We hope you’re well, and that you’ve enjoyed our Scottish Writers’ Centre creative writing showcase, if you were able to come along. This spring, we will pay particular attention to dissident female voices, with the works of such writers as novelist Nella Larsen and nurse/activist Ellen LaMotte, but also with someone I am particularly obsessed with, namely novelist, fairy tale writer and satirist extraordinaire Angela Carter. Below is the full listing of our events in March and April.
As you can see, we’ve got a lot coming up, but first I’d like to guide you through our programme over the next few weeks. March is a key month in our calendar, marking the celebration of International Women’s Day.
As you know, there will be a lot going on around Glasgow, and particularly on campus, where a team, including TLW’s own Saskia McCracken, have put together an exciting conference on the theme Women, Place and Belonging. More details on this day are available on the conference’s website.
If you’re at work during the day, you might like to know about a later talk, organised by the Centre of American Studies, sponsored by the British Association of American Studies and the US Embassy in London. Laura is looking forward to introducing renowned academic Professor Judie Newman (University of Newcastle), who will be speaking on “Letters in Louisa May Alcott’s Fiction: from the family post box to the modern mails”. The talk starts at 5.15 on Wednesday 8 March in room 203, 10 University Gardens. Drinks available from 5. Everyone welcome and, as always, events are free!
Finally, if you cannot make it to any of those two events, we have something else for you. Our creative showcase at the Scottish Writers’ Centre highlighted the diversity and quality of the writing in Scotland, with some amazing prose and poetry work presented by local women writers. From March 8th onwards, we will give them a platform, by publishing one text a day on our blog. We hope that you will appreciate their work as much as we did.
On March 14th, we will commemorate Angela Carter with an event dedicated to her work. More often identified as the author of The Bloody Chamber, her feminist retake on the Western fairy tale canon, Carter might not be the first name to come to mind when exploring the transatlantic relationship, and this event will be an opportunity to reexamine this preconception. We look forward to welcoming Dr Heidi Yeandle from Swansea University, with a talk entitled ‘Angela Carter’s Female America: Apocalyptic and Artificial’. More information on the talk to come soon!
Finally, on March 20th, we will be reconvening for our third book club, where we’ll be reading Nella Larsen’s novel Passing. If you haven’t yet, remember to send us an email to grab your own free copy of the book.
We hope to see you at our events this coming month! In the meantime, we wish you a very happy International Women’s Day/Week!