Our History

A review of Palestinian poet Maya Abu Al-Hayat’s conversation with Magi Gibson

A review of Palestinian poet Maya Abu Al-Hayat in conversation with GWL Reader in Residence Magi Gibson, following the recent publication of A Bird Is Not A Stone, a collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry with Scottish translations.

Ethel MacDonald: Glasgow woman in the Spanish Civil War

To mark the 78th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, I’m putting a spotlight on one of the many Scottish women who showed support and travelled to Spain in 1936. Ethel MacDonald was born in Motherwell in 1909 and was active in left-wing politics by the time she was sixteen. In 1931 she […]

21 Revolutions, an Orkney poet and a road trip – Harpies Fechters and Quines 2014

Women in the arts was the theme for this years Harpies Fechters and Quines festival in Edinburgh which ran from 9-21st June. Within that theme we had a wide range of activities, talks and workshops, from zine making and creative writing to fabulous exhibitions and fascinating talks.

LGBT History Month: A Talk with Ostrov

On Thursday 13th February, GWL was pleased to host a visit from the editors of Ostrov, a lesbian Russian publication. The Winter Olympics in Sochi have placed Russia’s track record on LGBT rights firmly on the world’s stage. This was a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the stories behind the news coverage. Ostrov was […]

Illuminated Letters Workshop – West Scotland College, Greenock

On Wednesday 19th February, I joined Morag Smith (National Lifelong Learning Development Worker at Glasgow Women’s Library) at an Illuminated Letters workshop at the West College Scotland campus in Greenock. The GWL Illuminated Letters project, in conjunction with Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and inspired by the work of artist Niki de Saint Phalle, […]

Book Week Scotland 2013 (25th November – 1st December) at Glasgow Women’s Library

Glasgow Women’s Library offered a full, fun schedule of events for Book Week Scotland 2013. I had a great time at several of the sessions on offer, where I got the chance to indulge my love of reading and writing as well as taking part in some lively, inventive and therapeutic activities that I haven’t […]

Firebrand Women: The Suffragettes

  As a female voter in the UK, I’ve always been immensely grateful to the many women who campaigned for my right to the franchise before such a thing was considered a ‘given’. Despite often feeling disenchanted with modern politics, I always vote – if only as a mark of respect for the sacrifices that […]

West End Women’s Heritage Walk

This pioneering women’s heritage walk revealed a hidden history of the West End of Glasgow: pipe-smoking forewomen, revolting schoolmistresses, and the unique car made by and for women. A unique and inspiring insight into the hitherto unsung women who made the West End.

Scrapbooking in Motherwell

    We packed our bags and cases with paper, glue, gems and lots of other fun things and headed off to North Lanarkshire in April to do some scrapbooking and lifebook taster sessions with a group of women who meet at SACRO in Motherwell. This organisation offers a range of services across Scotland, including […]

Wigtown Book Festival 2011

September 2011 was a busy month out on the road for the National Lifelong Learning project – especially in Wigtown. For the past few months, the volunteers from the women’s history walk group have been working hard on putting the finishing touches to their podcast of the Wigtown women’s history walk and getting it ready […]