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Glasgow Women's Library Newsletter May 2017
Welcome to the monthly GWL newsletter, a regular update about the activities and news at Glasgow Women's Library.
May at GWL
The light evenings and the promise of warmer weather mean we’re feeling full of the joys of spring. With the sun shining over Glasgow, it’s the perfect time to book one of our popular Women’s Heritage Walks. These tours give a unique and inspiring insight into the hitherto unsung women of Glasgow with six different walks to choose from and one Heritage Bike Ride!
Discover the lives of hawkers, weavers, suffragettes, immigrants, formidable midwives, barnstormers and businesswomen. Take a look at all our upcoming walks now. If you think this sounds like the perfect present, we also offer Women’s Heritage Walks Gift Vouchers that are valid for a whole year.
Whether we’re out and about or at our home in Bridgeton, we are passionate about creating a world in which every woman is able to fulfill her potential and where women’s historical, cultural and political contributions to society are fully recognised, valued and celebrated. We work towards this world every day and we hope that you’ll find something in our programme that leaves you inspired and energised this May.
Women Atop Wheels
Hidden away in our museum stores are objects and materials which remind us of how women have used cycling to change their lives and those of others. For the Festival of Museums, we would love to show you some of these gems at our special Women Atop Wheels event on Saturday 20th May.
You can then join our Women’s Heritage Bike Ride at 2pm if you feel like it; a gentle ride along the East End’s cycle paths and the river Clyde, on which you’ll hear more about the exploits of women cyclists, the suffragettes’ inventive uses of bikes and other intrepid women atop wheels.
Summer Programme Launch
It’s our Summer Programme Launch this month, taking place on Thursday 11th May with an afternoon event from 1pm and 2.30pm and an evening event from 6pm to 7.30pm. This is your chance to pick up a copy of our brand new Summer programme, packed full of exciting new events for you to enjoy.
Help yourself to a cuppa as you browse the books at our second hand book sale, enjoy the selection of readings and talks and see a preview of our new exhibition Sisterhood is Powerful: Posters from GWL. We are open to everyone – women and men – so come in and make yourself at home. No need to book a ticket, just drop in!
Herland curated by Collect:if
May’s Herland is curated and hosted by Collect:if – the GWL based network for Women of Colour creatives and tickets are still available.
Enjoy performances by Edinburgh based writer and contributer to Nasty Women, Sim Bajwa; Sister, a collective who explore the experiences and challenges faced by mixed race Scottish women; Clan Macondo, a group who promote Latin American and AfroCaribbean culture through music and dance; talented flautists Diljeet Bhachu and Hannah Lee; author Suria Tei (Chiew-Siah Tei); and Nags Kamel, visual artist and filmmaker. The beautiful Herland poster has been designed by Hannah Moitt.
Digital Book Group
Glasgow Women’s Library’s book group is one of the Library’s longest running and most popular regular groups, meeting approximately once a month at the Library. As times and technologies have changed in the 10+ years since our book group was created, we’ve decided to start the first GWL Digital Book Group!
The digital branch of the GWL book group will complement the book group that meets at GWL, looking at the same books but discussing them online via our website and social media sites. This will enable people from across Scotland, the UK and (we hope) internationally to take part in discussions around books written by women and engage with GWL even if they can’t make it through our doors. May's book is The Chimes by Anna Smaill, a stunning dystopian debut that was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Find out more on our website.
Other News and Events
Our first literary festival, Open the Door, is taking place at GWL on Saturday 13th May! The daytime event is sold out but we still have a few tickets left for our evening Herland featuring Kirsty Logan, Sim Bajwa, Val MacDermid, Lesley McDowell, Louise Welsh, Ishbel McFarlane and Maggie O’Farrell.
We'd also love for you to join us on the same day for a free networking gathering from 4pm to 6pm with writers, agents and publishers and browse a special showcasing of Scottish women’s writing from our collection linked to the festival.
We are open 9.30am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 9.30am to 7.30pm on Thursday. We are also open from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday.
Pop by and see us soon!
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