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April 2020

Rosita McKenzie 'Shores of Freedom'. Credit: Rosita McKenzie

POSTPONED: ‘Ways of Seeing’ Exhibition

2nd April at 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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At the library for one day only before it’s showing at Tenement House, Shutter Hub brings together an exciting exhibition of women’s photography in response to the ‘Ways of Seeing’ symposium.

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POSTPONED: ‘Ways of Seeing’: Women and Photography in Scotland

2nd April at 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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How have women photographers in Scotland taken control of their own image? This symposium will reveal neglected stories of Scottish women in photography, including feminist social documentary photographer Franki Raffles, folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw and more.

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CANCELLED: Story Café

2nd April at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 20th February, 2020 at 12:30 pm

One event on 5th March, 2020 at 12:30 pm

One event on 19th March, 2020 at 12:30 pm

One event on 26th March, 2020 at 12:30 pm

One event on 2nd April, 2020 at 12:30 pm

One event on 7th May, 2020 at 12:30 pm

One event on 14th May, 2020 at 12:30 pm

One event on 13th February, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Put a spring in your step at Story Café and hear stories and poems by women writers from around the world! From edge-of-your-seat espionage to tales of heart-warming tenderness, Story Café will spark your curiosity and freshen your perspective. 

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Story Cafe. Credit: GWL

POSTPONED: ‘Ways of Seeing’: Women and Photography in Scotland Reception Event

Free
2nd April at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We warmly invite you to an informal reception celebrating the 'Ways of Seeing' women's photography exhibition which is at the library for one day only before it’s showing at Tenement House.

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Rosita McKenzie 'Shores of Freedom'. Credit: Rosita McKenzie
Film still from Bower of Bliss by Linder. Cinematographer Fatosh Olgacher

Linder’s Bower of Bliss: Online Film Exhibition

3rd April - 3rd May

An exclusive opportunity to see Linder's art film Bower of Bliss in full.  The original film was revealed as part of Linder's Flag & Film commission at GWL for Glasgow International 2018 and in 2020 we see the second installment added to create this new film.

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CANCELLED: Women Making It

3rd April at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:30 am on Friday, repeating until 30th May, 2020

Be invigorated this Spring with our bitesize learning sessions where we’ll be scrapbooking, badge making, watching films together and much more. Warm and relaxed drop-in sessions, these are perfect if you enjoy craft activities or you’re looking to make new friends!

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Women Making It. Credit: Nikki Chung

Warm Welcome

4th April at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until 7th June, 2020

GWL Warm Welcome drop-in days take place on the first Saturday of every month. If you are new to GWL this is a friendly relaxed way to find out about borrowing, volunteering, our programme and collections. We’d love to welcome you here!

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A hand holds up a GWL Borrower Card bearing the GWL logo, a red circle with a green figure of a woman and an 'i' for information. There are bookshelves and an architect's model of the building behind.

Writing for Performance: Muslim Women’s Stories

Free
4th April at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, repeating until 5th April, 2020

These workshops place Muslim women at the heart of their own creative experience and provide the space, time and support needed to tell your stories in your own terms. These sessions are led by experienced playwright and producer, Sara Sharaawi, who will share skills to help you build tension and write dialogue as well as give you the unique chance to work with professional actors and artistic director Jemima Levick!

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Writing for Performance – Playwriting for Muslim Women. Credit: GWL

POSTPONED: Open Book

Free – £2
7th April at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

These vibrant and thoughtful monthly Open Book sessions are back for spring, and now led by poet Alice Tarbuck or writer Beth Godfrey.

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Open Book. Credit: GWL
Sakinah Women performing alongside comedian Lubna Kerr during book week Scotland. Credit: GWL

CANCELLED: Play Reading with a Twist!

7th April at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Al-Meezan, 1 Rowan Road
Glasgow, G41 5DL
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Following workshops with a local playwright, the Sakinah Women's Group will take to the stage for this dazzling play reading with tea and buns.

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Create and Connect: Monthly Creative Writing Group

11th April at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 14th March, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on 11th April, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on 9th May, 2020 at 10:30 am

Calling all women writers in Edinburgh! Join our connect and create writing group immersive programme, taking place one Saturday a month!

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Connect and Create writing materials. Credit: GWL

CANCELLED: Drama Queens: Play Reading for Pleasure

Free – £2
16th April at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

It’s time for Lights! Action! Tea! once again in our friendly and relaxed regular No-Acting-Required Drama Queens sessions. Come along and join us!

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Drama Queens. Credit: Nikki Chung

CANCELLED: Women Making It

17th April at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every 2 weeks that begins at 10:30 am on Friday, repeating until 30th May, 2020

Be invigorated this Spring with our bitesize learning sessions where we’ll be scrapbooking, badge making, watching films together and much more. Warm and relaxed drop-in sessions, these are perfect if you enjoy craft activities or you’re looking to make new friends!

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Women Making It. Credit: Nikki Chung

CANCELLED: Writing for Performance: Showcase

Free
18th April at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Be inspired, moved and entertained by the work that Muslim women have created and developed as part of our Stellar Quines play-writing workshops this Spring!

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Writing for Performance – Playwriting for Muslim Women. Credit: GWL

CANCELLED: Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Free
21st April at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the ways writing can be used as a powerful distraction to help manage chronic pain, in these creative writing workshops led by writer Gillian Shirreffs.

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Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain. Credit: Gillian Shirreffs

POSTPONED: Ingrid Pollard

23rd April - 1st June

Following a residency at GWL in 2019 this solo exhibition by artist and researcher Ingrid Pollard reveals her responses to materials held in the Lesbian archive at GWL. Part of Glasgow International 2020.

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Greene King by Ingrid Pollard, for Seventeen of Sixty-Eight, BALTIC Artists Award 2019, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

23rd April at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

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Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

POSTPONED: Ingrid Pollard: Exhibition Launch

Free
24th April at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for the preview of Ingrid Pollard’s new exhibition, proudly commissioned by GWL and part of Glasgow International 2020. Alongside an introduction to the work this event will include a performance curated by Ingrid to mark the occasion.

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Greene King by Ingrid Pollard, for Seventeen of Sixty-Eight, BALTIC Artists Award 2019, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle

POSTPONED: Garnethill Women’s Heritage Walk

£6 – £10
25th April at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Step away from busy Sauchiehall Street to (re)discover bohemian Garnethill through the history of its women on this popular heritage walk.

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The library's first location in Garnethill, 1991

CANCELLED: Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Free
28th April at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the ways writing can be used as a powerful distraction to help manage chronic pain, in these creative writing workshops led by writer, living with MS, Gillian Shirreffs.

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Fiction Writing to Help Manage Chronic Pain. Credit: Gillian Shirreffs

Readers of Colour

29th April at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 25th March, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 29th April, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 27th May, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Come along to our Edinburgh reading group to discover and chat about poetry, fiction, and narrative non-fiction by women writers of colour.

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Readers of Colour

POSTPONED: Story Café Special: Brave Your Day with Charley Gavigan

Free – £2
30th April at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In this Story Cafe Special, Charley Gavigan will explore the power of stories to unite us in these uncertain times, and share insights from her own personal journey.

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Credit: Charley Gavigan

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

30th April at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

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Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

Find Your Words: Slam Poetry

Free – £2
30th April at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this workshop, performance poet Courtney Stoddart will boost your skills and confidence while you experiment with slam poetry, whether you’re yet to write your first poem or you’re a slam regular!

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Performance Poet Courtney Stoddart. Credit: Courtney Stoddart

POSTPONED: Ingrid Pollard: Artist’s Talk

Free
30th April at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Ingrid Pollard as she discusses her multi-layered practice and her solo exhibition following time spent in the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre, a collection that makes up one third of GWL's overall archive.

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Greene King by Ingrid Pollard, for Seventeen of Sixty-Eight, BALTIC Artists Award 2019, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle

May 2020

Women Making It

1st May at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Be invigorated this Spring with our bitesize learning sessions where we’ll be scrapbooking, badge making, watching films together and much more. Warm and relaxed drop-in sessions, these are perfect if you enjoy craft activities or you’re looking to make new friends!

Find out more »
Women Making It. Credit: Nikki Chung

Warm Welcome

2nd May at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until 7th June, 2020

GWL Warm Welcome drop-in days take place on the first Saturday of every month. If you are new to GWL this is a friendly relaxed way to find out about borrowing, volunteering, our programme and collections. We’d love to welcome you here!

Find out more »
A hand holds up a GWL Borrower Card bearing the GWL logo, a red circle with a green figure of a woman and an 'i' for information. There are bookshelves and an architect's model of the building behind.

Open Book

Free – £2
5th May at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

These vibrant and thoughtful monthly Open Book sessions are back for spring, and now led by poet Alice Tarbuck or writer Beth Godfrey.

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Open Book. Credit: GWL

Story Café

7th May at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Put a spring in your step at Story Café and hear stories and poems by women writers from around the world! From edge-of-your-seat espionage to tales of heart-warming tenderness, Story Café will spark your curiosity and freshen your perspective. 

Find out more »
Story Cafe. Credit: GWL

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

7th May at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

Find out more »
Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

Find Your Words: Slam Poetry

Free – £2
7th May at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this workshop, performance poet Courtney Stoddart will boost your skills and confidence while you experiment with slam poetry, whether you’re yet to write your first poem or you’re a slam regular!

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Performance Poet Courtney Stoddart. Credit: Courtney Stoddart

Create and Connect: Monthly Creative Writing Group

9th May at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 14th March, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on 11th April, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on 9th May, 2020 at 10:30 am

Calling all women writers in Edinburgh! Join our connect and create writing group immersive programme, taking place one Saturday a month!

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Connect and Create writing materials. Credit: GWL

Women of the Gorbals Heritage Walk

£6 – £10
10th May at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Our Women of the Gorbals heritage guided walk is back, introducing the resourceful, creative and determined women who’ve called this area home over the centuries.

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Gorbals Heritage Walk. Credit: Maryanne Hartness

Story Café

14th May at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Put a spring in your step at Story Café and hear stories and poems by women writers from around the world! From edge-of-your-seat espionage to tales of heart-warming tenderness, Story Café will spark your curiosity and freshen your perspective. 

Find out more »
Story Cafe. Credit: GWL

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

14th May at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

Find out more »
Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

Drama Queens: Play Reading for Pleasure

Free – £2
14th May at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

It’s time for Lights! Action! Tea! once again in our regular No-Acting-Required Drama Queens sessions. Come along and join us!

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Drama Queens. Credit: Nikki Chung

This Is Who We Are

Free
14th May at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

At this session, Adele Patrick will be sharing learning from her recent Clore Leadership Fellowship, which gave her opportunity to reflect on how GWL has grown, what makes it tick and bring back new thinking on feminist leadership to the organisation.

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Glasgow Women's Library at 23 Landressy Street, Bridgeton

Women Making It

15th May at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Be invigorated this Spring with our bitesize learning sessions where we’ll be scrapbooking, badge making, watching films together and much more. Warm and relaxed drop-in sessions, these are perfect if you enjoy craft activities or you’re looking to make new friends!

Find out more »
Women Making It. Credit: Nikki Chung
Digital embroidery, 2019, (inspired by LAIC). Credit: Sarah-Joy Ford

Patchworking the Lesbian Archive

16th May at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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Come and learn radical sewing skills and be part of a collaborative lesbian history quilt in this workshop! No sewing experience required!

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Necropolis Women’s Heritage Walk

£6 – £10
16th May at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Who were the women buried in the Necropolis? Join our popular guided tour of this Victorian cemetery to find out…

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Necropolis Women's Heritage Walk. Credit: GWL

Open the Door

18th May - 22nd May

This year we invite the digital world to Open the Door by hosting our women’s writing festival entirely online, focusing on environmental and ecofeminist ideas.

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Open the Door Logo

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

21st May at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

Find out more »
Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

Summer Open Day

21st May at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Our Summer Open Day is the perfect time to get to know the Library. There’s a chance to see exhibition previews, browse the second hand book sale, meet the team, have a guided tour, and pick up a copy of our hot-off-the-press Summer Events Programme! Drop by, have a cuppa, and learn more about who we are and what's on offer.

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A photo of the front of GWL, with a blackboard sign saying 'Hello, Everyone Welcome' in front.

Readers of Colour

27th May at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 25th March, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 29th April, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on 27th May, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Come along to our Edinburgh reading group to discover and chat about poetry, fiction, and narrative non-fiction by women writers of colour.

Find out more »
Readers of Colour

Story Café Special: Grey Hen Press

Free – £2
28th May at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Enjoy the wit and wisdom of older women poets at this Grey Hen Press Story Café Special.

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Grey Hen Press Story Cafe Special

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

28th May at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

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Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

The Life and Art of Artemisia

Free
28th May at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

To celebrate the National Gallery exhibition of Artemisia Gentileschi’s paintings, we’re hosting a talk about the life and work of this exceptional woman, one of the most talented painters of her generation.

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The Life and Art of Artemisia. Credit: GWL

Women Making It

29th May at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Be invigorated this Spring with our bitesize learning sessions where we’ll be scrapbooking, badge making, watching films together and much more. Warm and relaxed drop-in sessions, these are perfect if you enjoy craft activities or you’re looking to make new friends!

Find out more »
Women Making It. Credit: Nikki Chung

POSTPONED: Performing the Past

Free
30th May at 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Over a hundred years ago, Scotland caught ‘pageant fever’ and thousands of performers dressed up and brought the past to life in front of captivated audiences the length and breadth of the nation. Come along to this afternoon of talks, performance and discussion exploring a largely forgotten craze.

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March of Women, Glasgow Women's Library. Credit: Sarah Amy Fishlock

June 2020

Open Book

Free – £2
2nd June at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

These vibrant and thoughtful monthly Open Book sessions are back for spring, and now led by poet Alice Tarbuck or writer Beth Godfrey.

Find out more »
Open Book. Credit: GWL

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

4th June at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

Find out more »
Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

Warm Welcome

6th June at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 12:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until 7th June, 2020

GWL Warm Welcome drop-in days take place on the first Saturday of every month. If you are new to GWL this is a friendly relaxed way to find out about borrowing, volunteering, our programme and collections. We’d love to welcome you here!

Find out more »
A hand holds up a GWL Borrower Card bearing the GWL logo, a red circle with a green figure of a woman and an 'i' for information. There are bookshelves and an architect's model of the building behind.

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

11th June at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

Find out more »
Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

18th June at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

Find out more »
Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur

POSTPONED: Making Her Mark: Celebrating Women in Renfrewshire

25th June at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until 26th June, 2020

Can you name a Renfrewshire heroine? How are women’s lives reflected in Renfrewshire’s towns and villages? How are they celebrated or remembered? Bring your stories and ideas to this exciting new project. A chance to try out something new, take part in creative workshops and make friends.

Find out more »
Making Her Mark: Jane Arthur
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