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Open the Door: Saturday Daytime Discussions

18th May at 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

£5 – £19
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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: Saturday Daytime Discussion, Saturday 18th May, 10.30am to 4.30pm, £19/£14, Women only*, 16+


Morning Session: PROTEST

10:30am – 1pm

Take part in interactive round-table discussions at this morning’s session, as we look at what it means to be a woman writing in Scotland today. Created in collaboration with the ROAR collective – a group which seeks to identify underlying gender inequalities in Scottish literature –this event provokes participants to explore a range of topics, from the challenges of adapting your work for screen with best-selling author of The Cry Helen Fitzgerald, to setting up an alternative publishing initiative with the founders of Monstrous Regiment. There will also be an opportunity to contribute to the Women’s Manifesto compiled by PEN International with Elizabeth Reeder from Scottish PEN.


Afternoon Session: SUPPORT

2pm – 4.30pm (two hour-long workshops will run in this session with a short break in between)

With a suite of workshops to choose from, this afternoon’s session is designed to provide unique opportunities for women to get involved and explore their own creative potential.  From researching historical fiction with writer and reviewer Lesley McDowell, to creating your own memoir with author of When I had a Little Sister Catherine Simpson, or even taking part in our very own count of women’s literary representation, there’s something for everyone in this interactive afternoon. And if you’re looking to just sit back and listen, pop along to a specially tailored story cafe with our very own librarian Wendy Kirk.


*Vegan & Vegetarian lunch with Gluten free options. If you have any further dietary requirements please get in touch in advance.


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


This event is for women only* over the age of 16. This event costs £19 full price. We offer subsidised places at £14 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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Open the Door: Saturday Daytime (18/05/2019) Unsubsidised£19.00
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Open the Door: Saturday Daytime (18/05/2019) Subsidised£14.00
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Pay it Forward Donation (Open the Door)£5.00


18th May
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
£5 – £19
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267


GWL in Landressy Street
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267