Author visits and talks at The Mitchell Library
The Mitchell Library regularly hosts talks and lectures by authors, poets, artists, academics and more in addition to the regular talks and workshops below. Check these pages regularly to find out about special events taking place or join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates!
"AULD SCOTLAND" AND "GARIBALDRY": EUROPEAN POLITICS, VICTORIAN SCOTLAND AND THE WORKING CLASS POET
PROFESSOR KIRSTIE BLAIR
WED 28 MAY, 6-7PM, MOIR-DYER ROOM
This talk discusses the flood of poetry published in the Scottish press on the Italian Risorgimento, from the impassioned and supportive, to the cynical and satirical. It considers Scottish working-class investment in the cause of Italian liberation, and argues that heated political opinions often found strongest expression through poetry.
THE GLASGOW NECROPOLIS - PAST AND PRESENT
RUTH JOHNSTON, CHAIR OF THE FRIENDS OF GLASGOW NECROPOLIS
TUE 10 JUN, 6-7PM, MOIR-DYER ROOM
A history of the Glasgow Necropolis, its wonderful architecture and sculpture and its incumbents who come from all walks of life. The exceptional conservation and restoration work carried out over the last few years and our current project to conserve and restore the Monteath Mausoleum will also be covered in this talk.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE CITY ARCHIVES GLASGOW AND THE WEST INDIES
THU 12 JUN 6.15PM
Mullen, Glasgow University, will talk about Glasgow’s relationship with
the West Indies in the 18th and 19th centuries. As we look forward to
the Commonwealth Games, Stephen will explore the City’s historic links
with the West Indies, highlighting the involvement of Glasgow merchants
and plantation owners across the Caribbean in the colonial age.
MEET THE AUTHOR
THE MURDER TREE BY ALAN VEALE
MON 16 JUN 6PM, STIRLING ROOM
born author Alan Veale discusses his latest novel The Murder Tree, a
mystery thriller based on the true story of Jessie McLachlan - convicted
of the murder of her best friend in Glasgow in 1862, a fascinating
blend of modern day fiction with historical Victorian fact. Even our
very own Mitchell Library makes a guest appearance in the novel! Join us
for what is sure to be a fascinating author event.
EXPLORING THE WALL - THE ARCHITECTURE OF ALEXANDER THOMSON
MARK BAINES, ALEXANDER THOMSON SOCIETY
TUE 26 AUG, 6PM, MOIR-DYER ROOM
Mark Baines is the recently elected Chairman and founding member of the Alexander Thomson Society. He is a lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and co-initiator of the Society's ambitious proposals for the former Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals.
Regular talks and workshops
Family History Workshops
In addition to author talks in The Mitchell Library, there are regular Family History workshops - from how to get started to more specific topics such as Irish Family History. There are introductions to different archives sources such as Church Archives, School Archives and Census Substitutes. There's sure to be something of interest for all budding genealogists! More information
Business @The Mitchell Workshops
Business at The Mitchell runs regular workshops on how to successfully start and run your own business using the many on-line business resources available through Glasgow Libraries, from researching the initial germ of your idea to expanding your customer base and much more.