Q&A: Glasgow Women's Library

As we are getting closer to Book Week Scotland, we caught up with Adele Patrick of the Glasgow Women’s Library about their programme of events for Book Week, and learn a little more about what this organisation gets up to year-round!


Tell us about your organisation and the work you do.

Glasgow Women’s Library is more than a library. It is of course the home to masses of inspiring and rare books about and by women, but Glasgow Women’s Library is also an accredited museum and archive, filled with fascinating artefacts, and actively capturing the future women’s history as it happens today. We have dedicated projects who work with Black and Minority Ethnic women, Adult Literacy learners and a national Lifelong Learning programme aimed at women and groups Scotland-wide.

What's your role within the library?

I am one of the founders of Glasgow Women’s Library and currently the Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager. I support the Learning Team in their work developing and delivering inspiring, exciting and ground breaking work; from Black and Minority women’s heritage walks, to a web resource that maps Scotland’s memorials to women, to film screenings, publications and over 80+ events each year!

Who do you generally work with?

Our projects and programmes work with a very diverse range of people from PhD researchers to those taking their first steps in learning English. We work with people of all backgrounds and although we specialise in working with women we have lots of events that are open to all.

What are you doing to celebrate Book Week Scotland?

Book Week Scotland is a very exciting time for the whole team. It is a great opportunity to spread the word about the power of books. Amongst the Book Week gems on offer from GWL are: a Dragon’s Pen event where aspiring women writers will be reading their work to a panel of professional authors on the theme of ‘Moving’ (why not submit your contribution by 20 November or come along to support?); authors Helen Fitzgerald and Sue Reid Sexton will be out and about inspiring ‘Fiction in Five minutes’ in the cafes, shops and streets of Bridgeton; and we will be showcasing what Glasgow Women’s Library means to writers Karen Campbell and Anne Donovan as they read newly commissioned work inspired by our collections at our future new home.

What are you personally doing to celebrate Book Week Scotland?

I will be taking time out on Friday 30 November at 11am as I hope will loads of others who will choose Glasgow Women’s Library as their place to spend their Reading Hour. I am already very excited about the vibe that will be created across Scotland by this mass read-in. The rest of the week I will be burling from site to site enjoying the wonderful words that will be on offer at Glasgow Women’s Library and at other Book Week venues.

Do you have a favourite book?

It changes weekly! Let’s say since it’s the time of year when I turn to doorsteps sized tomes to cuddle up with: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. It’s tough because when working at Glasgow Women’s Library you are greeted with the latest must-read every day as you step through the door.

To learn a little more about the Glasgow Women’s Library and their work, please visit www.womenslibrary.org.uk.

To search the full listing of Book Week Scotland events taking place at Glasgow Women’s Library, check out our events listings here.

Adele Patrick

Adele Patrick of Glasgow Women's Library

Adele Patrick is the Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager and also co-founder of the Glasgow Women's Library.