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Hitherto Unknown Research Group: The First Reading List

6th April, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Hitherto Unknown looking at GWL zine archives Credit: Hitherto Unknown
Hitherto Unknown looking at GWL zine archives Credit: Hitherto Unknown
Hitherto Unknown looking at GWL zine archives
Credit: Hitherto Unknown

“Though I address myself only to silences in literature and the ways in which writing ceases to be, this dying and death of capacities encompasses more than literature.” Tillie Olsen, Silences

Hitherto Unknown Research Group: The First Reading List, Saturday 6th April, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Free


Since October last year, Hitherto Unknown have been searching for silenced or unheard voices in the GWL zine archives, NLS moving image archives, the Mitchell archives and special collections, on the internet, and at live events across Glasgow.

We learned how to find hidden archival material from Isobel Maclellan, a librarian at the Mitchell’s Archives and Special Collections. Helen Vincent, Head of Rare Books, Maps and Music Collections talked us through the largely unexplored collections available to all at the NLS in Edinburgh. We heard from specialist web archivists at our event at Platform in Easterhouse, and visited live literature events across Glasgow, looking to find new voices from the edges. Finally, Emily Munro headed up a session looking at home movies stored at the NLS’s moving image archives.

This event is open to all who would like to hear more about Hitherto Unknown researchers project.

At the session we will:

Look back over what the Hitherto Unknown team have done so far.
Announce the 1st new Hitherto Unknown reading (and watching) list.
Share some readings from the new list.
Think about what’s next for the project.

At this event we also celebrate the launch of the 1st Tillie Olsen Reading List collection, which after donations and efforts of the Hitherto Unknown project, will soon be able to be borrowed from GWL.



This event is for open to all and is free to attend. Please book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) 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.


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6th April, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
0141 550 2267


Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267