Reading Ideas

Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ La Loba: Wild Woman, Luminous Wolf

Tomorrow at GWL we welcome musician and storyteller Lesley O’Brien for an incredible, unique Story Café special. Inspired by my research of Lesely and her love of travel, culture and exploration (and being ever eager to learn more about women of the world and different cultures myself), I read up on some of her personal […]

Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore.

    Sisters Albina Maggia Larice, Amelie Mollie Maggia and Quinta Maggia Mcdonald , Edna Bolz Hussman, Eleanor Ella Eckert, Genevieve Smith and her sister Josephine Smith, Grace Fryer, Hazel Vincent Kuser, Helen Quinlan, Irene Corby la Porte, Irene Rudolph, Jane Jennie Stocker, Katherine Schaub, Mae Cubberley Canfield, Marguerite Carlough and her sister Sarah Carlough […]

Story Cafe Special with Lesley O’Brien: Storytelling, Travel, Therapy and Music

Join us on Thursday 30th November from 12:30-2pm as we celebrate Book Week Scotland by welcoming incredible storyteller, musician and East End native Lesley O’Brien for an afternoon of traditionally inspired music, nibbles and spellbinding stories from her extensive experience of both myth and travel. Lesley’s long held love and lifelong passion for storytelling lays […]

Books recommended by the Front of House team

On Tuesday evening the fabulous Front of House Volunteer Team gathered: Aastha, Allison, Claire, Anemay, Pauline and staff members Gabrielle and Emily. Following the GWL tradition we had tea and bisuits and talked about books we had recently read whether we enjoyed them, felt inspired by them or were left slightly confused. Here is our […]

The waiting by Regi Claire

This review has very kindly been contributed by an anonymous supporter of the library, who also wrote this book review ‘The Waiting’ is a novel about 2 life-long friends called Lizzie and Marlene. Lizzie looks back from old age on their friendship and other aspects of her life. Plot Marlene is unscrupulous, impulsive and irresponsible. […]

Suffragette stories for younger women

With the centenary of the first women getting the vote coming up in 2018, now is a great time to be learning more about the Suffragettes. Here are three novels for children and teens which introduce the subject in an interesting and exciting way.

New Polls on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Show Widespread Abuse

I, like thousands and thousands of others across the world, have been repulsed by the almost never-ending allegations levelled against Miramax co-founder and Hollywood big wig Harvey Weinstein over the past few weeks. It’s utterly horrible to ponder what these brave women endured at his hands and unchecked whims, and how they scared they must […]

“Daring to Drive” by Manal al-Sharif

A young Saudi woman who stood up to a kingdom of men There is no law prohibiting Saudi women from driving. Nothing that could legally stop them from simply getting into a car and driving through the streets. Nevertheless, in the desert state it is impossible for women to actually get behind the wheel of […]

Rational Passions: Women and Scholarship in Britain 1702-1870: A Reader edited by Felicia Gordon and Gina Luria Walker

Rational Passions: Women and Scholarship in Britain 1702-1870: A Reader edited by Felicia Gordon and Gina Luria Walker is an important collection of the early written scholarship composed by women in Britain printed by Broadview press. It represents the wish that Virginia Woolf had in her A Room of One’s Own: “Therefore I would ask […]

Outsiders Still: Why Women Journalists Love and Leave Their Newspaper Careers by Vivian Smith.

The book Outsiders Still: Why Women Journalists Love and Leave their Newspaper Careers is a 2015 book by Vivian Smith that explores the experiences of women in the newspaper medium and how their contributions and possibilities have been shaped by gender politics of the time in which they work alongside technological developments. Smith considers the […]