Adele Patrick (ed.) - 21 Revolutions (4 stars)

Adele Patrick (ed.) - 21 Revolutions

An eye-opening, moving and inspiring collection of art and writing from a who’s who of Scottish women creatives


21 Revolutions is the culmination of celebrations marking 21 years of the Glasgow Women’s Library. This ambitious coffee-table book is a success both in terms of the quality of its content and, perhaps more significantly, in the way it shines such a clear light on the valuable work and resource of the library itself.

The 42-strong list of contributing artists and writers – including AL Kennedy, Jackie Kay and Janice Galloway – reads like a who’s who of Scottish women creatives. They each made works in response to an item of their choice from the library’s collection, and the resulting poems, stories, paintings and prints are presented alongside images and references to the items that inspired them.

The power of these works is that they bring the specific reality of women’s experiences (painful, joyful, tragic) into an immediate, knowable present tense. From Anne Donovan’s moving Scots story 'Lassie wi a Yella Coatie' to Margaret Elphinstone’s thoughtful essay 'We Thought We Were Going to Change the World', there is so much here that is eye-opening, moving and inspiring.

21 Revolutions

Following the GWL's exhibition and readings programme comes the 21 Revolutions publication, which brings together 21 women artists and 21 women writers to celebrate the history of Glasgow Women's Library.

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