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An Evening with Molly Aitken

2nd April at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Headshot of the author Molly Aitken.

Join us for a night in with Molly Aitken as she discusses her debut novel, The Island Child, in conversation with Glasgow Women’s Library’s own Nadine Aisha Jassat.  

An Evening with Molly Aitken, Friday 2nd April, 6pm to 7.30pm, Online


Headshot of the author Molly Aitken.
Molly Aitken. Credit: Christy Ku

The Island Child tells two stories: of the child who grew up watching births and betrayals, storms and secrets, and of the adult Oona, desperate to find a second chance, only to discover she can never completely escape. As the strands of Oona’s life come together, in blood and marriage and motherhood, she must accept the price we pay when we love what is never truly ours . . .
Rich, haunting and rooted in Irish folklore, The Island Child is a spellbinding debut novel about identity and motherhood, freedom and fate and the healing power of stories.

Molly Aitken is a novelist and short story writer. She was born in Scotland in 1991 and brought up in Ireland. She studied Literature and Classics at Galway University and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa. She has won and been shortlisted for short story prizes including The Irish Imbas Prize and The Blank Street Short Story Competition. Her first novel The Island Child was published in 2020 and it has recently been longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. She lives in Sheffield.

This live event will present a reading from Molly, and a conversation between Molly and Nadine, followed by an audience Q and A. Half way through there will be a small break, and maybe even a fun quiz question, too!

This is one of our “Attend” online events this Spring – you can sit back and enjoy the conversation, but there’s also a chance to ask your own questions.

Please note that this event will be recorded and clips may be used on our website and social media channels.


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The event is free and open to all. To attend, please book below and we will share an email invitation with you. If you would like to make a donation to Glasgow Women’s Library, you can do so herePlease note that booking will close on Thursday 1st April.


This session takes place via an online video call link. If you would like to attend, please book below and we will share an email invitation along with simple and straight forward instructions on how this will work. If you have any concerns about how this will work for you, please do get in touch and we’ll do all we can to support you in joining the session.

An automated live transcript using Otter.ai is available during this event. We also have a small amount of funding available to provide live captioning through Stagetext for some of our Spring events. Stagetext captioning is provided in-person and is therefore more accurate. Please get in touch with Emily on emily.ilett@womenslibrary.org.uk at least 3 weeks before the event if this would be helpful to you and we’ll work to arrange this. See here for upcoming events where live captioning with Stagetext is arranged.


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