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Patons & Baldwin knitting pattern cover. Credit: GWL

Open the Door 2021: Stitches and Stories

20th May at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

ONLINE: In this beginner-friendly creative writing workshop we’ll take inspiration from our knitting pattern collections to learn about creating memorable characters and developing stories as part of Open the Door Festival 2021.

A selection of books by Maud Sulter overlaid on a table. Some books are open showing collage and photography by Maud Sulter.

Open the Door 2021: Absence/Presence

20th May at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ONLINE: In this virtual workshop led by Sekai Machache, we’ll learn more about Maud Sulter and her work. We'll look together at books and feminist magazines from GWL’s library and archive that highlight some of the important Black feminist and lesbian projects Maud was involved with from the 1980s.

A film still shows two panels, with green ink. On one of them, the letters RELIC can just be made out as the ink is bleeding and blurring away.

Open the Door 2021: Concrete Poetry Workshop

21st May at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

ONLINE: Join Eloise Birtwhistle in a creative exploration of women’s contributions to concrete poetry in this Open the Door online workshop!

Illustration of Shazleen Khan

Open the Door 2021: In Conversation with Kate Charlesworth and Shazleen Khan

21st May at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

ONLINE: Be inspired by the meeting of Kate Charlesworth and Shazleen Khan and get insight into their unique work practices in this relaxed discussion as part of Open the Door 2021.

The Roles We Play Book Cover, Sabba Khan

Open the Door 2021: In Conversation with Sabba Khan and Nyla Ahmad

22nd May at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

ONLINE: At this relaxed conversational event, we’re delighted that Sabba Khan will be sharing the journey behind her debut graphic novel "The Roles We Play" with Nyla Ahmad. They’ll be talking together about the intersection between art and writing and who has opened the door to them.

Three books standing on a shelf with a plant. The books are New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby, which has a black cover with a photo of a black woman looking directly at the reader, her hands clasped behind her head; Where the Wild Ladies Are, by Matsuda Aoko, a yellow cover with a dark abstract shape in the top half, and an illustration of the knees of two women in skirts sitting beside each other; Queenie, by Candace Carty-Williams, a deep pink cover with the head of a black woman in profile, her face not visible, and long braids pulled up into a bun.

Readers of Colour

26th May at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on 31st March, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on 28th April, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on 26th May, 2021 at 6:00 pm

ONLINE: Join Readers of Colour online to discover and chat about poetry, fiction, and narrative non-fiction by women and non-binary writers of colour.

Portrait of writer Elizabeth Hamilton. Credit: NLS

Story Café: Women of Letters

27th May at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

ONLINE: As part of Walter Scott 250, discover the best selling women writers who influenced Sir Walter Scott at our Story Café this week.

Portrait of Maisie Chan

In Conversation with…

27th May at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

ONLINE: Join us for our series of online events ‘In Conversation with….’ Women of Colour creatives in Scotland. We ‘ll be chatting to emerging and established creatives about their life, creative practice, key projects and future aspirations!

Text to the left reads “I look back at this essay and it reminds me of my fury”. To the right a narrow crop of a screenprint shows a black woman's head and ear, she has an earring of the woman symbol circle with a small cross underneath.

Ingrid Pollard

28th May - 23rd July

Following a residency in 2019, this solo exhibition will reveal Ingrid Pollard's responses to the fascinating materials held in the Lesbian archive at GWL.

Book cover of The Other Side of Stone. Credit: Linda Cracknell

Story Café Special: Linda Cracknell

3rd June at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

ONLINE: Pull up a chair at our online Story Café as we give a warm welcome to Linda Cracknell. Her new book The Other Side of Stone, explores Suffragette history and women striving for self-determination in a Perthshire woollen mill.

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