What was it like to be a female medical student in Scotland’s swinging sixties?
Anne Pettigrew, author and retired GP, will talk about her experience of studying medicine in Glasgow in the 1960s, and more broadly about the role of women in medicine.
Her multi-layered and darkly humorous novel, Not the Life Imagined, is the fictional account of a group of medical students, describing their stormy relationships over two decades against a backdrop of Free Love, the Ibrox Football Disaster, the emergence of HIV and DNA forensics. Exploring gender discrimination, sexuality and the power of friendship, Not the Life Imagined features strong female characters and follows their lives during their university years and beyond, providing a compelling insight into the complex dynamics of the NHS 50 years ago. With her book, Anne Pettigrew opens up the conversation about gender inequality and discrimination in the medical profession – a topic which is as relevant today as it was in the sixties.
The event will consist of a talk by Anne Pettigrew and a reading from her book Not the Life Imagined, followed by a question-and-answer session. The guests are invited to free tours of the Arlington Baths before the talk, and after the event Anne will have a book signing.
Anne Pettigrew’s novel Not the Life Imagined is published by independent Glasgow publisher Ringwood Publishing, and the novel was the runner-up in the Scottish Association of Writers Constable Silver Stag Award 2018.
Free tours of the building will be available from 6pm.
The bar will be open for the sale of teas, coffees and drinks.
Arlington Baths Club
61 Arlington Street
The event will be held on the ground floor; however, there are a few steps up to the font door and no ramp.