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January 2021

Weemin’s Wark

26th January - 30th April

The Weemin's Wark exhibition aims to increase the visibility of women’s contribution to contemporary island culture by providing a safe space in which to examine notions of labour and positivity for women and allies who challenge structures of social and institutional inequality.

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Camp Books courtesy of Brook Palmieri

April 2021

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.

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Portrait of Kirsten MacQuarrie

Readers of Colour

28th April at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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.

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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.

May 2021

Open Book

3rd May at 10:00 am - 11:30 am

ONLINE: These vibrant and thoughtful Open Book creative writing sessions are back for Spring, led online by writer Beth Godfrey.

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Open Book. Credit: GWL

Women of the Necropolis Heritage Walk

£6 – £10
8th May at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Our guided women’s heritage walks are back and our guided can’t wait to introduce some of the notorious and forgotten women buried in this atmospheric Victorian cemetery.

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Necropolis Women's Heritage Walk. Credit: GWL

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.

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

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.

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Patons & Baldwin knitting pattern cover. Credit: GWL

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.

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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: 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!

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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: 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.

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Illustration of Shazleen Khan
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