Tuesday 17 October, 17.15-19.00, Gilchrist Postgraduate Club, Gilbert Scott Building, University Avenue, Glasgow University.

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The book club is back! Join us for a fun, informal, discussion on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Whether you’re new to Plath, study her, or are a devoted fan, you’re welcome to chat about her semi-autobiographical novel with us. In true TLW style, free refreshments and snacks will be provided!

Remember to collect your free copies of the book at the launch of TLW Season 2, on Tuesday the 19th of September. You can find more details about the launch here.

Sylvia Plath is perhaps one of the most famous transatlantic women we’ve looked at in the series so far. Born in Boston to German parents in 1932, Plath was raised in the US and moved to England to study at Cambridge University. She published The Colossus and Other Poems, and The Bell Jar during her lifetime, married the poet Ted Hughes, and lived in England until her death in 1963. Several collections of her works have been published posthumously, including the celebrated poetry collection Ariel.

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The Bell Jar was first published under Plath’s pseudonym, Victoria Lucas.

This is a pretty big year for Plath fans and scholars. A few months ago, it was announced that two previously unknown poems by Plath were discovered in her notebooks, around 50 years after they were originally written: ‘To a Refractory Santa Claus’, and ‘Megrims’. The academics who discovered these, Gail Crowther and Peter K. Steinberg, also found two previously unseen photos of her. For more about these discoveries check out this article from The Guardian. What’s more, this autumn sees the much anticipated first publication of The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume 1 (Faber and Faber). These collected letters are bound to offer fresh insight into Plath’s world. What better way to celebrate this transatlantic writer than by reading and discussing her work?

This is a relaxed, informal evening. You can drop in and out whenever suits you. The venue may be called the ‘postgraduate club’, but the event is open to all! In the meantime, here’s a link to a Plath-inspired poem you might remember from last year’s creative writing event at the Scottish Writer’s Centre, poet Maria Sledmere’s ‘Sylvia’.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our other events, including our Edith Wharton workshop, more to details to come… If you have any questions just email us at transatlantic.women@gmail.com or Tweet them to @atlantlitwomen. See you there!

By Saskia McCracken

 

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