Langside Library Talks returns with this new series of talks from authors, historians and poets who will discuss their lives, works and play.
Come along and enjoy this electic and thought provoking series of FREE talks at Langside Library. Each talk will last an hour including a question and answer session and tea and coffee will be available.
Tickets are free but limited. Book yours by calling the library or speaking to a member of staff.
1pm Thursday 5th September.
Helen Percy: Scandalous, Immoral & Improper
In 1997 the Presbytery of Angus brought an allegation of ‘scandalous, immoral, and improper behaviour’ against Church of Scotland minister Helen Percy. While the church accused her of having an affair, Percy insisted that an elder in her parish had committed an act ‘tantamount to rape’ when she was sick in bed. Scandalous, Immoral & Improper is an autobiographical account of a woman who is a survivor, not only of childhood sexual abuse and rape as an adult, but of abuse of power within institutions—the church, the media, and the police. It is also the story of victory of the human spirit over the temptation to bitterness. Helen Percy worked with child survivors of rape in South Africa before returning to the parishes in which once she was a minister—this time as a shepherd.
1pm Thursday 12th September.
Wendy Kirk: Glasgow Women’s Library
Glasgow Women’s Library is more than just books! It is now a registered museum, and home to amazing artefacts and archives celebrating women’s histories, lives and achievements. It also runs a wonderful learning program and volunteering opportunities.
Wendy began working at Glasgow Women’s Library in 2005, as their first ever paid librarian. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of different libraries and informational services in Glasgow. Come along to Wendy’s talk to see some of the gems from the Library and Archive collection, and find out how you can get involved.
1pm Thursday 19th September.
Alan Macdonald: The Glasgow Girls
Retired anaesthetist Alan Macdonald became a guide at Kelvingrove Art Gallery in 2000 and at The Burrell Collection in 2005. Alan takes great pleasure in sharing his knowledge of art, bringing a sense of fun to a subject he takes very seriously.
Back, by popular demand, Alan returns with another illustrated talk, this time centring on The Glasgow Girls. The appointment of Francis Newbery as Director of the Glasgow School of Art in 1885 enabled women to be taught for the first time. This heralded a blossoming of talent from many young women who were allowed to be creative and encouraged to follow their artistic whims unrestricted. Alan’s talk will present an overview of the work of Jessie M King, the Macdonald sisters, Annie French, Jessie Newbery, the Gilmour Sisters, and many other innovators who became the core of ‘The Glasgow Style’, which received international acclaim in the early 1900s. Many say that The Girls were more original and enterprising than The Boys. Come along and make your own mind up!
1pm Thursday 26th September.
Jim Smith & Alan Forbes: The Firefighters Heritage Trail
Jim Smith joined Glasgow Fire Service in 1962 and was a staff officer when he retired from Strathclyde Fire Brigade in 1993. He is an authority on the history of the Glasgow and Strathclyde brigades. Alan Forbes worked as a journalist for over twenty years, and is now a Public Affairs Manager of Strathclyde Fire & Rescue. Jim and Alan co-authored the book Tinderbox Heroes, commemorating the Cheapside Street disaster and the extreme challenges faced by Glasgow’s post-war fire service.
Their talk will focus on the Glasgow Fire Service and its fascinating history. They will also discuss The Firefighters Heritage Trail, which has been created to honour Glasgow's fallen firefighters by telling the stories of some of the people and places that have played an important part in the history of firefighting in Glasgow.