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Open the Door: Friday Evening Herland

17th May, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

£5.00 – £12.00
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Scotland’s first ever festival for Scottish women’s writing returns for its third edition. Expect creative workshops, in-depth discussions, open mic sessions and plenty of performances from the best literary talent this country has to offer. There are three events taking place as part of Open the Door festival at Glasgow Women’s Library, please book separately for events you’d like to attend.

Open the Door: Friday Evening Herland, Friday 17th May, 7pm to 10pm, £12/£8, Women only*, 18+


Join us for Open the Door’s opening night, with literary headliners Liz Lochhead, Claire Askew and Juana Adcock celebrating the lives of three Scottish women writers who may be lost but are certainly not forgotten. Taking Glasgow Women’s Library’s characteristic Herland format, we’ll be raising a toast to the work of Agnes Owens, Naomi Mitchison and Janet Paisley, in a festive extravaganza bound to get you inspired. Chaired by playwright Sara Shaarawi,  this event promises to be a very special celebration to launch the 2019 festival in style.

Open the Door: Friday Evening Herland

7pm: Doors open – welcome drink on arrival
7.15pm: Welcome from Sara Shaarawi. We hear a few words from Susan Stewart Director of Open University.
7.40pm: Claire Askew response to Naomi Mitchison
8pm: BREAK
8.15pm: Welcome back by Sara Shaarawi
8.25pm: Juana Adcock response to Janet Paisley
8.45pm: BREAK
9.00pm: Welcome back by Sara Shaarawi
9.20pm: Liz Lochhead response to Agnes Owens
9.40pm: Thanks

Throughout the night we will hear short introductions to the three celebrated writers, Naomi Mitchison, Janet Paisley, and Agnes Owens, gathered and written by Giovanna MacKenna.


Included with each ticket is a welcome drink on arrival & there will also be a cash bar.


For more information about our Open the Door festival and book tickets to the Saturday Daytime Discussions and the Saturday Evening Herland .



This event is for women only* over the age of 18. This event costs £12 full price. We offer subsidised places at £8 for students, people on a low income, unemployed or those in receipt of benefit and Friends of GWL.

*All women-only events are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people.

Pay It Forward Donation

GWL is always striving to be as open, inclusive and accessible as possible. As we understand the price of the Open the Door 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 would not otherwise be able to attend.


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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17th May, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£5.00 – £12.00
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267
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Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267