Two of my good friends, Sue and Adele, have helped run the Glasgow Women's Library for some years. I'll let Adele explain in detail below what the library is, but in short it's a charitable organisation that celebrates and promotes women's literature. I've been friends with Sue and Adele for years and always meant to suggest a graphic novel section in the building since so many interesting female writers and artists are exploding on the comic-book scene at the moment and I mentioned this at a Christmas party last month, offering to help if I could.
The girls were really into the idea and said it's something they'd been thinking about, but graphic novels isn't an area they're especially expert in and I thought it might therefore be sensible to open this up to people who ARE experts. So I've got two questions for you.
1/ Recommendations for comic-books and graphic-novels either written or drawn by a female creator.
2/ Can you spare any copies for the library? If you're a comic-store you'll be duly credited and you don't have to be one of the many excellent Glasgow stores to help. Even if you're a fan with a spare copy of Saga (or would be generous enough to donate) please get in touch with Wendy, who's details are below.
I'm going to try to get things rolling and buy a big batch of books by my favourite female creators, donating any I have around the house too and might have just read to death. Even if you only have one single book or a single monthly comic you think would be great for these shelves then please still get in touch. Just a couple of hundred people donating a book each and you basically have a graphic novel section. Don't worry your donation is too modest. Also, a special note to any female creators reading this message: If like me your house is crammed with fifty complimentary copies of everything you've ever written or drawn there is no better place to donate them. What's cool about this is that it celebrates female work and at the same time pushes comics to an audience who might never have actually opened one. Sue, Adele and all the women who work at the library have excellent relationships with authors from all over the world and regularly hold talks and seminars so if you're interested in perhaps even SPEAKING at one of these engagements please contact Wendy with your details. Likewise, Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Titan, etc... if you have anything you would like to donate from your inventory the library would be more than happy to take them off your hands
Anyway, I think this could be brilliant and will sign off here with a quote from Adele as she explains exactly what the organisation was put together to achieve...
"Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is no ordinary library. It’s a national treasure and the only place of its kind in Scotland. A place for browsing, borrowing and being surprised and inspired - it is welcoming, free and open to all. It is also an Accredited Museum with a remarkable collection that celebrates the lives, histories and achievements of women. GWL takes pride in ensuring that all aspects of women’s creative and cultural work is recognised, collected and made accessible. In 2014 we are keen to ensure that the world of graphic novels created by women begins to be properly represented in all its diversity. Women have been active in the field from the outset but, as in many cultural territories, their work and contribution to the field is often either neglected or unknown. The Library’s wider collection have grown through individuals and groups donating their treasured books, ephemera and archives, and we are now asking for anyone involved in the rich and varied field of graphic novels (writers, artists, readers, fans and collectors) to donate items that they think should be added to what we hope will become a much loved and much needed hub in Scotland of graphic novels by women.
Please contact Wendy Kirk, the GWL Librarian if you have something you would like to add to our shelves. She will let you know what happens next and how your contribution will become part of a remarkable new resource. email@example.com"