My Glasgow: Laura Waddell
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- 19 October 2017
The publisher and writer on her favourite Glasgow haunts
Whether it's shopping, eating, drinking or dancing, Glasgow has everything you need for a first-rate day out. Want to discover the city through the eyes of a resident? We asked a few creative Glasgow locals about their favourite things to do.
Laura Waddell – Publisher and Writer
Laura Waddell is a publisher and writer based in Glasgow.
I love shopping – where should I shop in Glasgow?
Voltaire and Rousseau is a bookshop like no other, with its cascading, perilous stacks of second-hand books and the occasional cat peeking out. Glasgow has some brilliant Chinese supermarkets where I buy frozen dumplings and noodles, and OAKA Supercity near Queen Street station offers a street food menu for a mid-shop pitstop. And when I was once a teenage goth, I couldn't keep away from the alternative clothing shops on Queen Street, which continues to host an array.
Glasgow's one of the UK's artistic hubs: what's your favourite place to see art, inside or outside?
Converted tram terminus Tramway has hosted some great exhibitions in recent years, and in the city centre check out The Lighthouse and GOMA. The CCA hosts events year round as well as being a light and airy space to chill out in with a bookshop filled with interesting zines and arts publications. And if you can catch a sighting of him, the unique Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley was designed by artist David Shrigley.
Edinburgh might be famous for its festival, but Glasgow holds its own too. What's your favourite Glasgow festival of the year?
I'm fond of relative newcomer SQUIFF, a film festival programming international shorts and feature films exploring queer identity.