The sound of my own voice

In which I become a media star!

Adventures of a Retired Librarian

Last week, I had the weird experience of hearing my own voice twice. With another Glasgow Women’s Library volunteer I did an interview on Radio Scotland about the Suffragette Oak. This was planted in 1918 to commemorate women being granted the vote – well, some women: those over 30 who owned property. It wasn’t till 1928 that all women over 21 got it. The Library has nominated the tree to be Scotland’s Tree of the Year – it would be great if you could follow the link and vote for us please! The radio interview is on the BBC iPlayer – start at 1hr 49m to hear it.

Earlier in  the week, I attended the premiere of the Library’s film Marchabout the suffragette pageant we…

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  1. I enjoyed your interview! I thought you made a great case for your chosen tree. I hope it wins! And I have to say, just listening to the accents put a smile on my face. I wish I could talk like that.


  2. Well done you – you came across really well! I must confess to never having heard of the Suffragette Tree before. I’m going to have to take a wee trip to Glasgow to find it 🙂


    • Thank you! Head down the Kelvin Way from the University Avenue end and it’s on the right next to the pedestrian crossing. There’s a plaque set into the grass which indicates the right tree.


  3. That was interesting I’ve never heard of that tree before. I wonder if there were many women over thirty who owned their own propery. You did a great job and didn’t seem to be nervous at all. I’m being interviewed on tape shortly to speak about my memories of the Kelvin Hall Carnival and I dread to think how I’ll sound.


  4. I enjoyed hearing the ‘sound of your voice’ and I am pleased to say that I could actually understand what you were all saying! When I usually met Scottish people here in Australia, I’m like, “Okay, I hear your words, but I’m not sure that is english!” Haha! Btw, a great oak tree story 🙂


    • Thank you! It’s a great tree. My accent used to be a strange mixture with remnants from all the places I lived in my younger days, but after nearly 30 years in Glasgow it’s settled into Scottish with some English vowel sounds. I only notice when I hear myself recorded and it strikes me as odd. Non-Scots don’t notice and Scots find it hard to place me. Glad you were able to follow!

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  5. I tried to listen but I am unsure what i am doing wrong…Maybe I am tired and try again tomorrow. The tree is special and all the women got the right to vote the year my mom was born