Let Us Tell You a Story…

… About 21 Revolutions. Who doesn’t love to be read to? Being transported through surprising places, times and emotions is a joy at any time, and being read to by some of Scotland’s most prolific writers is truly a special experience. To mark Glasgow Women’s Library’s 21st Birthday in 2012, the Library commissioned 21 artists and 21 writers to […]

Review: Wir haben sie noch alle! – a publication by the Berlin feminist archive

GWL was recently sent a publication by the biggest German archive on women’s history, the FFBIZ which is located in Berlin. We are thrilled to find out that our publication 21 Revolutions served as a model for the fortieth anniversary special by the FFBIZ. Our intern Jeanette tries to break down the language barrier in this review, puts the work into context and relates what she liked best.

Historical Fiction: Write your own historical adventure!

The Historical Fiction For Fearties workshop is a chance for you to explore this wonderful genre. Lead by Margaret Elphinstone, the Scottish novelist and one of the GWL’s 21 Revolutions writers, it will look at the diaries of Henrietta Liston, an incredible women who wrote extensively about her life and experiences in the 18th century United States.

Film-maker Interview #3: Una McBurney

Interview conducted by Camilla Nordgren, an MA student of Contemporary Arts who is on placement at GWL until May 2016. Camilla: What drew you into the Library? Una: I first got involved with the Library’s Young Critics group because I was looking for something creative to do outside of university. I found the whole concept of […]

Film-maker Interview #2: Louisina Currie

Meet Louisina, one of our volunteers, who joined the Ripples on the Pond filming group with no prior experience of interviewing, filming, or editing, but who is always looking for something new to learn and discover.

Film-maker Interview #1: Morgan Fraser

Extracts from a conversation between Camilla, a student in Modern and Contemporary Art MSc on placement with us, and Morgan, the volunteer who led on the production of the short film about Helen de Main’s work for 21 Revolutions.

Upcoming short films by volunteers – Ripples on the Pond Film Group

Glasgow Women’s Library has created the Ripples on the Pond Film Group. Under the direction of Glasgow based artist Helen de Main, we are currently making a selection of short documentaries on artists who are exhibiting at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in the Ripples on the Pond exhibition. Many of these artists also […]

A Day in The Life of A Victorian Woman Factory Worker

Anne Marie Shields investigates women working in factories in Victorian times, by reading Anne Donovan’s 21 Revolutions story Lassie Wi’ A Yella Coatie and The Woman Worker from 1908.

A.L. Kennedy’s ‘Stitches’

A.L. Kennedy’s 21 Revolutions piece ‘Stitches’ is evocative and poignant, while also displaying the writer’s trademark humour and political awareness. The piece is inspired by knitting patterns from GWL’s collections, and Kennedy comments on the nostalgia that surrounds the process of knitting in the 21 Revolutions podcast (available here). Although ‘Stitches’ isn’t typically nostalgic, the […]

Denise Mina’s ‘Ernest Hemingway’s Third Wife’

For my first contribution to the 21 Revs blog I have decided to discuss Denise Mina’s ‘Ernest Hemingway’s Third Wife’, a work from 21 Revolutions: New writing and prints inspired by the collection at Glasgow Women’s Library which I found particularly interesting. You can listen to a podcast of Denise reading the text here. The […]