Join us this Book Week Scotland for a cathartic afternoon of camaraderie exploring gender inequality in the Scottish literature sector. This event is a chance to come together for a chat, gently decompress, and share experiences in safe and understanding company. The laid back discussion, venting and organizing session will be opened by a reading from Laura Waddell, publisher, critic and writer, followed by a round table discussion giving equal weighting to each participant’s lived experience. If you choose, your responses can go towards the work of ROAR, an advocacy group campaigning for gender equality in Scottish literature. There will be a chance to add written comments to the ROAR boxes, a travelling public consultation on gender equality, with topics from promotion, career progression, money, representation and beyond. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Glasgow Women's Library
23 Landressy Street
Wheelchair Users: the library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the mezzanine and archive. There is quite a heavy door on the way in to the library - we are currently looking into power-assisted doors, but in the meantime our front of house team is available to help with accessing the library. Please note that Bridgeton train station is currently not wheelchair-accessible. Accessible Toilets: we have accessible toilets on the ground and first floors, and all the Glasgow Women's Library bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our accessible toilets are fitted with toilet alarms. Induction Loop: our larger events space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available for elsewhere in the library - please let a member of staff know if you require this when you visit the library or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this in advance. Magnifying Glasses: we have two strong magnifying glasses available for use in the library. Just ask a member of staff at the reception desk if you'd like to use one. Parking at GWL: there is a small area of land directly opposite our building which can be used for parking. There is a space on the street outside the library that is reserved for visitors with mobility issues. Service Dogs: we allow all service dogs that are fitted with a suitable harness or are on a lead. Accessing Our Programme: our seasonal events programmes are available online in large print and audio versions. Free Entrance for Companions: if you cannot independently attend an event and need to come along with a companion, you will not be required to purchase two tickets. Just let our team know at the point of booking or by dropping us an email after completing your booking and we'll put aside your companion's ticket for free. Pay It Forward Tickets: we are always striving to be as open, inclusive and accessible as possible, with the majority of our events costing as little as £2, with free subsidised places for those who cannot afford to pay. For some events we are not able to offer our regular subsidised ticket option due to the costs of the events themselves. We understand that the price of a ticket can be a barrier to some women, and so for these events we operate a Pay it Forward policy on tickets. Pay it Forward tickets are purchased by members of the public and are then allocated to women who would not otherwise be able to attend. If you need help accessing the library, or would like more information about access, please contact us and we will be very happy to offer you assistance. How busy is it at the library?: we run a full programme of events and activities around the year, as well as venue hires, which can mean that the library is quite busy at times. If you are looking for a quieter day, we suggest coming along on Mondays. There may still be some events going ahead but we'll try our best to find a quieter space for you. You can always give us a call on 0141 550 2267 before making your visit if you'd like to know what's on.