Sitting in the Engender Conference in the event room of the GWL, intern Luba reflects on pens. The conference started, many inspiring women talked on the stage and interesting and challenging questions were raised. With this unused pen in my left hand, I zoned out for a moment. While a smooth voice talked about “challenge”, “activism”, “fight” in the background, an idiom came to my mind: “A pen is mightier than the sword”.
Some thoughts on the importance of telling stories as a gateway to the past, inspired by the recent BBC Reith Lectures and GWL’s ‘Voices from the Belvidere’.
Following the opening of the Modern Scottish Women artists exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, GWL’s national lifelong learning project has organised special guided tours for women from around Scotland in partnership with National Galleries Scotland. GWL intern Camilla reports back on the first visit which was arranged for women from the […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]