After a year-long consultation period, we are incredibly proud to say that the international journal, Transnational Literature, has found a new home here at TRACE.
In July (2019), we had the pleasure of hearing from the journal’s previous editor, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University, Gillian Dooley. Gillian joined our team at the annual Research Festival at Bath Spa University. To give you a little more context about the festival, led by the Research Office, every year, academic lecturers and researchers gather together to share their work with colleagues who work outside of their disciplines. It’s a truly interdisciplinary, international, thought-provoking event. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to build further connections and cross borders by inviting Gillian to contribute.
Gillian joined the TRACE team to deliver a creative writing workshop, entitled ‘Writing Journeys: How to find support to write and publish your work’. This offered attendees a chance to test out the creative writing model that has been developed through grounded-research by TRACE’s Paper Nations project. Gillian added to our team’s knowledge by speaking about that globally treasured resource – libraries. She spoke about the integral role played by libraries, particularly within the university environment, and drew upon her own experiences at Flinders University.
Together with our director, Professor Bambo Soyinka, the two then announced Transnational Literature’s emigration during the plenary talk. They took questions from eager attendees about the history of the journal and its future ambitions.
The connection to Flinders was facilitated via our associates at GALA, and we’d like to thank Ian Gadd for his contribution. We cannot wait to get started on the next edition of Transnational Literature. Over the next year, we’ll be consulting with the existing readership to figure out what the next steps for the journal should be. We’ll also be reaching out to our networks across the globe and potential new readers to inform the future of Transnational Literature.