Symposium Podcast: Episode 1

Finally, it’s here! We are delighted to release the first episode of the Symposium podcast, recorded at Glasgow Women’s Library in June! Whether you attended the event or not, this will be a great opportunity to (re)listen to some great talks, and to hear some exclusive interviews from some of our guest speakers and from the series founder, Laura Rattray herself!

This first episode will give you an idea of the content of our series, and serve as an introduction to the rest of the podcast. We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about it!

None of this would have been possible without our podcast experts, Mark Cunningham and Jamie Loggie, who recorded, edited, and masterminded the production of these episodes. Read on to find out more about their work!

A word from the creators: Mark Cunningham and Jamie Loggie

Hello, Mark and Jamie here!

Our audio content company, Wheezy Whispers, recorded and produced the Transatlantic Literary Women Podcast.

Our main focus is creating and running podcasts for Scottish arts organisations, businesses and charities. We capture the events, stories and soundscapes of these marvellous institutions and turn them into something that expands their content marketing strategy and helps them engage differently with their ever increasing digital audience.

However, we also enjoy working on radio programs, documentaries, oral histories, soundscapes and more!   

We are also currently developing the SWC Podcast with the Scottish Writers’ Centre. We’re creating an audio collection of masterclasses, interviews and performances, all from events brought to you by the Scottish Writers’ Centre.  You might hear a mention or two of this in our TLW podcasts.

We actually first met Marine and Saskia at an SWC event and subsequently, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the TLW team. We are now excited to say that we’re bringing the TLW podcast series to your ears!

Not only is the TLW podcast our very first public podcast which makes this a special one at that. But moreover, we’ve been supported and treated wonderfully by the TLW and their superb work is something that really deserves to be archived and experienced again.

Also, we must give a personal thank-you to Marine Furet for keeping us updated, contributing and helping to coordinate this podcast series.

We’re seeking to emulate what our favourite radio stations and podcasts provide for their listeners: comfort, escapism, excitement, understanding, new perspectives and that feeling of having spent your time in the best possible way – all for a Scottish audience.

We want to connect with this Scottish audience, to have something that goes beyond the radio dial or the subscription button so instead of this audience outgrowing the content created, we grow together.  

We can’t wait to see your feedback and there’s nothing left to say but thank you and happy listening!

Mark & Jamie

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Kari joins the TLW team

Hello! I went along to quite a few of the Transatlantic Literary Women events last year so some of you may already know me. For those who don’t, I’m looking forward to meeting you soon! As an introduction, I thought I would provide a little background on myself and my interests, pinpoint some personal highlights of the series so far, and touch on a few of the topics that I would like to explore in the 2017/18 series.

Like my fellow newcomer Sarah, I’m an Americanist! My joining the TLW committee also coincides with beginning a PhD in American Studies at the University of Glasgow, where I will be researching the Hollywood novel genre. My interest in American literature began during an undergraduate module in 20th century literature, and the often-contradictory depiction of America in the texts prescribed left me intrigued. Works like John Dos Passos’ USA and E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime evoked a country relentlessly expanding and advancing, while works like Toni Morrison’s Beloved portrayed a country constantly struggling to come to terms with the past. Having ignited my passion for American literature, I went on to complete an MSc in US Literature at the University of Edinburgh, where I specialised in F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Attending the TLW series last year was a fantastic experience. It’s difficult to choose a favourite event from such a varied programme. The series of talks given by visiting lecturers were all thoroughly enjoyable, and I particularly enjoyed Dr. Heidi Yeandle’s “Angela Carter’s Female America: Apocalyptic and Artificial.” Though I knew very little about Carter, I found Yeandle’s paper really engaging, and it inspired me to start reading Carter’s work. And, of course, the Symposium at Glasgow Women’s Library was a wonderful way to end the year, on a high note and with a full house! The highlight for me, though, was probably the day-trip to visit Digging In’s reconstruction of the WWI trenches for Transatlantic Women in the Trenches. Women’s war effort during WWI is always an excellent topic for discussion, and Pollok Park happens to be one of the best reading spots in the city, so I was delighted that the series incorporated such a beautiful location into the programme.

Being obsessed with all things Hollywood novel, it’s not surprising that I’m keen to explore the connections between Hollywood writing, the film industry, and transatlantic literary women. This is an incredibly transatlantic topic: the impact that film had on Europe and the rest of the world from the early twentieth-century onwards was immeasurable. Film created a new way of communicating different cultures and behaviours across the Atlantic, a new lens through which people were viewing the world. Even if this view wasn’t always realistic, the power of the movies was very real. As with many genres of literature, however, research on the Hollywood novel has a habit of focusing largely on male contributions. What more fitting a place to explore women’s contribution to Hollywood writing than the TLW series?

I think I’ve rambled on for long enough, so I’ll wrap it up now. Needless to say, I’m ecstatic to be part of the team this year, and looking forward to seeing old and new faces at the events that we have lined up. Watch this space for more information!


Sarah joins the TLW Team

The TLW Team is thrilled to be welcoming two new members, Sarah Thomson and Kari Sund, for the 2017/2018 series. For their first post, we’ve asked each of them to write a short blog introducing themselves. First up is Sarah:

Hi everyone!

I’m Sarah, and I’m delighted to be one of the two new members of the Transatlantic Literary Women’s committee for 2017/2018. For my debut on the blog, I’m going to share a little bit about myself, how I got involved with TLW, and what I’m hoping to see in the series this year.

I’ll be starting an MLitt in American Studies at the University of Glasgow in September, having just finished my undergrad at the University of Edinburgh. But, it was my year abroad at the University of Virginia that cemented my enthusiasm for all things American. While one year in the US perhaps isn’t quite long enough for me to call myself a transatlantic woman, it was certainly enough time for me to develop an overwhelming love for Charlottesville’s sunny weather, gorgeous scenery, and ‘school spirit’ (go Hoos!).

The first TLW event I attended was the popular Transatlantic Modernisms Workshop. Although I’d taken a class on transatlantic modernism before, the course featured just one female author (Virginia Woolf, predictably!). So, TLW’s workshop felt like a golden opportunity to learn about some of the understudied and overlooked women writers of the period. The series finale, the Transatlantic Symposium, was another great chance to learn some new names and pick up some reading recommendations. I was also delighted to get to take part in the final workshop of the day, making the case for my favourite transatlantic lady: Nella Larsen. Podcasts from the symposium are currently in the pipeline, so keep an eye out for those!

Despite spending most of my time studying history rather than literature, I’m hoping that being the team’s ‘resident historian’ will have its uses (if for nothing other than to provide some fun historical facts to complement whatever we’re reading!). I have a lot still to learn when it comes to American literature, but the TLW series is a great environment for exploring all things ‘transatlantic’, so I’m looking forward to it. I studied African American literature for the first time during my final semester at Edinburgh, so I’ll definitely be championing some of the women whose work I read on that course! And, with the centenary of (partial) women’s suffrage in 2018, I’m excited to see how that’ll feature in next year’s programme.

Having enjoyed the events I attended last semester I’m thrilled that this season I’ll be getting involved with the planning and organising side of things. Without giving too much away, it looks like another great line up of events, and I can’t wait to see everyone in September!


Transatlantic Reading List

The Transatlantic Literary Women symposium left us with a huge list of summer reads, so to tide you over the summer break we’ve compiled a handy book list full of transatlantic women writers!

First up was Melanie Dawson’s talk on Age-Conscious Modernity. Melanie examined changing and conflicted attitudes towards the experience of age and ageing. Edith Wharton’s Summer is a fantastic exploration of the power dynamics in relationships between young women and older men, and Zora Neale Hurston dignifies the experience of ageing in Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Next, Gary Totten presented ‘Transatlantic African American Women Writers and Racial Justice in the Age of Jim Crow’. If you’re interested in African American female travel writing, Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells and Jessie Redmon Fauset’s columns in The Crisis are must reads. Both writers politicised their form in order to present a social critique of the violence and social limitations of the Jim Crow era, though in very different ways.

After lunch, Tracy Brain presented ‘Plath and You’. As well as more famous novels such as The Bell Jar, Tracy reminded us of Sylvia Plath’s (often overlooked) poetry. You can find a selection of her poetry here.


Later in the afternoon, Claire Heuchan led a workshop on the connections between UK and US Black feminist writing. She touched on Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Audre Lorde’s Sister Outrider, and the Bare Lit Anthology. Plenty to get your teeth into!

And finally – YOUR transatlantic literary women! This was where we gave participants in the symposium an opportunity to make a case for their favourite transatlantic women writers. Zelda Fitzgerald’s Save Me the Waltz and Nella Larsen’s Passing were both championed, as was work by Leonora Carrington, Clarice Lispector, and the Galician poet Rosalia de Castro.

Whether you attended the symposium, or you’re just looking for something to read, there should be plenty here to get you started. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to share them with us! Happy reading!

By Louisa Burden.

Review of our day in the trenches – and some goodies

Hi all!

In today’s blog, we look back to our day in Pollok Park, with a great review of the event and some goodies from the event!

U.S. Studies Online has just published a review of our April event ‘Transatlantic Women in the Trenches’ with Digging In.

Here’s a brief excerpt to give you an idea:

The event complemented the Transatlantic Literary Women series as a whole, providing a comfortable space in which the works of these often overlooked women writers can be rediscovered and studied. The day’s discussions were thought-provoking and engaging, in a time when coverage of senseless conflicts and rampant inequality still dominate the media. In the centenary of America’s entry into a war which opened wide the once unassailable values of Western civilisation, the event was a welcome engagement with women’s contributions to this period, and how these experiences were represented in their works and their lives.

The review was written by Alastair Millar (he’s just started a blog, Queery and Praxis, which you should definitely read), and you can find it in full here. Thank you very much Alastair!

This afternoon in the trenches was a real treat – and Pollok Park was definitely everyone’s favorite venue. We are now looking forward to seeing you at Glasgow Women’s Library for our upcoming Symposium, but in the meantime, we have some material from the trenches that we would like to share with you!

First, here are some exclusive shots from the day – featuring Laura Rattray, the founder of the series, and other members of the team. Thanks to Katie Falco and Ned Suesat (Digging In) for taking pictures of the day!


We’d also like to thank Ned Suesat, for providing us with a recording of Dr Alice Kelly’s talk on Ellen LaMotte’s career as a suffragette, nurse, writer and activist. You can listen to it below:

Being able to record our events and to keep a trace of the series has been on our minds for a while, and we are very thankful to Alice for allowing us to record her talk! As you may, or may not know, we are also planning on recording our Symposium, with the help of talented sound technicians Mark Cunningham and Jamie Loggie. You will be able to contribute on the day if you so wish, and our Transatlantic podcast will be released over the summer!

That’s all folks! Hope to see you on Saturday 3 June!

The TLW Team.

Transatlantic Magazine Cultures Poster

Hi all,

Less than two weeks to go until our event dedicated to Transatlantic Magazine Cultures, with Dr Rachael Alexander! Today, we present you our new poster for the event. As usual, all credit goes to the talented Katrina Falco.

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We hope to see you there… Finally, if you’ve been keeping up with us on social media, you may have seen that Saskia and Laura were both at the Glasgow Women’s Library’s programme launch yesterday to talk about our upcoming symposium. Tickets are going FAST for what promises to be a splendid finale for the series, and if you haven’t I strongly recommend that you book your ticket!

Have a nice day!

Marine on behalf of the TLW team.