Open the Door 2020

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What is Open the Door?

Never before has Scotland’s literary scene been as energised, bold, and international as it is today, and a large part of that is thanks to the brilliance of contemporary women writers. It seemed only right to celebrate this achievement of women writers with a festival of their own and so Open the Door was born in 2017.

Open the Door is unique; it is a festival that breaks down the barriers between writers and readers and generates poignant, important discussions. The title of the festival comes from Catherine Carswell’s classic work of fiction and we want to create open doors into the worlds of reading and writing through every event and conversation.


Every second year, we invite the world to Open the Door by hosting the festival entirely online. Here we have outlined our festival themes for 2020 and ways in which you can get involved.

Festival Dates

The online festival will run from Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May 2020.

During this week we want the online world to be abuzz with conversations around environmental issues – our 2020 festival theme – and what it is to be a woman writer and reader.

Celebrated Authors

An important part of Open the Door is our celebration of women writers from history. These women have often not been given the recognition they deserve and so we take the chance to highlight their lives and work and make them better known to a new generation of readers.

We’ll be announcing the names of the women we’ll be celebrating in 2020 in early October 2019.


For 2020 we’re planning a Festival that has a special focus on environmental and ecofeminist ideas. Women have written extensively, both factually and creatively, about the world around them and the landscapes that we shape and that have shaped us. We hope to use this festival as an opportunity to celebrate these words and highlight the importance of thinking widely about our environment and our changing world.

Event Examples

We’re interested in streamed events on Facebook (live or pre-recorded), Twitter chats with readers or writers, Instagram live interviews or talks – if it’s a digital idea, we’d love to hear it! Take a look at our first digital Open the Door schedule to get an idea of the kind of things we’ve done before:

How to Get Involved

We’re looking for partner organisations to get involved with events for Open the Door 2020. If you have an online event or activity that you think could fit in with our programme, please do get in touch. Ideas can be big or small and we’re happy to chat through ideas if you’re unsure about how to get involved. Send us an email to or give us a ring on 0141 550 2267.

Open the Door 2020 is part of Feminist Book Fortnight.
Logo of Feminist Book Fortnight. Inital letters of organisation are used. The letters are embolded in lower case in black. A female gender symbol is seen hooked around the 'b'. The symbol is coloured purple.

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