Creative students celebrate women writers

HND Illustration and HND Digital Art & Computer Arts students at City of Glasgow College are working with Glasgow Women’s Library on a one day festival highlighting women writers and readers.

Open the Door 2018 takes place on Friday 18 May and is a digital celebration with all activity taking place online.

Dr Adele Patrick, Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager for Glasgow Women's Library, said:

"Working with City of Glasgow College's talented student cohort has been totally inspiring and the outcomes have been beyond all our expectations. Many of the students confessed that Muriel Spark was not an author that was known to them but by the end of the project it was clear that everyone involved had engaged with this most remarkable literary figure and generated an amazingly diverse range of creative responses.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of this collaboration and are looking forward to receiving the public's responses during the Day long Open the Door digital Festival.' Muriel would be proud to see what has been achieved."

The festival aims to break down barriers between writers and readers and generate discussion. Having the event online will allow the world to join in and take part in conversations around what it is to be women writers and readers.

As well as hosting discussions around modern women’s writing, the festival will focus on three female writers from the 20th century: Sandie Craigie (1963-200), Olive Fraser (1909-1977) and Muriel Spark (1918-2006).

Sandra Gunn, Director for the Faculty of Creative Industries at the college, said:

“Our HND Illustration and Digital Art & Computer students have been working closely with Glasgow Women’s Library to support the festival and gain a real world learning experience.

“They have created a series of incredible still images and short animations related to Muriel Spark’s writing and which will be screened throughout the day at our City campus. Our Drama students will perform extracts of Spark’s novels and act out a piece written by Creative Writing students that brings the author’s ‘Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ into the 21st century.”

The online activity for Open the Door 2018 will run from 10.00am until 7.00pm. A full programme is available at Glasgow Women’s Library website.