Give a Talk at the TLW Symposium!

Have you booked your tickets yet for the Transatlantic Literary Women Symposium on Saturday 3 June? Talks, workshops, lunch, and a friendly welcome await. And it’s all free! Reserve a place here.

We’re also looking for volunteers. As part of our afternoon workshop, “Vote for YOUR Transatlantic Literary Woman”, volunteers will be giving brief talks on their favourite transatlantic literary woman. She can be a figure from hundreds of years ago, or someone out there today, a transatlantic literary woman who has inspired you, achieved great things, and/or someone who has been forgotten and you want to bring out of the shadows. The choice is yours!

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A Trenches Postscript and Still to Come…

Many thanks to everyone who turned out for our day in the trenches on Saturday! We were delighted to see you all at the talks, tours and workshops – and the sunshine! Huge thanks again to our speakers, Dr Hannah Tweed, Dr Alice Kelly, Anna Girling and to Dr Olivia Lelong with the amazing Digging In project. And on behalf of the whole Transatlantic Literary Women crew, we want to say a special, resounding transatlantic thank you to Marine, the TLW lead on Saturday’s event. Bravo Marine! Fantastic job!

We have three more events in the 2016-17 season of Transatlantic Literary Women and we hope you’ll join us:

There’s our final book club on Wednesday 26th April at 5.15 in 203, 4 University Gardens where the book under discussion is Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Come and discuss the adventures of Miss Lorelei Lee in a relaxed, informal, fun reading group over a glass of wine and snacks.

We’re very much looking forward to 23 May, when Dr Rachael Alexander (University of Strathclyde) will give a talk on Transatlantic Magazine Cultures (Tuesday 23 May in room 202, 4 University Gardens.) We hope you’ll join us for Rachael’s talk (refreshments available from 5; talk starts at 5.15). We’ve had a sneak preview of some of the magazine cover images Rachael will be showing from Vanity Fair and Vogue – they’re stunning! More information on the page of the event!

And, as our summer finale, we’re excited to be teaming up with the fabulous Glasgow Women’s Library for a day symposium on Saturday 3 June, with talks on Jazz Age women and advertising, Sylvia Plath, African American activists in Europe, Black Feminism across the Atlantic, a choice of workshops, and the chance to vote for your transatlantic literary woman. All this – AND a free lunch! What’s not to love? Take a look at the day’s line-up here, and find out more about the event and how to book here!

As ever, all events are free, open to all, and everyone is welcome. Please join us!

All best- Laura

What You Can Expect on Saturday

Hi all!

I hope you’re well, and ready to join us for a tour of the Digging In trenches this Saturday from 2pm onwards. In today’s post, I’m excited to present you with a full programme for the day, as well as some practical advice…

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First of all, if you would like to have a look at the topics our speakers will be broaching during the afternoon, you can download our full programme here. In short, here’s what you can expect on the day:

  • 2pm: Welcome from the team
  • 2:10pm: Dr. Laura Rattray (University of Glasgow), ‘American Women Writers and the First World War’
  • 2.30pm: Dr. Alice Kelly (University of Oxford), ‘Nurse, Suffragette, War Writer: Ellen N. LaMotte and The Backwash of War
  • 3pm: Tour of the Trenches led by Dr. Olivia Lelong (Northlight Heritage)


  • 3:40pm: Long Table run by Mags Keohane, Marine Furet, Saskia McCracken, and Louisa Burden


  • 3:40pm: Dr. Hannah Tweed (University of Glasgow), ‘Women Writers at the Front: Medical Service and Subversion in the First World War’
  • 4pm: Anna Girling (University of Edinburgh), ‘Maddened with War: Nancy Cunard and the First World War’

As you can see, we have a lot planned for the day, and you can come and go as you like, or spend the whole afternoon with us if you want! We do hope you’ll stick around!

Secondly, if this is your first visit to the Digging In trenches, here’s some advice to help you make the most of the day…

How do I get there?

Pollok Park is easily accessible by public transport, a few minutes’ walk away from Shawlands and Pollokshaws West railway stations in the Southside of Glasgow. The Digging In trenches are located near the parking, close to the Burrell Collection. You can check out Digging In’s website for more information on how to find them.

What should I wear?

As you know, this is an outdoors event, and we cannot guarantee that this will be a sunny day – this is Scotland after all. You should dress accordingly, and wear strong shoes (ideally hiking boots or even wellies as the trenches can get a bit muddy), and bring a raincoat or an umbrella.

Where is the bathroom?

I knew you’d ask! The Burrell Collection and its café are currently closed for renovation, but the bathroom is still accessible to the public, 5 minutes away from the trenches.

Please also feel free to take some nibbles and refreshments with you and enjoy a picnic in the park if the weather is nice!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us in the comments or on the page of the event here if you have any questions about the day.

See you soon!

Marine, on behalf of the TLW team.

Review of the TLW Creative Writing Showcase by Maria Sledmere

Hi all!


We hope that you are enjoying this holiday break! Today, we are pleased to present you with another review of one of our events! This time, Maria Sledmere (whose poems you can find on the blog here and here) reviewed our Creative Writing Showcase with the Scottish Writers’ Centre for U.S. Studies Online.

Here’s a short excerpt:

The Transatlantic Literary Women Series is fast proving itself a popular network, with academics, creatives and locals alike getting involved in discovering the literary lives and works of transatlantic women. (…) A key strength of the series is its attention to both creative and critical responses to transatlantic interests.

You can read Maria’s review in its entirety here. Happy reading!


Transatlantic Women in the Trenches

On Saturday 22nd April, the Transatlantic Literary Women series will be joining forces with Digging In to deliver an afternoon of talks, workshops, and tours of the reconstructed trenches in Pollok Park, all dedicated to transatlantic women’s experience of World War I. The event will kick off at 2pm, and as usual, all are welcome!


American nurses at a Red Cross Hospital in Liverpool, 10 August 1918 (Source: Imperial War Museum, Q44160)

In April 1917, the American government officially announced their engagement in the conflict alongside the Allied Forces. Their involvement impacted on the lives of millions, not just the soldiers who went to fight. With this event, we would like to give voice to a different narrative of the transatlantic relationship during World War I, by shedding light on the experiences of the women who took part in the conflict, as doctors, nurses, campaigners and carers, but also as intellectuals, journalists and writers.

With Dr Laura Rattray, from the University of Glasgow, we will discuss the contribution of American women writers on the frontline, and the importance of the conflict to their literary production. Dr Alice Kelly, from the University of Oxford, will give a talk on the life and writing of American nurse and activist Ellen LaMotte. Dr Hannah Tweed, from the University of Glasgow, will present her research on women writers at the front, in a talk on medical service and subversion. Anna Girling from the University of Edinburgh will tell us about Nancy Cunard and her neglected poetry of the First World War.

There will also be activities for all, with a tour of the trenches led by Dr Olivia Lelong, accompanied by readings of texts on the conflict written by women. We will also give you an opportunity to participate in the debate, with a long table discussion facilitated by Margaret Keohane, and Transatlantic Litery Women committee members Marine Furet, Saskia McCracken and Louisa Burden.

Organised by the charity Northlight Heritage, DIGGING IN will be taking place in Glasgow until 2018, to celebrate the centenary of the conflict. Following archaeological excavations in the North of France, Digging In recreates trenches based on the historical Allied and German trenches in Pollok Park. By engaging with this environment, participants have the opportunity to explore the stories and myths associated with the conflict, and to imagine the experiences of the men and women whose lives became entangled with warfare.

We look forward to what promises to be an exciting day, and hope to see many of you there!

All the best,

The TLW and Digging In teams.

Talk: Angela Carter’s Female America, 14th March

Hi all,

If you’ve already had a look at our new programme for March and April, you may have heard of our upcoming talk on Angela Carter.

With the 25th anniversary of Carter’s death and the publication of Edmund Gordon’s biography The Invention of Angela Carter last autumn, the past few months have been filled with events inspired by her life and writing. A transatlantic woman in her own right, Carter lived and taught in America several times in her life, and her stories and novels give a significant place to the stories, myths and legends of the New World.

For the Carter fans among you, we decided to organise an evening dedicated to Carter’s representation of the American continent, with a talk by Dr Heidi Yeandle (University of Swansea). It will take place in a week, on Tuesday 14th March, in Room 203, 4 University Gardens, University of Glasgow. As usual, this evening is free to attend, and open to students and non-students alike. We’d love to see you there! We are also excited by Katrina Falco’s latest creation for this event:


Here’s a little idea of what the talk will be about, along with a short introduction of our fantastic speaker, Dr Heidi Yeandle:

“In this talk, Heidi Yeandle will discuss Angela Carter’s depiction of America in both her fictional writing and her journalism. Carter’s conflicting representations of the USA will be discussed, in relation to her generally negative experiences of living and teaching in the states as well as her fascination with Hollywood. In both her fiction and non-fiction, America is depicted as dystopian and as a “vicious fake”: it is apocalyptic and artificial. The American land is also frequently represented as a female body in Carter’s writing, leading into discussions of fertility and motherhood. Mainly focusing on The Passion of New Eve (1977) as well as ‘John Ford’s ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore’ and ‘The Merchant of Shadows’, two of Carter’s short stories from the posthumously published collection American Ghosts and Old World Wonders (1993), the talk will discuss the implications of Carter depicting America as female, and simultaneously apocalyptic and artificial. Yeandle’s talk will also note the multiple resemblances between the dystopian New York depicted in The Passion of New Eve and the United States in 2017.”

Heidi Yeandle is based at Swansea University, where she completed her PhD in 2015. Her first monograph Angela Carter and Western Philosophy was published earlier this year by Palgrave, and she has published a journal article on Carter’s depiction of America, as well as a book chapter on her representation of the apocalypse. Heidi has also published articles on other contemporary female authors, including Ali Smith and Helen Oyeyemi. She is currently convening an MA module dedicated to Angela Carter, and is starting to plan a second book on how contemporary female authors depict female writers in their fiction.

All updates on this event will be posted here. We hope that you will join us for an evening of discussion on Angela Carter! Looking forward to seeing you there!

The TLW Team.


March Programme Round-Up


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.

Design © Katrina Falco

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!