Lifelong Learning Blog

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Birdsong Haiku

This Open the Door Festival, we’re inviting you to fill our Twitter with birdsong by writing your own Birdsong Haiku or sharing poetry you love on birds and their dawn chorus and afternoon chatter.

Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain. Credit: Gillian Shirreffs

When Pain Doesn’t Define Your Story

Writer Gillian Shirreffs uses writing as a way to help manage chronic pain, here she shares some taster writing exercises with us that we can try at home.

Seeing the Unseen

GWL Volunteer Aileen writes about helping to organise the Seeing the Unseen film and the importance of this documentary about 17 Icelandic autistic women for her.

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Take One Action: Sisters Strand

Ahead of this years Take One Action film festival (and our partnership event Disruption is Fertile) we hear from Executive Director Tamara Van Strijthem who reflects on the importance of female voices being at the very heart of the festival, both behind and in front of the camera.

Stack of four New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women books on a wooden table.

Meet the Editors

One of the very well-utilised reference books at GWL is the Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women. First published in 2006, the second edition published in 2018 features nearly 200 new entries and we are delighted that next week we host an event to mark The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.

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Women Making It

Join GWL on the 10th of May from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm for a bite size learning session including African bead work, film screenings scrap booking, badge making and much more. This is a free open session for women to come along and socialise, meet other women while learning in a fun and creative […]

Photograph of the Everyman’s Library edition Muriel Spark book mentioned in the blog post. The cover shows a black and white image of a woman, possibly Spark, and the tail end of the yellow ribbon is poking out of the bottom of the book.

Muriel Spark: What is this I’m reading?

As part of Open the Door 2018 we hear from writer Hannah Van Hove who reflects on her readings of Spark and her current writing project that considers experimental women writers.

Paying it Forward for Collect:if Herland

Find out more about Herland curated by Collect:if this May and our Pay it Forward fund!

Walks this Spring!

It’s Spring, the sun is making sporadic appearances, and our Women’s Heritage Walks have begun! Why not come along and get some fresh air whilst learning about women you’ll be astonished you didn’t know about before…

Programme for 25th Birthday Autumn 2016

Looking forward to the launch of our Autumn Programme…

Ahead of launching our Autumn programme we hear from Elizabeth Ford and Brianna Robertson-Kirkland who are recent PhD graduates in music from the University of Glasgow. Elizabeth and Brianna are hosting an incredible day at the library to research and discuss women’s education in the arts in the 18th century on Thursday 8th September, one of the earliest events in our new programme which we launch on 18th August.