Micaela Maftei and Laura Tansley Collaborative Writing Workshops

micaela maftei laura tansley workshops

The Collaboration Process and Inspiration

Micaela Maftei and Laura Tansley have been working and writing together since meeting as PhD students at the University of Glasgow. Their essays and short fiction have been published in a variety of places including Gutter MagazineKenyon Review Online, and Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. Together they co-edited the collection Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determining the Form (Gylphi, 2015). They live in Victoria BC and Glasgow respectively.

The Reach of a Root

In this collection of short stories, Canada-based Micaela Maftei and UK-based Laura Tansley collaborate transatlantically to craft a single, blended voice; both in form and content, their stories consider place, displacement and the spaces where the two overlap. With insight and humour the authors map the ongoing search for selfhood across various stages and settings of women’s lives, magnifying the mundane to remind us that life is made up of the tiny details we often overlook. The Reach of a Root speaks to life’s anxieties, triumphs and trials, fusing Colin Barrett’s exploration of place and identity, the dark humour of Amy Hempel and the physicality of Joyce Carol Oates.

“An intriguing and barbed collection, tuned to the prickly undercurrents and cool, disquieting notes of urban life.” – Laura Waddell


Glasgow Women’s Library 1 June, 2019 Details and Booking
Golden Hare Books Edinburgh 5th June, 2019 Details and Booking
University of Glasgow (students only) 6 June, 2019 3 p.m.- Contact: E.K. Reeder.
Waterstones Byres Road 6 June 2019, 7.30 p.m.
351-355 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AU . (Further details)
(See further details of workshops at Vagabond Voices)

Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh (winner Independent Bookshop of the Year 2019) and Vagabond Voices present the two authors of new short story collection The Reach of a Root. This fascinating collection blends two strong voices together into a distinctive whole, and explores the lives, bodies and minds of women. We’re joined by authors Micaela Maftei and Laura Tansley to discuss their collaboration process and inspiration in the bookshop

in conversation with Heather Parry

Power stances in loo cubicles; heartfelt letters from a stranger’s parents; clairvoyant coffee shop customers; awkward post-threesome encounters…

Golden Hare Books, 68 Saint Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ

Henry Bell, Booked Festival 2019
Polly Clark, Booked Festival 2019

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