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Open the Door: Saturday Evening Herland

18th 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: Saturday Evening Herland, Saturday 18th May, 7pm to 10pm, £12/£8, Women only*, 18+ (Doors open 6.45pm)


There’s a very special treat in store for the final event of Open the Door, as well as a sneaky peak into what Scottish writers are busy conjuring up behind the scenes. Kicking off with an ‘in conversation’ event with the magnanimous author and special guest Ali Smith, to learn more about the women who ‘opened the door’ for her.  We’ll also hear from the multi-talented Chitra Ramaswamy and Lucy Ellmann about their exciting new projects and works-in-progress. And for those who are brave enough to take to the stage themselves, there will be some open mic slots available to get up and share your talent.

Open Mic: There will be limited slots of 2 minutes per person, first come first served, and you’ll be able to sign up on the night when the doors open at 6.45pm. The open mic session will take place towards the end of the event.

6.45pm: Doors open – welcome drink
7.10pm: Welcome.
7.25pm: Ali Smith In Conversation with Jess Orr
8.15pm: BREAK
8.30pm: Chitra Ramaswamy
8.50pm: Lucy Allmann
9.10pm: BREAK
9.30pm: Open Mic (sign up on arrival for one of the limited slots)
9.50pm: Thanks


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 Friday Evening Herland and the Saturday Daytime Discussions .




This event has now sold out. Please check our other Open the Door events as there may still be tickets available!

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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18th 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