International Women’s Day & Alexandra Kollontai

Well I hope you’re all celebrating Internation Women’s Day in your own way, us History Girls won’t be together, we’ll be holed up working on our respective PhD’s, but we will both be raising a glass to our comrades in arms across the world. Talking of comrades, did any of you know that International Women’s…

International Women’s Day Events – Cross Country

We have been struggling to keep up with all the wonderful International Women’s Day Events which will be taking place throughout March. So, we thought it would be best to pull together a list and share with everyone. Please note, we are not organising any of these events, so any questions should be sent to…

Guest Post – Jessie Stephen: Suffrage Pioneer

Anabel Marsh, aka The Glasgow Gallivanter, graduated in History almost 40 years ago, but didn’t give it much further thought until she retired a few years ago. She now volunteers as a women’s history tour guide with both Glasgow Women’s Library and Maryhill Burgh Halls and is enjoying discovering all the wonderful women who weren’t…

5 New(ish) Historical Novels with Female Protagonists

I love reading. It’s a cliche but a novel really does let you escape somewhere else, even if it’s just for half an hour. Reading gives me a place to just focus on one thing, and I find that this has become especially important as I spend most of my time thinking and writing and trying…

Citz Superstar – Mary Sweeney

Mary was born in Derry in 1923, the eldest of three children. At 17, at the outbreak of war, she travelled to Manchester alone where she worked as a nurse for the duration of the war. She was the only woman on a boat full of soldiers on the way over. The boat had to stop…

Book Review: 100 Nasty Women of History

Look January is rough. I’m skint, I can’t fit into most of my high-waisted jeans due to Christmas overindulgence and I have been accessorising all outfits with my floor length dressing gown. So I’ve been hitting the gym and eating healthily (way less fun than being permanently drunk with a roast tattie in one hand…

Backstage at the Citz!

Well, hello darlings! Fancy doing something completely different this year and beating the January blues? Why not book onto one of the Citizen’s Theatre backstage Tours! The tours run from January until June this year but remember, the building will be closing this year for the £19.4 million refurbishment and will not be open back up…

Guest Post: Violet Mary Craig Roberton (1888-1954)

Hope you’re all having a good January so far, if not never fear, there are eleven more months to make it up. Today we are chuffed to present another lovely Guest Post, this time about a personal history rediscovered by an intrepid researcher, take it away Clare. Clare Thomson is a librarian in Special collections…

Period Chats: Dr Valerie Wright

For our Christmas Period Chats Special, we are delighted to present an uplifting and heartfelt interview with the amazing Dr Valerie Wright. Valerie is a huge supporter of what we do, she’s an academic, an advocate for women’s rights, and is an all-around excellent human being. We think she’s super cool, and so will you…

Period Chats : Jenny Landreth

  Last year we were lucky enough to talk to the wonderful Jenny Landreth at Arlington Swimming Baths as part of Book Week Scotland.  And drum roll please……..we can now share the recording from that night. Jenny, who is the author of Swell – A Waterbiography and The Guardian swimming blog, took us through the story…

Christmas Lowdown: What to do over the festive period

It’s that time of year again when everyone drinks and eats more than any human should, CHRISTMAS!!! I am one of those intolerable people who believes the festive season starts on the 5th of November. I just adore the whole run-up to Christmas, the proliferation of period dramas on the BBC, the fact that everything…

Clouds Got In My Way

Guest Contributor: Heather Pearson lives in Edinburgh and writes stories, commentary and poetry, mainly around women’s experiences. She runs and curates the The Grantidote website which centres on women – their lives, their faces and places, their enormous impact on the world and their stories, as seen by those who live with them or remember them. In this…