14 Albert Road, a co-writing space

Outwith is a place for the unwritten part of your life. 

Anyone can write. Lots of people dream of it. But it’s tough to be alone with pen, paper and ideas in your garret (or tenement). Transforming the unwritten into the written is hard. Many people dread it.

The writers’ room at Outwith creates a companionable space for this difficult activity. It is open to all – you don’t have to be a published or professional writer to try it. Outwith opened in July 2019 and is run by a broadsheet journalist, Natalie Whittle.

All photos Paul Reich

More information

Open Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11.30am-4.30pm

Book online or email info@theoutwithagency.co.uk

The writers’ room at Albert Road is a place for writing projects of all genres, stages and ambitions.

Come to this fascinating neighbourhood in Glasgow’s Southside and step into a peaceful writing zone where you can finally write a great novel, a short story, or maybe just a letter to an old friend.

There is no limit or restriction to what you can or should write here. It’s the act of writing that counts!

In a quiet, charming converted tenement room just off Victoria Road, we welcome writers to make progress in the company of likeminded spirits.

The music is kept low, much coffee is drunk, and just occasionally we have a little bit of a gossip and a chat (about important things such as allotments, dogs, rain and writers’ block).

Day rate is £12.50, including first cup of tea/coffee. (Subsequent caffeine is £2.) For any queries please email info@theoutwithagency.co.uk

For those who want to settle in at a desk week to week, there are subscription options available

Getting here

Find us at 14 Albert Road, Glasgow G42 8DN; nearest train station is Queen’s Park or Crosshill. Currently not accessible to wheelchairs, with apologies.

Stuff we sell

Outwith also offers a mini bookshop stocked with contemporary fiction, Scottish literature, and a smattering of art, second hand and non fiction titles. And to provide every accessory to the writing and reading life, you’ll also find Japanese stationery, exclusively designed notebooks made by Glasgow-based binders and gifts by other Scottish makers.

You can also give a writing day as a gift to someone else. Please book via the button below


‘If you don’t know why you like a thing, it is usually worth your while to attempt to find out’

Paul Bowles

Cafe society… some past writing haunts

Cafe Hafa, Tangier, where Paul Bowles wrote in exile, gazing across the Straits of Gibraltar

Cafe du Dome, Paris; sometime Parisian Ford Madox Ford considered a cafe to be ‘a serious place where serious people discuss serious subjects’

Cafe Iruna, Pamplona, frequented by Ernest Hemingway and translated into scenes in his 1926 debut, Fiesta

Viennese coffeehouse, late 19thC, similar to Cafe Central, where Freud, Trotsky and er Stalin used to hang out.

Gran Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires, the favourite haunt of Jorge Luis Borges

Cafe Louvre, Prague. Regulars included Einstein and Kafka, who met here every Tuesday night.

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