International Women's Day and unwashed socks

Magi Gibson, our Reader in Residence at Glasgow Women’s Library, has been busy at work since we last caught up with her, planning for several exciting upcoming events!

International Women’s Day – the holiday celebrating the achievements of women – takes place this Friday and Glasgow Women’s Library are using it to launch their new exhibition in partnership with the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow.

The project is called Dear Women… Illuminated Letters and you can learn more about it in Magi’s most recent blog post.

GWL are also preparing to make the big move to their new premises, and you can see a sneak peek of what the building will look like below. Having been given a virtual tour, I can assure you it's going to be amazing!

Glasgow Womens Library design

Magi has also been writing about the achievements of women and Hugh McDiarmad’s socks.

The two might not seem linked, but if you read her blog post, all will become clear.

McDiarmad once famously said: ‘Scottish women of any historical interest are curiously rare… our leading Scotswomen have been… almost entirely destitute of exceptional endowments of any sort.’

Read Magi’s excellent takedown of this statement here.

If you want to keep up to date with Magi’s antics at the Glasgow Women’s Library, check out the Glasgow Women's Library blog.

Our Readers in Residence are in place within five library authorities across Scotland, working directly with libraries to help build reading communities. Each Reader works in tandem with a host library, encouraging local communities to get involved with the library and to enjoy reading for pleasure.

Our Readers in Residence are as follows:

Alison Miller is in residence in Orkney Library. Read Alison’s blog here.

Magi Gibson is in residence at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Read Magi’s blog here.

Emily Dodd is in residence at Leith Library, Edinburgh. Read Emily’s blog here.

Drew Campbell is in residence at East Renfrewshire Libraries.

Deborah Leslie is in residence at Aberdeenshire Libraries. Read Deborah’s blog here.