Lifelong Learning Blog

Illustration of GWL's Story Cafe. Credit: Johanne Deffarges, 2020

Autumn Programme: Events at a Glance

This Autumn, we have a host of free online events for you to get involved with, including creative writing workshops, reading groups, exhibitions and more!

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Bold Types: Scottish Women’s Creative Writing Competition

Be bold & submit your short stories and poems to our Bold Types creative writing competition. Our theme this year is Future, and we’d love to see where it takes you!

Our Summer Programme!

We’ve got a host of exciting events taking place online this Summer and we’d love for you to join us!

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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.

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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.