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Monochrome photograph of a woman wearing the Spare Rib 'woman's woolly' knitted jumper, squatting beside a wall sprayed with the words 'If I gave her the wool would she make me one too?'

Spare Ribbing: Unpicking the Woman’s Woolly

This Women’s History Month we’re delighted to share a blog post written by longtime GWL supporter and donor Shirley Henderson, reflecting on knitting and feminism Start at the back Going through a box of old knitting patterns recently, I could chart my life in costume: from the ‘helmets’, pixie caps and mittens of babyhood through […]

#MeToo: An Interview With Professor Karen Boyle

In the summer of 2020 I wrote some blog posts for GWL based on my undergraduate dissertation on the #MeToo movement (you can read my first blog post here). Fast forward to 2021 and I am almost half way through my Masters degree in Applied Gender Studies and Research Methods at the university of Strathclyde. […]

February Book Picnic Recommendations

On the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members and volunteers share what we’ve read recently at our Book Picnic. In the current climate, our Book Picnic takes place remotely, giving all of us some valuable social interaction and providing us with many excellent book suggestions…

The cover page of a school project about the Suffragettes

Satire and Suffragettes – Objects of Interest.

It’s fair to say that I’ve been interested in Suffragettes since I was young girl. Maybe it’s being Mancunian – the Pankhurst legacy looms large in that city of radicals. As a 15 year old, this was my subject of choice for my History exam project, and as an adult and keen family history detective […]

GWL’s Winter SurThrival Kit

GWL’s Winter SurThrival Kit With our building now closed for the festive season we wanted to find a way to bring some of that feel-good GWL warmth and cheer into your homes. So, we’ve put together a holiday hamper of sorts, something which we are calling our Winter SurThrival Kit. We hope that this toolkit helps you to […]

Best feel-good books: comfort reads you can enjoy over the winter months

It might be cold, dreich and dark outside but there’s plenty to love about winter: the chilly, grey days are the perfect excuse to stay inside and indulge in one of our favourite pastimes, reading. The Danish concept of hygge is still having its moment, and for good reason: it encourages us to indulge in […]

Documenting the New Normal: a small selection

Since the initial lockdown began on 23rd March, several of our wonderful Glasgow Women’s Library volunteers have been sharing weekly reflections, diaries and creative writing. As well as being fun, this has been a great way of checking in with each other. Each piece of writing provides a different perspective on the pandemic. We’re delighted to share a selection of these […]

Nature Writing Activities

Here are some activities you can do while spending time in your local park, woods, nature reserve, or any natural place, to help you do some creative writing. You can respond to these in any language (or combination of languages), and there’s no wrong answers. You can adapt these to do inside your home or […]

December Book Picnic Recommendations

Need some inspiration for the next book to add to your reading list? We’ve got suggestions! On the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members share what we’ve read recently at our Book Picnic…

BHM: Black Women Writers

October 2020 marked Black History Month, first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987,  BHM is an annual event to remember celebrate and honour the achievements, culture and history of Black people. Throughout October we celebrated Black Women Writers by sharing a book or piece of writing a day on our Instagram and Twitter feeds. […]