Read. Watch. Go. Do 20/01/14

If you’ll allow me to ease myself back in gently, here’s a quick overview of what I think we should all be up to.

READ: Something written by a woman. Joanna Walsh started #readwomen2014 after creating these rather wonderful bookmarks featuring the likes of Gertrude Stein (pink), Rachel Carson (red) and Simone de Beauvoir (blue). As her Guardian article explains, even though women read more than men, fiction by female authors is often overlooked – and undersold – as ‘chic lit’ due to lazy cover art and marketing.

“you might like to do a Vida count on your own bookshelf; if you find an imbalance, consider whether you might have been a victim of inequality, missing out on good writing because of a pink dust jacket.” 

The year of reading women

You could get started with Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half book in readiness for February’s Blook Club. Next on my list is The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner.

GO: Eat in Edinburgh’s coolest restaurant/bar, The Devil’s Advocate. The macaroni and cheese was absolute perfection, and the espresso martinis will get you good and drunk. Don’t worry if you can’t get there for six months; it’ll still be Edinburgh’s coolest restaurant/bar such is the pace of my favourite of all cities!

DO: Sign up to Women in Renewable Energy Scotland (WIREs), if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. They have a fast emerging network of women in a young industry which employs women as only 28% of its workforce. The newsletter is good. November’s launch event in the Glasgow Science Centre was rad. And – because in the words of Madeleine Albright “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” – they’ve set up a mentoring programme. I’ll be both a mentor and a mentee over the next year and I’m very excited about the opportunities for career growth.

This has been fun. Maybe I’ll be back in the blogging world for a bit.

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