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Stories of Belonging

13:00 - 15:00

By Paria Goodarzi

Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter; feeling that you belong is the most important value in life.

This event, inspired by Glasgow based artist Paria Goodarzi’s research and public art project Under the Town’s Skin, responds to the issues of migration, refugees and the sense of belonging. The experience of moving to a new country and finding a balance between adapting a new culture, in the concepts of community.

The game (hop scotch) is a representation of one we played during our childhood – it was a test of our ability, accuracy and keeping our balance. At the event we will play the game again but this time in the scale of our lives. By recalling our memories, we are still struggling for stability, passing the borders and trying to keep our balance.

Join us at Glasgow Women’s Library for an afternoon of spoken word and conversations about how the community could help to create a sense of belonging. Paria will also facilitate the screen print workshop inviting participants to share messages of belonging with people who are trying to find their balance in a new society.

Tasty refreshment from diverse communities will also be served.

This is a free but ticketed event. Please book your space here.


Wheelchair Users:

The Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the mezzanine and archive.

There is quite a heavy door on the way in to the Library but the front of house team is available to help with accessing the Library.

Please note that Bridgeton train station is currently not wheelchair-accessible. The closest wheelchair-accessible station is Dalmarnock Station, which is approximately 3/4 mile (1.2 km) from the Library. There is level access from nearby bus stops on London Road and Bridgeton Cross to the Library.

Accessible Toilets:

There are accessible toilets on the ground and first floors, and all the Glasgow Women’s Library bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. The accessible toilets are fitted with toilet alarms.

Please get in touch if you have specific access requirements and the Library team will try their best to accommodate.

Full accessibility information can be found here.


23 Landressy Street

G40 1BP

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