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Beyond ‘Women’s Realm’: 21 Revolutions at Aye Write

11th April, 2014, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

21 Revolutions book cover

21 Revolutions book cover

Beyond ‘Women’s Realm’: writers and artists finding inspiration in the world of women’s writing.

The award-winning 21 Revolutions project saw 21 women writers and 21 women artists draw inspiration from the collections at Glasgow Women’s Library. As the 21 Revolutions book is launched to the highest acclaim and in a context where both feminism and women creatives are on the ascendant, this is a rare opportunity to join artists and writers, including bestselling authors Alison Miller and Laura Marney, artist and curator Helen de Main, artist Shauna McMullan and co-founder of Glasgow Women’s Library and editor of 21 Revolutions, Adele Patrick, in a sparkling discussion about how a treasure trove of literary classics, trailblazing texts of women’s liberation and the legendary magazine Spare Rib fuelled their imagination.


Tickets for this event are £8 plus booking fee via the Aye Write! website. We unfortunately can’t take any bookings for this event directly.

What is 21 Revolutions?

In 2012 Glasgow Women’s Library celebrated its 21st birthday. To mark two decades of life-changing work, GWL commissioned 21 internationally renowned artists and 21 published writers to create new works inspired by our unique museum, archive and library collections. The resulting fine art prints, poems and creative writing have been brought together with the sources that inspired the work in a superb book alongside essays by Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery, writer and journalist Lesley McDowell, and co-founder of Glasgow Women’s Library Adele Patrick.

Buy it for your daughters, mothers and grandmothers, but make sure your sons read it too

Dr Elspeth King, Director, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

21 Revolutions is a beautiful, lushly illustrated, enlightening and readable book. It is a large format paperback with the highest quality reproductions throughout, with fascinating new creative writing and scintillating essays. We have included artists’ and writers’ biographies, information about how they approached making their creative responses, as well as a detailed survey of numerous resources from the collection used in the creation of these 42 new works.

Order your copy of 21 Revolutions now

The 21 Revolutions publication was launched on International Women’s Day 2014 (8th March), and is available to order now from the GWL website. The book will be available at the Library from 8th March. A 10% discount is available to Friends of GWL.

The book costs £25, plus £4 P&P in the UK, or £10 P&P internationally.

21 Revolutions: The Contributors

The participating visual artists in 21 Revolutions are:

  • Sam Ainsley
  • Claire Barclay
  • Ruth Barker
  • Karla Black
  • Nicky Bird, with Alice Andrews
  • Ashley Cook
  • Delphine Dallison
  • Kate Davis
  • Fiona Dean
  • Helen de Main
  • Kate Gibson
  • Ellie Harrison
  • Elspeth Lamb
  • Shauna McMullan
  • Jacki Parry
  • Ciara Phillips
  • Lucy Skaer
  • Corin Sworn
  • Sharon Thomas
  • Amanda Thomson
  • Sarah Wright

The participating writers are:

  • Karen Campbell
  • Anne Donovan
  • Margaret Elphinstone
  • Vicki Feaver
  • Helen Fitzgerald
  • Janice Galloway
  • Muriel Gray
  • Jen Hadfield
  • Jackie Kay
  • A. L. Kennedy
  • Kirsty Logan
  • Laura Marney
  • Heather Middleton
  • Alison Miller
  • Denise Mina
  • Donna Moore
  • Elizabeth Reeder
  • Leela Soma
  • Zoë Strachan
  • Louise Welsh
  • Zoë Wicomb


11th April, 2014
7:30pm to 8:30pm
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