The sound of my own voice

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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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12 thoughts on “The sound of my own voice

  1. Lori L MacLaughlin October 21, 2015 / 16:41

    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.


    • Anabel Marsh October 21, 2015 / 16:50

      Thank you! On all counts. Voting is over and three of us are going to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday for the awards ceremony, though we don’t know who has won. Fingers crossed!

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  2. Fee October 9, 2015 / 10:01

    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 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh October 9, 2015 / 10:18

      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. cassam101 October 8, 2015 / 17:00

    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.


    • Anabel Marsh October 8, 2015 / 17:40

      Thanks – glad you listened and hope you voted! I suspect not many women fell into that category in 1918.


  4. dormousetidings October 3, 2015 / 12:59

    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 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh October 3, 2015 / 13:14

      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. Birgit October 3, 2015 / 06:32

    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


    • Anabel Marsh October 3, 2015 / 09:30

      Thanks. Maybe BBC iPlayer doesn’t work in Canada?


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