This project aims to uncover the traces of Liverpool's role as a hub in the 19th-century networks which connected the Anglophone world with the ‘Luso-Hispanic’ world, including Spain and Portugal, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Philippines.
Liverpool merchant and shipping families such as the Holts, the Booths and the Larrinagas played an important part in the development and exploitation of trade routes. These routes then facilitated the development of networks – of kinship and friendship, social, cultural and business relationships – which connected Liverpool with fellow port cities such as Bilbao, Vigo, Oporto, Manila, Havana, Callao, Buenos Aires and Manaus, and also brought thousands of migrants from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds to Liverpool.
Professor of Creative Writing at Binghamton, New York, Thomas Glave is currently based in Hispanic Studies and the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies, and we are grateful to the Leverhulme Trust for funding this collaboration. Thomas has delivered a series of Leverhulme Lectures in the past year, and works with undergraduate and postgraduate students on issues of creative writing, human rights activism, and Caribbean cinema. He is happy to hear from colleagues and students interested in his work.