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Chitra Ramaswamy Reading event

29th April, 2023, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

A red image with a large blue circle in the top left corner. White text is overlaid reading 'anywhere in the universe'
A red image with a large blue circle in the top left corner. White text is overlaid reading 'anywhere in the universe'
Image courtesy of The Common Guild.

As part of ‘anywhere in the universe’ The Common Guild’s project addressing the public library, we have invited the award- winning journalist and author Chitra Ramaswamy to read excerpts from recent writing, including her newly commissioned text written in parallel with the work of Rabiya Choudhry.

view of the cover to Chitra Ramaswamy's book Homelands: The History of a Friendship. Cover includes one black and white photo of Henry Wuga as a teenager and a colour photo of Chitra as a young girl.
Photo courtesy of Canongate publishing.

Ramaswamy is the first of five writers commissioned to write alongside artists’ works during ‘anywhere in the universe’. Her fragment of narrative non-fiction accompanying Rabiya Choudhry’s illuminated artworks, ‘Give light and people will find the way (Ella Baker)’ is available to pick up from Glasgow Women’s Library’s as well as Dennistoun Library, Shettleston Library from April and for the duration of the project.

Visit The Comon Guild website here to find out more about the project and see Rabiya’s reading list.


Chitra Ramaswamy is an author and journalist. Her latest book,‘Homelands: The History of a Friendship’(Canongate) is a work of creative non-fiction exploring her friendship with a 98-year-old German Jewish refugee called Henry Wuga and winner of the 2022 Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Her first book, ‘Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy’ (2016) won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Polari Prize. She has contributed essays to Antlers of Water, Nasty Women, The Freedom Papers, The Bi:ble, and Message From The Skies. She writes for The Guardian, is the restaurant critic for The Times Scotland, and broadcasts for BBC radio.


This event is part of Open the Door Festival, a year long celebration of Writers/Activists.


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29th April, 2023
1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267
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Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
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0141 550 2267