Edith Wharton Workshop and Writing Competition Results

Huge thanks to everyone who took part in our Edith Wharton workshop! We were delighted to welcome participants from Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany, China and Canada. It was lovely to see you all, and thank you for being part of the day.

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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

Tuesday 23 May, 4 University Gardens, Room 202, 5pm

Please join us for the final regular talk in the 2016/17 Series. We’re delighted to be welcoming Dr Rachael Alexander of the University of Strathclyde on Tuesday 23 May to talk about her fascinating research on transatlantic magazines. (Yes, we’re talking Vanity Fair, Tatler and Vogue!) Rachael will be discussing transatlantic magazine illustrations and collaborations, with a special emphasis on the work of illustrator Anne Harriet Fish.

Exams will be over, so come and join us for a glass of wine, snacks and a great talk! Refreshments are available from 5pm. You can confirm your participation, chat about the event on our Facebook page.

As always, the event is free and open to all. The TLW team hope to see you there!

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.

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.


Transatlantic Modernisms Workshop Programme


Poster Design by Katrina Falco

Arrangements are now in place for our Transatlantic Modernisms Workshop and we wanted to share details of an exciting afternoon of talks and discussions with you. We’d love to see you, whether you’re new to modernism or have a passion for one (or more!) of the women writers we’ll be discussing. We’re bringing together four exceptional modernist scholars to give talks on four writers who lived on both sides of the Atlantic. The event will be on Wednesday 8th of February from 2 to 5pm, in Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow.

We’ll be combining exciting talks with a friendly, sociable atmosphere in which everyone is welcome. There will be time for informal conversations and Q+A and free refreshments. And if you can’t make the whole event, you are more than welcome to attend just one, or more, of the talks as time permits. Join us, bring friends!

To whet your appetite, you can download our programme with some information about our speakers and their topics, including a talk by University of Glasgow’s own Bryony Randall!

We hope to see you there!