The TLW team would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2017 was a fantastic year for us, and we’d like to thank all of our wonderful followers for coming to our events and helping to make the series what it is! We can’t wait to share what 2018 has in store for TLW, so keep your eyes peeled as we tweet (@atlantlitwomen) and blog about events in the coming months. Expect plenty of interesting talks, book clubs, guest blogs, and much more. The team is particularly looking forward to sharing our series of blogs on overlooked texts by transatlantic women, as well as details of a follow-up online #TLWBookChat. Look out for the first of these posts in the next week!

The 2018 series kicks off with another instalment of our book club, and the chosen novel was voted for by you! It looked like Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper was going to win our Twitter poll, but at the very last minute Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God took the lead. We hope you will join us to talk about Hurston’s novel on Tuesday 16th January at 5.15pm in the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club. As with all our events, the book club is free and open to all. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, so just bring along your copy of the book and enjoy the evening.

Other dates for the TLW diaries: Wednesday 21 February, 5.15. We’re delighted that Gaby Fletcher (National University of Ireland, Galway) will be joining us to talk about Fluffy Ruffles. Intrigued? You will be! Watch this space for more details…

And finally, competition time! The start of 2018 has left us excited for International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th of March, so we decided to make this the theme of our next writing competition. We invite submissions in the form of a blog entry about the woman that you would like to recognise on International Women’s day, telling us why you feel they should be recognised. We welcome pieces on any literary women. This could be your favourite novelist, or perhaps you have a journalist, songwriter, poet, or even a film and television writer who you would like to write about? We can’t wait to hear about the women who have influenced you, and the winning entries will not only be published on our website as a guest blog, but will also win some great prizes! Please submit entries of up to 500 words to us at: transatlantic.women@gmail.com by midnight on Friday 2nd March, providing your name and where you are based.

We can’t wait to see you all at our 2018 events, and we wish you a great start to the year!

Kari, on behalf of the TLW team.

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