What’s On at Glasgow Women’s Library

January 31, 2012

The new programme of activities is available to download from the Glasgow Women’s Library website now.  This programme includes a range of activities across Scotland for International Women’s Day, as well as more news on our Twentieth Anniversary programme.  Download from http://womenslibrary.org.uk/ or scroll down for further details

Mapping Monuments to Women Launch
Saturday, 10th March all day, Scotland wide.

All over Scotland there are many types of memorials, large and small, commemorating the lives and achievements of women. The stories behind some names are well known; others have been forgotten. All the women have contributed in some way to the life of the country we know today.

In 2011, GWL worked with Women’s History Scotland and Girl-guiding Scotland on The Big Name Hunt, encouraging girls and young women to explore their local area, record memorials to women and uncover their stories.

The Women of Scotland website was set up to record this information and make it available to all. The Big Name Hunt is now drawing to a close, but many memorials to women remain undocumented, and the website is being opened up to allow everyone to contribute. Perhaps you know of a memorial to a woman in your area that hasn’t been marked on our map? Or maybe you know the story behind a name?

On Saturday 10th March, we want women across Scotland to go out and find the monuments, landmarks, street names and buildings that mark the lives and achievements of women (whether famous, humble or notorious) who have helped to shape Scotland.

GWL staff, volunteers and some of our Women Make History detectives will be on hand and online to help groups locate memorials, and documenting them on the website. Visit the Women of Scotland website (womenofscotland.org.uk) in March to find out more about how you can get involved.

She Settles in the Shields Book Launch
Thursday 8th March, 12.30pm to 3pm at the Library, refreshments provided (£3/free)

Join us on International Women’s Day to celebrate the lives of migrant women in Glasgow.She Settles in the Shields tells the story of women who travelled to Pollokshields from all over the world, in search of a new life. Told in their words, the women reveal their experiences of life in their traditional homelands, together with their reasons for leaving, their arrival, first impressions of Scotland and Pollokshields, the feelings of isolation which accompanied migration, and their encounters with work, study and the local community.

It also provides an intimate insight into family, intergenerational differences, and, on a lighter note, into food, fashion, relaxation and celebration.

West End Women’s Heritage Walk (£7.50)
Sunday 11th March, 2pm

Back by popular demand, this pioneering women’s heritage walk, developed by women historians at GWL, reveals a hidden history of the West End: from pipe-smoking forewomen to revolting schoolmistresses. An intriguing, inspiring insight into the hitherto unsung women who made the West End. Meeting details will be given when booking.

Why not meet for a tea or coffee after the walk at An Clachan, a lovely West End cafe in Kelvingrove park who kindly supported the printing of the GWL Programme.

A ‘Twenty Years of Changing Minds’ GWL Anniversary Event
Thursday 22nd March, 5.30pm (£3.50/free)

The first of our anniversary events in 2012 will be the launch of new art and writings commissioned by GWL and supported by Creative Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland.

We have commissioned twenty of Scotland’s foremost women printmakers, artists and twenty writers to make new work inspired by our unique collections. In our newly refurbished premises this event will include readings from three of the participating, best-selling writers, Anne Donovan, Margaret Elphinstone and Karen Campbell. Be the first to see and hear wonderful, exciting and fresh creations inspired by your favourite Women’s Library, and meet some of the creators! Some of the treasures from our collection that have inspired the work will also be on display. Refreshments will be provided.

Be Inspired: Reading for Well-being Wednesday 11th April, 2pm to 3.30pm (free)

In April we’ll be promoting books that make you feel great! We are launching an inspiring collection of fiction and poetry books specially chosen with your well-being in mind. Come along to our launch event to browse the collection, meet some of the women involved in selecting the books, and pick up a free reading diary to keep track of your own reading journey. This event is for women only.

Unwind with a Book
Thursday 26th April, 12pm to 2pm (free)
Glasgow’s first women-only Get Into Reading group is coming this spring. Bring your packed lunch along to our weekly group to share stories, books and poems in a relaxed and friendly environment. Whether you’re a reader, a non-reader, or simply would like some time and space to relax over lunch time, all ages are welcome. Read aloud if you are in the mood, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the stories.

World Book Night
Monday 23rd April, 5.30pm to 7.30pm (free)
Celebrate the joy of reading with us on World Book Night. Started in 2011, World Book Night is the most far-reaching and ambitious celebration of adult reading ever seen in the UK, connecting readers with a million free books.

Following a successful launch in 2011 features on the BBC Culture Show, Glasgow Women’s Library is pleased to host another fun and friendly event, which will include the launch of our Women Leading Through Reading Project.

Why not come along and pick up your free book and enjoy some tea, cake and chat amongst the library stacks.

Open Day and Reader’s Surgery
Wednesday 16th May, 1pm (free)

If you’ve always wanted to come along to the library but have never quite made it, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Join us in a cosy corner of the library for a cup of tea and a chat to find out about what we have on offer. Whether it’s reading, volunteering or learning you’re interested in, we’ll have something to intrigue or inspire you.

If you are fed up reading the same types of books or stuck in a reading rut you can chat to our book experts and get some personalised reading ideas. A great way to kick-start your book list for the summer with some fresh and off-the-beaten-track suggestions.

Book Sale
Saturday 12th May, 10am to 3pm (free)

Calling all book lovers! Why not come along and bag yourself a bargain at our booksale? We’ll be selling an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction, all at bargain prices. The perfect chance to stock up on some summer holiday reads.

Women Make History Workshops
Continuing our popular workhops on women’s history (women only).

Curious Learning Programme
at St Mungo’s Museum
Monday 2nd April, 10am to 3pm (free)
In conjunction with St Mungo’s Museum, we are running the exciting Curious learning programme designed to increase cultural understanding and celebrate the diverse populations of Glasgow. You will use museum objects to actively explore your own culture, consider other cultures and develop skills and confidence to engage with people from different cultural backgrounds. Curious is supported by Legacy Trust UK and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland

This will be followed up with an Eating an Edible Archive session at the Library in June. Visit our website at womenslibrary.org.uk for more info or to join the mailing list.

Women & Munitions
Thursday 19th April, 6pm (£3/free)
Capturing daughters’ memories of their pioneering mothers.

GWL has evocative materials recording the history of women’s work in the First World War munitions factories. We are inviting anyone who has memories of their female relatives involvement in this vital work to share their memories and we will capture these for the GWL archive. Scottish Screen will also show footage of women working in munitions in Scotland.

Hysterical Women and Graphic Grrrlz
Wednesday 16th May, 5.30pm (£3/free)
The comix and graphic novels scene was traditionally dominated by men, but women began seriously challenging this in the 1970s and we are now seeing more and more women authors. Join Heather Middleton, Glasgow based illustrator and zine-maker for an illustrated talk on the history of graphic novels and zines by women.

A Call Out for Women’s History Detectives
Would you be interested in becoming a Women’s History Detective? Are you interested in unearthing and highlighting the achievements of women? We are looking for women to help us research two new Women’s Heritage Walks: one in the East End of Glasgow, the other capturing women’s involvement in and contributions to trade unions in the city.

Researching East End Women’s History Tuesday 17th April, 6pm
Informal sessions suitable for any level supported by GWL staff looking into this rich area of women’s history. We are also looking for women to do research from home.

If you are interested why not check out our One Small Step video at womenslibrary.org.uk or available free from the Library and then contact us on 0141 248 9969 or info@womenslibrary.org.uk

WMH Heritage Walks

Hidden Gems of Garnethill (£7.50)
Sunday 22nd April, 2pm
Join this Women Make History walking tour in Garnethill spotlighting the women who pioneered European art movements, designed the banners for suffragette processions, created the first (and only) women’s library in Scotland and made Garnethill into the most exciting cultural and multicultural hotspot in Glasgow.

Women of the Necropolis (£7.50)
Sunday 20th May, 1pm
Experience this fantastic women’s history walking tour that digs the dirt on Victorian society, unearths women’s achievements and exhumes the history of some of the women buried in the Glasgow Necropolis.

Walks lasts approximately 2 hours, sensible walking shoes are recommended. Contact the library for accessibility info. Visit womenslibrary.org.uk or call us on 0141 248 9969 to book your place.

Body Talk: Women’s Health, Body and Mind (free)
This series of events offers women the opportunity to think about different areas of their health. At the events a film, depicting women’s lives, is shown, before a group discussion about women’s health. This programme includes two events:

Body Image & Women’s Health; “Killing Us Softly”
Monday 27th February, 11am to 2.30pm
Jean Kilbourne’s film discussing the impact of media images of women.

Women & Responsibility:
“We Need To Talk About Kevin” Monday 21st May, 11am to 2.30pm

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s film about one woman trying to come to terms with her son’s actions and the responsibility she feels throughout his upbringing.

Displaced Women: Multilingual narratives of migration in Europe
Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th March 2012

This interdisciplinary conference will provide a forum for discussion of the issues facing women who have moved from one culture to another and have adopted in their daily lives and creative work a language other than their ‘mother tongue’.

We will look at the creative, linguistic, economic and psychological effects of this displacement. The critical examination of women’s narratives in Europe (fiction, poetry, diaries, memoirs, pamphlets), from a literary perspective will be complemented by sessions looking at these issues from a historical, political and sociological perspective.

The broad nature of this conference provides an excellent opportunity for exchange between researchers in different disciplines who do not always have the chance to come together.

For more information on the DIsplaced Women event or to book your place please go directly to the event organisers website at: www.literatureandphilosophy.com

BME Film Screenings
Broaden your cinematic horizons with these free, monthly, women-only film screenings in various locations around Glasgow. Full venue details are available on the website: womenslibrary.org.uk

Bol (Urdu with English Subtitles)
Thursday 23rd February & Thursday 1st March, 1pm to 3pm at Pollokshields Development Agency
or Tuesday 22nd & Tuesday 29th May, 1pm to 3pm at Glasgow Women’s Library
The story of a family based in the heart of Lahore, and a girl who challenges the mindset which considers women no more than machines to produce children. A rollercoaster of emotions that takes you through a journey into the life of this family, experiencing their troubles, sufferings, high points and resolutions.

Dor (Hindi with English subtitles)
March (date and location to be confirmed)
A captivating tale of two women who belong to different worlds. Zeenat and Meera, as different as they are, form an uncommon bond of friendship and respect when they meet. One of these women will hold the power of life and death in her hands. One will be helpless at the hands of fate. One of these women has everything to fight for. One of them has nothing to lose.

Wednesday 25th April, 11.30am to 2pm, the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre
Based on a true story, this charming and original romantic comedy focuses on two young New York women with a lot more in common than meets the eye. A funny, moving and insightful tale about Rochel, an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira, a Muslim woman, and how friendship can blossom in the most unlikely of places.
To book your place on any of our film events please contact us on 0141 248 9969 email us at info@womenslibrary.org.uk or book at womenslibrary.org.uk

Lesbian Lives: Stories and Memories from Russia and Poland
Wednesday 15th February, 5.30pm
What was life like for lesbian and bisexual women in Soviet Russia? How have public images of homosexuality changed in post-communist Poland? Does geographic location matter, when sexuality and gender are concerned? How do the stories of women from Eastern Europe differ from those of Scottish women? To find out more and share your thoughts, join us at this LGBT History Month event. Open to all those interested in the subject regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background or political views. The evening will feature talks by Francesca Stella and Elwira Grossman, followed by discussion and refreshments.

The event is co-organised by LGBT History Month, the AHRC knowledge exchange initiative Translating Russian and East European Cultures and the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow.

LGBT History Month Open Day
Saturday 18th February 10 to 3pm

Are you a young lesbian or bi-sexual woman interested in finding out more about the pioneers of the LGBT movement? We are looking to recruit volunteers for the National Lesbian Archive based at the Library and we need you! The event is a partnership between GWL and LGBT Youth, specifically the Rainbow Sisters group who will be co-facilitating.

GWL Learner Forum
Monday 19th March, 2pm
The Learner Forum is a friendly, informal way to meet other learners, have a say in what goes into our programmes, find out about how to get more involved in the life of GWL and help us improve our learning, services and resources. We provide the refreshments – just bring your views and ideas.

Getting the most out of your Library Collection
Wednesday 2nd May, 2pm to 4pm (free)
Your library collection needs you! We want our library to have great books that are easy to find, and that our learners and borrowers want to read. Come along to this Learner Forum to find out more about how the library collection works and what it can offer you. Most importantly, let us know what you’d like to see in the library, and how we can improve it to make sure it’s a place we all love to use.

Joining and Booking
How do I book an event?
To attend an event or course we ask you to join the Library: this is really easy to do and is completely FREE! Just complete a form to receive your borrowers card and we will post this out to you. Forms can be completed online, or you can call in & see us to fill one out. Joining gives you a unique GWL number that you can then use to register on events.

Do I need to pay?
While a lot of our events are free, we do ask for a small contribution towards some of our learning events. Where you see prices listed against an event these generally fall under two categories:
Full Price for people who feel that they can afford to pay a small amount to attend events and want to contribute to the library’s work, and Subsidised Rates (usually free) for students, people on a low income, unemployed or in receipt of benefits. We do not ask for proof of this, it is done on a trust basis and you self-evaluate your situation. GWL Friends can access all our learning programmes for free.

All the money we receive helps us to keep providing events and courses, and directly supports the work of Glasgow Women’s Library.

Why is it important to book first?
It is important for us to know how many people to expect at all events as this affects the spaces we use and how many staff and biscuits and teabags we need! It is also important so that we can ensure you have all the details you need about an event, especially if there are any last minute changes. It is also just as important for you to cancel a place in advance if you can’t attend as we often have waiting lists. So don’t let someone miss out on an event they would have loved to attend, give us a call.

— Lifelong Learning Assistant Glasgow Women’s Library 15 Berkeley Street Glasgow G3 7BW Tel: 0141 248 9969 www.womenslibrary.org.uk Registered Company No. 178507 Charity No. SCO29881 Check out our programme of activities online. The calendar is updated regularly so why not bookmark it for future reference: http://womenslibrary.org.uk/events/month/ Save a tree…please don’t print this email unless you really need to

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