May 2012 GWL News

May 9, 2012

glasgow women's library logoSource: Glasgow Women’s Library

Welcome to the monthly GWL update.  A regular update about the activities and news at Glasgow Women’s Library.  Embedded in this message are links to more information on our website – just click on the titles in bold throughout.  If you are interested in attending any of the events please visit out website to book or call us on 0141 248 9969.

May is another busy month at the library with lots going on. Glasgow Women’s Library will go East for the weekend of 19th and 20th May in celebration of the Festival of Museums. We will be at Bridgeton Library, in the heart of the East End, from 10am on Saturday 19th May and we would love you to join us, wherever you’re from, for a day of fun and activities, including Badge-making, Oral Histories workshop, Pop-up treasure trove and The Big Women’s Quiz.

If you are based in or visiting Edinburgh this week we have organised an exciting series of exhibitions celebrating the lives and achievements of women in partnership with Edinburgh City Libraries and the Bonnie Fechters from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 12th May at Edinburgh Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.

Our weekly Unwind with a Book sessions continue. Every Thursday between 12pm and 2pm  the group gets together 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.

Calling all book lovers! Why not come along and bag yourself a bargain at our booksale on Saturday 12th May. 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. Lots of fabulous books on offer from just 50p! Pop in any time between 10am and 3pm to the Library.

Continuing our Women Make History workshops on Wednesday 16th May at 6pm with Hysterical Women and Graphic Grrrlz illustrated talk with Heather Middleton, Glasgow based comics and zine-maker, on the history of women working in the comics industry, from 1870 to the present day.

Our next Body Talk session is on Monday 21st May, 11am to 2.30pm and will be looking at Women & Responsibility. The group will watch the film, We Need To Talk About Kevin, followed by some group discussion on women’s health relating to the 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.

Our Summer Programme launches start of June, full details available on our website on Friday 25th May and will be detailed in the next monthly email.

Following on from the “My Glasgow Granny from Donegal” workshops back in March Rachael Flynn is continuing to develop connections with those who have female relatives in their past who emigrated from Ireland. She has begun to develop an online space where people can contribute and connect in order to recognise the women in our past who have made the journey from Ireland to other lands. Central to the website is the BOOK OF NAMES through which people will be able to submit the names of their female Irish ancestors in order to build up a heartfelt record that seeks to pay honour to their struggles and successes. By adding the names of their Irish mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, aunts, cousins… the people who add names to this collection will have the chance to effectively ‘light a candle’ in memory of these relatives.  All details about the project and how you can contribute can be found here www.irishwomenorourpast.co.uk There will be some Irish Women of Our Past workshops in the library in August, so keep an eye out for the summer programme.

For more information on any of the above activities, or if you are having any problems using the links embedded in this message just visit our website at: http://www.womenslibrary.org.uk/news/calendar/

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