Nicky Bird

Raging Dyke Network (2012)

Raging Dyke Network­ (RDN) is one of an edition of 20 multi-view postcards, commissioned by Glasgow Women’s Library: Two Decades and 21 Revolutions in which 21 women artists and 21 women writers were commissioned by the Library to create new work inspired by items and artefacts in its collection.

Raging Dyke Network­ was a group of radical separatist lesbians active in the late 1990s. It spanned across 52 locations from the UK, Europe, Canada and USA. At the network’s centre was an activist in Norwich, who donated materials – including personal letters and zines – to the Glasgow Women’s Library and the Lesbian Archive in 2000. The postcard series aims to represent the network’s scale and make visible a history often overlooked, without revealing the personal and political content that belonged to a group who identified themselves in terms of their separatist gender politics.

Raging Dyke Network (Bristol, Hull, Vancouver & Vermont)

Raging Dyke Network (Isle of Lewis, Kona, Dorest & Skala Eressou)

Raging Dyke Network (Norwich, London, Nottingham & Washington DC)

Raging Dyke Network (Burgenland, St Andrews, Black Forest & Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)


Buy a postcard

The 21Revolutions PDF

Raging Dyke Network 14/20 in the collection of Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Special thanks to collaborator Alice Andrews and
Glasgow Women’s Library

Thanks also to the following finders of postcards:

Michelle Hirschhorn
Sally and James Maidment
Irene Nexica
Lara Perry