Transatlantic style: the ocean liner and the “international set”

Tuesday 14th November

4 University Gardens, Room

Hello everyone,

Those of you who attended our launch in September and our workshop yesterday will remember mention of another exciting talk that we have lined up for this season. On Tuesday 14th November, Glasgow University’s very own Dr. Faye Hammill will be presenting ‘Transatlantic style: the ocean liner and the “international set.”’ Ahead of the talk we have some more information about this fantastic topic, along with a short bio of our speaker:

“I mean I always love a ship and I really love the Majestic because you would not know it was a ship because it is just like being at the Ritz.” Lorelei Lee, heroine of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, gives us a perfect description of the globalised style that began to emerge during the golden age of liner travel. Loos was part of the ‘international set’ – a loose grouping of prominent society and artistic figures, who met one another frequently on voyages and in fashionable resorts during the interwar years. The talk will introduce the hostesses of this set – such as the British Syrie Maugham and the American Elsa Maxwell – as well as the authors, performers and artists who attended their parties. It will explore the development of “transatlantic style” in the literary, visual and musical forms of the era. Continue reading “Transatlantic style: the ocean liner and the “international set””

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TLW Podcast: Episode 4 – Sylvia Plath and You

Dear all,

Here is the fourth episode of our podcast! This week is dedicated to Tracy Brain’s talk on ‘Sylvia Plath and You.’ Enjoy and feel free to share this episode, and to send us your comments and suggestions!

Best wishes,

The TLW Team.

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The TLW Podcast: Episode 3 is here!

Dear all,

How are you enjoying the TLW podcast so far? After Melanie Dawson’s talk on age and modernity in last week’s episode, we present you our third podcast episode, dedicated to Professor Gary Totten’s talk on African American women writers Jessie Redmon Fauset  and Ida B. Wells. Both women travelled to Europe and used their transatlantic experience to inform their travel writing, which challenged negative stereotypes about African American populations, at a time of increased racial violence. This week, we listen to Gary talking about his research on their work, and then to an interview with TLW’s attendee and Edith Wharton specialist Anna Girling. Enjoy!

Best wishes,

The TLW team.

Transatlantic Literary Women: Series 2 Launch

The launch night will be on Tuesday 19 September, from 5.15 – 7pm, at Rooms 202 and 203, 4 University Gardens.

As promised, we’re on our way back! We’ve been busy prepping events for the second season of the Transatlantic Literary Women series and very much hope you’ll join us.

In 2016/17 we held a total of eleven events, from bookclubs to talks, workshops, creative writing events and our summer symposium with speakers from both sides of the Atlantic. We teamed up with organisations across Glasgow, including the fabulous Scottish Writers’ Centre, Northlight Heritage and Glasgow Women’s Library. We even headed into the trenches for our Transatlantic Women and War Day at Pollok Park! Many thanks again to those who supported the first season. Details of our events are available on this website and via our Twitter account @atlantlitwomen, where you can also listen to podcasts of symposium talks, recorded by the brilliant Jamie Loggie and Mark Cunningham.

We’re all back (Laura, Marine, Louisa and Saskia), along with two new members of the team: Kari Sund and Sarah Thomson. Welcome! Read about Sarah and Kari here and here.

Here are the details for our first event:

TLW Season Two Launch and Talk. Tuesday 19 September 5-15-7. Rooms 202 and 203, 4 University Gardens.

Join us for this friendly, social event: our season two launch AND a great talk! Wine, soft drinks and snacks available, plus thirty free copies of our bookclub choice, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar to give away. And if this isn’t enough, we’re delighted to be welcoming Latinx expert Dr Eilidh Hall to give a talk ‘Spanglish as Resistance: Undoing Transatlantic Colonialism.’ We look forward to seeing you!

‘Spanglish as Resistance: Undoing Transatlantic Colonialism’ with Dr Eilidh A B Hall.

For many people in Latinx communities in the US, bi- or multilingualism is a part of everyday life. Simply put, Spanglish is a dynamic form of language made up of a conglomeration of Spanish and English dialects. And yet, to some, this is a threat to an ‘American’ culture that historically, and to this day, denies diversity and cultural complexity. This talk explores how, in an environment of intense hostility against people of Latinx heritage, Spanglish is used by activist women writers to resist the colonial erasure of their rich and diverse cultures.

Eilidh is a researcher interested in Latinx literatures and cultures. Her work focuses on Chicanx (Mexican American heritage) writings and the ways in which women negotiate their feminisms in patriarchal institutions. She is also co-jefa of The SALSA Collective, an online community for people interested in latinidades across the Americas.

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Sandra Cisneros, writer and artist
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Ana Castillo, a Mexican-American Chicana writer

For the diaries, our next two events are an Edith Wharton workshop on Wednesday 4 October 2-5pm, and our bookclub is on Tuesday 17 October at 5pm in the Gilchrist postgraduate club (entry open to all). Join us for an evening discussing Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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

If podcasting sounds like your thing, let’s talk!

Email us at info@wheezywhispers.co.uk


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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.

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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.