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Herland: Readings from the Bower of Bliss

6th March, 2020, 7:00pm to 10:30pm

£5.00 – £19.00
Film still from Bower of Bliss by Linder. Cinematographer Fatosh Olgacher.

Immerse yourself in a new reading experience as you enter the Bower of Bliss with Linder returning to host our first international women’s day Herland.

Friday 6th March, 7pm to 10.30pm, £19/£14, 18+

Expect the unexpected as we return to the first chapter of artist film Bower of Bliss, and premiere the second, with prophetic readings, performance, and music.

Dress-code is Hallucinogenic or Botanical or a hybrid of these. The Glasgow Supper Club will be serving up a light vegan supper inspired by Linder’s Bower of Bliss, please let us know when booking if you have additional dietary requirements. There will be a cash bar on the night.

This event features the next chapter of Linder’s artist film ‘Bower of Bliss,’ first revealed as part of Linder’s Flag & Film commission at GWL for Glasgow International 2018.


Herlands are irregular event nights at Glasgow Women’s Library distilling and blending the special ingredients of GWL: illuminating learning and surprising pleasures, the historic and the cutting edge, and the bringing together of diverse audiences to discover new ideas and enjoy established and experimental women creatives work. At Herland these will be served up with good food and music in an evocative, beautiful space.

Pay It Forward Donation

GWL is always striving to be as open, inclusive and accessible as possible. As we understand the price of the Herland tickets can be a barrier to some women, we are operating a Pay it Forward policy on tickets. These Pay it Forward tickets will go to women who might not otherwise be able to attend and will also help us support the event.


This event is open to all (18+). There are two tickets options for this event: a £19 and a £14 ticket. The costs associated with this event mean that our prices are slightly higher than our usual events. Please choose the ticket which you feel most able to pay. We offer the £14 if you are a Friend of GWL. Please book online below or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.


Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available. For paid events free companion tickets are available.

Find more information on Accessibility at GWL or contact us and we will be very happy to offer assistance.

Performer Bios

Linder Sterling – Linder Sterling is an internationally famous artist, most recognised for her photo montage technique and having worked with the likes of the Buzzcocks and Morrissey. She is known for her punk origins in the art world and also was part of the punk band called “Ludus”.

Kirstin Halliday – Plays Bess of Hardwick in the Bower of Bliss film. Kirstin is a dancer with a research background in Human Geography. Kirstin trained at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and at SMASH Berlin, practicing experimental physical performance. Kirstin’s movement practice is motivated by the co-generative relation between moving bodies and social space. At present, Kirstin is developing and delivering movement workshops on the everyday practice and choreography of walking and its experiential potentials. Kirstin has collaborated as a performer in the work of several artists including Linder Sterling, Alexandra Davenport and Katariina Yli-Mali. More info here: https://theworkroom.org.uk/members/kirstin-alexandra-halliday/

Lauren Fitzpatrick – Plays Mary Queen of Scots in the Bower of Bliss film. Lauren is an actress and Northern Soul dancer. Lauren trained at the Guildford School of Acting, and has worked in TV and theatre since graduating. Sarah in ‘Star in the Jar’ (toured to theatres including the Lyric Hammersmith London), Margaret Younghusband in ‘Mold Riots’ at Theatr Clwyd, Chloe in ‘Eastenders’, Bertha Grayle in ‘Just to Get Married’ at the Finborough Theatre. Lauren has collaborated with Linder in many projects including: The Bower of Bliss, The Ultimate Form at Hepworth Wakefield, Destination moon: “you must not look at her!” At the ICA in London, “Love imposes impossible tasks” at Cooper Gallery, Dundee, and “Hollywood Medieval” with Maxwell Sterling at IMMA in Dublin. More info here: https://www.spotlight.com/5014-3425-8523

Mina Baird – A Glasgow-based tarot reader, giving readings from an international feminist framework that are queer and trans inclusive. For her, tarot reading is a form of emotional labour. It’s about giving someone a safe space to discuss issues in their life, a listening and empathetic ear, and a framework to discuss and reflect upon these issues through the cards. For more information about Mina and her tarot practice, see her website: queenofcupstarot.org/

Mandy Mcintosh – A Glaswegian artist who also makes electronic sound work and DJs as Artex Scar. Her focus is on reggae dub punk and new wave by way of whatever bangs. For this set she will be channeling Honey Bane.


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6th March, 2020
7:00pm to 10:30pm
£5.00 – £19.00
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Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
0141 550 2267