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Portrait of Kirsten MacQuarrie

Story Café Special: Kirsten MacQuarrie

22nd April at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

ONLINE: We're thrilled to welcome Kirsten MacQuarrie to this Story Café Special to chat about her debut novel, an uplifting story about overcoming fear and finding belonging in the world.

Detail of a small single-flower plant against a black background within a beige mount

Open the Door 2021: In Conversation with Amanda Thomson and Amy Gear

10th May at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

ONLINE: At this relaxed conversational event, we’re delighted that Amanda Thomson and Amy Gear will be sharing with us the connections between the visual and the written in their practices.

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.

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!

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