Kate Walchester

My main research interest is travel writing; in particular eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European journeys by women. I have published monographs on women travellers in Italy and Norway and I am currently working on a monograph about travelling servants. I lead the ‘Genres of Travel’ module at Level 6; the ‘Teaching Strand’ of ‘English in the Workplace’ and ‘Cultures of Childhood’ at Level 5 and lead ‘Reading English’ at Level 4, as well as supervising dissertation students at Level 6 and post-graduate projects at MRes and PhD. With colleagues from University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University, I organise the Annual Liverpool Travel Seminar.

My research interests are writing by late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British travellers and explorers, particularly representations of the north and Italy. I have published work on women travel writers in Italy including ‘Our Own Fair Italy’; Women’s Travel Writing and Italy 1800-1844 ( 2007) and Gamle Norge and Nineteenth-Century British Women Travellers in Norway, a monograph about women writers in Norway. I am currently working on a project considering the role and representation of travelling servants.

I am a co-organiser of the Liverpool Travel Group, which has hosted regular seminars and conferences around the inter-disciplinary area of travel in the city since 2007. In 2009 and 2010 Liverpool John Moores’ English Department hosted the seminar, which has featured keynote speakers such as Professor Tim Youngs (Director of the Nottingham Trent Centre for Travel Studies), Professor Steven Totosy de Zepetnek (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) and Dr. Betty Hagglund (University of Birmingham).



Gamle Norge and Nineteenth-Century British Women Travellers in Norway (Anthem Press, 2014)

‘Our Own Fair Italy’; Women’s Travel Writing and Italy 1800-1844 (Peter Lang; October 2007)

Edited Collection

Travel Writing: 100 Keywords, co-edited with Charles Forsdick and Zoe Kinsley (Anthem; forthcoming 2015)

Gamle Norge

Book Chapters

‘‘What Norway Really Is;’ Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travel Writing, the Supernatural and Norway’ in Women, Travel Writing and Truth (Routledge, July, 2014)

‘Norway and the Northern Tour’ in Beyond the Grand Tour: Continental Travel Writing and Tourism 1815-1915 (Palgrave, 2015)

Journal Articles

‘‘My petticoat encumbrances’; the ‘female adventurer’ and the North’ (June, 2014, Nordlit)

‘Imperialism, Mountaineering and Gender in Norway. W. Cecil Slingsby’s Norway: The Northern Playground (1904) and Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond’s Mountaineering in the Land of the Midnight Sun (1908) (Autumn 2012, Victoriographies, Edinburgh University Press)

‘Every article of my dress was wonder to them;’ Nineteenth-century British women travellers in Norway (June 2012, Comparative Critical Studies, Edinburgh University Press)

‘Consumption and Spectacle in Fin-de-Siècle Norway’ (February 2011, Journal of Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Taylor and Francis)

‘‘Non vedete. È un rivoluzione. [You don’t see. It’s a revolution].’Edward Lear; Landscape Painter and Italy’ (Journal of Tourism Consumption, March 2009)

‘A real picture of natural and feminine feeling? Anna Jameson’s Diary of an Ennuyée’ (Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, Volume 8, 2006)


Zurich: University of Zurich, ‘Travelling Narratives’ – December 2013

Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Northumbria University, Social History Society Annual Conference – April 2014

Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria: Borders and Crossings / Seuils et Traverses International Conference of Travel Writing – September, 2014

Chawton House, Hampshire; ‘New Horizons; Women’s Travel Writing’ – July, 2014



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